Thursday, April 28, 2011

Fibers on Friday: Charitable Knit, Anyone?

Hi there! Welcome to Fibers on Friday!! I'm happy to have you join this fun party dedicated to knitting, crochet, or anything else fiber related!

Would anyone be interested in a small, charitable, knitting project? My Mom is a horse riding instructor who has a barn and a business teaching horseback riding. Part of her program is a therapeutic riding program designed to help those with physical, emotional, or social differences (you can read more here on her website).

On May 22nd she's having a fundraising event for this program. We all know times are tough. People don't have the money to spend on "fun" things like horseback riding. Unfortunately, this means financial struggle for Mom and her business. So, the event she's planning is going to be lots of fun. Live music, pony rides, a bake sale, and games. I told her I'd try to think of something crafty to make and donate. Of course, I go directly to knitting projects. But what can I knit for such an event? Ohhhhhh, I know! This:

It's called Pete Dishcloth on ravelry

***** Edited to add: the pattern shown above is not a free download. Sorry I didn't realize that sooner.
But here's an equally adorable one that is written out and available for free. I would say perfect for the beginner knitter.******************

I know I won't be able to pound many of these out in under a month 'cuz I'm a pretty slow knitter (evidence is in my sock progress). And today I had a brainstorm. Ask my knitting friends to contribute!

So, if you're interested in knitting a washcloth and donating it to this cause, please let me know. Of course you could knit any horsey pattern washcloth because I think these horse people will FLIP over such a thing. First, because everyone loves a knitted washcloth. Second, because there's a HORSE on it.....So adorable! I would just need it sent to me before the 22nd of May and I'll put it up for grabs at the bake sale table and just ask for a donation in return. What do you think?

I haven't told Mom about this idea, but I know she'd be so happy! And I'd love to show up with more than 1 or 2 washcloths.

OK......thanks for considering my proposition! Now, onto Fibers on Friday! I've been knitting my second sock like a crazy lady. I'm actually back into it, thankfully! I really appreciate all of your advice on cable knitting from last week. I have bookmarked several of your ideas and intend to start a cable project as soon as I can make it all the way over to the yarn store (an hour away, soo sooo sad).

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