Harry Potter Gryffindor Scarf

I have a friend who is a huge Harry Potter fan.  So, for her birthday I decided to knit her a Gryffindor scarf.  I had previously knit a Gryffindor scarf for an ex-fling, which turned out ok – it was the first pattern I had made myself.  I improved on the original pattern for my friend, including adding an iron-on appliqué.  The scarf is knit with Knitpicks Shine Worsted yarn in Currant and Dandelion.  I love this particular yarn because it is a blend of pima cotton and Modal® natural beech wood fiber, which makes it extremely soft and washable!

Perks of living in Florida – knitting in a hammock 🙂

Knitting while I watch videos for my on-line course

The final product!  Someone suggested including a note when you give a knit as a gift, talking about the yarn, why you decided to knit that person this particular project, how long it took you, etc.  By including the note, the gift has more value – it gives the receiver a chance to understand how much work you put into the particular gift, and in return, the receiver is generally appreciates the gift more.  I did that for this particular gift, and I think it made her realize how much work actually goes into a knit gift.  Definitely something I am going to continue doing!

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Eco-Friendly Market Bag

I saw this pattern at a local knitting shop, and decided to try it using up my stash.  When I first started knitting, I went yarn crazy and bought a ton of cheap yarns, including one made out of recycled plastic bottles.  I had knit a few projects out of it, but still had quite a bit leftover in white, turquoise and dark blue.  I ended up using all of it to make this bag.

The bag knit up incredibly quickly.  The lace pattern was a repeat of  rows, which was easy to do while I was watching TV.

The finished bag!  I think it will be great for the beach and the farmer’s market!  I’m planning on knitting more bags using leftover yarns.

You can get a similar pattern at Lion Brand’s Website.

Tina’s Leg Warmers

I have a friend in San Diego who recently started Barre Method workouts, which combine ballet and pilates.  She requested that I make her leg warmers for her to wear on her walk to and from barre class.  Her request was that they be salmon pink and have a line of gray on the top and bottom.  After scouring the yarn at Jo-Ann’s, I ended up with Martha Stewart’s Extra Soft Wool Blend yarn in Gerbera Daisy and Gray Pearl.  I did not have a pattern, but using guidance of a couple patterns I found on-line, I started the leg warmers.  They are knit in the round using a smaller needle in a basic K2P2 ribbing and a size larger needle in the main legging part in a basic knit.

I think if I make these again, I will use a thicker yarn and make them bigger so they are more of an oversized, comfy leg warmers, but I am happy with how they turned out!

Scarves for Special Olympics

Special Olympics is an organization that is close to my heart, and when I found out that they request scarves to be knit and crocheted for the participants, I was in.  I recruited my mom and grandmother, and together we knit up 5 scarves for Special Olympics Wyoming.

Information on the Scarves for Special Olympics Project can be found at:  www.scarvesforspecialolympics.com