Our good friend Yvonne has kindly volunteered to seam up knitted strips for blankets for the Women’s Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. She writes:
I would love to do charity knitting but I know that I have no hope of ever completing a blanket within a reasonable amount of time. I do know that I could crank out a garter stitch strip or two in no time* , though. I’m sure there are others out there like me – you want to knit for charity but with other pressures surrounding you from your every day life, you feel you have no time. So let’s band together, shall we?
If you remember the Yarn Harlot’s post* about Lettuce Knit’s Megan’s baby shower, there was a strip blanket. Let’s knit some cotton strips, and if you drop them at Natural Stitches, I can seam them. (I’m the freak that Anna mentioned who likes to seam).
So your mission, if you choose to accept it:
Select a cotton yarn and some appropriate needles. Cast on 12 stitches and knit (garter stitch) until the strip is 32” long, then cast off. Take it to Natural Stitches and leave it with the staff there. I’ll pick them up and seam a bunch together, then get the blanket(s) to Natural Stitches, to be taken to the shelter.
*In no time should be taken very loosely and really means more like a couple of days.
I think this is a fabulous idea. I have worsted cotton, but we think any weight of cotton would work because the length of the strips is going to be the same. We’re talking about it at Ravelry here.