Marie-Jolie of Permission to Unwind sent over two patterns for a Rugged Camper Cooking Set. You don’t often see good masculine knitting patterns like these! Included in the set is a heat-resistant wool-mitt with leather handle and a panhandle cover or cozy. These thrifty gifts can be knit in a variety of leftover yarns from your stash and are easy patterns for beginners. Knit the set for Father’s Day or an upcoming birthday!
I generally crochet but I recently gave knitting a try. I’ll be honest: I much prefer the one hook and one stitch at a time as in crochet. I’m curious what are readers think. Do we have more knitters than crocheters? Which is better?
Bernat contributes some wonderful crochet and knitting patterns to FaveCrafts, and we love them for it. But I can’t help poking a little fun at their newest “Wrap-ghan” patterns, “the afghan with sleeves.” Let’s get real: the wrap-ghan is a Slanket. Or is it a Snuggie? Despite all the mockery of the great sleeved blanket recently, people really do love these things! Even while some of us are laughing at the slanket, inside we secretly want one don’t we? But the knitters and crocheters out there aren’t going to purchase something they can make. Hence, while funny, Bernat is a little bit genius for these:
Celebrate the coming of spring with a new knitting project. Create a lightweight shrug, feminine top or an easy item for the kitchen in a colorful color.
Knit for Kids provides handmade knitted or crocheted sweaters to needy kids all over the world. At this time, they’ve sent over 600,000 sweaters and are trying to reach 1 million! Knit for Kids is run by the not-for-profit organization Guideposts, which publishes inspirational magazines, books and web content. They offer free distribution of this content to hospitals, military and families in need. Founder Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of the famous book The Power of Positive Thinking, is considered one of the foremost motivational speakers of the 20th century.
Knit for Kids offers three knitting and one crochet pattern for the sweaters, but they do accept sweaters made with different patterns. They do ask that donations have no buttons or ties for child safety reasons. They accept sweaters for children aged 2-10, but no infant sweaters at this time. Sweaters should be sent to Guideposts Knit for Kids, 39 Seminary Hill Rd., Carmel, NY 10512. They also welcome suggestions for places in need at email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can donate yarn or monetarily directly to the organization if you do not knit or crochet. For more information, visit the Knit for Kids website.
The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA) is hosting a knitting pattern design contest, with a deadline of March 20, 2009. Finalists will have their work submitted to TKGA’s National Conference, the Knit and Crochet Show in Portland, Oregon May 14-17, 2009 for display and final judging. Entries are pre-judged from photographs and final winners will be announced May 15! For the important info, here are the illustrious prizes (besides having your genius recognized):
Grand Prize – $1,000 Gift Certificate to Yarnmarket.com
First Place – $300 Gift Certificate to Yarnmarket.com
Second Place – $200 Gift Certificate to Yarnmarket.com
Third Place – $100 Gift Certificate to Yarnmarket.com
Winning patterns will also be published. The categories for submissions are as follows:
- Women’s Fashion Classic
- Women’s Fashion Forward
- Men’s Wear
- Children’s Fashion
- Baby’s Fashion (6-12 month size)
- Accessories (hats, scarves, purses, etc.)
Are you planning on entering? What are you submitting? Let us know!
Brrrrrr it’s cold here in Chicago! So I’m in the mood for some warm winter crafts! I found these adorable fruit and veggie hats on HGTV.com. Here’s a step-by-step guide to create your own!