Knitted blankets (Charity Knitting)

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Knits for Shoeboxes 2014

As in previous years, during 2014 I have knitted for Shoeboxes, the finished items given to a knitting colleague who passes them on to the local Methodist Church for processing. In 2014 I focused on scarves, many of them made using yarn gifted to me for the purpose.

Two similar scarves made using a gifted eyelash yarn named Touchy-Feely knitting yarn by Royle. Garter stitch over 21 stitches on 6.5mm needles until two 50g balls for each scarf ran out. June 2014.



Scarf made using a gifted eyelash yarn similar to Sirdar Snowflake DK if not this actual yarn. No ball band with the yarn. Garter stitch over 25 stitches on 5mm needles until ball ran out. June 2014.

Three more hand knitted scarves using gifted yarn thought to be Sirdar Snowflake DK or similar. No ball bands with the yarn. 25 stitches on 5mm needles worked in garter stitch until the ball ran out. A second pink scarf, a pale green and a red. 23rd July 2014.

Hand knitted scarf using gifted Wendy Capri. Worked in garter stitch over 25 stitches on 4.5mm needles until the ball ran out. 23rd July 2014.
Yellow hand knitted scarf using gifted yarn thought to be Sirdar Snowflake DK or similar. No ball bands with the yarn. This yarn was thinner than the other similar yarns. 30 stitches on 4mm needles worked in garter stitch until the ball ran out. 3rd August 2014.
Another hand knitted scarf using gifted yarn thought to be Sirdar Snowflake DK or similar. No ball bands with the yarn. 25 stitches on 5mm needles worked in garter stitch until the ball ran out. 14th August 2014.
Final hand knitted scarf using gifted yarn thought to be Sirdar Snowflake DK or similar. No ball bands with the yarn. 25 stitches on 5mm needles worked in garter stitch until the balls ran out. The colour change was worked using one strand of light blue and one strand of dark blue for two rows so no need for the wearer to decide which is the Right Side or the Wrong Side. 14th August 2014.


Shaggy side of a colourful hand knitted shaggy scarf using stash acrylic double knitting yarns. 30 stitches on 4 mm needles in garter stitch. 14.5cm/5½ inches wide, 82sm/32 inches long. 3rd August 2014. Pattern: http://paulineknitscarfpatterns.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/reversible-colourful-shaggy-garter.html


Reverse (Plain) side of a colourful hand knitted shaggy scarf using stash acrylic double knitting yarns. 30 stitches on 4 mm needles in garter stitch. 14.5cm/5½ inches wide, 82sm/32 inches long. 3rd August 2014. Pattern: http://paulineknitscarfpatterns.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/reversible-colourful-shaggy-garter.html
Second hand knitted scarf for Shoeboxes using gifted Wendy Capri. Worked in garter stitch over 25 stitches on 4.5mm needles until the ball ran out. 14th August 2014.
Scarf for Shoeboxes using gifted 'net' scarf yarn. No ball band with the yarn but later found to be Yarnfair Designer Scarf Yarn 100g. 8 stitches on 4.5mm needles worked in garter stitch until the ball ran out. 21st August 2014.
Second large hand knitted scarf for Shoeboxes using gifted Patons Mona Lisa. 30 stitches on 4.5mm needles. 17cm wide, 100cm long. 26th August 2014.
Scarf for Shoeboxes using gifted pompom yarn. 8 stitches on 4.5mm needles until the ball ran out. The normal chain cast off left a puckered edge. Instead, securing the yarn with a slip stitch on the first live knitted stitch, a length of crochet chain was worked across the width of the scarf while at the same time securing the live knitted stitches. September 2014.
Final large had knitted scarf for Shoeboxes using gifted Patons Mona Lisa. September 2014.


Two pointed ended scarves for young children using gifted Patons Mona Lisa. 25 stitches on 4.5mm needles, 81cm/32cm long. 23rd September 2014. 

Sideways knitted scarf for a young child using gifted Patons Mona Lisa. 23rd September 2014. 

The people assembling Shoeboxes are ingenious, coming up with all sorts of ideas to upcycle. As well as hand knits, I have also collected and given:
  • Screw tops from milk cartons to be used as counters for games.
  • Cellophane and similar greetings cards wrappers to be used to hold sheets of paper among other items.
  • Greetings cards fronts and magazines with plenty of pictures.
  • Empty denture cleansing tablet tubes.
  • Cardboard and plastic inners from cones of yarn.
  • Inner tubes from rolls of paper towels. 
  • Spectacles cases which can be used to hold sewing kits among other items.
  • Sturdy small cardboard boxes.

Other knitting colleagues have also collected the same plus:
  • Knitted scarves, hats and gloves.
  • Knitted purses.
  • Small yoghurt drink bottles with lids to be used as skittles.
  • Cat shaped plastic cat food containers to be painted and used as boxes. 




                                        

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