Greetings all! This is my first diary for What Are You Working On Today and my first diary on DailyKos, any constructive criticism is welcome. First let me introduce myself, my name is Letitia and I am a knitter and a weaver, I also crochet, but only when necessary. I have been knitting for over 20 years and have a fondness for lace. I started weaving about 2 years ago, mainly looking for a way to finish a blanket in less than 3 months and got bitten by the bug. I bought my first floor loom in December. The majority of my knitting and weaving is for charity, hence my moniker, there is usually a purpose to my knitting. So, enough about me, follow me below the fold to see my current projects.
My first project to share is one I finished last week, a comfort scarf. I belong to the yarn ministry at my church and comfort scarves for battered women is an on-going project. A comfort scarf is a fluffy, soft knitted or crocheted scarf that is no more than 5" wide and at least 60" long. Any pattern that catches your fancy, but it must be soft and cuddly. The intent is for women in shelters to derive comfort from the scarves and to know that someone cares. This particular scarf is made of bits of scrap yarn. I cast on 180 stitches on size 13 circular needles. I knit two rows or one garter bump in Elizabeth Zimmerman terms, then I changed to another yarn. If I didn't have enough of a particular yarn for two rows, I simply changed colors by holding the new and old yarn together for 3 or 4 stitches. I left the ends long and when the scarf was the desired width, I cast off, knotted the ends together and fringed. I let the ends mix with the fringe for color. I think it turned out quite nice and will go to a local battered women's shelter or to a homeless shelter (lots of Homeless Moms in need of comfort).
My last project to share is a woven scarf from Lion Brand Amazing yarn. This is a 40% wool and 60% acrylic yarn. The scarf was woven on a 16" rigid heddle loom. This scarf will be sent to the foster agency (LOWO) on Pine Ridge Reservation along with other woolen items. The picture doesn't show it, but it's lovely shades of gray and is suitable for a man. It's hard to find interesting yarn suitable for a man.
That's it for me, I'll share other projects in a later diary. What is everyone else working on?