Friday, September 17, 2010

Scarves, Mittens And More

The cooler weather has me thinking of scarves, mittens and hats.  No matter how many I churn out it seems that these items are always in short supply.  My plan was to knit a bunch over the summer, but somehow that never happened.  

I do have one scarf under construction, almost finished.  This is the One Row Handspun Scarf.  The yarn is a mystery yarn, the ballband long gone.

This will be a donation for The Red Scarf Project.  If you have time for charity knitting, you might want to consider this cause.  The Orphan Foundation of America, the sponsoring organization, sends Valentine's Day care packages to foster kids who are in college.  A scarf is included in each package.  OFA is accepting scarves now.  See the link for more details.  

Another scarf project I'm planning is a scarf knit by everyone in the household.  I've done this before, and it's a good group project.  I'll cast on for a scarf, start knitting and leave it out for others to pick up and knit a few (or many) rows.  In an effort to get everyone to participate plain garter is best.  And it helps if the yarn is colorful and fun.  Yes, there are variations in gauge making for a thick and thin scarf, but that's half the charm.

I really need some mitts but have put this project on the back burner. I have my old standby pattern, tried and true.  I should cast on and get started, but I got distracted looking at other patterns.  I stopped by SpillyJane (Ravelry link) to browse.  I made her Owlmittens not too long ago, and I love her designs.  As luck would have it, she's having a sale on patterns.  Buy 3, get 1 free. Buy 4, get 2 free.  Buy 5, get 3 free.  I'm sold.  That was the easy part.  The hard part is deciding which patterns to get.

My color inspiration for the week comes from the farmers' market.

Heirloom tomatoes . . . 

. . . with stripes.


Taos Sunflower said...

I love your idea about leaving a scarf cast on, so everyone in your household can participate. I once read a blog about a yarn shop on the Arctic circle that had a basket of yarns out, so the customers could do the same...they had knitter/visitors from all over the world contributing. Will you donate the family scarf, or make them so you each have one to keep forever???

Tanya said...

Pints - of course

Just my 2 cents

Stephanie/Dirty Water DyeWorks said...

The family scarf project is for donating. I like to encourage giving, and this way everyone can contribute.

Stephanie/Dirty Water DyeWorks said...

Thanks for the suggestions. Pints is at the top of my list. I'm also attracted to Swedish Fish and Gnomes . . .