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Random post from the past

I started writing this a while ago but didn’t have time to finish. I have something else to show you but it needs its own post. So here it is, a post from the past.

Remember the children hats from the older post? I had been knitting some more and about 15 hats were donated to an afterschool program in Spryfield. Also, look at this scarf! It came from The Loop on Barrington St but I don’t know who exactly made it. Beautiful, eh? It was so long that it reached the ground even when wrapped around the neck. Luckily, it was knit lengthwise and I was able to make two scarves by cutting it in half with scissors, unravelling about 15 cm, and tying the fringe. (The knitters, who witnessed the cutting part during our knitting night, gasped). These two scarves, together with a cowl, were also donated to the afterschool program to keep the kids warm.

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The scarf has a beautiful texture of many yarns combined together. Way to get rid of your bits and odds.

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And what do you do with your leftover yarn?

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Hello my friends,

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

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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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