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  • codyne

I've been busy knitting

Finished some more stuff to send to Pine Ridge.

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Still haven't gotten around to mailing any of them, but will try to do that soon.

What I want to get some advice about, though, is what to do with the yarn I have left. I have one ball of the Softee Baby yarn and three balls of the gray/white Ragg yarn left. (I also have a few bits of the red and white yarn left, enough for an accent but not enough to really make anything with, except maybe amigurumi.) Anybody have any suggestions?
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  • codyne

Baby hat

Finished my first item for Pine Ridge!

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I'm going to knit three or four more baby things before mailing it so I can send them all in one package, but I was excited to have finished something, so I wanted to share!

I used Bernat Softee Baby yarn and the pattern that was on the yarn label. It's also on their website called the Cottontots Bear Hat. You have to sign up on their website to get the pattern but it's free. I didn't make the bear face or ears, obviously, just the basic hat. It's double thickness with a cuff, so it should be nice and warm. I have enough yarn to do another one, so I'll probably do one in the larger size (this one is 3/6 mos).

Cotton Washcloths and Dishtowels

These all-cotton washcloths and dishtowels are easy as well as cheap to create, very useful and save the receiver a lot of money in acrylic sponges, paper towels and store-bought washcloths.

They are also environmentally friendly, in that they can be tossed in with the laundry and used pretty much for at least a year or more.

Here is my favorite cotton yarn at usually $1.99 per roll:
Bernat Sugar and Cream All colors, from solids to ombres. Work semi-tightly for best result. I've made 3-4 washcloths/2 dishtowels per skein.

Favorite Patterns:

Nubby Scrubbies. Crochet. Awesome, easy, useful and looks great. Also a good pattern for cap edging I've discovered.

Wavey Dishcloth Knitted. Nice texture.

Waffle Knit Dishcloth. Knitted. Very popular on a nice site.

Swiffer Biffer Crochet/PDF FILE. *Awesome* money saving device for a Swiffer mop owner who can no longer afford the wet naps that go with it. Better for the earth too.

The washcloths can also be made in baby sizes, to put with layette sets if you are ambitious. I'm currently making a few to go with my booties and caps.

How To Get Great Deals on Yarn Online & Shawl Pattern!

A few links of interest today:

How To Get Cheap Yarn Online. All these are a good resource, especially Smiley's. Yard sales are usually great places to find that ambitious bag of acrylics someone has given up on.

Easiest Shawl Ever Crochet/One Piece. Shawls are especially needs for the elders at Pine Ridge.

I've completed 3 baby hats and five pairs of booties so far. I'm going to concentrate on more hats and see if I can get some baby sweaters going. Pictures when I'm packing up the first shipment. Speaking of shipping:

How to Use USPS Flat Rate Envelopes to Save Money on Shipping. These are *great* for shipping yarn crafts as you can stuff them with a huge amount of items and pay one price. Yarn don't break when squashed!

Mission Post!

Welcome to givealong, a crochet/knit/sew-along to benefit the people of The Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota.

To quote the Friends of Pine Ridge website:

"Pine Ridge Reservation, located in South Dakota, is home to the Oglala Sioux Tribe and is 2,000,000 acres large with an estimated population of close to 40,000. The reservation is large, and its needs immense, commensurate with grinding poverty. Unemployment is over 80%, the weather is extreme, and families struggle mightily with crushing financial, housing, health, educational and social issues."

The needs of these people are dire, so much so that they have virtually no size/color/type requirements for donations. Basically, if it can be worn or used to warm, they need it. Even a single pair of socks is appreciated.

Especially great are the needs for infants, women and the elderly.

What this community hopes to accomplish is to create individual items in a fun, relaxed atmosphere, gaining kudos and imaginary 'points' for each item/batch of items created and sent in. Basically, we make, share patterns and tips, cheerlead and show-off our creations before shipping them off.


1. Find a pattern/share a pattern/discuss pattern with group.

2. Make your item! Items needed are clothing (hats, gloves, socks, scarves, shawls) and blankets (afghans, baby blankets, lapghans). Toys are also needed for comforting the Child Services foster children. Make sure they are safe, all yarn, no buttons/zippers/choking hazards.

3. Post and show us a picture of your item, in-progress or complete. PLEASE LJ-CUT THE PHOTO.

4. Go to the Address post and send it in to the correct agency within the reservation.

THAT'S IT! For an extra challenge, you can try and do The Givealong Bingo Card that will gain you awesome imaginary 'points' for every bingo completed. The winner, by January 2012, will win a small prize, yet to be determined.

General posting guidelines -- What We Like To See:

* Pattern offerings, questions about patterns and grumbling about patterns as pertains to items created for the givealong.

* Pictures of in-progress and finished items. THESE MUST BE BEHIND AN LJ-CUT! (< lj-cut>, or < lj-cut text="Optional text here"> < /lj-cut> - get rid of spaces)

* Suggestions for colors/yarns/combinations. Showing off stash and asking what it would be best for is also welcome.

* General update on items. Try to keep these to once a week.

* Try to tag, once the tag list is up.


* Selling of anything -- yarn, patterns or finished work. This is a charity endeavor.

* Questioning the worth of the chosen charity. Yes, there are a lot of worthy causes in the world, heaven knows, but this one is what is being concentrated on at givealong

* Derogatory posts targeting First Peoples, reservations and/or the American government. Take it to a political community. We're here to get warm things to cold folks, that's it. I WILL DELETE AND BAN THE OP OF ANY SUCH POSTS.

* Off-topic posts. If it doesn't have to do with a project/making/sending, it doesn't belong here.

This post will change as warrented.