Knitspired: Spirit of the season

So, this is somewhat of a non sequitor, but I think flu shots should include immunization against the stomach flu.  It seems obvious to me – flu shot = flu + stomach flu – but I work with yarn not pharmaceuticals. 

The reason for this irrelevance?  Your intrepid (if occassionally tardy) Knit Purl blogger has been down and out with the stomach flu for over a week now.  Which is why there hasn’t been much going on here lately.  To make up for the lack of content, I’ve tried to cram in as much as possible into 1,000 words or less*.**

First and foremost, today we had a visit from Dina of the Yarnfest BSD Project.  For those of you unfamiliar with the effort, Dina is trying to collect over 1600 hats, scarves, and mittens for the over 1600 homeless children currently living in Beaverton, OR.  Beaverton, for you non-PDX residents, is a Portland suburb that has been hit very, very hard by the recession.  The fact that there are over 1600 documented homeless children in a city of 86000 is pretty darn disheartening.

Dina’s original goal, to collect 1617 handknits for the homeless children of Beaverton by Thanksgiving, hasn’t been met.  So we’re trying to help her reach that goal by Christmas.  Dina collected several donations from Knit Purl knitters today, but considering the generosity of our blogfans (50 lbs collected for foster care children last winter!) I think we can do more.  So, through December 22nd, we’ll be collecting donations for the Yarnfest BSD Project.

If you’d like to donate and aren’t in the area (I know you’re out there), please mail any donations you knit to:

Yarnfest BSD Project
c/o Knit Purl
1101 SW Alder
Portland, OR 97205

There’s no denying that there’s a need and a home for anything you can knit.  And if you can’t make the deadline, we will very likely continue to collect donations for Dina after Christmas. 

Fuzzy Pink Hat, knit with Casbah & Merino Worsted held together

Of course, there always is our Handknits for Hard Knock Kids foster care clothing drive (second year around!) to think of, too.  If you miss the Yarnfest deadline, don’t worry, we’ll find a child in need who’ll love what you’ve knit. Now the donation requirements for our Handknits for Hard Knock Kids clothing drive are much looser:

  • Handknits are preferred, but not required (store-bought clothing is more than fine)
  • Used clothing is acceptable, provided it’s clean and in usable condition
  • Donations of intimates (such as underwear, socks, and diapers) are very, very welcome
  • Toys are also welcome (especially given the season)
  • All donations must be made by February 15th, 2011 – on that note, we will make three trips to the Oregon Foster Care Office.  One each in December, January, and February.  But, don’t worry, we’ll keep a running tally of the donations!

Please send all donations to:

Handknits for Hard Knock Kids

c/o Knit Purl
1101 SW Alder
Portland, OR 97205

And, same as last year, there will be a prize drawing.  I just have to nail down some details with local dyers.   To show my own support of the cause, I have both raided the stash and picked out some pretties from our new Madelinetosh stock…

I already have six hats and plan to knit at least a total of a dozen, though I’m hoping for 18 to 20.  What can I say… other than that I’m a softy and my stash needs pruning?

But Dina and I (and Sandy Kay) can’t do it alone.  There are a lot of needy kids out there who could certainly use some handknit love.  Especially considering the sad quality of store-bought knits.  What child wouldn’t benefit from a soft and warm 100% wool superwash hat?

Exactly.  So, to entice our lovely blogfans to participate, I have a question for you…

What would encourage you to cast on?
A free pattern!
Pattern suggestions.
A knit-along
Prizes!! free polls

Is it a special Handknits for Hard Knock Kids hat & mitten pattern?  Or a list of pattern suggestions?  or a fun knit-along?  Or some really great prizes?

You tell me, and we’ll see what we can do.

Preemptively, of course (cough), I have assembled a list AWESOME hat suggestions!  Should, y’know, any of you amazing blogfans decide that you simply MUST cast on right this minute

L to R: Flurries Slouch Hat, Struan Hat, Fair Isle Hat
Poet Society Tam, Ripley Hat, Fleeced Earflap Hat
Button Hat, Slouch Hat, Earflap Hat, Children’s Hat & Mitten Set

So, c’mon, join the virtual party and knit a hat (or several) for a child in need.  You’ll be all warm and fuzzy inside and they‘ll be all warm and fuzzy outside.  Clearly a win-win.  Questions?  We have answers.

Now, this post was originally (i.e. last week) going to be about something completely different – our colorworKAL projects’ progress and a little Madelinetosh lovefest.  As we have no new photos of colorworKAL progress (and there has been some, honest), we’re going to just go with the one thing we got – lots of love for Madelinetosh.

The first of which has to be for this awesome hat Lindsay, our Fashionknitsta, wouldn’t take off.

Poet Society Tam, knit with Vintage in ‘Lichen’

And, thus, was featured in last week’s Newsletter: Cuddle Up With THIS.  It is a pretty awesome hat.  Then we had Eva’s lovely Ishbel, which she’s been wearing to work a lot lately:

Eva’s Ishbel, knit with Pashmina in ‘Terrarium’

In a word: Scrumdiddlyumptious. Seriously.  Pashmina around your neck… yummmm.

Then, lastly, my yet unnamed Purple Mystery:

My Purple Mystery, knit with Tosh Merino Light in ‘Duchess’

Which I (and everyone else, too, it seems) LOVE.  The yarn is to die for.  Just delicious to work with.  In fact, I’ve already cast on another of these with a skein of Tosh Merino Light in ‘Filigree’ using the same pattern (mine!).  Too pretty.  But now it’s 6:25pm and I must away.  Check back next week for a colorworKAL update (even if I have to nag my coworkers all week) and more fun happenings around here.

Until then, stay warm!
~Sara M.

*Any of you sassy knitters out there claiming that a picture is worth a thousand words shouldn’t mention that while I’m living off of Saltines and toast.
** I dare any challengers to try and do better under the circumstances.

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December 09, 2010 by Sara M
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