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As regular readers of my blog know, I knit to raise money for a few charities that I care about. Each January, I choose an accessory to make, and either create an original pattern or use one by another designer. I then knit a number of these items to sell to friends and co-workers the following December.

I’ve been doing this knitting fundraising for years now, and every summer I hit a breaking point. The novelty of the pattern wears off, and I get bored and burned out. I declare that I can’t make another one.

I recently hit that point with my 2013 knitting. For this year’s fundraiser, I decided to make fingerless mitts, using Anne Sahakian’s pattern for “Malabrigo Hand Thingies.”  I love working with Malabrigo yarn, and fingerless mitts are popular in Northern California where I live.  For many months, I was happy making the mitts. I plowed through my stash of Malabrigo, looking forward to seeing each new colorful skein turn into a beautiful pair of mitts. But, then I hit that point. I had made 29 pairs of mitts, and I couldn’t stand to make another pair. I was done.

Here’s the “mound of mitts” I made before hitting the breaking point:

Picture of my "mound of mitts"

Next, I need to set pricing. These are adult sized, and made from 100% soft merino wool. I’d love your feedback: would you pay $30 for them, knowing that all of my profits will go to a good cause? Please leave a comment letting me know your thoughts. Thank you!

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Photo of the Malabrigo Hand ThingiesWrist warmer redux? Try to say that three times fast!

Back in 2009, I sold over 30 pairs of wrist warmers for my holiday sales. I’m already starting to plan my 2013 fundraising, and I think wrist warmers will be popular again. After all, they are practical, stylish, and worn by people of all ages.

At first, I wasn’t sure what wrist warmer pattern and yarn to use. I knew I wanted a different pattern than I had used in the past, simply because I had gotten tired of it after making 30+ pairs. But, on Ravelry, there are over a thousand patterns for wrist warmers! I searched and thought about patterns for a few weeks before getting “a sign.” A good friend needed to sell some yarn in her stash, so I offered to buy all 19 skeins of her Malabrigo Worsted. I was happy to help her out, and I knew I could use the yarn to knit the wrist warmers.

After narrowing my search for patterns for Malabrigo, I settled on the Malabrigo Hand Thingies by Anne Sahakian. I liked the style of this pattern, and I thought I would be able to get 2 pairs of “hand thingies” from 1 skein of Malabrigo.

Fast forward a couple of weeks, and I’m loving knitting these thingies. I am able to knit 2 pairs from each skein, and my goal is to use all 19 skeins to make 38 pairs. I’m hoping they will sell like hot cakes!

–Karen