Without further ado:
The finished skein Happy Go Lucky. 512 m of DK weight, 200 grams. (512 m = 600 yards)
2 ply in soft BFL/Silk mix.
It took a bit of “Andean Plying” to use up all the singles.
Technically it’s not really finished. It needs to soak in water first, to set the twist. But I postphone this a bit. You see, I got this roving at half price off because the turqoise dye did not grab the wool very well. It will bleed.
Turqoise is notorious for doing so. I think this is because the dye particles are rather big and the woolfibre needs to open up and let the particle in before closing up again (due to cold and acid). Which is a bother, often.
Anyway. As soon as I soak this skein it will loose some of its brilliance so better admire it a bit longer before I do so.
Thing the second: got my skein of intense purple yesterday!
Wollmeise 100% Pure Fliederbusch, one of the most sought after colourways.
I cast on Rockefeller and this knits like a dream!
I was watching some Firefly and suddenly I had 10 wedges done. The yarns are great together! Both in feel and in colour. (btw: love Firefly! watching it for the first time.)
With this project I do have to pace myself because this is shoulder-endangering-knitting.
A nice chance to practice absolute relaxing while knitting 🙂
And stop as soon as something tingles or tightens up or starts to nag. There are too many people I know who have sore wrists or shoulders… we are doing something wrong. We are too persistent or take on too much worries or grabbing the needles too hard. I don’t know. Be careful.
Thing the third: The Little Yellow Duck Project.
I am crocheting some little yellow ducks for The Little Yellow Duck Project.org.
These ducks are to be left in public places with a little tag attached, inviting people to take home the duck and go online and pin the place they found it on a large virtual map.
Doing this the project hopes to raise awareness of the importance of donating blood and organs to help other people. To help kids.
A worthy cause. Donating stuff you can miss and that will save the life of someone else is a good thing to do in ones life.
It’s a random act of kindness.
As is making these ducks and giving them away.
As a woman with skills I usually don’t participate in these kind of events. Too often people think too casually about the time, effort and skills that are involved into making things for free. Not too mention the cost of yarn.
For example, making one duck takes me 2 to 3 hours. And that’s crocheting, which is a lot quicker than knitting. It’s also very fiddly and makes my hands (and shoulder) hurt.
Usually people assume it takes a whole of ten minutes to whip something up. Anything from a little duck to a hat to a sweater.
And it is always cheap because: “you have the yarn lying about anyway!”
Or: “You’re always knitting, your house must be full with things now. Time to give stuff away! Don’t be selfish!”
I could go on.
But I leave that to Ravelry group Selfish Knitters and Crocheters, they have many many examples of people not understanding or appreciating how we chose to spend our time and skills. We also learn collectively to say no to requests. Because “no” is a legitimate answer to a request. And it needs no justification.
The Little yellow Duck project understands that making a duck and giving it away is a random act of kindness, an act that takes some investment from the crafter.
As does donating blood, bone marrow or organ parts. That takes a (considerable) investment from a person and it gets donated to a stranger. Pure acts of kindness.
That’s why I’m participating for one reason, because I want to give a little bit of kindness to show appreciation for the big bit of kindness donors give.
There are other objections though. One is about efficiency.
One crafter = one duck = one finder who will maybe go online and maybe read the site and maybe get more aware of how much difference a donation of blood or tissue makes in life.
That’s a lot of maybe’s for a crafted project that only reaches one person or family. Not’s a very efficient use of my time.
The third objection is that my ducks will lead people to an American site. Should they get interested and wanting to know more about donating themselves they have to do additional searches to find my national organizations. Assuming they are comfortable in English to begin with.
Overall this seems this whole project is more about the volunteers and crafters feeling better than about actually getting new donors…
but that’s ok. That’s worthy too, in a way.
It may not be efficient nor effective but I’m making a couple of ducks to show support anyway.
In doing so I march to the battle cry of the Selfish Knitters and Crocheters Group:
“We make what we want, when we want and for whom we want!”
I’ve put the Dutch organizations’ url’s on the back of the ducks’ tags, should people want to know more.
The pattern I use is Crochet Duck by Frankie Brown. She’s an inventive designer! I’ve enjoyed her patterns before.
She makes her designs free and in return asks you to consider to donate to another worthy cause: the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation. I’m trying too. As soon as I have figured out how to do so without a credit card (I don’t have one). The site says they accept Paypal but I can’t find a button…
update: I talked to Frankie, the designer. The site only accepts Paypal from within the UK.