First, the annual collection for Mittens for Akkol's annual collection of items for graduates of the two orphanages in Kazahkstan. One set of grads were known and asked for specifics; for the other orphanage we had just genders and had to guess what they might like.
The two "known" grads for whom I made items - one boy wanted a white and spring green set, for which I crocheted a scarf, and the other wanted a white sweater (but he was OK with off-white) and black accessories. Someone else volunteered for the accessories, I just knit the pullover.
|Wrist-to-wrist yoke, vertical body.|
|Very slightly green in the white, an ancient fingering wool used tripled.|
|Handdyed multi from Fiberlady and Patons Classic Wool in|
'Lemongrass' - mittens are the Siena Mittens from Knitscene
and the hat is a variation of the knitpicks 'Garter Stripe' hat.
|Scraps of Lopi from another project.|
|Patons Colorwull, Lion Brand Fisherman, and various other yarns.|
Knit mittens and hat, crocheted scarf.
|Patons Classic Wool in 'Shades of Gray' with some of the related|
greys and black solid for the scarf. Knit mittens and hat, crocheted
scarf and sweater (knit neck and wrist ribbings on the sweater).
|Mostly Lion Brand Fisherman yarn used double,|
with some oddballs added for accents.
For the sweaters, I made up the patterns based upon measurements. At this point, my hands and brain have "go to" patterns for mittens, hats, and scarves, so that mostly autopiloted. I've put links where specific patterns were used. Even the white sweater was mostly designed on the fly. I was not going to do a very complicated pattern, partly due to time limitations, but also didn't want to do an absolutely plain white sweater, so this is my compromise. And yes, the cables on the sleeves twist in two different directions, that was a deliberate design choice.
I also created a number of scarves for the Knit Your Bit collection at DFW Fiber Fest. The scarves will go to veterans, and they asked us to use mostly neutral colours as there are more male recipients than female. These photos show just a few of the ones I made, mostly in plain stitches (garter stitch quite often, or a 1dc 1sc crochet stitch) with interesting yarns.
|Lion Brand Kool Wool (left) and Wool-Ease (right)|
|Lion Brand Tweed Stripes.|
|Loops and Threads "Charisma" in Ashes and Woodland.|
|Anne Geddes Baby yarn from Red Heart, doubled.|
|Grey and blue Caron Simply Soft held together, with accents|
of Lion Brand Wool-Ease left over from other scarves.
|Lion Brand Wool-Ease in the|
KYB Mistake Stitch pattern.
|Top Scarf is Red Heart Super Saver, left over from another project.|
Bottom Scarf is Lion Brand Vanna's Choice 'Woods Print' with
some stripes of Wool Ease in 'Forest Green Heather'.
Lastly, my grandmother snuggled under her birthday blanket, knit from a new Bernat yarn called "Home Bundle" which is available only at Joann's. It goes through four different yarns, so there's very little work involved, but the end result is soft and warm and light, and she loves it! Since my grandmother is always cold, blankets are an appreciated gift, even for her May birthday, and even though she lives in Florida.
The teddy bear was a gift for her birthday also, which my grandmother had to spend in hospital because her gallbladder has been giving her grief. Hence, the rather medical-looking surroundings. My grandmother is itching to get home, and should be soon!