Finished Object: Knitting for Charity Project #1

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Pattern: by Julie Hentz, Lace-Edged Women’s Hat available on Ravelry
Made For: Minnesota Rollergirls Knitting for Charity
Needle: US 6/4 mm
Yarn: Bernat Satin Solids, sea shell
Completed: February 21, 2011

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I kept meaning to go check out the monthly group meet-up of the Minnesota Rollergirls at the craft store in my neighborhood, Crafty Planet. I thought I’d be a little star-struck, which is what made me a little hesitant (oh, that social awkwardness) but I finally made it to the meet up last month. I met Konceal N Kari, who showed me the pattern book full of hats and the plentiful pile of yarn with which to knit. Crafty Planet donates all of the yarn for the group.

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It’s only a two hour event, but I chose a pretty pink yarn and a slightly challenging pattern for my second attempt at knitting a hat, found a chair, and cast on. I got a couple rows of the lace done before I realized that I had already screwed up, so I used the opportunity to ask for some help from the gal sitting next to me — which got us talking about nothing related to knitting at all. Isn’t it fun to meet new, interesting people? This is why I wanted to go to a crafting group!

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When I got home later in the evening, I started it all over and it was fun! I wasn’t necessarily knitting on a deadline, I didn’t have to keep it a secret lest the recipient find out, and I was knitting a hat! I haven’t tried knitting a hat since 2006 or 2007, and when I tried then, it was very much a mushroom-shape.

I love how this hat turned out — delicate and feminine. I dropped it off at yesterday’s meeting, and picked up more yarn for another hat!

2nd attempt at knitting a hat went much better than 1st

View more details on Ravelry.

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Side note: if you’re in Minneapolis and interested in knitting hats for charity, Crafty Planet will accept donations at any time.

Additional side note: The Rollergirls only have one more meeting this season, but Crafty Planets hosts a craft-n-chat group on the second and fourth Tuesday nights of the month from 6–9 p.m. I’m definitely planning to go sometime.