- use washable yarns, fabrics, and fibers. Recipients may not have ready assess to laundry facilities so "hand-wash only"-- no matter how lovely -- is not the best choice.
- Avoid lacy patterns or openwork. They too easily snag, trap dirt and are not warm or durable.
- Take the opportunity to use "left-over" yarn and/or fabric.
- You don't have to make your piece a certain size to fit a specific person -- whatever size you make will fit someone -- so use the opportunity to learn something new -- a new weave structure, a new stitch, practice cables or colorwork.
- Have Fun
http://www.afghansforafghans.org (includes patterns you should use)
http://www.craftyarnscouncil.com/warmup.html (includes patterns)
In November, Judy Warren showed us how to make felted insoles to give to The Charleston Port & Seafarers Society which serves those who pass through our port city, -- can you imagine what a difference warm feet make to those who live aboard working ships?
Here is Judy's report on our November meeting:
"On Saturday, Nov. 16, the Guild's program was to perform a service project: making felted wool insoles to warm the cold feet of transient sailors who work year-round on the high seas. We started right after all other Guild business was covered and, once we got our system rolling, we worked until about 3:15 when folks needed to head home. We had already machine-felted a boat-load of 100% wool sweaters, so Saturday was the day to disassemble and then cut them up into pairs of insoles.
For over 90 minutes we worked and chatted while producing 53 pairs of X-Large, colorful, felted-wool insoles. We had decided to make them all XL - and a bit wide - to accommodate most sizes (our recipients can trim them down to their respective sizes.)
|tightly felted wool insoles will make a sailor's work boots noticeably warmer.|
Sincere thanks go out to the 15-plus members who participated that day!"
These were 2 great programs to close out our year -- and a great project for us. We'll have more information on this topic early in the year.