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Tangible Twists Infinity WrapI have some exciting news to share with you. The first is that I created a pattern for the Italian-inspired infinity wrap I wrote about a few weeks ago. I’ve named it “Tangible Twists.” The second is that, unlike my other patterns which are free downloads, I’ve decided to sell this one. Why? Well, from now through the end of 2012, I will donate 100% of my proceeds to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

As some of you may know, I grew up on the coast of Rhode Island, and I have family that still lives there. While their homes survived with little damage, my mom’s store was severely impacted. The photos of the devastation are so hard to see. That corner of the world holds such a special place in my heart.

After the earthquake in Haiti, I remember hearing about knitting pattern designers who were donating their proceeds to the relief effort. I was so impressed, but I couldn’t join in because I had never designed anything. Now all of that has changed. I have 12 free knitting patterns! And, I’ve tackled my most difficult pattern designing effort with Tangible Twists. It’s time to enter a new phase of thinking differently about knitting for charity, by raising money with pattern sales.

I don’t know how much I will be able to raise, but I am confident that any amount will help.  Please spread the word!

The pattern can be purchased from my store on Ravelry.

–Karen

Tangible Twists Infinity Wrap

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Fashion sketch of the twisted collar pieceSomething caught my eye on Pinterest last week…a beautiful chunky knit collar-skirt by Masnada. It has two wide ribbed strips that are twisted and attached to a collar (or waist band, if you were to wear it as a skirt). How striking! After obsessing about this piece for a few days and sketching it out, I decided I had to try to make it.

First, I needed some bulky yarn. Just like a seamstress uses inexpensive muslin fabric to create prototype designs, I wanted to use a cost-effective bulky yarn to initially design this piece. I headed to my local discount craft store and found Debbie Norville Serenity Chunky on sale for less than $3 per skein of 109 yards. Perfect!

Next, I started knitting the strips. Using US size 11 needles, I cast on 15 stitches and worked in 1×1 ribbing for 44″. After knitting a second strip to match, I laid the two strips on the floor to arrange the twists, pinned the twists together, joined the twisted piece into a circle, and used a three needle bind-off to join the edges together.

Knitted strips twisted around each other

The challenging part was to figure out the design of the collar. Should I make it as a separate piece and sew the twisted strips to it? Or, could I pick up the edges of the twisted strips and knit up from there? Because I strive to minimize sewing in my patterns, I decided to try to pick up the stitches.

My first attempt, however, was a disaster. I picked up some stitches along the “hills” of the twists, and cast on some over the “valleys”. After knitting for a couple of inches, I tried it on. It was awful; the cast on edges curled and looked sloppy. It was so bad I didn’t even take a photo.

I quickly ripped out those inches and started again, this time picking up stitches along both the hills and valleys. Much better! Here’s a photo showing my “take 2” after I had knitted the collar for a few inches:

Collar being knit

Last night, I finished knitting it, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Finished Wrap

I’m thinking about turning my notes into a pattern. Would you be interested?

–Karen

 

Update, Nov 12 2012: After publishing this post, I released a pattern for this wrap. You can find it here.

Black, Gray, Cream and Green Infinity WrapsBack in January, I wrote a blog post about the projects I would make for my 2012 holiday fundraising sales. One of the projects is the Shaw Hill infinity wrap, and I set a goal of making a dozen of these wraps. While I knew meeting this goal would entail many, many hours of knitting, I was motivated! I’m confident that these wraps will be popular items and that their sales will contribute greatly to my charitable fundraising for this year.

Well, I am happy to report that I am working on wrap #12! Yes, eleven beautiful wraps are completed, and one more is in the works. I’ll achieve my goal within a week!

Friends often ask me how long something takes me to knit. I never keep track of the hours I put into a project, primarily because it’s not important to me. I do, however, like to calculate how many I can make in a week or in a month. One year, I made 30 pairs of wrist warmers for my fundraising, and each pair took me about a week to knit. Given I started making them early in the year, I had plenty of time to make so many before the holidays. And, knowing how many I could finish before my fundraiser helped me calculate how much yarn I should buy, without being concerned about buying too much.

Interestingly, I’m averaging about two infinity wraps per month. At this rate, I could conceivably knit twelve more before my holiday fundraiser. Should I go for it?

Brown, Red, and Tan Infinity Wraps

Lemons in a Yarn BowlSometimes I knit something for myself that I don’t like once I finish it. Perhaps it doesn’t fit me well. Or, the colors aren’t as complimentary to my skin tone as I initially thought. When this happens, I could scream to myself, “What a lemon!” But I don’t. Instead, I consider donating it to a silent auction.

Just such a thing happened this week. I finished making a capelet from some beautiful yarn I received as a gift. However, when I tried it on, I realized the green and oranges washed me out. Simply put, I looked awful. There was no way I was ever going to wear it.

Green Alpaca Capelet

While I’m disappointed that I won’t be enjoying this capelet myself, I am comforted knowing that my knitting will not go to waste. I will donate it to the upcoming silent auction at my church. Someone with a different skin tone than me will be sure to love it!

On top of all that, I thoroughly enjoyed working with the yarn and creating the capelet. The yarn was such a thoughtful gift, and one that I so happy to receive, to knit, and to turn into a fundraising opportunity.

What are your “knitting lemons” stories? I would love to hear about them. Please comment away!