Knitting & Crocheting

Song of a Scarf

Song of a Scarf

This is the wool
All fluffy and warm
Sheared, cleaned and carded
Awaiting its next form.

This is the spindle
I got as a gift
Simple and timeless
I was spinning in a jiff.

This is the skein
The first off the stick
Twisted, soft and natural
Adding color the next trick.

These are the colors
Full of bright hues
Made from drink mixes
And easy to use.

This is the yarn
Drying in the breeze
While I searched for a pattern
A gift sure to please.

These are the needles
To which I cast the yarn on
Big fat elevens
A scarf fast and fun.

Cast on seventeen stitches
Knit the first front and back
Knit fourteen more then two together
To keep your stitch count on track.

Knit the next row
All the way to the end
Turn and repeat these two rows
Until all yarn is spent.

This is the song
Of a scarf made from scratch
From sheep to the wardrobe
Time to make mittens that match.

Song of a Scarf: Quick Bias Scarf Pattern
Size 11 Needles
Gauge not important
Yarn 1 Skein - Mine was hand spun and varied a lot in weight... basically this is a great pattern use funky yarns with... very forgiving.

Cast on 17 sts
Row 1: KFB, K14, K2T
Row 2: K
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until you reach your desired length.

Single Skein Splurge

My souvenir from Vermont was splurging on this skein of hand-dyed cotton yarn. I have animal fiber allergies and am so envious of all the dazzling wools others can wear. I don't normally run across specialty cotton yarns and fell in love with this dreamy skein of yarn in the soft blues and violets. But now here is the question... what shall I make. This is a just for me... I actually get to keep it project. It is about 550 yards worsted weight. I would love to hear some of your ideas.

A Doll to Love


Several months ago we received an email from Michelle at Will Knit For Food. She asked for permission to use our Basic Knit Doll Pattern to create dolls to send to a village in Africa were her sister Hallie was volunteering this summer.

Our answer... a resounding YES! We did ask her, however, to share pics with us, especially photos of the dolls in their new home. Last week we received the photos you see in this post. Michelle also shared a little bit about her sister's experience.

 

Hallie is a student at Northern Illinois University. She is in her final semester of nursing; she was able to join the group she traveled with as medical assistance. The group she traveled with are engineering students who are working with "Engineers without Borders". This is the second year the school has taken a group to do work. They are committed to four years of work, so they will be going back to continue improvements for the community. This year, the team installed solar panels and lighting fixtures into the school buildings at their site in Tanzania. Last year, they built a dormitory for the school.

I learned so many things from talking with Hallie about her experience, i.e. most people do not have access to running water or electricity. And, children who attend school are required to purchase a uniform in order to do so; if they can't afford a uniform, they are not allowed to attend.

The professor who oversees the project is an African native, and he and his wife have started work on a separate, independently funded project to build a school and dormitory for children who cannot afford to attend traditional school and/or who are orphaned.

To learn more about Hallie's experience, read Michelle's post Out of Africa.

Here are all of the dolls that found new homes in Tanzania.

At Wee Folk Art we share our crafts in hopes of promoting global goodwill and friendship. NOTHING delights us more than receiving comments and emails that readers share with us on how they have used our projects to bring joy to others. As you can well imagine, to see our dolls being loved by children so far away, validates what we do here. We hope you find this as inspiring as we did. Thank you, Michelle!

Knit Swaddle


I have a confession to make... I am an infant swaddler! Give me a crying infant that has been feed and changed and still is fussing, I swaddle. In my experience, most infants enjoy the security of being swaddled and almost instantly relax. I highly recomment you do a quick Google search on the benefits of swaddling an infant. There are many. So, it should come as no surprise, that I make all my grandbabies swaddles. Typically, babies are only swaddled for the first 1 or 2 months, as they grow accustom to life outside the womb, but when you are done using it as a swaddle, it can still be used as a small blankie. Bug, Fairy and Pixie also used theirs as capes when they first began playing "dress up". 

Here is the swaddling I just finished for "Little Lady". I made it with a chunky acrylic yarn. Our family has many wool allergies so I chose to make the swaddling out of a synthetic just in case. Any chunky weight yarn can be used or you can opt to knit with 2 strands of a worsted weight. Fairy was nice enough to let me use her baby doll for a photo session. I would consider this a beginning knitting project, with a simple crocheted scalloped edge.        

Materials:

5 skeins chunk yarn or use 2 strands of a worsted weight

#6 knitting needles
size I crochet hook
yarn needle

Gauge: Gauge is not important because you knit until swaddling is the desired size.

Finished size: 22" square

Swaddle:
Cast On 1 stitch.

Increase Rows:
Row 1 - Knit front and back (Kfb) of the first stitch. (now 2 stitches) 
All remaining increase rows - Kfb of 1st stitch; knit to the end of the row.

Continue in this manner until sides measure 20".

Decrease Rows:
Cast off 1 stitch at the beginning of each row until 1 stitch remains. Pull yarn through.

Optional Hood:
Cast On 1 stitch.

Row 1 - Knit front and back (Kfb) of the first stitch. (now 2 stitches)
All remaining increase rows - Kfb of 1st stitch; knit to the end of the row.

When sides measure 7", bind off leaving a 36" tail.

Pin the hood to the swaddling at a center corner. Using the tail, sew in place along 2 outside edges.

To add edging:
Using a size I crochet hook, and beginning at the corner opposite the hood, single crochet around the entire blanket.

Note: If you made the swaddling without a hood, simply single crochet around the whole swaddle. If you added a hood, single crochet until you reach the bottom edge of the hood. Continue single crocheting across the edge of the hood, then continue around the swaddling until you return to the start.

Continuing from the starting point, crochet a scalloped edge along the single crochet row. To do this:

Chain 2 and work 4 double crochets into the first corner stitch.
 
*Skip next 2 stitches. Single crochet in next stitch. Skip next 2 stitches. Work 5 double crochets into next stitch.
 
Repeat from * until you come close to a corner. If the pattern does not work out exactly you can "fudge" by backing up a couple scallops and only skipping 1 stitch  a couple of times. When you are done this will hardly be noticeable. 

Create 1 scallop in the corner. I only made the 5 double crochets in the corner because I felt like it laid nicely. You can make up to 8 double crochets in the corner if necessary.

Continue around the swaddling until you come back to the beginning. Join to chain 2 with slip stitch and finish off.

Weave in all yarn tails.

To swaddle your baby or doll:

Place baby's head in hood. (If you made the swaddling without a hood, fold the corner down about 7".

Bring the bottom up to the chest.

Bring 1st side across the body, snug but not tight. Tuck it slightly under the baby.

Bring 2nd side across the body. With this method you do not tuck the blanket edge into the swaddling.

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"Feet Up" Kind of Weekend

Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Yes, life moves pretty fast, so when I get a chance to slow down, I relish EVERY minute. Tim was busy finishing our new deck, but we managed to slip away Saturday morning to have breakfast at one of our town's many outdoor cafes, then wandered our Farmer's Market. We discovered a vendor selling THE BEST homemade granola made with Michigan maple syrup and pecans... yum... and bought 7, yep, 7 new birdhouses. (More about THAT another time!)

Probably my favorite part of the whole weekend was my quiet, out-of-door, morning knitting sessions. Although the days were incredibly hot, each morning was refreshing, with a lovely breeze, birds singing, and, of course, the plethora of canines! I'm coming close to finishing another project for the Little Lady, which I'll be sharing soon. Leonard was very helpful, and I made sure to include ample dog fur in this swaddling!

Hope everyone had a safe and peaceful 4th! 

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