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Little sweaters

Little sweater

Here's a little sweater that I just finished.  It's knitted up in a sport weight yarn from Brown Sheep.  It's actually a bit smaller than the it's supposed to be, as I forgot to switch to the larger needles when I finished the collar ribbing.  I ended up knitting the whole thing on size 1 needles and added a couple of rows to each sleeve and three rows to the overall length to compensate.  The sleeves look a bit wierd to me...I'm thinking they might be better without the bit of ribbing at the cuffs.

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Knitting for a cause...

I've always "planned" on doing this...I've been meaning to join the Red Sweaters project, but it's hard to find Red Heart yarn in the city.  The helmet liners look like a good project and appeal to me as a veteran.  I like the idea of knitting for a cause, filling a need, and I've actually done it sort of by accident.

I recently finished a Baby Bobbi Bear that I knitted just because I liked the pattern (it's from Blue Sky Alpacas and it's great fun to knit and ever so cute).  I didn't knit it with a recipient in mind.  Well, AIDS Walk San Francisco is fast approaching and I'm raising money ($3000 if I meet my goal), so I'm constantly trying to think of fundraising ideas.  That's where the bear comes in.  I took it work, set it up next to my desk with a "Silent Auction" sign and gave folks a week to submit bids.  The auction ended this morning and the bear sold for $104, all of which will be donated to AIDS Walk San Francisco!  Here's the key lesson learned:  Make sure people know that YOU did the knitting!  Once I added that important bit of information, people were much more willing to bid.

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Introductions...

Okay, so I'm new to the site, and as per Matthew's request, I thought I would introduce myself.  The "J" is for John and I live in San Francisco.  I just found a cool place in the Mission with two awesome housemates, who also knit.  I've been living in Mexico for the last three years, so I'm excited to be back in The City.

I've been knitting for about 12 years, now.  I taught myself to knit when I was stationed aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN 68).  It was a unique environment in which to be a male knitter.  Needless to say, I frequently knit in public and I've missed BART and MUNI stops on more than one occasion because I was absorbed in knitting or had to finish a row!

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