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Friday, July 30, 2010

Latest Sampler Afghan Square

Here's the latest square that I've been working on for our Sampler Afghan Project. It is a "Cable w/ Lacy Rib" pattern.

I'm delighted to report that our fundraiser is now up on the United Nations Civil Society Network site as "News." Here's a link:

We are now almost to our goal for renting Mitchell Park for "World Homeless Day 10/10/10." Please share our project with your family, friends, co-workers, & Houses of Worship. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

World Homeless Day Sampler Afghan Project - "Celtic" Knot design

Last night I finished my first ever "Celtic Knot" pattern. It was a fun exercise in hyper-focusing & exciting to watch the knot manifesting! For the background, I used the easy design mentioned for beginners in an earlier post, where you knit one row and then do a ribbing of knit 1, purl 1 for the 2nd row, simply repeating those two rows.

Please click on this text to check out our "World Homeless Day 10/10/10" Sampler Afghan Fundraiser

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Many Thanks to Our Volunteer College Interns

Tina Hank
     I first got involved in Common Ground Worldwide because I was looking for a knitting group and volunteer opportunities, and I found both in the same organization! I've been knitting for 5 years and crocheting for 1 year.
     I'm a 3rd year student at Cal Poly and I'm pursuing a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. In the future I plan on becoming a CPA and working for a firm in the Bay Area. 
     My volunteer work for Common Ground Worldwide will include bookkeeping, accounting duties, financial planning, and knitting/crocheting.

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Sydney McNamara
I am going into my fourth year at Cal Poly University and am pursuing a degree in Political Science with a concentration in Global Politics, as well as a minor in the Spanish language. I first became involved in Common Ground Worldwide in the Spring of 2010 and I am looking forward to continuing my participation and volunteer work throughout the rest of my college career. So far, I have been coordinating the creation of a logo design that will become a part of Common Ground Worldwide's identity, as well as looking into updating the current website. In addition to that, I look forward to working to help organize the "World Homeless Day" here in San Luis Obispo. I am also creating a UNICEF group on the Cal Poly campus. I am thrilled to be a part of the team at Common Ground Worldwide and I am excited to see what more the future will bring!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Step # 2 - Let the Games Begin!

Last night, I decided to stop my other knitting projects (1 child's hat & 1 adult scarf to donate for our "Earth Angel" project & a sweater for a friend) and got down to creating square #1 for this Fisherman Sampler Afghan project.

I am using #9 bamboo needles and theLion Brand Fishermen's Wool (#150 in Natural color #098), which we will all be using for this project. It looks like casting on 56 stitches is going to work for my 10" x 10" square, but you will need to use the number of stitches that will match your needle size & how tightly (or loosely) you knit.

This was a trial & error system for me.  Originally, I started with more stitches and knitted a couple of rows to see how the gauge was working.  Then I realized that even though the gauge seemed to be working with 56 stitches, the piece will need to be blocked because I'm working with a cable-type stitch, which is having an accordion effect on the square.  I will post the directions for blocking the squares, once we get to that point.

Here are the directions for the "Open Lattice" stitch pattern that I'm using for my first square, but please use your favorite patterns, as we don't want too many of the same kind.

Multiples of 6 sts plus 2
C4B = slip 2 sts onto CN (cable needle) and hold at back of work, K2, K2 from CN
C4F = slip 2 sts onto CN and hold at front of work, K2, K2 from CN
T4B = slip 2 sts onto CN and hold at back of work, K2, P2 from CN
T4F = slip 2 sts onto CN and hold at front of work, P2, K2 from CN
Row 1: [WS] K3, P4, *K2, P4, rep from * to last st, K1
Row 2: P1, C4F, *P2, C4F, rep from * to last 3 sts, P3
Row 3: As row 1
Row 4: P3, *K2, T4B, rep from * to last 5 sts, K4, P1
Row 5: K1, P4, *K2, P4, rep from * to last 3sts, K3
Row 6: P3, C4B, *P2, C4B, rep from * to last sts, P1
Row 7: As row 5
Row 8: P1, K4, *T4F, K2, rep from * to last 3 sts, P3
Repeat these 8 rows

Will try to post photos of the squares as we progress. So, please do send me your photos and patterns, if you like.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Step #1 - Fisherman Knit Afghan Project

The first step is to get the yarn that will be used for this project. Thanks to Norma Jean's suggestion, I was able to print out a 40% off coupon by going to the Michael's site: http://www.michaels.com/, clicking on the flyer & accessing the coupon from that.

I called Michael's here in San Luis Obispo, to be sure that they still had the yarn, which we're using for this project (Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool #150 in Natural color #098 )available. They kindly held a skein for me, as I was taking the bus over there and am using a walker.

While I was there, I asked about the possibility of future yarn donations from Michael's (for our other projects). Will keep you posted about that.

Now I need to get started with 10" x 10" square number one. Am toying with the idea of making one from the new "Open Lattice" pattern that I've been working on. The center panel of this sweater that I'm currently making is an example of "Open
Lattice" (see photo below)

(Note: the above sample is not one of the squares, but simply an example of various cable stitches)

Happy Knitting & Crocheting, ya'll!!!