Saturday, December 29, 2007

Waiting Room

Hi Knitters,
I have the pattern for this new hat all set to go. I just need my son to set it up for me. He is in a basketball tournament this weekend so time is scarce. Waiting, waiting for a spare moment. My daughter is waiting to get her hands permanently on this hat and I keep telling her not until I have the pattern all finished. More waiting.
I started this scarf so long ago. It is a crocheted ripple stitch I found here. The yarn is some super old Jo Sharp wool. I think it is beautiful but to be honest I got really tired of working on it. Yesterday I was trying to clean out my studio a bit and I decided to no longer work on the ripple scarf. For awhile I toyed with making it into some sort of bag which could have worked.
As I was folding the scarf into different shapes I decided to take the easy route. I crocheted the ends together to make a neck warmer. This is a good solution when you want to try a scarf pattern out but you quickly grow tired of working on it. I should see if I have any other half-finished scarves around. I bet I do! I have a couple of manufactured neck warmers I wear all of the time while I am out walking and running. It will be fun to have a handmade one.
Now there is something exciting going on in the Itty-Bitty Knits group on ravelry. Teresa, the woman who started the group and is the moderator, is organizing a fantastic charity knit-a-long (kal) that is being run through the Itty-Bitty Knits group. I think baby and preemie hats are the knitting of choice for the kal. If I understand it correctly, each month there is a different host. The host of the charity kal gets to choose where the knitted hats get sent for that month. There are hospitals, shelters and many other organizations being suggested so far. If you are at all interested please check this one out. I love the way it is being run and it will help a lot of different geographical areas and different needs. It is being called the Charity Knit-a-Long.
Teresa is doing a great job of organizing everything. She has gotten a super response so far and she also pulled together a lot of information on the ravelry group page concerning sizing and so forth. I think some of the knitters are using the patterns in the Itty-Bitty books but they are open to any style of knitting as well. I hope I got all of that right. Let me know if not!
I'll be back with my pattern soon, fingers crossed.
Have a safe and warm Saturday. It is my husband's birthday today! I just bought a big ice cream cake from Dairy Queen for tonight. See how exciting my life is? It's too much.
best, susie


Beth said...

I think you've got it right about the Charity Knitalong, Susan. Several people have volunteered to be monthly hosts, but I think there are still spots available! So all you Knitters check out our "Itty Bitty" Ravelry group and get in on it - I think it will be a lot of fun!

Dianne said...

When my sons were young they always asked for an ice cream cake. I gave them all kinds of homemade choices, but they wanted the one from the ice cream shop! It just seemed too easy for me, I guess!
Love the hat and the idea of lining for warmth. I used the fleece lining on the Surefire hat and the grandsons loved it.

Susan said...

Hi Dianne,
You know I haven't thought about it much but I have had it easy for most birthdays around here. We sometimes make a special cake or cupcakes but most often we visit a local bakery or snag a good ice cream cake. That is the easy way out for sure but they love it just as much. Thanks for the cute story.

Nicole said...

Hi Susan,
Yesterday was my sons 8th birthday and we had a ice cream cake from Carvel!!! There is a cake baker in the next local town who we usually buy from-cannot TOUCH her cakes, even though I used to love to make and decorate the kids cakes myself, these are literally worth the extra pound or two you might put on!LOL! Funny, ice cream cakes in the winter!

Sarah's In the Midst of It said...

Susie, I grew up in a small midwestern town, and I have great memories of those Dairy Queen cakes! I'm going to have to introduce my boys to them--so far I've had to make dinosaur cakes, pirate ship cakes, and fishbowl cakes. We definitely need a lower-maintenance solution to birthdays. But our nearest one is 45 minutes away--I'm not sure which is more work, driving to it or just making a dinosaur cake!!

Happy birthday to your husband :)

Oiyi said...

Love the neckwarmer! I might have to give that a try.

Knitterella said...

Love the hats and neckwarmer - great idea!

Happy Belated to your husband! (love ice cream cakes)

Happy New Year as well! 2008 is going to be great!