{fo} charity hat #1

pattern: Miranda hat (child version)
yarn: patons classic wool
mods: I knit an additional half of the diamond pattern repeat (up to round 5) because I reached 5 inches before decrease without the additional round. I know for my kids, I need at least 5-1/2 inches before hat decreases. Full details and additional notes can be found on my Ravelry project page.

Again L was a very patient (she surprises me all the time, this little one) model — it must be because she loves the attention — for me this past weekend when I asked her to stand outside in 35 degree Celsius weather to try on a wool hat for her mama while she took her picture.

This hat and many others I hope to get finished before the end of September is part of a charity knitalong that I mentioned earlier, that I joined a couple weeks ago with the products of my knits going to Evelyn at Project Stash to give out to her local shelter in support of families in need of a meal.

If you’re interested, join our lively discussion on Ravelry.


Craft Hope and the red scarf

Have you visited the Craft Hope shop?

Craft Hope for Haiti Shop Spreading seeds of hope one stitch at a time

In just one weekend, a community of artists came together and set up an Etsy shop to benefit Doctors Without Borders in the aid of Haiti. My own contribution to Craft Hope is this red scarf, which was stitched up this weekend for the Orphan Foundation Red Scarf Project.

The scarf was knitted first entirely in berry red, then striped at the other end with black and ending entirely in black to give an edgy two-colour look. The knit pattern is a textured rib. Pattern notes below and on Ravelry.

Measurements: 6″ (15cm) wide x 74″ (188cm) long

Gage: 12 rows x 11 st in pattern on 10mm needles


CO 15 stitches in main colour (red)

Row 1: *K1, P1, repeat from * until end

Row 2: Knit all stitches

Repeat rows 1 and 2 in MC until scarf measures 54″, then join the contrasting colour (black) and continue in pattern for 2 rows each colour. When the main colour runs out (approx after 5 stripes) continue the rest of the scarf in black until the scarf measures 74″ long (or desired length).

Bind off and weave in ends.

I hope this scraf brings a little LOVE and lots of HOPE to someone out there!

stitching for hope

craft hope

It’s been a slow start to the new year for me. The hours passing by as L and I snooze on the couch, and keeping, for the most part, mainly indoors because I don’t want to take my new babe out in the cold, but it’s hard to ignore what is going on in the rest of the world. The visuals of the devastation in Haiti is jarring and I count my blessings and say a prayer for all those who have been touched by this latest assault. 

When I read about this project by Craft Hope on Jolly Bee‘s blog, I was struck by the kindness in the crafting and blogging community. I was also inspired by founder of Craft Hope, Jade of chikaustin, who came up with idea behind Craft Hope last year, all-the-while raising a family with a third child on the way. That’s the kind of spirit that inspires me to continue to be creative in my daily life, so I had to take part in their 6th project, the Orphan Foundation Red Scarf Project. 

At first, I thought I didn’t own any red yarn, but after searching through my stash — which involved digging through a Rubbermaid bin (I’m the first to admit that some yarn organization is in order soon!) I found a skein of bulky berry red. Perfect! That means big needles, and with a Valentine’s Day deadline (hence red scarf) it’s just what I was looking for. Paired with some leftover black, it would create a great quick knit. 

Thanks Jodi for turning me on to this project. A little HOPE is exactly what is needed now.