Rhinebeck Bus Trip 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

Today's Ten on Tuesday post is a little different.  It's a writing prompt.  So, here it goes...

1.  I am feeling accomplished and well-organized because I cleaned out my filing cabinet & made files for my current needs (expenses and such).  Now, when I have a receipt or a bill (or pay stub, or report card for my daughter), I just walk over to the filing cabinet, pull out the drawer, and drop the item in the appropriate file.

2.  I am excited that my 1st Rockin' Sock Club shipment of 2014 arrived.  The Sock Club is one of my Christmas gifts and I love it (because I get 6 shipments throughout the year!). 

3.  I am super excited that one of the patterns in the January Sock Club shipment is a shawlette.  I love shawlettes and think everyone should have at least one - they're so versatile! 

4.  I am proud of myself for going through my yarn stash and rearranging some of it (so that it's better organized).

5.  I am on a mission to knit scarves to leave around Downtown Lancaster, for anyone who needs them.  This was not my idea - I saw a picture on facebook, of someone in Canada who is doing this.  I think this is a wonderful idea, though.  I have some Paton's Classic Merino in my stash - that I bought for one thing or another - that makes soft, warm scarves.  I'm making them wide, so that people can use them as a head and/or face covering, too.

6.  I am looking forward to the changes I am making in 2014.  That's another post - I just need to add links to it.

7.  I am also nervous about 2014 because there have been some major financial changes for me, and I'm not sure how things are going to work out.

8.  I am SO sick of ice!  The cold, I can handle, but the ice?  I'm done with it!

9.  I am glad football is over, so that my facebook newsfeed isn't clogged with football posts.

10.  I am feeling like winter will soon be gone and then it'll be hot & humid and I hate being hot and in humidity.  This also makes me feel like I have to knit everything really fast, because I'm running out of knitting time (since I rarely knit in the summer).


  1. I love the idea of making scarves and leaving them around for people to find! I saw this mentioned somewhere also. Questions I have - what pattern will you use - something on the easy and quick side? And what types of places are you thinking of leaving them?

    Linda in VA

  2. I use a size 9 needle, cast on 175+ stitches, and knit every row. Garter stitch is quick for me, and the fabric won't curl. The first scarf I did was 175sts and I feel like I could have made it longer, so the next one will be at least 200 sts. I knit until the scarf is about 8" from the cast on edge.

    Knitting the scarf "sideways" like that seems easier to me (than knitting the scarf the usual way). I feel like it is finished quicker. If you want to have a fringed scarf, this is an easy way to do it (and an easy way to do stripes). For the fringe, just pull out a loop of the yarn when you get to the end of the row (make the loop as long as you want the fringe). If you're doing stripes, simply tie the two colors together (at the start of the row), leaving a length as long as you want the fringe. When you're done, cut the loops, and knot several together (in groups, to make the fringe).

    I left the scarf in an area where I know homeless people "hang out". I just tied it to a post-type structure (that has rungs). I did attach a tag that said: I am not lost! If you're stuck out in the cold, take this scarf to keep warm!

    Some other places I'll leave scarves are tied around the neck of statues of people.

  3. I wish our homeless in NYC were needful of hand knit goods. My knitting group made a bunch of children's sweaters and then we saw the same ones in the dollar store selling for $10 each. It wasn't our sweaters, but the same pattern that the charity called for. Coincidence? Maybe.

    I saw a homeless person digging up flowers planted by the city in the street meridian, and he was selling them out of a cart he took from a grocery store.

    I saw another person dive into the charity drop box, pull out clothes and was selling them and his 'flea market', which is appropriate because I believe he had fleas - judging by his 'guard' dog on a rope.

  4. I may take this on this summer and get a few ready for the fall/winter time. There are plenty of places in D.C. (25 miles away from me) - that I could "hang" them!

    Linda in VA