I have been watching the news all week, but have found myself unable to articulate a reaction to the tragic results of the earthquake and tsunami in Asia and Africa. It’s difficult to comprehend the magnitude of this disaster, and the millions of lives it has ruined.
Sitting in my comfortable home, surrounded by material possessions and good fortune, I decided it was time to get off my butt and do something. Today I sent as large a donation as I could manage to UNICEF, following Kristine’s example.
CNN has a list of organizations where you can donate money to help the victims here.
I checked the Heifer International website, and they are encouraging people to donate money to organizations that are offering direct relief, while they determine the best way they can help.
Deb and I are keeping the Knitbloggers Knitting Basket project open until January 10. We still encourage you to donate, even if it’s just a dollar or two. Every dollar you give will go towards helping devastated people get back on their feet and support themselves.
And our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have donated so generously already.
Fits and Starts
There were a couple of questions the other day about how I obtain a good fit with my designs. I think it’s a combination of experience, math, and good luck. If you are designing something for yourself, my best advice is to measure a sweater that you like the fit of (the fit of which you like) and use that as your guide for measurements.
Feeling the Glove
I did finish the first glove late last night. Like 2:00am.
I stuck my size 0 Brittany birch dpns in the remainder of the ball of Koigu and left it on the nightstand and fell asleep. When I got up this morning, it was gone.
I interviewed Lucy, but she feigned ignorance.
I found the ball of Koigu with the needles still stuck in it in the dining room. Here it is, all safe and sound.
Not quite. I discovered one of the dpns was broken when I pulled it out of the yarn. Good thing I have another set.
The pattern, by the way, is “Sonata Gloves” by Heartland Knits. I bought my pattern from The Knitting Zone. You need two skeins of Koigu KPPPM. I used about two-thirds of a skein for the first glove.
The pattern calls for size 1 needles, but I used size 0 to get the gauge of 9 sts/inch. There is a lot of fiddly knitting in the pattern, but the instructions are detailed and crystal-clear. And the knitting quite fun. I’ve started the second glove.
I’ve got three pounds of Corriedale top that I’ve just started spinning. With any luck, I’ll be knitting an actual sweater from my handspun at some point in the future.
It’s been a bad week.
On Monday I decided to install my poly drive band on Katarina, which involves meting the ends of the band and fusing them together. Did you know that dripping molten polycord on your thumb burns?
Then yesterday morning I whacked my instep on my rocking chair and gave myself a lovely bruise. Then last night whacked the side of my head on a sharp metal edge. Still have the honking big lump (and accompanying headache) from that.
I think I’ll sit quietly and knit for the rest of the day. Hopefully I won’t impale myself on a dpn.
Graceful I ain’t.