Wednesday, April 26, 2017

squares

Since finishing the last temperature afghan, I have been working on squares.


I used one skein each of I Love This Yarn Light Taupe, Ivory, Mixed Berry and Greybeard. The yarn was a delight to work with. The Mixed Berry was a little thicker than the other colors. The Ivory was the thinnest. They were all the same yarn, same worsted weight. These were yarns I had purchased when I was looking for yarns for the Osgood scarf. They didn't make the cut. :-)

I used an I hook and once again I used my daughter's cross-stitch square pattern. You can find the square pattern at Crochet Cabana pattern page under Kate Smith. It is my favorite go-to square pattern as you can probably tell since I use it all the time.

I was able to get 12 squares in the Mixed Berry, Greybeard and Light Taupe and 11 squares in the Ivory. I'm not sure why the difference but maybe I used the Ivory for something else and don't remember. I did make a swatch of the colors for the Osgood so a little of each skein had been used.

Each square is approximately 6".


Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Saturday, April 22, 2017

kiss stitch

I was looking at Dee Stanziano's Ravelry page and revisited her Kiss Stitch. Such an interesting stitch, I thought I'd share it with you. You can find her stitch here. (Also check out her Facebook page ... )

In the comments a similar stitch, but not exactly the same, is mentioned. It is used in the Thermal Dishcloth by Julie Bolduc. She calls it the single crochet front back bobble.

A double crochet version is cited by Julie in her Ultra Thick Potholder pattern. 

Another stitch that is interesting to me is the Star Stitch. I think I've mentioned it here before but I don't think I had this tutorial then. This is the wonderful designer Vashti as written in her blog.

I have links to a few other tutorials on the Star Stitch in the sidebar. 

I saw another stitch earlier in the week that I found interesting. For the life of me, I can't remember where I saw it. The gist is that you make a stitch, like the double crochet, then you worked around that stitch. I have used this technique before. If I ever remember where I saw it, I'll update. If anyone knows, holler out to me please.

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

commemorative hook

The hook I ordered from Unraveled Ewe on Etsy arrived today.

The wood is Osage Orange. It's very lightweight and smooth.


The cost was $25 for the hook + $5 for the engraving and $8 shipping. Total cost $38.00. 

Here are some pictures. The first one was taken with flash and shows the engraving well. The second is without flash and shows the color of the wood better. The third show the top of the hook with the size engraved.


front of hook with engraving to commemorate 20 years


Back of hook

Hook size noted on tip - I hook

Though the cost was more than I was hoping to find, I am pleased with the hook. It feels good in my hand. That said, I haven't crocheted with it yet. I'll let you know how that works out. I will make something with it soon as I finish sewing in the tails of the temperature afghan. I'm about half done. :-)


Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2016 Temperature Afghan complete

As promised, here is all the info regarding the 2016 temperature afghan. This afghan was begun February 23 and finished April 20. That does include a few weeks off while waiting for yarn.




Here are pictures of the finished afghan before I took care of the tails.

The finished size is approximately 43" x 72". 2016 was a leap year so one more row than the 2013 I did previously. As you can see the afghan is not lying flat so measuring was a bit tricky. I can't get down on the floor anymore to measure large items.





I used the Wunderground site to get my data for the high temperatures for each day. https://www.wunderground.com/history/ 

I chose to use the calendar year from January to December. Some people go from their birthdate to first birthday.

How to get your data and edit it is in the post from February 17, 2017.  

This afghan was made using Knit Picks Brava Sport yarn. I usually love this yarn but had some trouble mostly with knots and especially in the paprika. The paprika, even the new skeins, had some plasticy flat sections. I just used those as is since they were just part of the yarn. It just felt funny but seems to have worked okay within the project.

I used a G hook. Foundation chain was 226. 

Here are the temperatures, the color used, and how many of that color.
30s eggplant (1)
40s mulberry (1)
50s freesia (25)
60s cornflower (35)
70s marina (40)
75-79 tranquil (51)
80-84 Grass (52),
85-89 canary (42)
90-91s orange (50)
93-95 paprika (46)
96-99 red (23)
100 caution (1)

Tips:
If you use the same stitch I did, to help you see that very first single crochet of the row you can put a stitch marker in that first stitch. Just move the marker up as you go to each row. You will need one at both ends of the row if you choose to do this. Both ends should be the same. Every row begins and ends with a single crochet.


In all the months that begin with Row 3, the odd numbered days are worked with sc, sc at the beginning and end of the rows, the even numbered days are worked starting with (sc, ch 1, sk 1).


In the months that begin with Row 4 it is reversed. Odd numbered days are with with the (sc, ch 1, sk1) and the even days are worked with the sc, sc.

Which months these are will depend on which year you are working.

I chose to mark the last row of each month with a stitch marker, but that is just me. It served no purpose except to show me the months.

My pattern:
With a G hook and sport yarn, chain 226
Change colors according to your temperature chart.

Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across (225 sc)

Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, * ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next sc, repeat from * across. You should finish evenly, with a sc in your last stitch.


Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, sc in ch-1 space, * ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next ch-1 space, repeat from * across row to last stitch, sc in last stitch


Row 4: ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, * ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next ch-1 space, repeat from * across. You should finish evenly, with a sc in your last stitch.


Rows 5 - 365 (or 366) Repeat rows 3 and 4 consecutively 



Note: Every row begins with a sc in first stitch. After the first sc stitch, you will sc if the next thing is a ch space, and you will ch-1 and skip it if the next thing is a sc.

The edging is (sc, ch 1, sk 1) using (sc, hdc, sc) in corners. I used marina for the edging.



Here are pictures of the afghan at the end of each month. 


Janury
February

March

April

May
June
July

August


September


October


November
December
Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Monday, April 17, 2017

Etsy shop

Before I forget, I want to mention that I have closed the Crochet Cabana Etsy shop. They made some changes in Etsy and I don't get a lot of sales from it anyway. I'm thinking of doing the same to the Ravelry shop but haven't decided. I don't get many sales from there either. It's also a little more difficult to add patterns to Ravelry, at least I find it is, but I can offer free patterns there and couldn't on Etsy. I can make changes to current patterns easily enough though.

I just this minute finished the 2016 temperature afghan but still have to sew in hundreds of tails. I'll then put up the post with all the info about the afghan.

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Saturday, April 15, 2017

2016 tempghan thru November

Only one month left to go and then, of course, the tails. I seem to be good at getting the tails for the first couple of months done as I go but then I get lazy.



I don't know if anyone who reads this followed April the Giraffe's pregnancy but the calf was born today, a boy. I was able to watch the labor and beginning steps of the baby. I had only been following a few weeks but I felt quite rewarded to catch the birth.

I should finish the temperature afghan this week. Then I will put all the information together in one post.

It's been an interesting experience but I think I'm done with temperature afghans for a while.

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Thursday, April 13, 2017

2016 tempghan thru October

Only two months to go. Here is October. I have finished with orange and red. I have only a very small ball of orange left. It had me worried for a minute. :-) There were 50 orange rows so it used almost the entire two skeins.

There are a few yellow rows coming up and then the rest of the rows are in the blues and greens.



Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

2016 tempghan thru sept

We're in the home stretch. Only three months to go! Here is September. It's outgrown the loveseat so here it is laid out on the big sofa.




Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Saturday, April 8, 2017

2016 tempghan thru August

Another month down ... 2016 Temperature Afghan through August laid out on a loveseat.




Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

2016 temperature afghan thru July

Temperature afghan is moving along nicely. It wasn't difficult to get back into the routine. I do most of the crocheting while watching TV. I've also continued using my stitch markers to make sure I don't miss the end stitch and to mark the end of each month, just for reference.

The Brava Sport Caution I used for the 100 degree temperature is very close in color to the Canary. It just has a bit more orange to it. I had a moment of wishing I'd chosen a shade with more variation in color, but it is only one row and when I realized it I had already gone a number of rows past it. 

At this point, the afghan is approximately 40" long. It is doubled over in the picture so it is twice as wide as it looks on my loveseat.


As I've said before, I'll give all the details when it's done but quickly note that I am using a G hook and Knit Picks Brava Sport yarn.

The Paprika yarn I was waiting for has been a bit of a disappointment. It has had a few thick spots and some flat bits that have a plasticy feel. If I have to cut out a bit on a one-row color I generally start the row over and I've had to start a couple of rows over with this yarn. All in all it's not the quality I expect from Knit Picks. I hope it is not a sign of things to come in the line. That would be disappointing.

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Monday, April 3, 2017

2016 temperature afghan June

I've resumed work on the 2016 temperature afghan. Here is a picture through June.


I will put all the pertinent information in one post when I've finished.

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Friday, March 31, 2017

squares

My Paprika yarn came in yesterday so I'll be resuming the temperature afghan today. 

While I was waiting for the yarn, I worked on some circles, and some squares for a charity effort. I did take pictures of the circles but somehow those pictures have gone missing. I have one picture measuring the circle.



Here is a picture of the squares.



The three larger squares are ones I made some time ago and had in my bin. I have no idea what pattern or yarn it is. They are soft and shiny so I'm guessing maybe Bernat Satin or Caron Simply Soft or perhaps the old Red Heart Soft.

The others are 6" squares made with Red Heart Super Saver yarn (pumpkin, delft blue, hot red and a cream - maybe soft white). I think the yellow might be I Love This Yarn. 

I used and I or H hook - whichever gave me the 6" goal. The pattern is my daughter's cross-stitch pattern which is one of my all time favorites. So easy and mindless once you get going and very easy to assemble together.

You can find her patterns (Kate Smith) and others on my pattern page at Crochet Cabana

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Saturday, March 25, 2017

numberghan

Happy news! I got a notice from Knit Picks that they have the paprika yarn in so I hurried up and ordered a bunch of skeins. It says "low stock". I also ordered a few other colors that had the same notation just to be sure though I'm fairly certain I have enough to complete the temperature afghan. I'll be heading back to that one as soon as the yarn arrives. I hope I can pick up my rhythm without too much of a setttling in period. :-) You know how it is when you put down a project.

In the meantime I've completed the number afghan to go with the alphabetghan.

Finished size is about 22" x 25 1/2". 

I used the same basic procedure as for the alphabetghan. I just followed my charts for the numbers. I edged each number with the aran, joined them in columns because of the way my long tails were placed, edged each column, assembled the columns, then edged the entire thing. I used a plain old single crochet edging.

The yarn is the same as the alphabetghan without the pumpkin. I used blue, cherry red, paddy green and yellow.

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Thursday, March 23, 2017

anniversary hooks

I'm sorry to say that Craft Designs For You no longer makes the painted wooden hooks. I am looking for another source. 

There is a shop on Etsy that will etch the name Crochet Cabana and the dates 1997-2017 on a hook. I have ordered one to see how it looks. However, the cost is a bit more than I was hoping, almost $40. 

There is a person who expressed some interest in making hooks but before he commits he needs to know an approximate number that he would have to make. If that should work out, I think the cost would be less.

If you are interested in a hook, please do let me know. Even if you are not willing to spend that much, let me know you have some interest so I can ask dealers if they can handle the number of orders that may be received. This is NOT a commitment to buy. I just need to know if anyone is interested at all. 

I am also very open to investigating other sources. My main criteria is that it has the name and date, which is what marks the anniversary. I would also prefer it to be wooden. I'm pretty open on any other details.

What's on my hook now is a small numberghan to go with the alphabetghan just finished, just like the one I made previously but with different colors. Im also thinking of putting the pattern up at Ravelry and Etsy if there is interest.

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

alphabet afghan

The alphabet afghan is this close to being finished. Just have tails to sew in and a washing to soften up that Red Heart yarn.

Here is the finished afghan ... front


... and back with all the tails


And closeups of most of it. It's hard to get the design to show up in filet projects.




The finished size is approx 35" x 53". I used an I hook for the rectangles and an H hook for the side edgings.

Yarn used is Red Heart Super Saver 7 oz skeins Red, Blue, Pumpkin, Paddy Green, and 14 oz. Aran and I Love This Yarn Yellow. I have a lot of the 14 oz skeins of aran leftover but I don't think a 7 ounce skein would have been enough.

Here are the steps I took.
1) choose yarn and pattern (my alphabet afghan design)
2) figure out color placement and which letters needed to be made in which color (6 of each color including blanks)
3) make the rectangles, sewing in tails as I went, using the filet pattern
4) edge each rectangle in aran leaving a long tail for assembly - I generally do 3x length of squares
5) assemble rows (in order of the alphabet according to design)
6) edge around each row with the aran
7) assemble rows together, being careful to keep the alphabet in order
8) edge around entire afghan in aran

That's where I'm at but there are two more steps to go.
9) sew tails in
10) launder on gentle cycle with cold water

The only WIP I have that I want to work on is the spider afghan but there's no rush on that.

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

another ABC afghan

While waiting to be able to order the rest of the yarn for the temperature afghan, I decided to make another alphabet afghan. This one will be red, blue, yellow, green and orange. At least that's the plan. I was thinking primary and secondary colors.

The orange I have is pumpkin. I had in mind more of an orange, but I'll see how it looks next to the others. Why is it we never have what we need no matter how large a stash exists? LOL Anyway, three colors down, two to go.



I'm using Red Heart Super Saver only because I happened to have the red, yellow and pumpkin on hand. After working with softer yarns, it sure feels rough. I know it will soften after I wash it though.


I plan to edge each square in buff or some other neutral color.

I'm just thinking that I might have a purple in my stash. Hmmm If the orange doesn't work, perhaps a switch in thought if there is enough of the purple. It would still be a secondary color. :-) I chose to use only five colors as I wanted the afghan to be 5 x 6 rectangles and the color scheme worked out well with five.

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Monday, March 13, 2017

20 years

In October of this year Crochet Cabana will have been on the Internet for 20 years. Wow. Seems like yesterday that I started this journey.

For the 15 year anniversary I commissioned special wooden crochet hooks to be made. I was considering doing this again for the 20th if enough folks are interested and it can be arranged with the same wonderful company I worked with before - Craft Designs For You. I have contacted CD4Y to find out if they still do custom hooks, if there is a minimum order, and what the price would be for such hooks.

If you are interested in having a 20 year hook (1997-2017) holler out and let me know. You can message me on Facebook, comment on the Facebook page, comment here on the blog, send a message from the blog, or email me privately at crochetcabana@gmail.com. You don't have to make a firm commitment at this time as I don't know prices and other information. I just want to know if there is any interest at all.

Here is what the hooks looked like then. I cannot remember for sure how much the hooks cost, but will update this post when I hear back from Cherie.





Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Thursday, March 9, 2017

spiral cloche hat

Someone posted a picture of some cute little girl hats and it sent me searching for the pattern so I could try it. There are numerous patterns out there for spiral hats like the one I was interested in, but I found this video which was quite nice and thought I'd share it (and the resulting hat) in case others are interested. She has a print pattern as well.

Here is the print pattern.  


The video can be found at YouTube hereThere are three parts. Two by Louise at Red Haired Amazona (I love her accent) and one by Off the Hook for the brim. There's a bit of background noise in the first two but I did not find it too distracting. Her instructions were clear and I just paused the video to catch up if I needed to.

She does note that she originally saw the pattern on a Russian site. I don't speak Russian. However she does have a lot of pictures. 


I grabbed one of the extra skeins of Knit Picks Brava Sport arylic in solstice heather that I had on hand to try this out. I used a G hook for my sample. It came out pretty large and I didn't do as many rounds as she did. Maybe it's meant not to be too tight since it has the brim? If I made another I would use fingering yarn and a smaller hook.

The video shows a cotton 8 ply. She suggests a 2.5mm hook.

If you can make a front post dc, this won't be too difficult. Just follow along and pay attention to what you're doing, particularly the location of the ch-1s.

I decided I didn't want a wide brim because the hat was large and I wanted to make it small enough to fit my head by reducing the stitches. So I have a flat brim. Here is the result.


The Solstice Heather is too dark to show you the stitch definition. With a lighter yarn you'd be able to see the spirals better. It's a pretty nice hat and was not difficult to make following her video.

My female mannequin has some stickiness on it which I've been unable to remove fully. Still working on that. Then she will become my go-to model again. :-)

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Monday, March 6, 2017

2016 tempghan through May

Here is the 2016 temperature afghan through May. This is the last month I can complete until Knit Picks restocks the paprika. Hopefully they won't push the date back any further than April 4. Besides the paprika I wanted eggplant for the one row in the 30s.



You can see there are now quite a few rows of yellow and orange. The next few months will get into more orange and paprika with some red.

Just as a reminder, here are the temperature and color guidelines.

30s eggplant (1)
40s mulberry (1)
50s freesia (25)
60s cornflower (35)
70s marina (40)
75-79 tranquil (51)
80-84 Grass (52),
85-89 canary (42)
90-91s orange (50)
93-95 paprika (46)
96-99 red (23)

100 caution (1)

It will be about six weeks or so before I can work on this again. Hopefully I won't lose momentum when the yarn comes round.

In the meantime, I have a few things I'm looking at. One is a hat that is about half done. I also have a lapghan I started some time ago that I can pull out. A few things came up this week that I am thinking on as well. We'll see which way the wind blows tomorrow. :-)

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Thursday, March 2, 2017

2016 temperature afghan through April

The 2016 temperature afghan is going very well. I will have to put it aside when I get to the month that uses paprika since I have none and Knit Picks doesn't have any either. It used to say they'd have some March 15 but now it says April 4. I'm sure I'll be at that point way before that date. I'm thinking of using a different color.

I thought of an additional tip that you might use, especially if you're a beginner at crocheting, to see that very first single crochet of the row. If you put a stitch marker in that stitch it will be very easy to see. Just move the marker up as you go to each row. You will need one at both ends of the row if you choose to do this.


And here is my progress ...




Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

2016 tempghan through March

Here is the ghan through the end of March.


These are the colors I've used so far. I'm done with mulberry as there was only one row needing that color.

40s mulberry 
50s freesia 
60s cornflower 
70s marina 
75-79 tranquil 
80-84 Grass

I had a bit of a panic when I went to grab a second skein of the tranquil in my bag and couldn't find it. Eventually I discovered it in my closet. Whew!

Most of the months appear to take me two-three days to complete. I tried to determine how long one row took to complete but never could sit down long enough to do one row with no interruptions and actually remember to look at a clock. LOL That's one of my goals today!

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Sunday, February 26, 2017

2016 Temperature afghan through Feb

Here are the progress pictures of the 2016 temperature afghan, through February. As before I'm marking the months with a stitch marker. All the info will be in the post at the end.

Here it is through the end of January.


Here it is through the end of February, completed last night. All tails woven in. I doubt I'll keep that up, but it's my goal. :-)



I almost hate to say it's going fairly smoothly. I did have to frog one row because I picked up cornflower instead of tranquil. I don't think the toddler would have noticed but still ... heh

I still have a couple skeins I need to order but they're not available until March 15 so I'll just keep working until I get to where I don't have the color I need. 

I've been a little disappointed in the Knit Picks Brava Sport which is usually my go-to yarn. I've run into many knots (sometimes on one strand, sometimes a larger knot) and thick spots where I had to cut them out. Sometimes I could work on the thick and still use it but I was cautious on that.

Having to cut out pieces adds to the already huge number of tails to sew in on this particular afghan. I have been just starting the row over if it's just one row but that causes me to use more yarn than expected because I've had to do this several times. It's not been just one color either, although I can say it's been one of the few colors I've used so far. Cornflower I think has been the biggest culprit though I know I've had to cut in the middle of a two-row sequence on the freesia. The colors I've used so far are freesia, cornflower, tranquil and marina. I had one row of the mulberry but I don't recall having a problem with it.


Anyway, if the March order is the same, that's it for Brava for me. Maybe I was just unlucky with this batch and the next will be fine. I'm thinking of trying that Scheeljes yarn I talked about last time.

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Mandalas for Marinke

At the end of June in 2015, a young lady named Marinke Slump (nicknamed Wink) lost her fight with depression and passed away. Her death led to an outpouring of grief and sadness, dare I say throughout the world. She was well known through her crochet blog and patterns. Her death was a shock but brought about an awareness of mental illness that had not perhaps been felt before.

Marinke's blog is still active. I think her sister periodically posts.

One person chose a very special way to honor Marinke and bring awareness to the plight of those suffering from depression. Kathryn Vercillo of Crochet Concupiscence put out a call for crocheted mandalas in Wink's honor. The effort is called Mandalas for Marinke. Little did she know the response would be so great.

Who is Kathryn Vercillo? You can read about her here.

You can also support Kathryn's work financially if you are so inclined. Refer to her Patreon page and this update for more information.

Here is Wink's story for Kathryn's book Crochet Saved My Life.

If you'd like to see all the articles written about the different mandala submissions, you can find them here.

I recently contacted Kathryn to get an update on the project, which entailed putting out a book of pictures of all the mandalas and an art display of the mandalas themselves.

Here is the update, directly from Kathryn.
Both the book and the art show are slated for 2017 after some unexpected delays that were caused by receiving a surprisingly large number of submissions. This is a wonderful thing, of course, and it just led to some changes in the format of both the show and the book. In short ...
- The book is completely written and almost all layout is complete. I have been waiting to publish until I get photos of all of the mandalas in one space together as I believe that has the most powerful visual impact. I have found it difficult to secure a large enough space to layout all of the mandalas in one place for photographing. I am still working on this although I've found some workarounds that I can implement if the full photo does not come through. The book is to be published in advance of the early summer anniversary of Marinke's death. A notice will be sent as soon as I have a specific publication date. 
- I really wanted to keep all of the mandalas together for one cohesive art show. I completely underestimated how difficult it is to find a space to host a full exhibition. The few spaces available in San Francisco are prohibitively expensive, so I've been looking into varied options (hosting it elsewhere, with a few options available in Tucson, AZ to start, and separating the work into smaller pieces for exhibition in different spaces). I have two meetings in the next month for possibilities - one with a hospital to hang pieces locally and another with an amazing performance art troupe that may be interested in incorporating them into a mental health themed performance. So it's all still being worked out; the art world moves much more slowly than I knew but it's happening step by step.
There are a couple of other things of note regarding Marinke. Her sister-in-law Christina created an afghan pattern with Marinke's standard mandala patterns. You can find the afghan pattern here and here. The second article contains a few interesting little tidbits to go along with the mandala posts. It's a gorgeous afghan. A great way to honor Wink's memory.

This CAL is the last thing Marinke was working on in the crochet world. The CAL is long over but the patterns are still up and I imagine you can still buy the yarn. The complete CAL is available as a pdf. The only U.S. outlet I saw listed was Paradise Fibers, but I also saw Deramores listed (U.K.) and I've ordered from them several times. They are quick and efficient. Sometimes there is even free shipping if you purchase a certain amount. Of course, you can download the patterns and use whatever yarn you wish.

IMPORTANT: Note that the instructions for the CAL use UK terms, not US terms.


And listed in reverse in case you're trying to translate the patterns from Scheepjes.
UK      =       US
sl st (slip stitch) = sl
ch (chain) = ch
dc (double crochet) = sc
htr (half treble) = hdc
tr (treble) = dc
dtr (double treble) = tr
ttr (triple treble) = dtr
quad tr (quadruple treble) = ttr

There is a  Facebook group for the CAL. I don't know if people are still working on it as I'm not a member but the group still exists.

This is the CAL afghan as pictured on Scheepjes web site. They offer three different color palettes.



Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Friday, February 24, 2017

charity

With all the things happening in my life these days, I've gotten away from consistently donating to charity. However, I firmly believe in helping others with our skills, whatever they might be. I ran across this list and thought I'd share it with you as well as having it at my fingertips for future donations. You do have to mail out items in most cases, but in general they are small items that would not cost much to mail. 

I highly recommend using the poly mailers which are light and don't add much to your mailing costs. I get mine on Ebay. Just search for poly mailers or poly envelopes. They can be easily folded over if you have a small item but only have larger envelopes.

Here's a list I saw on Facebook to get you started.
http://www.knowlio.org/10-ways-you-can-knit-or-crochet-for-charity

Of course there are several charity efforts that I am familiar with which could also use your help. Here are a few of my favorites.

The first one that comes to mind is The Bridge and Beyond run by my good friend, Sandy in Ohio. Scarves, hats and other items are donated to the homeless in her area. I trust Sandy and have no hesitation at all in recommending participation in her efforts. Along the top of the blog page, Sandy lists a bit about each item so you can make your donation especially useful.

Another effort that I have long supported is Knit Your Bit, making scarves to be given to veterans. Our soldiers do so much to keep us safe and free. They and their families make so many sacrifices. I find it most appropriate to give back to them. Knit Your Bit coordinators see that every scarf meets their criteria and finds a home with a veteran. Scarves are sent all across the country though the effort headquarters is at the WWII museum in New Orleans. I have met the sweet Lauren who began this effort and who continues to coordinate the happy volunteers. She hosts a local knit-in every now and then at the museum where you can bring your knitting and work on a scarf for a veteran.

Author Debbie Macomber supports an effort called Knit One Bless Two. The goal is to make blankets/afghans for children. The main thing to know is that the size of the ghan has to be 36" x 42". 

Christmas at Sea keeps mariners warm both physically and with a warm, fuzzy heart knowing that others are thinking about their comfort. Most of the patterns listed are knit but there are three crochet patterns: Crochet Seafarer's Cap, Crochet Scrappy Scarf, Crochet Mariners Scarf. There is a Facebook group for this effort. Other patterns are allowed as long as they "sit tight to the head (no slouchy hats) and scarves are under 50" long. No pompoms, fringe or tassels please as they're a hazard".

Having had a preemie myself, they are close to my heart. When I was working with Preemie Afghans for Charity, Danette donated many little blankets. Now she has her own effort which has been around for many years. Check out God's Tiny Angels for more information.

Another charity effort I want to  mention is Heartmade Blessings. They make afghans at the request of individuals for folks who are going through a difficult time and would benefit from being reminded that others care. There is a Facebook group and a yahoo group. Many hands make quick work. A dozen people donate squares which are assembled into afghans by another person. I like the idea of thirteen people working together to give comfort to someone they don't know.

I know there are many other efforts out there. If there is a particular thing you like to make, there is a good chance there is a charity somewhere that needs it. 

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Thursday, February 23, 2017

2016 temperature afghan

2016 temperature afghan has begun! This is about halfway through January. I just wanted to note the day I began for reference. The beginning went much more smoothly this time around. No knots. No do-overs. :-)


I used an F hook for the foundation chain. There is still a little gathering but not nearly as much as before. In retrospect I think this time it may be from not making my chains between single crochets loose/wide enough. In any case, I'm okay with it. I'm trying to pay attention to those chains a little more and keep them the same as much as I can.

I'm using a G hook for the body of the afghan. I'm using my little cheat sheet for starting each row but am finding I don't need it as much as I did on the first one. Of course, it's early on.

Happy crocheting!
Sandie