One year ago today, brandy disappeared off the balcony of my apartment, beginning a 23 day sojourn of unknown parts.
Today, she stuck close, and other than hair balls, feels great!
A couple of weeks ago this article was published in the New York Times, about internal refugee camps within Afghanistan, and how children, including a young infant, died in the cold. It’s enough to break any person’s heart to think about. The follow-up article tells the story about hapzarard efforts to respond to these people, while not perfect, at least people are making the effort.
Ten years on from the beginning of the war in Afghanistan, it’s hard to realize that for most people in Afghanistan, things are either the same or worse. I don’t have any real solutions to the whole war and the sides there, given the complexiities of the balance of powers, the so-called American partners, Pakistan, etc. These are frankly beyond my time and understanding.
Therefore, I knit. Over the years, I’ve probably knit over 100 items for Afghans for Afghans. There’ve been a couple of blankets, lot’s of sweaters, and a few hats thrown in. The ones I’ve documented are included in my Ravelry A4A project page. I knit because at least I can assure some children and youth (and a few adults) that someone in America cares enough to provide them something I would be proud to have anyone in my family wear. At least I can do something for the poor and the ones who are in need, even though there’s no New York Times article being written about their particular situation.
So far, for the Afghans for Afghans campaign that is coming to a close, I’ve completed less this time (starting a new job cut into the knitting time), but tried out some new things. First up, a bunch of pretty standard toe-up socks:
And then I decided to do a standard sweater a la Ann Budd, but with a shawl collar in a pullover:
And now I’m taking those leftovers, along with a skein of worsted wool in taupe, and doing a steeked vest with stripes.
Here’s the vest done with the knitting complete:
and with the steeks crocheted (I used Eunny Jang’s quick and dirty tutorial for doing them)
and with the steeks cut:
Since then I’ve sewn the shoulders, and now I’m blocking everything before doing the armholes and ribbing.
I’m getting there on the sweater – the sleeves are done, joined to the body, and I’ve finished (i.e. designed on the fly and knit) the first color pattern for the yoke, done the first decreases, and beginning on the second color pattern (to match the sleeve).
The goal is to finish the knitting today, and do the blocking today and tomorrow.
Yesterday, I went to the intermediate spindling class, it was awesome, and I’ll more after Stitches West. Just too much happening this week!
And learns to draft the fiber with the correct paw
Realize that park and draft is more complicated than it looks when somebody experienced does it, it’s hard to know where to look
Then takes a break because learning new stuff is tiring
When do I get to ply?
The addiction continues. Twist has cast a spell over me, and I am helpless to resist. These popped over the weekend:
The improvised pattern uses a tubular cast-on for 36 stitches, then do a mini-cable to go into 2×2 ribbing. I did another mini-twist at the beginning of the thumb gusset, which is done most in 1×1 ribbing.
The cast-off for the hand is my switch out to a tubular cast-off, while the thumb gusset was done conventionally in pattern.
I am not a yarnie – that is, I don’t look for all the cool and new yarns, and have to hunt them down on Etsy or other sites. I am pretty happy with what’s available at my local LYS – this one and this one too.
So, when the new Malabrigo Twist became available, it was pretty unusual for me to leap on the bandwagon so quickly. But the favorite colorway was available, so I scooped up two skeins – one for a cowl, and the other will be for a hat.
My feelings about this yarn: it has all the wonderful squishiness and softness of the Malabrigo brand. It is advertised as a subtle thick and thin buiky yarn. I beg to differ, based on the skein that I knitting. It seems more like an Aran-weight yarn, and there wasn’t much thick-and-thin in my skein.
The cowl pattern (Birthday Cowl – a free pattern) worked quite well with the yarn, although I adjusted the stitch count for my gauge.
The September announcement of a campaign for Afghans for Afghans was for blankets. I organized a big blanket effort as you might remember, in the spring, which was followed by another campaign here, so let’s just say I’ve blanketed things pretty well this year.
Izzie and Brandy began to think the squares were just for them. So I put them away so the poor baby who will get the eventual blanket won’t be covered in cat hair.
This week, we learned there’s a quick-quick campaign for youths 7-14 years old, for sweaters mittens, socks, vests (and hats, but they don’t need that many hats). And it’s with Church World Service (which is way better to donate to than the American Red Cross, don’t get me started). And lookie what is flying off the needles:
It’s the Incredible Custom-Fit Raglan sweater. I made in a cardigan version for the Ravelympics 2008. I’m using a closeout yarn I got from WEBS – Misty Merino at less than 20 microns. OMG! It is SO soft and squishy. And not a blanket.
I participated in another kitty toy swap. This one included an “assmat” (say that three times quickly, I dare you), and a kitty toy. But our Ravelry crowd is a generous lot, so we give and get more than that. This time, the kitties and I all enjoyed our package from Jenny in Kent, WA:
I love the mug and the tea. The cards have those sheep with the wiggly eyes. Brandy really likes the mice: