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Did you know that I like to knit? Probably not since we are still getting to know each other. 🙂 Well, I do like to knit! I find it very enjoyable, and relaxing even…except when I mess up. haha Then it’s frustrating. But mostly, it’s enjoyable.
For today’s Friday Favorites, I wanted to share a different side of myself. We all know, and can relate, to the homeschool mom in us all. But we are more than moms that school our kids at home. (If you’re anything like me, you may have forgotten a part here or there. 😉 ) One of the things I enjoy doing when I have time is knitting. In the past, I’ve knitted both of my girls a couple of scarves each, a scarf for my mom, a scarf for my mother-in-law, and most recently, scarves for both of my nieces. Okay, I admit, it’s not the fanciest knitting repertoire, but it keeps my fidgety hands busy and my loved ones warm. 😉 I will also admit that I have a good handful of projects that have been started but not yet finished…for instance there is a cream-colored baby blanket and a fall-colored ribbed scarf for myself (I’ve also been told those are Harry Potter colors) in my work-in-progress bag. But I digress. Let’s focus on the present!
Earlier this summer, our homeschool group decided to collect scarves in the beginning of October for the Red Scarf Project for Foster Care to Success. After reading more about the project and the group, I signed up to contribute scarves.
Foster Care to Success (FC2S) is the oldest and largest nonprofit organization working solely with college bound foster youth. They offer many ways for people to help students from foster care. The Red Scarf Project is one of those ways. Since the first Valentine’s Day care packages were mailed in 2005, FC2S has delivered over 25,000 red scarves to foster youth in colleges and training programs across the country.
So, since I’ve been doing a bit of knitting lately, I wanted to share what I’ve been working on.
I’ve already got 3 scarves finished and I’m working on a fourth. Since the collection date for our group got pushed back a month, I’m hoping to have a few more done.
Here are the knitting patterns I’ve used for the first 4 scarves:
- Stockinette Stitch – This is made by knitting alternate rows of knit stitch and purl stitch. I used US 13 size bamboo needles. This scarf is approximately 63 inches long and about 11 inches wide when stretched out.
- Garter Stitch – This is made by knitting the purl stitch for every row. I used US 13 size bamboo needles for this scarf. It is approximately 65 inches long and about 8 inches wide.
- Pie Crust Basketweave – I used US 13 size bamboo needles. This scarf is approximately 56 1/2 inches long and about 7 inches wide.
- Basket Weave Rib Stitch – This one is my current work-in-progress. I’m using US 13 size bamboo needles (as you’ve probably guessed, these are my favorite knitting needles to use). I’m aiming to be around 60 inches long.
These are some knitting patterns I’ve found that I’m looking forward to trying:
- Alternating Diagonals
- Garter Block
- Double Basket
- King Charles Brocade
- Lattice with Seed Stitch
I’ve only used solid red yarns so far, but if I have time, I’m hoping to use some multi-colored yarns that have red in them. (I didn’t thoroughly read the guidelines in the beginning so I didn’t see that multi-colored yarns with red could be used.)
I’m having a lot of fun trying new knitting patterns. Usually when I knit scarves, I stick to a basic rib stitch. (I like the way this scarf turns out because I love how stretchy it is and can stretch over my kids’ mouths and noses when it actually gets cold enough around here to need to be that bundled up.) So I love that I’m branching out and trying new patterns. It’s so exciting! haha And all for a good cause. Definitely a win-win situation.