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Let’s Make and Donate

In community challenges, Uncategorized on November 16, 2017 at 12:55 pm

There are many babies in this world who need our support and love we create in making hats. Recently, urgent calls have been made requesting that we – the skilled, talented, gifted – knitters and crocheters, heal the world. When we share and give of ourselves, and literally LOVE in action,  we create community and hope.

It is with urgency I request your support in making 100 or more hats to donate by February 11, 2018Although I favor the P.U.R.P.L.E initiative and Red hat project, there are others who need us. 

Make and mail hats to your favorite cause. Thanks in advance for your support. Please comment how many hats you will commit to make.

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Ends

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on July 25, 2017 at 7:35 pm


Ends typically refer to the conclusion of, final, or  last in place in a spectrum of time.  If something ends, typically a new beginning greets it with an aspiration of being better. Maybe that means making sacrifices in order to improve or to grow and enhance. After various life circumstances I have some ends I have to cut.

Memorial Day 2017 was just that…memorable. There was a fire in my apartment building…on my floor…my neighbor down the hallway. It was chaos. When it came to clean up, the process was overwhelming. I’m an artist, and as such, I have a lot of supplies, including various storage options oozing of yarn. Funny enough, my yarn was the last thing I checked for smoke damage….Anyway, amongst the several thousand yards of yarn, I found oodles of unfinished projects. This didn’t make me happy … and knitting is supposed to make me happy.

NOT ending, consistently and well, is my challenge and I’ve had enough….it deflects from my potential for greatness and creativity. 

What I’m ending:

1. Because of this abundance, as late as it is in the year, there will be a yarn fast, thereby forcing me to knit through my stash. I think this will push my creativity to the next level. It will be good for me.

2. No more UFO’s (unfinished objects) hanging around. I have to work through them all and finish them.

3. My knit work and art is important to me but an established UFO pattern has been my crutch…I’m ending my fear of being wrong in my creativity and I’m ending the rational of having no time. 

These are the odds and ends in my creative self….clipping my ends and increasing my odds of being my best creative self and end on a strong note.

February KAL

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on January 29, 2017 at 10:35 pm

Month long KAL and CAL. Choose your own pattern and GO!

February is #heartdiseaseawareness month. Calling all #knitters and #crocheters to #knitred #crochetred. Dig in your #yarnstash or go to your #LYS for RED yarn.  Remember your health and wellbeing #therapeuticknitting #knittolive #reducestress … remember your family and your friends that have been affected. 

Join the event here.

#heartdiseaseawarenesskal2017 #kal #igknits #igcrochets #igknitters #igcrocheters #instaknits #instacrochets #instaknitters #instacrocheters #knitstagram #knitstergram #instagramknits #instagramcrochets #instagramknitters #instagramcrocheters #blackgirlsknit #blackgirlscrochet  #pinkgoesred #theknitterlyhooker

Knitting Week In Review no.3

In community challenges, knitting on January 29, 2016 at 8:44 pm

Week of 1/29/16 was fairly eventful

1/25/16

  • Caked Mrs. Crosby yarn. Big weight discrepancies between skeins and 1 knot in each skein.
  • Cast on for socks with Mrs. Crosby and got about 1.5″ of ribbing done on sock.

1/26/16

  • ESK yarn Malabrigo Silky Merino received. My lottery tickets were both winners: sock project bag and $5 store credit.

1/27/16

  • Visit to Knitty City. Bought 2 circulars.
  • More ESK yarn received in the mail. Asked for a drawing of a penguin on my packaging and I got it! So dope!

  

  • Worked on my socks more.

1/28/16

  • Visit to Knitty City. Knit socks for about 2 hours. Chilled with my friend Nancy Ricci there.  Bought Cascade sock yarn to double with the Malabrigo Silky Merino.

  

1/29/16

  • Knit my sock some more.
  • Planning for other knit projects.

  

Week of 1.18.16 : Knitting Review

In community challenges, events, knitting on January 23, 2016 at 1:13 am

1.18.16: I ordered yarn from ESK. I wanted presents again.  I ordered 2 Juniper Moon Farm – Herriot, in color 1026, Inspired By Nature (for regular folks, that’s just green).

1.20.16: Was sick and stayed home.  Did about 1″ of ribbing on my socks.

1.20.16: Ordered more yarn (welp!) from…you know where! I ordered 1 Cascade Eco-Plus in color Pine Needle and Canton (for regular folks, that’s the color of pine needles and a mint green) for this cute sweater. You can’t tell me that’s not FIRE! That sweater is HOT!

I digress, I also ordered Dream In Color – Calm, in color Island, which is reminessent of a beachy feel blue for the water and a touch of sand representing the specs of tan.

1.21.16: Somehow got absorbed into this Carson Throw KAL beginning in February.  The kits are what did me in! Man, those colors just gave me life!!  That Melon colorway though…had me at first sight! Alas! All kits sold out. I’m waiting to pounce though. HOT!!!

1.22.16: Posted on Facebook, an artistic protest regarding the #blacklivesmatter protests.  I was inspired by it.

1.22.16: Got updates on how many hats I would get donated to me from colleagues.

1.22.16: Somehow I felt the need to have animated knitting pictures in my life and I found this to represent my team. It’s too cute!! I know, right?! #teampenguinauts

 

1.22.16: On ESK again looking at more yarn to make baby hats to donate. I’m for some reason really feeling mint green, so I was thinking about, this, this, and this.  This is not the mint green I’m loving, but it’s still green…  It needs to be a gender-conscious all-inclusive color.  The hat pattern I’m using calls for 100 yards per hat.  I want to get the best bang for my buck.  So far, I’m thinking 2 Cascade 220, because I’m getting like 4-5 hats for $20, as opposed to the others I’m getting 2 hats for $20. Feel me?

Thoughts about my super green complication? Let me know.

Deuces!

Two Weeks Of Knitting: A Review

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on January 16, 2016 at 7:51 pm

Week of January 4, 2016
– Taught a colleague to knit. The knitting, as explained by the colleague, was something she wanted to learn to use as a coping mechanism. (1.4.16)
– Began working on the head of my doll. (1.6.15)
– Discussion about knitting use in child welfare as my thesis. (1.8.15)
– Mailed by Eat, Sleep, Knit (ESK) raffle ticket winnings out because I was tired of getting bills and wanted presents. (1.9.15)

Week of January 11, 2016
– Presented my idea about knitting. (1.11.16)
– Emailed someone about being involved in the community by way of a community baby shower, to knit hats for donation. (1.12.16)
– Began knitting a hat for donation. (1.12.16)                                                                               – Was asked to make more dolls. (1.12.16)
– Began asking people to help me with knitting hats.(1.12.16)                                                   – Photographed my tote and badges I earned, which I received in December for the 2015 Yarnathon. (1.12.16)                                                                                                                               – Received my ESK prizes, which were a sock project bag with sock yarn inside, and a baby cardigan kit. (1.12.16)

2015 Year In Review

In community challenges, events, knitting on January 5, 2016 at 9:18 pm

The Secret is OUT!

WordPress let me in on some stats that I’d like to share with you, here.

Thanks to you all for reading and commenting on my blog so consistently. Doing that has given me the drive and motivation to continue blogging and of course, knitting.

The past year was great, but I have a feeling that this year will be awesome!

Let me know what you think!

Dollie’s destiny

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on December 9, 2015 at 10:23 am

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I’m interning right now at an agency where kids who have experienced an array of trauma, including sexual abuse, are being seen for not only forensic interviewing and medicals, but also for mental health treatment.

The agency director asked me to make some culturally reflective dolls of the community of people served.  I was more than happy to, and I found many on Ravelry.  It was  Stitched by Sara, that really helped me make this decision on Little Yarn Dolls, which she had been making herself.

I had questions on the doll to make, Sara was there.  I had questions about to make hair texture suitable and reflective of kinky, curly hair; Sara was there and CeeCee too, who suggested Marmot.  I had questions about the length of time it took to make; Sara was there.  I had questions and ideas about design elements, and you guessed it, Sara was there!

Thanks so much ladies! I’ll hopefully be making a bunch of ’em, but probably in worsted acrylic yarn on 6’s, and working arms and legs, 2 at a time (I have second anything syndrome).

I’ll update you!  If you all want to help, or just make some for yourself, that would be amazing!

 

Ciao,

TKH

Ravelmentation

In community challenges, events, knitting on November 11, 2015 at 10:00 pm

  

What is this Ravelmentation might you ask…it’s about documenting our labors of love on Ravelry, consistently and thoroughly.

From the days of ode, raveling in our knitting and crochet accomplishments was underrated and minimally, if ever, documented.  Prior to Ravelry, its inception and implementation, photographing and making notations on technology was a novel idea.  We didn’t pay our works of art much mind and so we made and gave, made and gave, but did not save a permanent momentum of its beauty.  When Ravelry came along, we were still trying to figure it out.  I didn’t realize the importance of really taking the time to photograph and revel my good work and skill, and even my stash, until it came time to attempt to earn my Amelia Earheart badge for ESK Yarnathon 2015.

I had done so much, but no proof of my projects over the years…from 2001.  I saw that I really did not engage in Ravelmentation until I learned to knit…so that’s about 2012. Then I backtracked some, but who has time for that?  I had to make time if I wanted my badge, so I did; creating project pages for them all. We want to move forward in not only acquisition of skill set and knowledge, but onward to literally the next and newest pattern! Drudging up the past, most importantly, for me, revealed a pattern of not completing many a project.  I’ve decided no more to that pattern. I think that being involved in the ESK Yarnathon has ensured that I do; it keeps me accountable and I love the team spirit.  I still got my badges but that’s beside the point.

I implore you to, as best as you can, document and photograph all that you’ve made. Even if you’re no longer in possession of your handmade goodies, still create the project and write how you felt making it because those feelings never go away.

Getting Moto ready

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on October 2, 2015 at 9:31 pm

  
I need help choosing colorblock options. I also asked for help here.

I have 220 yds dk. grey and 330 yds. taupe grey.

What do you think?

 Any other suggestions?