Infinity scarves are here to stay, and based on what I see at stores like Anthropologie, there’s a trend towards multi-colored, richly textured ones. I decided to knit such a scarf from a beautiful yarn called Bamboo Bloom Handpaints. It is a lovely, soft combination of bamboo, wool, and acrylic.

Scarf in Fallen Petals

I’ve been searching for just the right item to make for my knitting fundraiser this year, and I think this is it! It meets all of my criteria: an quick-to-knit accessory in high-quality, affordable yarn. I bet they’ll be popular. And I know I’m going to have fun making them.

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

–Karen

 

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Sunlit Grotto is the name of the color of a beautiful skein of Classic Elite Yarns Silky Alpaca Lace that happened to “fall” into my stash. Yarn has a way of doing that sometimes.

I turned it into a shawlette, using the popular Citron pattern.

Picture of the Citron Shawlette

The Sunlit Grotto Citron Shawlette

Having already made two Citron shawlettes for myself, I decided to donate this one to the silent auction at the school where my kids went from preschool through 8th grade. The auction was in March, and the colors of this shawlette would be perfect for someone to wear on an upcoming chilly Spring evening or on Easter.

I was thrilled to hear that my shawlette went for $80 at the silent auction. A nice contribution to the cause!

 

They’re teeny. They’re tiny. But each one will make a difference to a preemie, whose head needs to stay covered to help retain body warmth.

Photo of the preemie hat

With the yarn left over from knitting a pair of socks, I am making four of these little preemie hats. I’ll donate them to The Knitmore Girls’ collection drive at Stitches West.

Many thanks to Cheryl Andrews for sharing her free pattern for preemie hats, in many sizes based on the gestational age of the preemie.

Less yarn in my stash + charitable knitting project = FEELING GOOD!

Picture of felted bowlsIn my quest to reduce my stash of felting wool, I’ve made a surprising number of felted bowls. Almost thirty. Back in January, I wrote a post about making a handful of these bowls, and since then, I’ve just kept going. They’re fun and quick to make. I love them!

They’re useful, too. A few on my sewing table keep notions organized. My daughter uses them to organize bracelets and other jewelry. They’re also handy for holding a pocket’s worth of spare change and keys. Or, filled with some herbal tea bags or chocolates, they make a unique small gift.

I’ll sell them next month as part of my fundraising. I’m thinking of pricing them at $4 each, or 3 for $10. What do you think of this price? I look forward to hearing from you!

–Karen

I knit all year round to create accessories to sell at my yearly holiday fundraiser. And as much as I love knitting, I equally love tallying my profits and writing a check to a deserving cause in my community.

This year, I’m happy to announce that my check will be going to Peninsula Bridge, an organization that promotes academic and personal success for motivated middle school students from under-resourced communities in the San Francisco peninsula area. I’d heard of Peninsula Bridge for years, but only really understood its impact this past summer through the eyes of my son. He was a teaching assistant for their five-week summer school, which gives the middle school students an academic boost when they return to school in the Fall. Not only do these kids hone their math and english skills, they also get to hang out with high school teaching assistants, like my son, who serve as role models. For many of these middle-school students, they will be the first in their family to attend college, if they go at all. They are inspired by the teaching assistants, who talk about their plans for college, make it cool to learn, and have fun all day long.

The check I write will be modest, but hopefully it will help this great program to continue growing and making a difference.

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