Complete and Utter Failure

Ever spend an entire day on one project, make a mistake, and realize that entire thing needs to be scrapped?  Yeah, that was my Sunday.

I was working on a piece of a baby sweater, and totally forgot to bind off on part of the sleeves for the one side.  It’s in yarn, too, that’s nearly impossible to take off what I had bound off and rip out.  As a result, an entire day’s work ended up in complete and utter failure.

Eh, at least I have enough yarn to start over and still complete the project.  And I did start over.

When I realized that what I had done couldn’t be saved, I actually laughed.  What else was I going to do?  A few years ago when I started knitting, I probably would have broke down into tears, but I probably still would have started again.

What have I learned between my knitting beginnings and now?  Failure is a part of the process.  It’s going to happen, you deal with it, and start over.  And make sure you pay extra special attention to the pattern this time.  Yes.

My advice to you?  Don’t let failure get you down.  As I said, it a part of what we do as crafters, and it’s going to happen.  Just start over and keep trying!

The Big WUL Giveaway Image

I know I keep on going on and on about The Wrap Up, Lancaster! Project’s fundraising giveaway, The Big WUL Giveaway, but it does end at MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, Eastern Standard Time. We will gladly ship certain items to winners located outside the Lancaster, PA, USA area, and there’s plenty of great stuff that we can do that with!

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Washcloth KAL/CAL: Week 2

I got one washcloth done for week two of the Washcloth KAL/CAL.  I am working on another one during my work breaks.  Washcloths are turning out to be a nice, steady project that I can get a lot done in a few minutes, and therefore are perfect for quick knitting!

I donated this particular cloth, along with the others I’ve made so far, to The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project‘s Things to Sell Bin that is taken to different craft shows, such as the past one at the Millersville Community Church’s Family Fun Day this past Saturday on June 11, 2016.

Unfortunately, we didn’t sell anything, but we got the word out, and some volunteers!  Spreading the world about WUL is important, too.  Below is a shot of our lovely tables at the event.

WUL Tables at Millersville Community Church's Family Fun Day on June 11, 2016.

Speaking of WUL…..

We now have a shiny new blog over at https://wrapuplancaster.org!  There’s not much on it, but we’re working on getting more content up every day.

Besides that, we have now have a mailing list, where you can sign up to be informed about events, where the scarf bombings will be, and other non-spammy information.  Even if you aren’t in the area, I encourage you to sign up!

And, lastly, and probably the most important item, is we need funds.  We are in desperate need of storage space and an office.  Please head over to the GoFundMe page to donate!

So, that’s the news your can use for today in my knitting world. I’d love to hear about how your washcloths are coming along!

Millersville Community Church Family Fun Day

Angelia and I will be at the Millersville Community Church Family Fun Day tomorrow, June 11, representing the The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project.  We’ll be there selling cool items, taking donations, and spreading the word about the project.

It’s supposed to be a hot day tomorrow with thunderstorms, but those aren’t supposed to happen until later in the day, so come on out and have some fun!

We need your help!

The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project does still need your help, financially.  The project is growing, and funds are needed for an office space and storage.  Angelia is also working hard to make the project a 501(c) charity organization!

So, how can you help??

Head on over the project’s GoFundMe page and make a donation and help spread the word.  Simple enough!  Even in you aren’t in the Lancaster area and want to help us out, a donation is a great way to support our efforts.  Anyone can donate!

 

 

WUL Needs Your Help!

The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project (WUL) needs some help.  We need handmade scarves, extra hands at the scarf-bombing themselves, and funds to bring it all together.  That’s why I need to bring your attention to WUL’s GoFundMe page.

What can I do to help?

Right now, money would be a boon.  You know all those tags we put on each item that tells the finder that it’s free?  Those cost about $200.00 a season to make.  A little extra money in the GoFundMe account would be a fantastic way to cover this expense, and would be an excellent way to help out if you love the idea of what we do and want to help out.  Monetary donations are a great way to help if you don’t know how to knit or crochet, too.

Anything you could give would be appreciated:  your abilities, your time, and your monetary support.

 The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project on GoFundMe

WUL Founder to be honored with Hometown Hero Award

Angelia Reed, founder of The Wrap Up, Lancaster (WUL) Project, is being honored by The Emerald Foundation at the June 24th game of the Lancaster Barnstormers, Lancaster’s baseball team, by throwing the first pitch of the game. She is receiving the Hometown Hero Award, as well! Congratulations, Angelia!

As a “thank you” to all the volunteers for the project, we are getting free tickets to the game!  How cool is that?

I’m so glad that WUL is being noticed by the community.  We don’t do it for the attention, but the publicity is good, and it will bring in new volunteers and donations as more people learn about it.

Go, Angelia, and go, ‘Stormers!

 

WUL Stash UFO: One Row Lace Scarf

UFO-Unfinished Object for those not accustomed to knitting lingo.

I am using some of the yarn that I got from the WUL stash dive is being turned into Norwegian knitter turvid’s One Row Lace Scarf Pattern, which is free over on her blog, which hasn’t been updated in a long time.  Still, the pattern is available. Check it out here!

The yarn I’m using is definitely wool, and I love the bluish-purple-y heather color it’s got going on.  Quite pretty!

The nice thing about turvid’s lace pattern is that it pretty much can be done on with any yarn on any needles.  I like patterns like that!  I’m pretty sure the yarn I’m using now is worsted weight, while my needles are US 10 1/2 (trivia….my favorite needle size!).

The scarf seems to be coming along fine and pretty fast, due to the large needle size.  I just cast on on my 15 minute break this morning, and I knit a row or two over lunch.

I can’t wait to see what this scarf will look like when its blocked.  That lace pattern should really open up!

So, that’s the UFO I’m working on at work/portable places project.  Cheers, rock stars!

Stash Flash: WUL Haul

Wahoo!  New yarn! The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project (WUL) received a HUGE yarn donation to be turned into items that are handcrafted for the scarf bombings.  Angelia has already had one donation distribution, and is planning on another THIS WEDNESDAY (May 18, 2016) in the Lancaster, PA A.C. Moore’s parking lot facing Oregon Pike, 5PM-6:30PM.  Keep in mind, this isn’t free yarn to do what you wish with, but rather to make scarves, hats, mittens, cowls, etc. for the project to distribute.

There’s some goooood stuff in the haul I was able to carry……since I forgot to bring a bag!  Don’t forget to bring a bag!

For example, there’s a lot of unlabeled wool yarn, but you can tell it’s wool due to the texture.  Some is labeled.  I also grabbed some good acrylic yarn from the stash because I liked the colors, plus it’s easier to take care of for most people.

I think the big brown ball in the foreground of the photo is some Juniper Moon fingering yarn.  I’m going to make something special for the project to distribute from that.

I most picked a lot of the yarn because I liked the color, to be honest, or it was wool, or looked cool.

So, if you want to help out WUL and need yarn to do so, go over to the WUL Facebook page for more information.  Happy knitting!