The Plan

Knit lots of hats and scarves for patients and survivors or breast and ovarian cancers to be donated to the Komen Foundation for the Cure, Philadelphia Affiliate. We fully support monetary fund raising efforts for the cure. But we also want to do something which will go directly to those who need to know there are people rooting for their health and survival. All skill levels are welcome!

Please join us! The 2011 project ends Sept. 15th.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hello All!
Thank you to everyone who is checking in to see what the plan for 2012 is! The truth is - we don't know. We are looking into shifting the project to the winter  - possibly starting in October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) and finishing up around Mother's Day.  Please continue to check in with us for updates on the 2012 project.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The last haul

Hello All -
Well, tomorrow's the day we drop everything off at the Philadelphia Afiliate of the Komen Foundations!
We had a few more donations:
Leah's very first hat! aka her very first completed knitting project ever:

Melanie's beautiful two scarves and two hats:

And our final count! Hats: 84
Scarves: 11
gauntlets: 2

What a haul! Thank you everyone!

We will post about the drop off tomorrow.

xxooTara

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Getting Close to Done

Hello All -
Here is one more update. I hope it is the last - but of course if I get more before I drop everything off I will be sure to post. If you are still planning to send something - please drop us an email - Thanks!

This haul we have two more beautiful scarves from Michael and Sarah: A gorgeous braided cloche from Debbie:
Three lovely hats which came in a package with a return sender of Cohen.
And our Canadian... D'Arcy! This was her first major knitting experience and I think it's safe to say she his hooked! Four beautiful hats and a yarn exchange scarf. There is also a lovely story to go with D'Arcy's 7/8 hat (right side of image). D'Arcy absolutely fell in love with this yarn and started knitting the 7/8 hat. She was a little bit more than half way through it when... disaster! ... she ran out of yarn. The local shop did not have anymore - she search far and wide offering bribes left and right. Thanks to ravelry.com - she found Pam who had the same yarn same dye lot D'Arcy needed! But that's not even the best part of the story; D'Arcy explained the pinkknit-a-thon project and Pam, a breast cancer survivor, donated the yarn that D'Arcy could finish the hat.

Thanks again to all who've participated! Stay tuned for the final count and delivery.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Second Haul

This impressive haul is from Raija in New Jersey! 25, fabulous hats! All with beautiful little additions on the sides, and laminated labels with a beautiful message. Apparently, Raija really liked that second pattern. Here is an example of an individual of the hats Raija knitted. Thank you Raija for your stellar work and for making so many lovely hats.

Cary's stash arrived as well. You've seen some of her posts and here is the group shot of all the pieces. Stevie, despite having a wedding (her own) this summer, managed to knit these two for us! Thank you Stevie - for also getting the right link on Ravelry!

Lisa Kugel sent in this gorgeous crocheted scarf from the yarn exchange. Thank again to Lisa for designing this wonderful pattern!
And finally for this post, Anna sent in these four beauties! Check out the color change action for the second hat pattern!
Thanks to everyone who's sent things in so far... I know there are more out there! Can't wait to see your work!






Sunday, September 11, 2011

And things are rolling in....

With our deadline looming this Thursday (September 15th), the donations are starting to come in. But before I get to donations already received - we just need to do some Pinkknit-a-thon business. Please try to post things as close to the 15th as possible. If you need the weekend to finish things up - that's fine. We'd like to give the donations to the Komen Foundation the first week of October.

And now without further ado....

These first two donations from Jennifer and Wendy are the Just Enough Ruffles scarf, available on Ravelry. This scarf pattern is gorgeous! Very flattering so if you need something to knit as you are having withdrawals from Pinkknit-a-thon, try this one out!
Jennifer and Wendy also made some fabulous fingerless gloves! Hmmm... ideas for next year?

Caitlin did not have time to do the lace scarf for the exchange. She took her yarn allotment, added things from her own stash and sent in this beautiful stripy scarf.

Jess, intrepid student, made this gorgeous little number:
And finally, for this post, Carol sent five hats. Two of the turquoise:
One of the purple:
and two of these green/blue beauties.
Carol sent a note - I hope she doesn't mind my transcribing it here:

Dear Pinkknit-a-thonners -
I'm so glad I found out about your site from the Lancaster Yarn Shop. My mom is in treatment for ovarian cancer and so I decided to knit some hats for her. Then I found out about your project and knitted the yarn I had left over for additional hats.
The phrase* I put on the tags is one my mom found and taped to her kitchen cupboard. She's so optimistic and helps us to have hope. So far, all her results have been good and the chemotherapy is working. She still has 6 months of chemotherapy.
* "In facing the unknown, hope is as reasonable as despair." (Guideposts)

AND! thanks to Carol for remembering the tags! Yikes! I completely forgot. So if you haven't already sent your donations, please take a moment to add the kind of yarn you used (wool, silk, cotton, acrylic), washing instructions, and anything else. Thanks!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The yarn exchange scarf in crochet

Hi all! I'm finally getting round to posting a few pictures of my completed yarn exchange scarf. I opted to use the crochet pattern -- it's so fantastic! The design is really lovely and I already have plans to make another as a Christmas gift.


I started the scarf using a repeat of 7 rows and it turned out a little shorter than I thought it would. So I added (1) a section of pink yarn I had left over from last year's scarf and (2) smaller sections using the rest of the exchange yarn. Now it's the perfect length and ready to keep someone very warm during the winter.

As D'Arcy mentioned in her scarf post, the best thing about this project was getting to use a wide variety of yarns. They all worked up so differently. I chose to use a smaller needle (size J) than what was called for in the project (size N) because I wanted a smaller, tighter weave.

Of all the yarns, the lavender variegated yarn (it looks a little blue in the image above) was by far my favorite. It's soft and wooly and really holds its shape. To whoever chose this yarn, I'd love to know what it is and where I can get it (or something similar).

Meanwhile, the hats are coming along. The warrior hat is on my needles as I type, and I've caught up on all the others. I've even crocheted a couple more just because. More pictures to follow!


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Feather and Fan (Old Shell) Hat



Hello All,
Here is the second to last hat pattern. Isn't it great! Thanks so much to Lisa who designed the pattern!
Feather and Fan (Old Shell) Hat Pattern
Getting Started:
Size: Adult
Finished Measurements: The circumference of the hat measures ~ 18 inches with enough stretch to accommodate most head sizes (19-21 inches). Length ~ 6 ½ inches.
Yarn: Worsted weight yarn. I used Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in “Barn Red” for one hat and the other hat was knit with Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted in “Fuchsia”. 1 skein
Needles: 16 inch circular needle, size 7 (4.5mm)
1 set of 5 double pointed needles, size 7 (4.5mm)
Gauge: 5 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
Notions: Yarn needle, stitch markers

Pattern Notes:
A little stitch pattern fact: Many knitters use the name Feather and Fan interchangeably with Old Shale, when in actuality they are two different patterns. Not only that, but the name Old Shale is really Old Shell (Shale is how the Shetlanders pronounce shell). If you’re interested to find out more on the history and differences of these lace patterns, see what Elizabeth Lovick writes at http://northernlace.wordpress.com and then search for Feather and Fan versus Old Shale.
The stitch pattern is written for working in the round.
The traditional pattern calls for a garter ridge, but if you prefer not to have this ridge on your hat then knit Row 4 instead of purling.
The decrease rounds are on the pattern row (Row 3).
K2 tog= knit 2 stitches together
Sts= stitches
YO = yarn over

Stitch Pattern:
Feather and Fan (Old Shell) pattern:
Row 1: (right side) Knit
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: Pattern row: * (K2 tog) 2 times, (YO, K1) 4 times, (K2 tog) 2 times, repeat from *
Row 4: Purl

Directions for Hat:
Cast on 96 sts on circular needle (careful not to twist when joining). Place stitch marker to identify beginning of rounds.
Knit stitch pattern, Rows 1-4, 6 times.
Knit Rows 1 & 2 (length of hat at this point is ~ 4 ½ inches)
Start decreasing on Row 3 as follows:
1st decrease round: * (K2 tog) 2 times, (YO, K1) 2 times, YO, (K2 tog) 3 times, repeat from *. You will now have 80 sts.
Purl Row 4, Knit Rows 1 & 2
2nd decrease round: * (K2 tog) 2 times, (YO, K1) 2 times, (K2 tog) 2 times, repeat from *. You will now have 64 sts. Change to double pointed needles, placing 16 sts on each of the 4 needles.
Purl Row 4, Knit Rows 1 & 2
3rd decrease round: * K2 tog, (YO, K2 tog) 2 times, K2 tog, repeat from *. You will now have 48 sts.
Purl Row 4, Knit Rows 1 & 2
4th decrease round: * K2 tog, YO, (K2 tog) 2 times, repeat from *. You will now have 32 sts.
Purl Row 4, Knit Row 1
5th decrease round: K2 tog all around. You will now have 16 sts
Knit 1 row around
6th decrease round: K2 tog all around. You will now have 8 sts.

Break yarn, leaving ~ a 10 inch tail. Thread tail on needle and draw thru the remaining 8 sts on your knitting needles. Pull tight and weave in all ends.

Designed by Lisa K.