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Fixation Arm Warmer/Hand Cover

During the shutdown one of the Local Yarn Shops we work with suggested I design an arm warmer that can be used as a hand cover for opening doors, pushing shopping carts and other times that you need to touch something while out of the house. The idea being that you could pull it down and back up on the top side of your hand when you wanted to have something as a barrier between your hand and an object. This is particularly helpful when there is no convenient place to wash your hands or hand sanitizer available. They can be worn on your arm or scrunched on your wrist.



Fixation was a natural fit for this project - mostly cotton with just a bit of elastic that has the added bonus of being easy care. You can make a pair of the small or medium with one 50 gram ball. The larger size will use a bit more than 1 ball. The pattern is pretty simple - just knit in the round with a bit of ribbing at each end.

Gauge
Approx 6 sts/inch (unstretched) in stockinette
Finished Measurements Approx 3 ½” (4”, 4½…
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A Year of Giving - May - Fixation Picc Line Cover

For May, Carly in our office suggested I make a PICC Line Cover in Fixation Splash.  PICC stands for Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter - a long IV line that is inserted in the arm and ends in a vein the chest near the heart. These are intended for long-term use for delivering medications, chemotherapy or other IV fluids. The exposed part of the line should be covered when not in use. What is provided to cover the PICC line is usually not very comfortable or durable. 
Hand knit covers are a great alternative because they are comfortable and look more like a knit accessory than a medical dressing. Many hospitals will accept these. One organization that is distributing PICC line covers to medical centers for Cystic Fibrosis is The Finding Jenn Project.
Fixation is a DK weight blend of cotton with just a hint of spandex. We chose Fixation Splash because the cotton is breathable and the spandex is stretchy to allow comfortable movement of the elbow.
We will be giving away 3 kits of 2 ske…

A Year of Giving - April - Cantata - Hackensack

For April, I made another hat in Cantata - a fun, multi-season yarn with a unique construction (a cotton cage with superwash wool blown inside). A heathery-denim look pairs well with great stitch definition in this soft, lightweight yarn. The stitch pattern is a swirling, slightly lacy rib that moves in a diagonal direction.
We will be giving away 3 kits of 2 skeins each (enough to make 2 hats) - 2 through Facebook and 1 here on the Blog. To enter on the Blog, comment with your favorite color of Cantata. The winner will be selected on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 3 pm PST.
Materials

1 hank Cantata (70% Cotton/30% Merino Wool - 218 yds/100 g) - #13 (Purple)US 7 - 16" circular needlesUS 9 - 16" circular needles and DPNsStitch MarkerYarn Needle (to weave in ends)Abbreviations
K: Knit P: Purl K2tog: Knit 2 together YO: Yarn over Sizes
Teen/Small Adult, Med/Large Adult

With US 7, Cast on 80, 96 sts Join in the round, careful not to twist Place marker to show beginning of round Work P4, K4 unt…

A Year of Giving - March - Anchor Bay - Pannonica Slouch

For March, I made a lacy slouch in Anchor Bay, one of my favorite yarns. It is an ultra-soft and versatile blend of Superwash Merino and Cotton that is fabulous for a variety of projects - from babies to adults in both knit and crochet. We will be giving away 3 kits of 2 skeins each (enough to make at least 2 hats per kit) - 2 through the Cascade Yarns Facebook page and 1 through the blog. To enter on the blog, comment with your favorite spring knitting project. The winners will be drawn at 3 pm PST on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Materials 1 skein Anchor Bay (50% Cotton/50% Merino Wool - 262 yds/100 g) - shown in #22 (Chrysanthemum) US 4 - 16" circular needlesUS 6 - 16" circular needles and DPNsStitch MarkerAbbreviations K - Knit P - Purl YO - Yarn Over K2tog - Knit 2 Together SSK - Slip, Slip, Knit 2 Slipped stitches together
Gauge 7.5 sts = 1" in K3, P3 - US 4
Finished Measurements  15, 16" unstretched at brim Approximately 8.75", 9.75" long
With US 4 - Cast on (108)…

Year of Giving - February - Cherub Chunky Wave - Introspection

For February, I made a quick hat out of Cherub Chunky Wave - a new color effect for Cherub Chunky with a gradation wave. Cherub Chunky Wave is a nylon-acrylic blend that is easy care - machine wash and dry making it perfect for charity knitting and gift giving. We will be giving away 3 kits (2 skeins of Cherub Chunky Wave in each) - 2 through the Cascade Yarns Facebook page and 1 through the Blog. To enter on the Blog, please comment with the last person/organization you gave a handmade item to. The winner will be drawn at 3 pm PST on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
Materials

1 skein Cherub Chunky Wave (55% Nylon/45% Acrylic - 137 yds/100 g)US 8 16" Circular NeedlesUS 10 16" Circular NeedlesUS 10 DPNs (Double Pointed Needles)Stitch MarkerYarn NeedleAbbreviations K - KnitP - PurlK2tog - Knit 2 TogetherSts - Stitches
Gauge Approx 4 sts = 1" in Stockinette (unstretched) With US 8 circular needle, Cast On 63, 72, 81 sts (Child, Adult - S/M, Adult L)
Place Stitch Marker to show beginning o…

A Year of Giving - January - Baby Llama Chunky - Lush Life Scarf

This year we will be featuring a pattern each month with the theme of giving. For each pattern we will give away enough yarn to make the project and draw a winner. Each month will feature a new pattern and we will select a winner from the blog and a winner through Facebook. This month's winners will be selected on Monday, March 28 at 3 pm. To enter on the blog comment below with your favorite project to make for giving.

This month, we are featuring a scarf I designed in Baby Llama Chunky - Lush Life Scarf. I started crocheting again in December since I was unable to knit for a while after elbow surgery. I wanted to create a gift for a neighbor that has been a wonderful friend to my family. I thought a dressy scarf would give her warm and a hug when she needed it - with the added bonus of being in her favorite color.
Materials
3 skeinsBaby Llama Chunky (100% Baby Llama - 109 yds/100 g) - shown in #19 (Acai)J Hook (6 mm)Yarn NeedleGauge 12. sts x 5.5 rows = 4” (10 cm) in DC
Finished Size

Washcloths for Safe Passage

This past weekend Rob and I (along with our 2 year old) had the pleasure of being a part of Webs Fall Knitting Retreat held on the University of Massachusetts - Amherst campus. We got to spend time with a fabulous group of knitters and had a wonderful time. 
In the evenings we did the Late Night Knitting Lounge (this included 3 different yarn tastings and door prizes). We were a part of this last year and thought it would be great to add charity knitting for the attendees.
Steve and Kathy Elkins suggested Safe Passageas the charity and along with Amy Greemen (who is an amazing person and organizational force) came up with the idea of knitting washcloths. Safe Passage provides emergency shelter, counseling and support for victims of domestic violence in Hampshire County. Often they have to leave home to seek shelter with nothing.
We donated yarn for all of the attendees to each get a skein of Nifty Cotton in their swag bag. I created a pattern that was inspired by the Safe Passage logo an…