‘Thoughful Thursday’ Knit For Lily’s Warm Winter Project

At present there are 5,166 orphans in orphanages throughout Turkey.



Knitters and Crocheters I need your help with our Warm Winter Project!

 We need hats, scarves, gloves, socks, sweaters etc. for orphans and children of low income familes. Age groups are 0-3yrs,  3-6yrs, 7-10yrs and 12-14yrs. Boys and Girls. We have teamed up with several organisations who will also be providing shoes/boots, stationery materials, coal and wood for heating, blankets, stoves, electric heaters, foodstuffs and other winter necessities. To help orphans and impoverished children spend the winter happily and in health.

Can you help?

We will be distributing knitted and crochet items throughout the winter months.
For more information on ‘LILY’ to can find us on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/LilyLoveInTheLanguageOfYarn over the next couple of weeks we wiil be adding patterns and information so please check in regularly and please ‘Like’ us so you will receive up dates.

Please Help If You Can!

Here’s a couple of ptterns to help get you started.
Ribbed Hat & Scarf
Materials:
  • Yarn: 250grm Chunky yarn for both Cap and Scarf.
  • Knitting Needles: Sizes 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) and 5 mm (U.S. 8) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge: 15 sts and 20 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with larger needles in stocking st.
Sizes:
Cap: To fit child’s head circumference: 17 (19) ins [43 (48) cm].
Scarf: Approx 6 ins [15 cm] wide x 50 ins [127 cm] long.
 
Instructions:
The instructions are written for smaller size. If changes are necessary for larger size the instructions will be written thus ( ).
CAP
With smaller needles, cast on 62 (70) sts.
**1st row: (RS). *K2. P1. K1. Rep from * to last 2 sts. K2.
2nd row: *P2. K1. P1. Rep from * to last 2 sts. P2.**
Rep last 2 rows of Seed Rib Pat twice more.
Change to larger needles and cont in Seed Rib Pat until work from beg measures 5½ (6) ins [14 (15) cm], ending with 2nd row.
Shape top: 1st row: (RS). *K2. P1. K1. K2tog. P1. K1. Rep from * to last 6 sts. K2. P1. K3. 55 (62) sts.
2nd row: P2. *K2. P2tog. K1. P2. Rep from * to last 4 sts. K1. P3. 48 (54) sts.
3rd row: *K2. K2tog. K1. P1. Rep from * to last 6 sts. K2. K2tog. K2. 40 (45) sts.
4th row: P4. *P2tog. P3. Rep from * to last st. P1. 33 (37) sts.
5th row: (K2tog) 16 (18) times. K1. 17 (19) sts.
6th row: (P2tog) 8 (9) times. P1. 9 (10) sts.
Break yarn leaving a 12 ins [30.5 cm] long end. Draw end through rem sts and fasten securely. Sew back seam.
SCARF
With larger needles, cast on 26 sts.
Work from ** to ** as given for Cap.
Rep last 2 rows of Seed Rib Pat until work from beg measures 50 ins [127 sts], ending with 2nd row. Cast off in pat.
Fringe: Cut yarn 12 ins [30.5 cm] long. Take 3 strands tog, fold in half and knot into fringe ¾ inch [2 cm] apart across ends of scarf. Trim fringe evenly.


Hoodie


Materials:
Baby soft double knit type yarn  100 g Sizes 6 mos–1 ball; 12 mos–2 balls; 18 mos–2 balls; 24 mos–2 balls 36 mos- 3 balls, 4-5 yrs 3 balls
Knitting Needles: Sizes 3.75 mm (U.S. 5) and 4 mm (U.S. 6) or size needed to obtain gauge.
 buttons.


Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows = 4 ins 10 cm with larger needles in stocking st.
Sizes:
Chest measurement
6 mos 17 ins 43 cm
12 mos 19 ins 48 cm
18 mos 21 ins 53.5 cm
24 mos 21½ ins 54.5 cm
36 mos 23ins  58.5 cm
4 – 5 yrs 26ins 66cm
Finished chest
6 mos 21 ins 53.5 cm
12 mos 23 ins 58.5 cm
18 mos 25 ins 63.5 cm
24 mos 27 ins 68.5 cm
36 mos 28 ins 71 cm
4-5yrs  30 ins 76 cm


Instructions:
The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ).
BACK
With smaller needles, cast on 52 (58-64-70-76-82) sts. Work 5 rows k2, p2 rib noting first row is WS and inc 5 sts evenly across last row. 57 (63-69-75-82-87) sts.
Change to larger needles and proceed in stocking st  and contine until work from beg measures 6½ (7-7¾-8½ -8.5-9) ins 16.5 (18-19.5-21.5-21.5-22.86) cm, ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape armholes: Cast off 5 (7-8-10-10-12) sts beg next 2 rows. 47 (49-53-55-62-63) sts. Cont even until armhole measures 4½ (5-5¼-5½ -6.5-7) ins 11.5 (12.5-13-14-16.5-17.75) cm, ending with RS facing for next row. Cast off.
LEFT FRONT
With smaller needles, cast on 26 (28-32-34-36-40) sts. Work 5 rows k2, p2 rib, noting first row is WS and inc 2 sts evenly across last row. 28 (30-33-36-38-42) sts.
Change to larger needles work stripe pattern as follows:
work  in stocking stitch 4 rows blue
change to white and work 6 rows
change to blue and work 2 rows
change to white and work 6 rows
change back to blue and then proceed in stocking st until work from beg measures 6½ (7-7¾-8½-8.5-9) ins 16.5 (18-19.5-21.5-21.5-22.86) cm, ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape armhole: Next row: Cast off 5 (7-8-10-10-12) sts. Knit to end of row. 22 (23-25-26-28-30) sts.
Cont even until armhole measures 2½ (3-3¼-3½-4-4.5) ins 6 (7.5-8-9-10-11.45) cm, ending with WS facing for next row.
Neck shaping: Next row: Cast off 6 (6-7-7-7-8) sts. Purl to end of row. 16 (17-18-19-21-22) sts. Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 3 rows then every following alt row to 11 (12-12-13-13-14) sts.
Cont even until work from beg measures same length as Back to shoulders, ending with RS facing for next row. Cast off.
RIGHT FRONT
Work from to as given for Left Front. Work to correspond to Left Front, reversing all shapings.
SLEEVES
With smaller needles, cast on 36 sts. Work 5 rows k2,p2, rib, noting first row is WS and inc 4 sts evenly across last row. 39 sts.
Change to larger needles and proceed in stocking st, inc 1 st each end of needle on 5th and every following 4th row until there are 51 (55-59-61-61-63) sts.
Cont even until work from beg measures 6 (7½-8-9-10-10) ins 15 (19-20.5-23-25.5-25.5) cm ending with RS facing for next row. Place a marker at each end of last row. Work a further 6 (8-10-12-14-14) rows even. Cast off.

HOOD
With smaller needles, cast on 94 (94-98-98-98-102) sts. Work 5 rows k2, p2rib, noting first row is WS and inc 6 sts evenly across last row. 99 (99-105-105-105-108) sts.
Proceed in stocking st, dec 1 st each end of needle on 3rd and following alt rows until there are 75 (75-81-81-81-84) sts.
Cont even until work from beg measures 7 (7¼-7½-8-8-9) ins 18 (18.5-19-20.5-20.5-22.86) cm, ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape back seam: Cast off 7 sts beg next 8 rows. Cast off rem 19 (19-25-25-25-28) sts.
FINISHING: Pin garment pieces to measurements, cover with a damp cloth and allow cloth to dry.

Buttonhole Band: With RS of Right Front facing for Her or Left Front facing for Him and smaller needles, pick up and knit 50 (58-62-66-66-70) sts evenly between neck edge and lower edge. K2,p2 rib 3 rows.
4th row: (RS). P2.* K2tog. yfwd. rib 9 (11-12-13-13-14). Rep from *  3 times more. K2tog. yfwd. rib to end of row.
Rib 2 rows. Cast off in rib (WS).
Button Band: Work as given for Buttonhole Band on Left Front for Her or Right Front for Him, omitting all reference to buttonholes.
Sew shoulder seams. Fold Hood in half at back and sew back seam. Pin and then sew shaped edge of Hood to neck opening, beg at center of button or buttonhole bands and matching back seam of Hood to center back neck edge. Sew in Sleeves placing rows above markers along armhole edges of Fronts and Back to form square armholes. Sew side and sleeve seams. Sew buttons to correspond to buttonholes.

Easy knit Mittens

SIZE: 24 months (2 yrs), Child 7-8, Medium, Large 

Finished Width: 2 3/4 (3 1/2, 4 1/4, 5) in. (7 (9, 11, 12.5) cm) 
Finished Length: 6 (8, 10 1/2, 11 1/2) in. (15 (20.5, 26.5, 29) cm) 
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes

Materials:
100grm chunky yarn – 200grm for largest size.

Size 4mm and 5mm Needles
GAUGE:
16 sts + 24 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

STITCH EXPLANATION:

M1(make 1) An increase worked by lifting the horizontal thread lying between the needles and placing it onto the left needle. Work this new stitch through the back loop.ssk (slip, slip knit) Slip the next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time to right needle; insert the left needle into the fronts of these 2 sts and k them together.

NOTES:

Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.


MITTENS (make 2)
Cuff

Using smaller needles and leaving 10 in.(25 cm)tail,cast on 25 (29, 35, 41) sts.
Row 1 (WS):P1, (k1, p1) across.
Row 2: K1, (p1, k1) across.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for about 2 (2 1/2, 3, 3 1/2) in. (5(6.5, 7.5, 9) cm), ending with RS row. Change to larger needles. Beg with a purl row, work 3 (5, 7, 9) rowsin St st.
Thumb Gusset 
Row 1 (RS): K12 (14, 17, 20); place marker; M1, k1, M1; place marker; k12 (14, 17, 20).
Row 2 and all WS Rows:Purl.
Row 3:K to marker, slip marker, M1, k to last st before 2ndmarker, M1, slip marker, k to end.
Rep Rows 2 and 3 until there are 9 (11, 13, 15) sts between markers.
Next Row (WS):P33 (39, 47, 55) sts.
Palm 
Next Row: K12 (14, 17, 20) sts; remove markers and place the 9 (11, 13, 15) sts on stitch holder; k12 (14, 17, 20) — 24 (28, 34, 40) sts.
Continue working in St st until piece measures about 5 (6, 9, 10) in. (12.5 (15, 23, 25.5) cm), or desired length from beg.End with a WS row, placing a marker between the two center sts.
Top Shaping
Row 1 (RS):Ssk, k to within 2 sts of marker, k2tog; slip marker; ssk, k to within last 2 sts, k2tog.
Row 2:Purl.
Rep Rows 1 and 2, 1 (2, 3, 4) times—16 (16, 18, 20) sts.
Next Row (all sizes):(K2tog) across.
Next Row:Purl.
Cut yarn, leaving a 10 in. (25 cm) tail. With blunt needle, beg with last stitch on needle, thread tail through remaining sts twice, pulling tightly.
Thumb Top
With RS facing, return sts from holder to larger needle. Join yarn and knit across.
Next Row: P3 (4, 5, 6), p2tog, p4 (5, 6, 7).
Next Rows:Work 2 (2, 4, 6) more rows in St st.
Next Row:(K2tog) around.
Cut yarn, leaving a tail. Thread tail through remaining 4 (5, 6, 7)sts twice, pulling tightly.

FINISHING
Using tails, seam Cuff, Palm, and thumb. Sew opening beneath thumb. Weave in ends.
‘Lily’ is supported by businesses and individuals in Turkey, whether it be donations of yarn, Knitting and Crocheting or transportation of completed blankets and garments to receiving agencies.
‘Lily’ has no paid employees.  All the good work is done on a strictly volunteer basis.
‘Lily’ wishes to thank all those private individuals and businesses which support us.  Without you, there would be no ‘Lily’ – Love In the Language of Yarn.  We work hard for the day when we are no longer needed to help keep Children warm.

Dianne Jones – Founder of  ‘Lily’- Love In the Language of Yarn.

‘Thoughtful Thursday’ The Red Scarf Project

This weeks ‘Thoughtful Thursday’ features The Red Scarf Project.


The Red Scarf Project from Foster Care to Success

The Red Scarf Project is a small part of the Foster Care to Success program, but it is an important part. Children leaving foster care and moving on to college usually have very little in their lives that was created especially for them. By knitting a scarf for one of these children, you place in their lives a message of hope, belief, and encouragement. 

Do you love to knit or crochet? Whether you are a beginner, an expert, or somewhere in between, your handiwork can send warmth and encouragement to a foster student!
The handmade red scarves in each of the Valentine’s Day care packages  become treasured keepsakes that the students wear for years. The Red Scarf Project offers a unique opportunity to use your creativity to give a truly personal gift to one student as he or she moves forward to graduation and a brighter future.

RED SCARF PROJECT GUIDELINES:

Size: approximately 60” long and 5” to 8” wide. Scarves should be long enough to be wrapped around the neck, with tails long enough to be tied in the front. 
Style: Think unisex collegiate. Fringes are optional. Your scarf should drape, tie easily and be soft.
Color: Red! However, this could mean burgundy, cherry, russet, red stripes with other colors, or multicolor hues including red. 
Finished & tagged: Yarn ends should be securely sewn in. For a personal touch, attach a tag saying “Handmade for You” with your first name, city, and group affiliation, if any. Donors have also included washing instructions, messages of encouragement, gift cards, and more.
Mail to: Foster Care to Success, Red Scarf Project
21351 Gentry Drive Suite 130 
Sterling, VA 20166
NOTE: Scarves are accepted between September 1 and December 15 annually.  As they have limited storage space, please send your scarves only during this time period.



Take a look at the project’s web page to get a better idea of just how meaningful these scarves are to their recipients, as well as guidelines and shipping information. You’ll also find out how you can donate to the Red Scarf Emergency Fund and create a full care package for a stude
nt. 

http://www.fc2success.org/programs/red-scarf-project-and-book-club/









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Warm Pink Mittens

Mittens are a form of  winter wear that keeps the hands warm and come in a variety of styles. Unlike gloves they are easier to knit because they lack defined fingers other than the thumb. Mittens are one of the easiest garments to create because you only need to use minimal shaping techniques. Knitting mittens is much like knitting socks, they’re quick, easy, inexpensive, and make an ideal gift.This pattern is suitable for novice knitters. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can customize the fit and design to the suit the needs of your intended recipient.
This pattern size is Teens/ Adult
To knit these mittens you will need:
1 ball Chunky Type Yarn
Knitting Needles: Size 5 mm (U.S. 8) or whichever needles you require to produce the tension given below.


Tension: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st.

Instructions:
Left Mitt: **Cast on 34 sts.

Row 1: (RS). K2. *P2. K2. Rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: P2. *K2. P2. Rep from * to end of row.
Rep these 2 rows K2. P2 ribbing for 2 ins (6 cm) ending on a 2nd row.


Box Pattern:
Row 1: * k2, P2 rep from * to end
Row 2: as row 1
Row 3: * P2, K2  rep from* to end
Row 4: as row 3
These four rowws form box pattern

Work 4 rows box pattern**
Shape thumb: 1st row: work 15sts in pattern. (M1. K1) twice. pattern to end of row.

2nd and alt rows: pattern but Purl thumb stitches.       

3rd row: pattern 15 sts. M1. K3. M1. pattern to end of row.

5th row: patten 15 sts. M1. K5. M1. pattern to end of row.

7th row: pattern 15sts. M1. K7. M1. pattern to end of row.

9th row: pattern15. M1. K9. M1. pattern to end of row. 44 sts.

11th row: pattern27. Turn. Cast on 1 st. P13 (including cast on st). Turn. Cast on 1 st. K14.

 ***Beg with a purl row, work 9 rows in stocking st.

 Next row: (K2tog) 7 times. Break yarn. Thread end through rem sts. Draw up and fasten securely. Sew thumb seam. With RS of work facing, join yarn to last st on right hand needle. Pick up and knit 2 sts at base of thumb. pattern across sts on left hand needle. 34 sts.

Cont even until work from top of ribbing measures 6 ins [15 cm] ending with RS facing for next row.

Shape top: 1st row: K1. Sl1. K1. psso. pattern 11. K2tog. K2. Sl1. K1. psso. pattern 11. K2tog. K1.

2nd and alt rows: Pattern (no shaping)

3rd row: K1. Sl1. K1. psso. pattern 9. K2tog. K2. Sl1. K1. psso. pattern 9. K2tog. K1.

 Cont in this manner, having 2 sts less between dec every alt row to 18 sts. Cast off purlways. Sew top and side seam.***


Right Mitt: Work from ** to ** as given for Left Mitt.

Shape thumb: 1st row: pattern18. (M1. K1) twice. pattern to end of row.

2nd and alt rows: patter but Purl across thumb sts.

3rd row: pattern 18. M1. K3. M1. pattern to end of row.

5th row: pattern 18. M1. K5. M1. pattern to end of row.

7th row: pattern 18. M1. K7. M1. pattern to end of row.

9th row: pattern 18. M1. K9. M1. pattern to end of row. 44 sts.

 11th row: patern 30. Turn. Cast on 1 st. P13 (including cast on st). Turn. Cast on 1 st. pattern14. Work from *** to *** as given for Left Mitt.

Mittens are an excellent project for using up all those leftover yarn scraps you don’t need special supplies, not much yarn. Why not donate a set of mitts to a Christmas gift fayre. Or if you’re looking to do a good deed, try knitting mittens to donate to charities in the winter months and help keep someone warm.
If you would like to knit these mittens for charity please see :

‘Thoughtful Thursday’ Warm Winter Project
‘Knitting to Help Bridge and Beyond’
‘Knit with loving hands’
knit with love‘ earlier posts also on this blog. These charities and many more like them, need your help.


‘Thoughtful Thursday’ Warm Winter Project.

The number of children orphaned each day in the world is around 10,000. More than half of the orphans live in the streets where they face many threats and risks. Unfortunately, orphans are kidnapped every day in many parts of the world, they are abused by prostitution gangs, organ mafia, begging networks and missionary institutions. Every orphan who is taken care of means that we will have a brighter future.


A plea from ‘Lily’ Love In the Language of Yarn!

This weekend I will be visiting an orphanage in Kayseri, Turkey with a group of volunteers. The orphange is home to 140 children at the moment, I will be  taking with me a parcel for each child. I have been busy knitting a ‘Lily’ Bear for each child, our volunteers have been busy knitting and crocheting and have been wonderful and donated hats, scarves and gloves for each child in the orphanage.
At present there are 5,166 orphans in orphanages throughout Turkey.

Knitters and Crocheters I need your help with our Warm Winter Project!

 We need hats, scarves, gloves, socks, sweaters etc. for orphans and children of low income familes. Age groups are 0-3yrs,  3-6yrs, 7-10yrs and 12-14yrs. Boys and Girls. We have teamed up with several organisations who will also be providing shoes/boots, stationery materials, coal and wood for heating, blankets, stoves, electric heaters, foodstuffs and other winter necessities. To help orphans and impoverished children spend the winter happily and in health.

Can you help?

We will be distributing knitted and crochet items throughout the winter months.
For more information on ‘LILY’ to can find us on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/LilyLoveInTheLanguageOfYarn over the next couple of weeks we wiil be adding patterns and information so please check in regularly and please ‘Like’ us so you will receive up dates.

Please Help If You Can!


Here’s a free knitting pattern from Patons to help get you started.


MATERIALS:
  • Patons® Astra (50 g/1.75 oz)
Boy’s Version (all sizes)
  • Main Color (MC):
    • (Blue) 1 (1-1-3) ball(s)
  • Contrast A: (Variegated) 1 (1-1-3) ball(s)
  • Contrast B: (Orange) 1 (1-1-3) ball(s)
Girl’s Version (all sizes)
  • Main Color (MC):
  • (Red) 1 (1-1-3) ball(s)
  • Contrast A: (Variegated) 1 (1-1-3) ball(s)
  • Contrast B: (Yellow) 1 (1-1-3) ball(s)
Knitting Needles:
  • Hat and Scarf: Size 4 mm (U.S. 6) knitting needles or size needed to obtain tension.
  • Mittens: Set of size 4 mm (U.S. 6) double pointed knitting needles or size needed to obtain tension.
SIZES:
  • Scarf: 6 x 46 ins [15 x 117 cm].
  • Hat: To fit child 2/4 yrs (6/10 yrs).
  • Mittens: To fit child 2/4 yrs (6/8 yrs – 10 yrs).
TENSION
22 sts and 28 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st.
ABBREVIATIONS
Alt = Alternate.
Beg = Beginning.
Cont = Continue(ity).
Dec = Decrease.
Inc = Increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch.
K = Knit.
K2tog = Knit 2 stitches together.
M1 = make one st by picking up horizontal loop lying before next st and knitting into back of loop.
M1P = make one st by picking up horizontal loop lying before next st and purling into back of loop.
P = Purl.
Pat = Pattern.
Psso = Pass slipped stitch over.
Rep = Repeat.
Rem = Remaining.
Rnd(s) = Round(s).
RS = Right side.
Sl1 = Slip next stitch knitwise.
St(s) = Stitch(es).
Tog = Together.
WS = Wrong side.
INSTRUCTIONS
The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger size(s) the instructions will be written thus ( ). Numbers for each size are shown in the same color throughout the pattern. When only one number is given in black, it applies to all sizes.

Stripe Pat
With MC work 4 rows.
With A work 4 rows.
With B work 2 rows.
With MC work 2 rows.
With A work 4 rows.
These 16 rows form Stripe Pat.
EARFLAP HAT
First Ear Flap
With MC and pair of needles, cast on 10 sts.
1st row: (RS). Knit.
2nd row: P1. M1P. Purl to last st. M1P. P1.
3rd row: K1. M1. Knit to last st. M1. K1.
Rep last 2 rows twice more, then 2nd row once. 24 sts.
Work 12 rows even in stocking st, ending with RS facing for next row. Break yarn. Leave sts on a spare needle.
Second Ear Flap
Work as given for First Ear Flap. Do not break yarn.
Body of Hat: (Joining row). With MC, cast on 8 (9) sts. Knit these 8 (9) sts. K24 across Second Ear Flap. Turn. Cast on 35 (39) sts. Turn. K24 across First Ear Flap. Turn. Cast on 8 (9) sts. 99 (105) sts.
Purl 1 row.
With A, proceed as follows:
1st row: (RS). Purl
2nd and 3rd rows: Knit.
4th row: Purl.
Last 4 rows form Texture Pat.
Beg with 9th row of Stripe Pat, cont in Stripe Pat and rep last 4 rows of Texture Pat 7 times more, dec 2 (0) sts evenly across last row. 97 (105) sts.
Shape top: Keeping cont of Stripe Pat, proceed as follows:
1st row: K1. *K2tog. K10 (11). Rep from * to end of row. 89 (97) sts.
2nd and alt rows: Purl.
3rd row: K1. *K2tog. K9 (10). Rep from * to end of row. 81 (89) sts.
5th row: K1. *K2tog. K8 (9). Rep from * to end of row. 73 (81) sts.
6th row: Purl.

Cont in same manner, dec 8 sts on next and every following alt row 5 (6) times more. 25 sts.
Next row: K1. *K2tog. Rep from * to end of row. 13 sts.
Break yarn leaving a long end. Draw end through rem sts and fasten securely. Sew back seam.

Braid: (make 3).
Cut A, 15 ins [38 cm] long. Take 12 strands tog, fold in half and knot into fringe at end of each earflap and at top of Hat as shown in picture. Braid each Fringe. Knot securely and trim ends evenly.
MITTENS

RIGHT MITTEN
**With MC and set of four knitting needles, cast on 28 (36-44) sts. Divide sts on 3 needles as follows: 12 (12-16) sts on 1st needle, 8 (12-16) sts on 2nd needle and 8 (12-12) sts on 3rd needle. Join in rnd. Place marker on first st.
Beg with 1st row of Stripe Pat.
Proceed as follows:
1st rnd: *K1. P1. Rep from * around. Rep last rnd of (K1. P1) ribbing for 11/2 (2-2) ins [4 (5-5) cm] and inc 4 sts evenly across last rnd. 32 (40-48) sts.
Keeping cont of Stripe Pat, knit 6 (8-10) rnds.**
Shape thumb gusset: Cont in Stripe Pat, proceed as follows:
1st rnd: K16 (20-24). Inc 1 st in each of next 2 sts. Knit to end of rnd.
2nd and alt rnds: Knit.
3rd rnd: K16 (20-24). Inc 1 st in next st. K2. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of rnd.
5th rnd: K16 (20-24). Inc 1 st in next st. K4. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of rnd.
7th rnd: K16 (20-24). Inc 1 st in next st. K6. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of rnd.
9th rnd: K16 (20-24). Inc 1 st in next st. K8. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of rnd. 42 (50-58) sts.
11th rnd: K28 (32-36). Slip last 12 sts onto a safety pin (thumb opening). Knit to end of rnd.
12th rnd: Knit, casting on 2 sts over slipped sts. 32 (40-48) sts.
***Cont in Stripe Pat, knit in rnds until work from beg measures 6 (7-8) ins [15 (18-20.5) cm].
Rearrange sts as follows: 16 (20-24) sts on 1st needle. 8 (10-12) sts on 2nd needle. 8 (10-12) sts on 3rd needle.
Shape Top: 1st rnd: 1st needle: Sl1. K1. psso. Knit to last 2 sts. K2tog. 2nd needle: Sl1. K1. psso. Knit to end of needle. 3rd needle: Knit to last 2 sts. K2tog.
Dec 4 sts on every rnd, as before, until there are 8 sts. Break yarn, leaving a long end.
Thread end through rem 8 sts. Draw up and fasten securely.
Thumb: With MC, K12 from safety pin.
Pick up and knit 2 sts at base of thumb.
Divide these 14 sts onto 3 needles.
With MC, knit 9 (11-15) rnds.
Next rnd: (K2tog) 7 times.
Next rnd: (K2tog) 3 times. K1.
Break MC leaving a long end. Thread end through rem 4 sts. Draw up and fasten securely.***
LEFT MITTEN
Work from ** to ** as given for Right Mitten.
Shape thumb gusset: Cont in Stripe Pat, proceed as follows:
1st rnd: K14 (18-22). Inc 1 st in each of next 2 sts. Knit to end of rnd.
2nd and alt rnds: Knit.
3rd rnd: K14 (18-22). Inc 1 st in next st. K2. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of rnd.
5th rnd: K14 (18-22). Inc 1 st in next st. K4. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of rnd.
7th rnd: K14 (18-22). Inc 1 st in next st. K6. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of rnd.
9th rnd: K14 (18-22). Inc 1 st in next st. K8. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of rnd. 42 (50-58) sts.
11th rnd: K26 (30-34) sts. Slip last 12 sts onto safety pin (thumb opening). Knit to end of rnd.
12th rnd: Knit, casting on 2 sts over slipped sts. 32 (40-48) sts.
Work from *** to *** as given for Right Mitten.
SCARF
With MC and pair of needles, cast on 33 sts.
1st row: (RS). Purl.
2nd and 3rd rows: Knit.
4th row: Purl.
Last 4 rows form Texture Pat.
First 4 rows of Stripe Pat are complete.
Keeping cont of Stripe Pat, rep last 4 rows of Texture Pat until work from beg measures 46 ins [117 cm], ending with RS facing for next row. Cast off knitwise.
Fringe: Cut A 10 ins [25.5 cm] long. Take 4 strands tog, fold in half and knot into fringe 3/4 inch [2 cm] apart across each end of scarf. Trim fringe evenly.
Colorful Winter Set Pattern

Feeling Guilty About Your Yarn Stash?

I usually don’t feel a lot of guilt about my stash, because it gives me great pleasure and lots of options for providing you with free patterns. This morning I decided to do the job I’d been putting off for a while – sorting and tidying my stash,  it is getting to the point where I don’t have much more space for storing yarn without my husband realising how much I have!  :).



Here are 7 tips for getting over any yarn stash guilt you may be feeling.

1. Get something on the needles.


Probably the easiest way to alleviate yarn stash guilt is to start knitting something from the yarn you just bought as soon as possible after walking in the door with your new purchases.

If you need to do a little research before picking a project, do so, but try to have some of your new yarn on the needles before the end of the week, even if it’s just playing around with stitches or making a gauge swatch.

This gets your brain thinking that the yarn you just bought wasn’t to go into your stash at all–you’re actually using it!


2. Practice the one in-one out rule.


This is a really difficult concept for knitters who love to stash, but if you’re running out of space for your treasures, take a rule from the clean closet crowd and vow to always get rid of something when you bring something new into the house.

If you’ve been stashing yarn for long there’s no doubt there’s something in your stash you aren’t proud of or would never use in real life. Post your castoffs on Freecycle (or sell them on eBay), give them to a friend who is learning, or find a knitting charity or community group that will accept your extras. Don’t forget ‘Thoughful Thursday’ here on this blog where I will be featuring charities that would benefit from your knitting.


3. Go on a diet.


Yes, you’ve binged on yarn and you’re feeling bad about it. One interesting way to alleviate the guilt is to stop buying yarn and start working projects only from your stash for a predetermined period of time.

Going on a yarn diet can be a challenge, particularly if you need to knit a gift and don’t have the right yarn in your house. But if you find yourself thinking that you own more yarn than you could possibly ever knit, take some time away from the yarn store and see what you can do with the yarn you already have.

Check in here. Over this next month I will be covering many free patterns for ideas on how to use even small quantities of stash.


4. Try a swap.


If you have friends who knit and who also have large stashes, try a yarn swap. Everybody brings, say, 10 different skeins of yarn they’d be willing to part with, and then all the yarn gets mixed together and people can take what they want.

If you don’t have knitting friends, see if there’s a local  knitting group you can get involved in. We knitters need each other!


5. Knit more.


Just like people on real diets need to exercise to see results, people on yarn diets need to work the needles to see a reduction in stash. Try not to just get projects on needles, but to actually finish them as well.


6. Knit for Charity.

See yesterdays post for some charities that need your knitting.

 7. Get over it.


It’s a shame to have a lot of yarn that isn’t getting turned into beautiful objects, but if just having the yarn brings you happiness, that’s good, too.

As long as your yarn budget isn’t eating into your food budget and your family members don’t need to fear death by a tidal wave of wool whenever they open a closet door, feel free to stash away.

Knitting Rules

If you feel guilty about your yarn stash  pick up the hilarious knitting book, Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot’s Bag of Knitting Tricks. The chapter “Yarn and How Not to Feel Guilty About It”will make you laugh until the tears come.

Here’s a quote from the book:
When someone says, “You sure have a lot of yarn.” You say, “This? No,no, This is just what I need for the week. The real collection is in my rental storage space.”

‘Thoughtful Thursday’ Helpful Tips When Knitting For Charity

I think one reason we all knit for charity is because the need is literally everywhere. The need for charity knitting is as far away as the other side of the world, and it is as close as our own downtown areas and even our own neighborhoods. 
 Do you find, either occasionally or more often than not, that you would like to touch members of your own community with your charity knitting? I know I do. 
Knitting for someone else who has a greater need than yourself often helps put your problems in perspective. Many knitters enjoy knitting for charity, but if you’ve never done it before you may not know where to start. 
 I want to offer you some options to consider when you would like to donate your charity knitting projects a little closer to home. 



Stuffed toys: Make stuffed toys such as teddy bears, monkeys, and dolls, and offer them to places such as fire houses, hospitals, social service departments, and police departments. Such toys can be genuine godsends for children in traumatic situations, such as long-term illnesses, fires, and cases of abuse and neglect.


Hats and scarves: Most towns have homeless shelters, and I have yet to hear of one that will turn away a box of knitted hats and scarves. Particularly in areas where winters are extremely cold, these are a tremendous help to shelter residents. Domestic violence shelters will often take them, as well. 



Blankets: Afghans can also be donated to homeless and domestic violence shelters. Lap blankets and baby blankets can be donated to hospitals, where they may be used for babies, especially preemies, and those recovering from amputation surgery. 






Chemo caps: Hospitals of all kinds, especially those with cancer centers, will always be glad to accept donated caps for people who have lost their hair from chemotherapy. 





Premature baby clothing: Any hospital with a labor and delivery floor will likely be thrilled to accept hats, layette items, and blankets sized to fit preemies. 


Remember, before you take a trip to a local shelter, hospital, or fire/police department, be sure to call them ahead of time and ask if they will accept whatever you have to donate. Some may have guidelines; others may not be able to accept the items in question for one reason or another. Most, however, will be very glad to accept whatever you have to offer!

Another thing to keep in mind is that the need for garments or knitted items is all year round and not just in the winter time. Shelters and hospitals are often overwhelmed with donations at the holidays, but still need items throughout the year. There are nunerous international organisations who require knitted items and may have a local Office near  you or a collection point not too far away. 


Links to other ‘Thoughful Thursday’ posts you might like:

‘Lily’ Love In the Language of Yarn
Knit A Square
Military Heros
Sands Stillbirth and Neonatal Death
Cure Caps
Hugs for Homeless Animals
Loving Hands
Teddies for Tragedies
The Mending Hearts Project
Knit With Love
Keeping cancer victims warm
Lisas Stars
Bridge and Beyond
Strickpate
Oxfam
The Pink Slipper Project
Click for Babies
Upon Butterfly Wings
Recovery Buddies
Purple Stitch Project (PSP)

‘Thoughtful Thursday’ ‘LILY’- Love In the Language of Yarn.

It’s just 7 months since we started ‘LILY’ – Love In the Language of Yarn We provide hand knit and crocheted items for children mainly orphans but any child in need.

Our first assignment is to help provide blankets for the Syrian refugees in Turkey.
As we are a small and new organisation we set a target of 100 blankets and put out a plea for knit or crocheted  8inch squares which will then be sewn together to form blankets. The response has been awesome! We soon met the target and upped it to 250 and in a short time we busted that target too! Todate we have sent 1,292 blankets to enough to give every refugee child in Two camps a blanket and we have another 704 blankets completed and over 2,000 squares, almost enough to supply a third camp. Thankyou! 

But please remember there are now over 10,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey, 60% of these are women and children, and very soon the weather will change and it will be cold!


For our second assignment we  teamed up with several non profit organisations in Turkey helping to raise awareness of premature births, and asked to help provide knitted garments for several neonatal intensive care units in Aydin, Izmir and Bodrum again the response was awesome! We recently payed our second visit to 3 NICU hospital wards and took 20 layettes to each hospital and again we have recieved further donations of 24 hats, 15 cardigans, 36 pairs of booties and 28 baby blankets. Thankyou so much you are awesome ! but please carry on :)






Our third assignment is that we are  working alongside the Humanitarian Relief Foundation and at this time they have 2175 orphans in their care here in Turkey. Next week I will be visiting an orphanage in Kayseri, Turkey with a group of volunteers. The orphange is home to 115 children at the moment. We asked for help knitting and crocheting hats, scaves and gloves for these orphans, again we were bowled over by the response and at the moment we have 110 sets to help keep these children warm in the winter months. Thankyou! We are just a couple short.


            
A Big Thankyou!  to everyone who has helped and please can we have loads more…..! 


Your help is really appreciated.




Email dbjones5559@yahoo.com for the postal address. You can also find us on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/LilyLoveInTheLanguageOfYarn



‘Lily’ is supported by businesses and individuals in Turkey,Uk, Austrailia, US and Germany whether it be donations of yarn, Knitting and Crocheting or transportation of completed blankets to receiving agencies.
‘Lily’ has no paid employees.  All the good work is done on a strictly volunteer basis.
‘Lily’ wishes to thank all those private individuals and businesses which support us.  Without you, there would be no ‘Lily’ – Love In the Language of Yarn.  We work hard for the day when we are no longer needed to help keep Children warm.

Dianne Jones – Founder of  ‘Lily’- Love In the Language of Yarn.