Archives for the month of: January, 2013

I love listening to knitting podcasts. One of my favorites, Stash and Burn, is running a contest this year called “Use It or Lose It”. They are challenging their listeners to choose yarn from their stash and either start using it or decide to lose it by giving it away, selling it, or donating it. And, because it is the year 2013, they are encouraging us to do this 13 times. That’s right…choose some stash yarn and use it or lose it 13 times over the course of the year.

While I don’t have a large stash, I definitely have one! So, I’ve decided that I am up for this challenge, with the added goal of creating things for my charitable fundraising.

My first project was the Wrap It Around Bracelet, made from some bamboo and cotton yarn in my stash.

My second project involved tackling a bag of partial skeins of Debbie Bliss Como. I used this yarn in 2011 to make Mobius Cowls in assorted colors for my fundraising, and I had tucked all the left over yarn into a bag. There wasn’t enough of any one color to do much of anything with, but I couldn’t bear to throw it away! So, I just put it all in my stash cupboard.

When I thought about this bag of yarn and the “Use It or Lose It” challenge, I decided I could make felted bowls. They are quick to knit, and I could combine different colors to make stripes on the bowls. Here’s a picture of the bowls before I felted them:

Bowls before Felting

And here’s a photo of the bowls after felting them in the washing machine:

Bowls after Felting

I’m happy with how they turned out, and I bet I can sell them for $5 each at my fundraising next December.

My stash is lighter, and I’m feeling good about what I made. Now I need to think about my third project for the challenge…

–Karen

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Photo of my braceletI love the look and simplicity of a wrap bracelet. It’s basically a long cord, adorned with beads, that you wrap around your wrist a few times. When I saw how thrilled my teenage daughter was when she received one as a gift last month, I decided to try to design one. Perhaps it would be a good item for my fundraising.

Being a knitter, I naturally decided to make mine from a knitted i-cord, or tube. Using some some bamboo and cotton DK weight yarn from my stash, I started making i-cords with different needle sizes. The size 1 needles turned out the best looking cord.

While knitting an i-cord is downright boring, I made it more interesting by watching some TED videos from my “when I have time” list. Before I knew it, I had made one that was long enough to wrap around my wrist six times. (44 inches, to be precise.)

Next was a trip to the craft store to pick up a clasp and some beads.

Photo of the beads and the clasp

When I got back home, I threaded 10 beads onto the cord and attached the clasp. I love the finished bracelet!

Would you like to make one as well? Download my free pattern. Cheers!

–Karen

Photo of the bracelet

Photo of the Malabrigo Hand ThingiesWrist warmer redux? Try to say that three times fast!

Back in 2009, I sold over 30 pairs of wrist warmers for my holiday sales. I’m already starting to plan my 2013 fundraising, and I think wrist warmers will be popular again. After all, they are practical, stylish, and worn by people of all ages.

At first, I wasn’t sure what wrist warmer pattern and yarn to use. I knew I wanted a different pattern than I had used in the past, simply because I had gotten tired of it after making 30+ pairs. But, on Ravelry, there are over a thousand patterns for wrist warmers! I searched and thought about patterns for a few weeks before getting “a sign.” A good friend needed to sell some yarn in her stash, so I offered to buy all 19 skeins of her Malabrigo Worsted. I was happy to help her out, and I knew I could use the yarn to knit the wrist warmers.

After narrowing my search for patterns for Malabrigo, I settled on the Malabrigo Hand Thingies by Anne Sahakian. I liked the style of this pattern, and I thought I would be able to get 2 pairs of “hand thingies” from 1 skein of Malabrigo.

Fast forward a couple of weeks, and I’m loving knitting these thingies. I am able to knit 2 pairs from each skein, and my goal is to use all 19 skeins to make 38 pairs. I’m hoping they will sell like hot cakes!

–Karen