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I swore I wouldn't post until I had something to show and tell, and so I've been knitting like a mad woman since, well, I haven't really stopped since September.  My focus has been all over the place. I went on a mitten kick for a while to give my friend something to put on her web shop.  I also made a bunch of tie-dyed onesies for it.  I cast-on a few things, including my Granny Smith Apple Cardigan, and then Christmas knitting started in earnest  over Veteren's Day weekend.    I made several neck Gaiters with the Knit Picks Capra wool/cashmere blend.  Very soft and my sisters and sisters-in-law loved them.  The pattern was simple to memorized and I was cranking them out into December.

  I did a few miscellaneous gifts for DS, DD, and MIL, and Christmas Day I cast-on for my brother's B--day gift.  His B-day was Dec 29th, so I was a few days late, but not too many.  :)









  I picked up myEcologically Friendly Wool Nethergarments shortly after New Years and finished them off one year to the day that I cast them on!  I'm still not too happy with the waist shaping, but I was a little tired of them, so I decided to wait a bit before I go about re-doing the last 4-6".  The short-row shaping just didn't seem to work for me. 

While cleaning out my craft closet and reorganizing my stash, I came upon a WIP that I started eons ago, I am guessing 2007, but it was definitely before I started keeping track of projects on Ravelry.  It is the Scrap Yarn Rug by Rosanne Kropp.  I had another strip that I didn't add because my gauge was way off.  I decided to just be done with it.  I originally made it for our camper, but now that we have our cottage, it will probably go there eventually, but for now I get to look at it every day at my knitting chair!

My knit/crochet group from church is getting a re-start this month with a new "missional' approach.  Several people are wanting to learn to crochet and knit.  We will encourage them to pick a charity-related project to work on while we are together once they are on their way.  I have been working up some samples to give them some ideas:  mittens, hats, preemie caps, etc  There is an organization called Knit For Boston that collects a variety of hand-crafted items, and then distributes them to the best place for the item.  So soft caps go to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, kids stuff goes to Cradles to Crayons, Adult hats, scarves, afghans, etc, to Friends of Boston's Homeless, etc.  Makes it simple for me to pack stuff up when I have a box full.  There are several collection sites around the city as well.  This Saturday is our first major get together of the year and I am really looking forward to teaching someone how to knit or crochet so they can join in the "fun with a purpose." 

And lastly, my current WIP:  My Granny Smith Apple Cardigan.  I just cut the steeks last week and am now on the sleeves.  My goal is to have it done by the end of the month as that is when hubby is off to school for 3 months and I am not counting on getting (much) knitting time.  Please pray for my sanity (which equals knitting time.)  :) 

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Comment by PurlGirl on February 21, 2012 at 7:19am

Thanks, and the Mitts are a great idea.  At first I thought they might be too complicated, but I'm sure I can find a beginner pattern.  I'm going to be teaching the basics for a while with my group.  But I'm going to teach them all with circs. so that they won't be intimidated with circular patterns.  And crochet, too.  Most want to learn to crochet, which is where I started...12 or so years ago.  I should get my act together and find something really close to the church in our community that needs items, but I want people to make what they feel lead to do, and there are many shelters, hospitals, and child-centered organizations in the Boston area that appreciate donations.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 20, 2012 at 8:36am
Love your cardigan! Good work on everything! Yes, don't forget Mitts of Steal!
Comment by cherylbwaters on February 14, 2012 at 10:51pm

Excellent, Allison! You have certainly accomplished a lot. Don't forget Mitts of Steal. I know you are already a member of the Rav group. You could choose a dialysis center in the Boston area and for those in your group that like to do fingerless mitts, it would be great. We are trying to get people to take care of a local center and have knitters from their area provide mitts. If you would like to do this, let us know and we will help with suggestions.

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