Announcing my holiday fundraiser for 2015: Mink Wrist Warmers!
My sister introduced me to Lotus Mimi, a wonderful 100% mink yarn. It’s a fingering weight yarn that’s softer than cashmere. I was hooked immediately!
An important note about mink yarn. No animals are hurt during the production of this yarn. The hair is cut and combed from the animals and then spun into the yarn.
When my sister showed me the wrist warmers she had made from Mimi, I knew I wanted to make something similar for my 2015 holiday fundraiser. Here are the patterns I explored.
Attempt #1: Susie Rogers’ Reading Mitts. Really cute mitts, but I hated making them. I chalk it up to using the magic loop technique with fingering weight yarn. I felt I was going to break the yarn every time I reached the end of a round, although that never happened.
Here’s what they look like:
Attempt #2: Work + Shelter Hand Warmers. This simple pattern is worked flat, and then stitched along the sides to create a sleeve with a thumb hole. It’s similar to extra-long sleeves on some sports tops that have a thumb hole built into them. The original pattern is for a worsted weight yarn, so I had to adjust it for fingering weight yarn. I love the simplicity and length of the finished product, and really enjoyed making them.
After showing my sample pair to a few friends to gauge their interest, which was very positive, I decided to declare success! This would be the pattern for my fundraiser.
I’m now busy knitting pairs and pairs of these hand warmers. Interested in buying a pair? I’m selling them for $40. Just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
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.
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!
In 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!
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.