I've been blogging for Bernat now for over a year, and have learned SO MUCH! It has truly been a blessing to me. My crafting skills have improved, and my yarn stash has been enhanced. Life is good! :)
And because I feel so blessed, I am passing on the joy by doing some charity knitting. Bernat Felting yarn is 100% wool, and is intended to be used for making felted items. But, I'm making a thick wool sweater instead. A spinner would consider this yarn to be a "pencil roving", since there is barely any twist to it at all. The wool fibers are lined up straight and clean. This causes the fabric you make to be fluffy and insulating - perfect for a toasty warm sweater.
I had intended to knit for the Dulaan charity drive this October, but I missed the deadline. So, I will give this sweater to the Wool-Aid charity. That organization collects and distributes hand-knitted and crocheted wool items to people in the coldest climates. Some of these people have to endure temperatures as low as 40 below zero! (Fahrenheit)
As I got a good start on the sweater, my husband walked by my craft room, and said, "Would you like to go out to lunch?" Would I? Of course! So, I stuffed my knitting into my bag, and off we went. When we got to the restaurant, we placed our order, then I found a table. Immediately, I pulled out my knitting, so I could get in a few stitches as we waited for our food.
(My hubby took this photo with his cellphone, so excuse the blurriness.)
Our lunch was yummy, and we enjoyed our time together. After lunch, he drove us to our favorite bookstore, so I was able to knit some more in the car. I also carried my knitting bag into the bookstore, where I bought a cup of coffee, and sat down to work on the sweater some more. My husband is used to seeing me knit everywhere we go. In fact, if he doesn't see a knitting bag in my hand, he says, "What's wrong? Why aren't you knitting?" :)
Here's what I've gotten accomplished on the sweater so far:
I am LOVING the way it looks! The Bernat Felting yarn is fun to knit with, and the color of the yarn is beautiful! The bulky yarn will knit quickly too, so it shouldn't take that long to finish the sweater.