Brittany, Charitable Donations, Grieving Loved Ones, Hat

Forever 24 – 2015

Today would have been my Sister‘s 26th birthday. Instead of celebrating another year with her I am donating 24 hats to Scarves for Troops in her memory.


Forever 24 -2015

Patterns I used:

I think that the Scarves for Troops program which is ran by Operation Gratitude is one of the best charities out there. When I started donating to Scarves for Troops I was looking for something that I could donate handmade goods to simply because I was bored and wanted to make something that I could give back to society. After my Grandfather who served in the Navy during the Korean War passed away from cancer I wanted to do more charity work for Veterans. Then my Sister passed away and I became even more passionate about giving back. Creating hats to donate to those who have served or are serving this great country has given me something positive to do during my darkest of days while grieving my loved ones. This is me trying to find something positive out of a negative.

I encourage you to make something to donate to Scarves for Troops and if you don’t want to make anything they also accept donations of money, toiletries, est… read here for more information!!!!

7a9f3d08dcad752474008713c5314f0fOperation Gratitude hats and scarves should be adult sized and in gender neutral or subtle colors. Scarves that are between 5 and 7 inches wide and 48 to 52 inches long fit best in the care package boxes. We’re asked to leave fringe off of scarves for reasons of packing and wearing ease. Any fiber is acceptable, please be prepared to attach a label to your scarf with care instructions. SOURCE



Purple Color Affection Shawl

My latest shawl is done!!!

101 purple color affection shawl

I love the colors. I love how the stripes line up and make up an interesting visual texture. I love how soft and cozy it is but…

101 purple color affection shawl

I hate how the shawl refuses to lay flat. Once I get it to lay flat in one area it ripples up in another area. I even added the extra YO’s that were suggested to help with that issue. I aggressively blocked the shawl and it did improve slightly but it still won’t lay flat.

However, I wonder if this will even be noticed when the shawl is worn. I have decided to wait until I can wear the shawl before proceeding with the pink shawl. I may just look for a different pattern. I have found through trial and error that I prefer the results of shawls that are knit from side to side.

All in all I am a little frustrated and disappointed. I am hoping that the shawl grows on me.


My 101 Purple Color Affection Shawl was knit with US size 6 (4.0 mm) knitting needles. The Color Affection Pattern is by Veera Välimäki and the yarn is from Knit Picks in the following shades Lilac, Lilac Mist, and Ivory.