I know it's on Tuesday, but parties are starting this weekend. If you're partying, please get home safely.
The is me at my co-worker's annual soiree. (I'm not the one dressed as Jesus!)
I spent the past week working on teddy bears. But, no matter how much I tried, I just could not find any enthusiasm and I certainly disliked the novelty yarns. I ripped out every project I started except for the last one and that one I biffed into the skip! As I pondered this situation, I came to the realisation that I am not interested in knitting anything that I don't consider to be useful. If I'd had a child to give the teddy bear to, it would have been different. I love to make something that is needed, a hat or scarf or a jumper but I don't want to knit just to knit -yuch!
Today, we went downtown to spend some time in our artsy-fartsy centre and I discovered a shop that is a co-op store for hand knitters, weavers, spinners, felters, etc. It was filled with wonderful woolen items and I couldn't believe me luck. I finally found a place for hand-done wools that are not over-processed. It seemed like such good fortune to come into my life just when I needed it the most.
I bought this scrumptious hand-spun and dyed wool (about an 8 ply) which was spun by a man (!) and happily came home to start a new jumper -one can never have too many of those :-). I hope the colours show up well on your monitors; the wool is a gorgeous shade of light aquamarine.
So i have been quite in love with a new project that seems to be an ongoing lifetime work. I began a freeform scarf and then made it larger and it will probably end up to be a wall hanging of sorts for an art opening. Its fun to match the colors and fibers, mixing the size of needles and....yes i dare say...crochet hooks. yikes. its scary to venture back into the horror that is crocheting. Althoouuugh i do enjoy it more when i dont have a pattern and i can do whatever i want. maybe i will post a photo of it soon.....we shall see. until then i will remain figuring out the randomness that looks like a landscape relief map and make mad my time and energy....
Anyone have any experiences with freeform????
I was wondering if any of you have ever knitted for, or know anything about the Red Scarf Project conducted through the Orphan Foundation of America (www.orphan.org). They solicit hand-knitted scarves (in the month of January) in shades of red to give to 18-23 year olds who were formerly in foster care, and now are trying to go to college without the benefit of a family for support. Interweave Knits is one of the co-sponsors, and the foundation is listed with the Better Business Bureau, so I assume they are a fine organization. I thought, perhaps, some of you might have personal experience with this project and could share more information with me.