Sunday, January 14, 2007

Knitting for Peace

The new school semester has started, so I am officially back at work and taking classes. I am only taking one class, so I hope to be less over worked.

I also got a new book. Knitting for Peace is not a typical knitting book. While there are patterns in the book, the main focus goes back to the Red Cross tradition of knitters "knitting their bit." The book highlights many worthwhile organisation that accept donations from knitters. In addition to the stories of the charities, there are patterns that are appropriate for the particular charities mentioned.

As many of you know, I want to do more knitting for charity this year. While Dulaan is not mentioned in the book, it is the first charity I am knitting for. My goal is 20 hats by the July 1 deadline to be shipped this year. I am in the middle of my third hat.

Pattern: Basic Roll Brim Hat Knitting for Peace
Yarn: scraps from gift knitting
Needles: size 7 and 8 DPNs and 16 inch circs

The hats are even better than socks at a take-with-you project. Not much to think about. I made these at school, and the students were amazed that I wasn't looking at the hat as I knit.

I also am keeping up with my "Finish the WIPs" resolution. Here is a sock that was little more than the cuff a week ago. Cozy is nearly done with the third ball of yarn, but the little pink project on the DPNs is a new cast on just today mitten for me. I can't find one of my old mittens, and the Fingerless Mitts are not so great outside on those very cold days (to be fair, I made them to wear in doors).

I have tomorrow off, and the snow is coming (it was supposed to be here by now). It is a great day to sit on the sofa, knit, and watch MYTHBUSTERS!!

Happy Knitting!


GaiaGal said...

Love the purpley/blue sock. The way the colors striped up makes it look like parts of it are in shadow...sort of like when we go for drives and a cloud is over the mountains and it creates a dark spot. Very cool!

Good Luck with school...both kinds. ;)


Punkin said...

Your hats are great. I too am knitting hats - I am going to give them to the local mission for the homeless. There must be something about knitting or knitters that inspires the giving. Isn't Mythbusters a great show?! I like the one where he sits in the tub of water and blows bubbles :-)