Monday, March 23, 2009

Could we get some noise going?

This group isn't very active, and I'm wondering if it's time we closed the blog? Not the group by any means, but because few of us post I'm thinking we can do the same things by email and it might be less intimidating.

Please email me at SFTS to give me your opinion. If, in about 10 days time, no input indicates we should leave the blog open I will close it down.

I've posted a new scarf pattern at SFTH called Steps. It's the first pattern after the link. I've used a stitch from the 365 Stitches per Year perpetual calendar, but started the scarf on a different row than the stitch pattern on the calendar.

Hope all is well with everyone and that your hooks and needles are keeping you busy and happy. Shelly

Thursday, January 22, 2009

2009 Calendar

Today I sent out an email with the calendar of due dates and themes for 2009. I'll put it here also so if you ever have a question you can go here for the info. However, I'll still send out email reminders also.

February 28th - Springing for Joy - Knit or crochet any scarf in a spring color that brings you joy. We'll all be looking forward to spring by the end of February!

May 31 - Mother May I - Knit in honor of your mother. If she was a knitter or crocheter, make something she would have made, or something she would enjoy.

August 31 - Fall is just around the corner - Think Autumn, I know it's still hot and not the kind of weather you want to be using wools, so you may want to make this ahead of time and send it to reach us by the deadline.

November 30 - Thankful - This deadline falls shortly after we celebrate Thanksgiving, so let's make as many scarves as we can, and be thankful that we are able to practice our craft.

In line with the November due date, I'd just like to take a moment to thank all of you for participating in Stitching For The Seasons. 2008 was a wonderful year for Scarves From The Heart. In December alone we gave out 210 scarves, plus some hats! So thank you to all who have participated and made Scarves From The Heart successful!

In the email I challenged each of you to find a friend who would join SFTS! Let's see if we can double our membership!

Friday, January 16, 2009


As is usually the case half the month has passed and I've let time get away. I hope 2009 has been good to all so far.

The holiday season was slow for Scarves From The Heart. A couple of you sent scarves for the winter season, but I know with the economy Christmas Knitting was a priority for many.

I've been enjoying working with a new yarn that has just become available to the public. It's Mini Mochi yarn from Crystal Palace Yarns and can be purchased at Jimmy Beans Wool and Yarn Market The price is very close at both sites, but I didn't check into the cost of shipping at either. I'm not sure if it has shipped out to stores yet. The color on this picture isn't real accurate, but it gives you an idea of the scarf I'm working on. I cast on 46 stitches using a cable cast on, making the scarf just over 4 inches wide. I pulled from the inside of the first ball and completed two rows, then tied on the second ball, pulling from the outside and doing the next two rows. The pattern is knit 1, purl 1 across, slipping the first stitch of every row purlwise. When changing balls of yarn, slip the first stitch and purl the second stitch using the ball from two rows below. You'll be surprised at how little the drawn up yarn shows. I'll be trying this same method with a variegated yarn and black yarn soon.
The portion at the center back of the chair, the part that looks tan is actually more green than it appears and the orangey section is more a coppery orange.
The yarn is very soft, it's 20% nylon and 80% merino and is not highly twisted. It's not a yarn you'll want to frog often so I wouldn't recommend it for a beginning knitter.
Hope you're all well and enjoying lots of fun knitting projects. For those of you who may live in the regions getting the bitter cold temperatures I hope you are all safe and warm.