You’d think after completing seven design commissions in the space of less than 30 days my hands, arms, shoulders and brain would be too tired to pick up a crochet hook or pair of knitting needles. Not so! Just after dispatching a number of completed items for Colorado flood victims (see previous post), along came notice that it’s time for the annual Snug Hugs for Kids Crochet & Knit-a-Thon, a charitable cause that former coworkers and I have contributed to for the past five years:
Also mentioned in the previous post was a visit to a local Tuesday Morning store where I found bargains on sock and “big ball” yarns. Immediately I began turning it into useful items for those in need:
Some of the completed projects were these Crochet Hats in SRK “On Your Toes” sock yarn. Since the yarn is thin I used a size H/8 (5 mm) crochet hook and went up to 84 or 96 single crochet before discontinuing the increases, worked around and around in a spiral until long enough, then finished off with 3 or 4 rounds of half double crochet ribbing:
Besides hats, Snug Hugs for Kids also accepts baby blankets, scarves, and other items for ages newborn to 18 years old, so this Cuddle Cable Baby Blanket in Red Heart “Comfort” will be included in the donation package:
With some leftover TLC Baby Amore yarn from stash, I created this set of a small baby blanket based on the Log Cabin Heart Square from the CT! Contest Favorites Afghan with a matching hat crocheted from the remaining scraps:
Leftovers of this sock yarn were turned into another Crochet Hat:
In the batch of yarn picked up at Tuesday Morning were two balls of Wisdom Yarns Marathon Socks “North Pole” in the ‘Jack Frost’ colorway. Since my most recent fave project to design and crochet is the Alice scarf from Classic Elite Yarns booklet #9229 Spectrum …
… I decided to make another. There was a lot of noise going on last weekend (DH was sanding the deck, gardeners were mowing and aerating lawns, washing machine and dryer were in use, football and baseball games were being broadcast on TV) so in the midst of the hubbub I tried to drown it all out by focusing on crocheting this version, the Blue Motif Scarf:
For this one, I didn’t change colors every round but just let the yarn do its own thing straight from the ball. The scarf is made of motifs using the join-as-you-go method so it grows quickly. I couldn’t stop making and joining motifs so in just a couple days I had a newly completed accessory which will be fun to wear this fall and winter.
That’s the production to date, not to mention five new design submissions sent out in response to recently-received design calls, plus another project on the needles which can’t be revealed yet. I’m keeping my very busy fingers crossed that even more projects come along, to keep the production line rolling … round and round and up and down … until fourteen (so far) completed commissions scheduled for publication are released in 2014!
ETA: On another charitable note, this post appeared on the Lion Brand Yarn Facebook page: “October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This Pinky’s Wings Beanie designed by Kathy North with our Vanna’s Choice yarn would make a great chemo cap.”
Thank you, Lion Brand!