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dschmidt
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Posted - 04/24/2010 :  11:20:46 AM  Show Profile Send dschmidt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have many of those single & partial skeins in my stash. Y'all know the ones I mean - too big to toss but too small also. Instead of knitting a sweater for the Knitting Olympics, I decided I'd use those "only child/orphan" skeins to knit hats for charity. As of today, I've knit 32 hats. They can be seen here
http://tinyurl.com/27wc6w5

I still have more of those only child/orphan skeins and am curious how many hats I'll end up with. It's good to have that yarn out of the stash and fun to figure out how many different ways I can design the hats. And the local shelters and social services organizations will receive warm hats. Everyone wins IMHO

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Donna in VA

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anderknit
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Posted - 04/24/2010 :  1:19:18 PM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That is a fabulous idea. I'm going to look around and see what I've got.

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minh
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Posted - 04/24/2010 :  7:14:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Single skeins in my stash?! What are you talking about Donna?

Seriously, it's a great idea! It will give me a jump start on the charity hats for the KR retreat. I might also combine yarns of similar weights for the Red Scarf project.
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Coolj
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USA
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Posted - 04/25/2010 :  05:22:52 AM  Show Profile Send Coolj a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Kudos to you, Donna! You've inspired me to look through my stash and earmark orphans and leftovers for charity.
Juanita
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dschmidt
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Posted - 04/25/2010 :  05:59:28 AM  Show Profile Send dschmidt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I hope everyone posts pictures of what you knit, too. It blew me away when I realized how much yarn there is in those odd balls and it was just sitting in my stash because I couldn't get rid of perfectly good yarn, could I? I wonder how many hats & scarves (that's a good idea Minh) we collectively knit.

Donna in VA

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GFTC
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Posted - 04/25/2010 :  7:24:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit GFTC's Homepage Send GFTC a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I did the same thing last Fall with one and two skeins of stash yarn that were each enough for hats. I knit a dozen hats and sent them up to the KR Retreat (I didn't go) for Clara's charity project. Hats are fun to knit but I rarely wear them so it was a good opportunity for knitting, stashbusting, and do-gooding. Picture here

GFTC of NYC
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jtamsn
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Posted - 04/26/2010 :  3:53:54 PM  Show Profile Send jtamsn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have done this to some extent for several years. I also make mittens with mine. Sometimes (I must confess) I go buy skeins of varigated yarn to mix with my solid colors. I'm not always sure how well it wittles down the orphan stash, but it satisfies my need to go the yarn shop, and for a good cause.

judy
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hillstreetmama
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Posted - 04/27/2010 :  04:19:17 AM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I didn't do it for charity - I did it for family! A couple years ago, I knit up all those orphan skeins into hats and other one-skein projects and put out a basket on Christmas day for people to help themselves. Made me feel good, and made a small dent in the stash.....which I promptly and effortlessly filled.



Jan
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cpknits
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USA
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Posted - 04/27/2010 :  6:36:13 PM  Show Profile Send cpknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the reminder. I had set aside a very large bag of odd skeins for chemo caps. I think these and socks will make up my summer knitting.

Carol, Wisconsin
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scarfitup
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Posted - 04/29/2010 :  04:07:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit scarfitup's Homepage Send scarfitup a Private Message  Reply with Quote
GFTC, these are wonderful hats! The colors and textures are so lovely, and what a fab idea, Donna! I wondered if you all would be willing to direct us to patterns for these cute hats?

Thanks,
Louise

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granny purple
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Posted - 04/29/2010 :  05:18:11 AM  Show Profile Send granny purple a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Last fall I started my "3 sock yarn" hats. Those small amounts left at the end of a pair of socks work well if you use 3 at a time on a 5mm circular needle. When one yarn runs out, add in another. When you have at least one patterned sock yarn in the mix, it makes an interesting tweedy effect. And being sock yarn, they're mostly wool, and very washable. And as an easy way to design on the fly, they're a lot of fun. I think I ended up with a couple of dozen for a couple of local charities, and now when I finish a pair of socks, if there's more than a yard or two of yarn left, it goes into a bag of similar colours for the next foray, probably during the summer. 88 sts seems to be just right!
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GFTC
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Posted - 04/29/2010 :  06:01:37 AM  Show Profile  Visit GFTC's Homepage Send GFTC a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you, Louise!

In answer to your request for patterns, if you click on my Ravelry link at the bottom of this post it will take you to my project page. On the top of the page is a tab for hat/scarf which will pull up the hats. On the individual project page for each hat you'll find the link to the pattern, the amount of yarn I used, needle size, #of stitches cast on, etc. Where I made several hats in the same pattern they are all on one page. Several of the patterns are free online.

Hope that helps.

GFTC of NYC
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Mirl56
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USA
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Posted - 04/29/2010 :  06:06:18 AM  Show Profile Send Mirl56 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
GrannyPurple - I love that idea!

I, too, am using odd ball stash (a lot of it I inherited from my Mom who recently moved to an Assisted Living facililty and no longer knits/crochets) to make baby hats for charity. They'll be donated on behalf of my SIL who likes her Christmas gift to be charity related.
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savvy_C
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Posted - 04/29/2010 :  07:16:25 AM  Show Profile Send savvy_C a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Count me IN! I've got 'sit' time on airplanes, and more than enough oddballs in my stash! Local groups always grateful when finished ART-wear arrives!
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kcknitnut
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Posted - 04/29/2010 :  07:27:27 AM  Show Profile Send kcknitnut a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Most of our charities here have definite types and color of yarns for donated items. Our Guild "KNOTTY GIRLS" does a lot for Corpus Christi. What I did this winter was gather patterns for afghans. The first was a diamond 'square' which is facinating when done. The second was done in strips of 7 blocks of different patterns ineach square. The third one was done in hexigons. No color was repeated,no pattern repeated. All are college graduations gifts for DGD.
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scarfitup
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Posted - 04/29/2010 :  4:00:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit scarfitup's Homepage Send scarfitup a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you, GFTC! That helps a LOT! In between other things, I may give it a try. Believe it or not, I have NEVER made a hat! I've done felted bowls, so I know the process is the same. I look forward to my first foray into hats!

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crafty1mjw@comcast.net
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Posted - 05/02/2010 :  07:04:23 AM  Show Profile Send crafty1mjw@comcast.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've knit hats for charity in the past, but haven't done so in awhile. They were chemo caps, as a tribute to my mother, who passed away from small cell lung cancer several years ago.
Donna, you've re-inspired me! Count me in as well!

craftymjw

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dschmidt
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Posted - 05/02/2010 :  4:08:23 PM  Show Profile Send dschmidt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd love it if everyone keeps a count of how many hats you knit using up the orphans and post them here. I'm now up to 38 hats. Also, thanks GrannyPurple - that will help with the sock leftovers considerably.

Donna in VA

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Martheme
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Posted - 05/03/2010 :  06:47:07 AM  Show Profile  Visit Martheme's Homepage  Send Martheme a Yahoo! Message Send Martheme a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I too have a stash of leftovers, mostly partial skeins . . . I've been using them to make hats & mittens for my kids, my nieces and nephews and several other kids we know that just "need" a winter hat each year . . . I find the kids really like the creative mix of colors that go into the hat & mittens sets and the Moms appreciate having a ready supply of hats & mittens so they can play outside as much as possible. Esp. since I follow EZ's suggestion and knit the mittens in 3s . . .

good luck with the oddball projects.

Margaret

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minh
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Posted - 05/03/2010 :  08:43:40 AM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
In the latest issue of IK, there's an article by Clara about knitting toys. That too would be a good way to use leftover yarns and toys could be donated to charities along with the hats.
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anderknit
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Posted - 05/03/2010 :  1:29:50 PM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Donna and other NoVa's - There are of course many charities, local and global, that can use hats, but if you want a local recipient, Uniquities in Vienna VA has on their website a notice that they are collecting hats, mittens and scarves for an elementary school in Alexandria. They would like to get 100 items by Labor Day. So if any of the "locals" who are joining Donna in hat-making want to drop off some of their hats at Uniquities, Brenda will find them a very appreciative home.

Here's a link to the notice:
http://uniquitiesyarnshop.com/?page_id=11

GFTC: Thanks for the links to some great hat patterns. And your project page always inspires me!


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