Bottle Caps, Baby Blankets and #Playground Shawls: The Weekly Round Up

Knitters 4 the World

This week I wanted to feature a neat charity project by Age NI, a charity group that supports older people in Northern Ireland. One of their major fundraising event involves collecting knitted hats for smoothie bottles, and a portion of the proceeds going to Age NI for every hatted bottle sold.

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Dear Ireland Charities: could you BE more adorable?

The goal is 50 000 by the beginning of December and they have cute topper patterns available for knitters and crocheters on their website. It’s an adorable instant gratification project for a good cause – what more could you ask for?

Freshly Plucked Patterns

Knit Picks released a bunch of new indie patterns this week. My absolute favouriting being this gorgeous baby blanket by Kathleen Sperling. This is one of the patterns that makes my jaw go slack with awe. Love it.

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Also announced this week was Hygge (Knit Yourself Things You’ll Love to Wear).This mini collection is the first collaboration between Karie Westermann and Estelle Faust of Midwinter Yarns. Hygge is word that’s difficult to translate, but it roughly means “a feeling of comfort, cosiness, and happiness,” all of which sound delightful to me. You can pre-order the book on Ravelry now.

Favourite FO of the Week

This one has been all over my Instagram feed and with good reason! The #playground shawl by letesknits is everything you could want in a shawl and then some.

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Photo (c) letesknits

Knitting News From Around the Net

Well, we’ve another article that states learning to knit can make you happy to add to the pile. Fifteen years after the major knitting and crocheting resurgence in North American, spinning is now also reportedly making a comeback. A 3D knitting startup won $5 000 dollars in Michigan to continue their entrepreneurial venture. And finally a video of Melbourne artist, Casey Jenkins’ art installation piece entitled Vaginal Knitting (which is very much what it sounds like so click that link at your own discretion) went viral and sparked considerable disgust on social media. I’m very shocked. (I’m not.)

Random Things I Did This Week

I didn’t have all that great a week to be honest. I had some difficult therapy sessions, a migraine, a trip to the ER because I collapsed on the sidewalk with convulsions. Little time has been left for other things. I did write a piece on my health that I’m happy to report was picked up by The Coffeelicious. For more of my non-knitting related writing, you can check me out on Medium.

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