My friend Melanie recently taught me how to knit and crochet. Over the summer, I’d completed my first project, which was a (lumpy/hole-y/full of character) hooded blanket for my little niece Lucy (who is now about 12 weeks old and is soooooooooo cute!).
After this experience, I realized that I LOVE TO KNIT!! Melanie started a Lunchtime Kitting group at work (we work together); a group of us meet once as week and we all knit or crochet or sew or do other crafty things for an hour. It’s so awesome to have a support group to help me with any questions or issues that I have about my projects, and it’s great having time out of the week that’s actually dedicated to knitting!
Melanie knits for charities (among other things), and I got interested in contributing too. She hooked me up with A Fresh Start, a volunteer knitting initiative started by Beth123b of the Peace Work group on Ravelry.com; she is collecting travel-size toiletries and handmade washcloths to be donated to a women’s shelter in her ‘hood. I’ve knitted three washcloth’s so far, check ’em out!
The pattern is something from the Lion Brand Website, but you have to be a member to log in and see it, but basically you
-cast on 46 stitches
-knit 2 rows
-knit 1 stitch then purl 1 stitch alternately for two rows
-repeat the knit 2, knit/purl 2, until you reach 9 inches
I used a number 7 us – 32 in. circular needle. I just like using circular needles (I think it’s easier to take your knitting on-the-go!), but it’s not necessary.
The yarn that Melanie suggested to use is a cotton yarn called Sugar ‘n Cream. Not only is it washable, but also the color are very yummy-looking! I really can’t over this yarn. Here are some close-up shots of the colors that I used.
I’m really hungry now, I’m going to go make some dinner!