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knit knit knit…

I made a pair of Totoro baby mitts for a friend who just had a baby :) Fol­low­ing the charts from this Rav­el­ry pat­tern. For the small Totoro, I used this Totoro hex­ipuff chart

Over Jan­u­ary I was busy get­ting as much knit­ting done as pos­si­ble for the Hand Knit Hope ini­tia­tive for eat­ing dis­or­der aware­ness. This project deliv­ers hand­made scarves, hats, head­bands, etc. to treat­ment cen­tres across Cana­da as gifts of encour­age­ment, and the hand­made goods are also used to raise funds for oth­er ini­tia­tives aimed to increase sup­port for peo­ple liv­ing with eating/body image issues or eat­ing dis­or­ders. (you can read more about the project, and how you can help out too, on their Face­book page. If you scroll down a bit you’ll also see a brochure I made, and you might rec­og­nize a cou­ple of pat­terns on it :D)

So I made 3 head­bands, all on the knit­ting loom, with either two strands of worsted held togeth­er or one strand of super bulky weight yarn.

They were all made on the 36-peg round loom. The far left one is just a long tube of e‑wrap stitch­es until it was about 8 inch­es long, then the top and bot­tom edges are sewn togeth­er so it’s dou­ble thick.

For the mid­dle one, I fol­lowed this video tuto­r­i­al

The one on the right is made with garter stitch, which is basi­cal­ly alter­nat­ing one round of e‑wraps and one round of purl stitch.

I also made a cowl, which was inspired by the Purl Soho Garter Gaiter cowl, using alter­nat­ing colours for the e‑wrap and purl stitch rounds. It was made on the 41-peg loom.

On the top­ic of knit­ting for a good cause, the Warm­ing Toron­to Knit­ting Day is back again at the end of Feb­ru­ary! Mike and I are plan­ning to be there :D If you’re in the neigh­bour­hood we’d love for you to pop by! You can find all the details here on Face­book.

Hap­py Feb­ru­ary everyone!