Martinis For a Cause

Author: Valerie LaVay /


It has been quite a while since my last post. I have been posting on my Toadwerks blog and Soul Traveler when I get a chance before life gets in the way.
 I have been very busy in the knitting department lately with my focus being on knitting for a cause. I love this type of knitting for the obvious reasons of reaching out to others. This type of knitting involves very simple patterns which is great for knitting on the go, or knitting and catching up on some shows and movies. I try hard to use my stash but I inevitably end up buying just a little extra to get the right look. My yarn of choice is acrylic because it is easy to care for and it is inexpensive. Plus brands like Red Heart have a ton of color choices. In the past there have been complaints about the roughness of Red Heart. While still true on their standard brand, they do have some other lines that are a bit softer and include some fun patterns runs in them. Joann's has a great selection of acrylic yarns and they always seem to be on sale. This blanket below was made with all Red Heart yarn for a project called Welcome Blanket.   https://www.welcomeblanket.org/ They are associated with the Pussy Hat Project. The blanket is made with mitered squares which seem to go so fast and give you lots of fun options when assembling. I had a lot of fun with this one. The purple gradient kid's blanket was also made from Red Heart.
The local charity group I knit squares for has added some more options for knitted things so I have been able to knit some fun color scarves using some of my stash and of course some new skeins that I couldn't resist. I used Yarn Harlot's "One Row Handspun Scarf Pattern" for the self striping Grey and Pink Scarf shown below. It was a great pattern, easy but not boring!. The other scarves were done in plain garter stitch.
Just plain old self striping with some great colors
Self striping yarn with Yarn Harlot's pattern

Self striping with a pattern in the yarn.
If you have some stash you want to work through there are so many choices out there both locally and nationally. Time for a Martini! Happy Knitting!