Sunday, October 21, 2007

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For the past two years I have been lucky enough to have time to go to The Knitting Corner to help knit a prayer shawl for breast cancer patients who are going through chemo treatments. Last year is was crowded and this year was no different. While I did not get any pictures of the women who came last weekend to knit on the shawls, I did take a quickie picture of the one that I brought home to finish. I haven't had a chance to post lately because I have been busy knitting the prayer shawl to take back to the shop. When I take it back I will volunteer to take another one that someone else didn't get a chance to finish. I enjoy the simpleness of the pattern. I can do it while I watch TV at night and not have to check a chart of do much counting.The shawl is the same color every year and the yarn is Encore. It's knitted on size 11 needles. I use the Addi Turbo circulars. It's three skeins and a very fast mindless knit. The end result is wonderful. Ruth (at the shop) takes the finished shawls and puts fringe on them and then they are given out. Last year we all collectively knitted 13 shawls. I know there was talk of beating last years total. I sure hope we do.

Not only am I knitting the shawl for the shop, but I bought a pattern with the pink ribbon pattern to return to have it made into an afghan. I haven't done a pattern square since I did the three for Jef. I have until Nov 30 but I want to get the squares done and out of here so I don't forget. I wanted to do the ribbon so here is my pattern and the yarn I got for my $5. I get to keep the pattern so I will have it for another time. I will post the finished squares when I get them done.

Not only have I been working on the two breast cancer projects, but I have been trying to finish another pair of socks. Since my On-Line socks had to wait for another skein of yarn, I HAD to start another pair of socks. So I past the heels on both and am working on the gussets. I knit both socks at the same time using dpns. I go back and forth to each sock and I find that my gauge stays pretty consistent. Knitting one sock at a time is okay but I really want a pair when I am done. I am using Trekking XXL yarn. I have never used this brand before, but I have to say, I love this yarn. It's been easy to use and the stripping is nice too. I didn't try to match the strips on this pair but they have turned out nicely anyway.

So, I think that about catches things up for what I am working on. I have a nice list of projects that I want to get to but I always seems to get sidetracked. I really am in sock mode and as long as I have sock yarn, I think I will keep going. I want to have Sue teach me how to make a pair of sock that are just for my feet. I have a nice sock book and I will pick something for there to get me started. I would love a pair of lace socks.

Well, that's it for me for now. Thanks for stopping by!

4 comments: said...

I think I recognize that sock yarn! Looks good on you also! My shawl is on the 3rd skein and I have mastered the purl stitch in Continental. It's still slow but the knit is so much faster! See you Thursday?

vlb5757 said...

Yup, it's the same stuff. I thought I missed buying it but when I rooted around in the sock yarn drawer, I found it. They are so nice and I just love knitting with this stuff. Good for you with the Continental purl stitch. I would like to learn now to do that but for now I will hang with throwing.

I think I will be there on Thursday. I will bring my prayer shawl. I started the third skein last night so I am making progress! We need to talk about our little Ravelry group. Do we want to meet someplace maybe?

Wool Winder said...

There's lot of knitting going on at your house! Looks great!

Suna said...

Hi and thanks for visiting my blog. I sure love Trekking XXL, and that's a great colorway on your socks. Like wool winder said, you are getting a LOT of knitting done! I'll check back for more progress reports.