Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Colourful Cabins

A little while back I decided to support the charity Wrap With Love by knitting some squares to be made up into blankets. I think the aims of the charity are admirable and also very practical, which really appealed to me. I like the fact that anyone who contributes can see something measurable and concrete that they have contributed towards. Plus the format of the squares allows people to express their creativity, while being a nice small portable project to cart around to the various knitting get togethers I go to.



I thought it would be fun to try out some new techinques on these too, so I did a few squares based on the log cabin knitting idea popularised by the good women of Mason-Dixon knitting. The yarn isn't expensive, but it's 100% wool and I put some thought into a range of colours that would look nice together and still have some vibrancy to them. I'm really pleased with them so far, and plan on knitting a few more (plus some plain squares to go with them) before the big knit in at the ABC towards the end of the month.



I realised a while back that I could do a lot more for charity. I don't have a lot of spare cash to donate, but I can give of my time, creativity and care in a way that will hopefully give someone else a degree of comfort.

11 comments:

thombeau said...

Loverly!

The Other Andrew said...

Danke!

tracey said...

beautiful :)

freakgirl said...

Gorge. What size needles; what kind of yarn?

The Other Andrew said...

Thanks!

FG - 4mm needles and regular ole 8 ply 'DK' wool yarn. The Wrap With Love crowd specify 4mm and 8 ply so that the squares are a consistent size and gauge. I knit a bit tight, so I cast on a few extra stitiches and worked a few extra rows to get to the 10" (25cm) specified size.

Kristine said...

Beautiful! (Let me know if you're going to the Knit In. Miss Fee's got an ABC contact who's going to arrange saved seats for us in the main studio...)

Michael said...

I'm JUST wakening to the idea of doing more for others. At this late date, I know! Still a bit more plan than action, so I'll take my inspiration from you.....only I'm not knitting.

Good on ya, A-rod.

Kerry said...

Andrew, I have a couple of bags of 8 ply wool I no longer use, you can have it if you like.

The Other Andrew said...

Kris, yes I plan on being there for the knit in! I think my friend James is helping cover it for ABC radio too.

Michael, thanks for the "A-rod". Love it! Knitting a few squares is the easy stuff, I'd like to get my hands into something a bit meatier down the track. Maybe help out in a soup kitchen or something.

Kerry, that would be great

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

lovely colours, lovely knitting and lovely concept my dear :-)

The Other Andrew said...

Thanks Speedy!