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I have received a letter from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic asking for donation of knitted items. Hooray! That means people who are interested in socks, hats, scarves, and mittens know who to ask. Below please find the letter and see if you want to contribute to the cause. Thanks.

Knitting for the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Christmas Shoebox Program

Every year, the Maritime Museum partners with the Halifax Mission to Seafarers during their annual Christmas Shoebox program. The mission provides care packages to mariners during the holiday season. This year the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is asking local knitters to knit hats, scarves, mittens and socks for our visiting seafarers who often come from warmer climates.

The museum is asking for knitted items with the following guidelines:

 

  • Machine washable yarns (acrylics, superwash wool and wool blends)
  • Given that the work environment on board ship can get dirty, we ask that items are not knit in pastel colours
  • Stripes are acceptable, as well as variegated, tweed, or flecked yarns
  • No items with pom-poms, tassels, or fringe as these embellishments are a safety hazard in maritime workplaces

 

Knitted items can be dropped off at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The museum also welcomes donations of:

  • Wrapped hard candies (no chocolate)
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving cream
  • Razors
  • Playing cards
  • Mementos from Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, or Canada.

 

For more information, contact:

Jason Climie, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

CLIMIEJW@gov.ns.ca

Knitting Night at the Library

I think that knitting is a lovely hobby except sometimes it gets kind of lonely. Let’s face it — it’s a solitary activity. I don’t need my husband to count stitches with me or my friends to decide what colour to use next. And for the most part, people who don’t knit themselves, don’t care about knitting at all. So, I decided to start a new knitting group to hang out with other local knitters in the library. I have been to many knitting groups around the city, and all of them have their charm and special atmosphere but I figured that adding one more couldn’t hurt.

Knitting Night

Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday

(this month — September 10th and 24th)

7:15pm – 8:30pm

Program Room at Captain William Spry Public Library

This group will be open to all crafters — just bring your projects along. There is no need to sign up, it’s “drop-in” and free. Thanks to people who donated yarn, we will have a “community yarn stash” and needles that will be available to the group members. This might be interesting for people who knit for charity, new knitters or those who want to start knitting again but hesitant to invest in yarn and tools. Actually, anyone who is not knitting because yarn is not a priority on their budget is welcome to dig into this stash. And if someone needs a place to donate the yarn they “fell out of love” with, we would gladly accept it. (Provided the yarn is clean, not scratchy and doesn’t smell funny.)

If there is interest, I would like to start informal peer-to-peer tutorials about different techniques — tips and tricks that we learned over years and want to share with others.  It also might help with the socializing, topics like “How to join yarn invisibly”, “My favourite cast-on method”, or “Frogging vs Tinking” can be good conversation starters. I personally love “Show and Share” thingie, when we can bring our finished objects and brag (or complain) about them. If someone struggles with the pattern or a project that became a hot mess, maybe someone in the group could help out.

Also, we could use library resources for printing out patterns, looking up techniques on youtube, or even borrowing knitting books. I also have a few donated books with vintage patterns — some people might like them. We are allowed to bring snacks, so maybe we could have some food there, too.

If some of the members would like to knit for charity, we could take a closer look at the Spryfield community — non-profits, schools, and churches in the neighbourhood that need hats, scarves, mittens or any other items.

If you know someone, who could be interested, please share this information with them. I would really appreciate your feedback, whether you plan to come or not. Do you attend any knitting groups and if so, what do you like about them the most?

Not my style

When I started this blog, I had a pretty clear idea what I wanted — a resource about wooly things that are needed around Halifax, NS. I thought that the new ideas would pop up as I contact more non-profits and ask what they need each season. Also, I decided not to post things that I personally knit and donate — other than samples — mostly I publish pictures of someone else’s work.  And finally, I don’t usually follow knitting patterns but improvise something — from slight modifications to completely new designs.

Now, I am about to break all these rules in this post. Because, look.

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First, I knit it and plan to donate it. Secondly, I have no idea where this hat goes — I have a few organizations in mind.  And thirdly, I used this pattern.

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And the same thing happened to this hat

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(that’s the pattern)

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and this hat (the pattern is Jacques Cousteau Hat available for free on Ravelry)

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and these Ribbed Wristers and a matching hathat5
(the pattern looks like this).

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Ok, I did improvise the slouchy hat to match the mitts, and this blue hat with a pom-pom was originally a machine-knit front of a sweater — the only manifestation of my previous habits.

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I have two more hats in the making and I am using these two books, available from the local library.

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So, here is what happened. First, I needed to knit something “mindless”, and I was hoping that “a hat a day” might keep my worries away. Making up a pattern usually takes time and often produces unexpected results — like that skein of yarn that recently became a knitted hula-hoop instead of a cowl and then became a skein of yarn again. So when I saw a book with a cute collection of baby hats, I decided to give it a try. And after I tried, I just wanted to show you how cute those hats turned out — here, I said it. Since none of the non-profits listed on my blog can use hats that fit school-age children, I contacted a few organizations in Spryfield, such as Hand in Hand store and the Single Parent Centre. In September, I will also ask the local schools if they could use hats and mittens for kids.

I still believe in the ‘goodness of fit’ when it comes to charity knitting —  the items should meet the needs of their recipient and only then our need of being good citizens and connecting with others. And while my pile of hats is growing, I will try to find the best home for it.

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