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photo of necklaceIf you’ve been following my blog, you know that I love knitted jewelry. The designs are so beautiful and unique. I also think knitted jewelry is perfect for my fundraisers. Many knit accessories, like hats and scarves, can be too heavy for the mild winters we get here in the San Francisco area. By contrast, knitted jewelry sells well.

So, imagine my excitement when I saw the necklace that my sister knit. It is the Cable Braided Necklace by OlgaJazzy, a knitwear designer based in Japan. While the necklace is beautiful as is, I was impressed that you can also wear it as a wrap bracelet. How cool!

My sister used a metallic yarn, which is stunning. It reminded me of some pink metallic yarn that I picked up on sale a few years ago. I never knew what I wanted to do with it….until now.

Stay tuned! I’ll be sure to post a photo of my necklace once it is done.

–Karen

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Photo of 6 braceletsMy friend Mary Ann recently told me about “zero waste” clothing design, an approach to creating patterns that don’t leave any left-over scraps of fabric. According to the NY Times, the reason to pursue zero-waste design is sustainability. Millions of tons of fabric scraps are tossed into landfills each year because it’s cheaper than recycling.

In the spirit of zero waste design, I’m on a mission to use all of my scraps of fingering weight yarn that are left-over from other knitting projects. My Wrap It Around Bracelet is the perfect design to use for this.  Not only can I make something with just a small amount of scrap yarn, I can also sell them to raise money for a charity that I care about. Win-win!

I love the scarp yarn I used to make these bracelets. It’s a soft merino/silk yarn from Big Alice Dyes in beautiful shades of burgundy, blue, and purple.

I was able to make seven bracelets. Six are shown here, and one was a gift to Mary Ann. I hope she enjoys her “zero waste” bracelet!

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 bracelet with the silent auction sheetThis past weekend, my son’s 8th grade class held a silent auction to raise donations for a scholarship to the Hamlin Midwife College in Ethiopia. In a recent blog post, I shared that my son knit some Show Stopper Bracelets for this auction. The bracelets were a big hit! The bidding started at $30, and they ended up going for between $35 and $75 each. In total, the bracelets contributed $335 to the auction. Plus, a parent who lost out to a higher bidder asked my son if he would make an additional bracelet, which will result in another donation to the cause.

Needless to say, my son is thrilled that he raised so much with these bracelets. He also auctioned his services as a car washer. I’ll have to remember to ask him which is more fun: knitting bracelets or washing cars. I know which one I would choose.

Picture of four handknitted braceletsEach year, the 8th graders at my children’s school identify a community service project. After learning about the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, my son’s 8th grade class chose to focus on the goal of improving maternal health. This spring, they are educating the school community about this cause and raising money for the tuition required to send one woman to the Hamlin College of Midwifery in Ethiopia. I’m so proud of them!

For fundraising, they are selling t-shirts, holding a “parents’ night out” babysitting event, and running a silent auction. My son, who is a skilled knitter, decided to make some “Show Stopper Bracelets” for the auction. As I wanted to support the effort, I knit one as well. In the photo, you can see our finished bracelets. We hope that they will generate at least $40 each at the auction.

You can read about how to make a “Show Stopper Bracelet” in one of my previous blog posts, which includes a link to my free pattern. These bracelets are unique and beautiful, and selling them is a great way to raise money for a charity that you support. I would love to hear about any you make, for yourself or for a fundraising effort.