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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.

Lisa and her Infinity WrapMany knitters prefer to knit in the privacy of their homes, never venturing outside with their needles. I’m not sure why this is the case. I bring my knitting pretty much everywhere I go so that I can  make progress on my current project. I also find that, if I have my knitting with me, I am more patient when there are any unexpected delays at doctors’ offices, sports practices, and so on.  I even look forward to getting somewhere early so that I can knit a few rows in my car before an appointment!

With my charitable focus, I also find that knitting in public gives me the opportunity to talk about my fundraising. For example, my two teenage children both enjoy sports, and I always knit while I am in the stands cheering them on. Parents often ask me what I am making, and, as I tell them about the specific project on my needles, I mention that I sell my knits to raise money for a non-profit. When they inevitably ask, “Which non-profit?”, I briefly summarize what the organization does and why I support them. It’s a nice way to spread the word.

As you might imagine, some parents ask if they can buy my knits either for themselves or as gifts. While I knit throughout the year to create enough inventory for my holiday boutique sales, I am more than happy to sell things to friends at any time! Recently, a mom from my daughter’s volleyball team expressed an interest in buying one of my infinity wraps. I brought them to our next tournament, and she purchased three of them. (Thanks, Lisa!) That’s her wearing one in the photo above.

You may see people knitting in your neighborhood during “World Wide Knit in Public Day,” which consists of locally sponsored events that take place from the second Saturday to the third Sunday each June. This year, it is from June 9-17, 2012. More information is available on their web site, http://www.wwkipday.com/.

Logo for World Wide Knit in Public Day

The next time you see someone knitting in public, I encourage you to say hello and ask them what they are making. Who knows what you might discover by doing so.

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