Thursday, January 31, 2013

Mitten Pattern by Maine Author & Knitter Featured in February 2013 Downeast Magazine

I just found out that Maine Author Robin Hansen, has a pattern from one of her books published in the February 2013 Downeast Magazine. It's called Lithuanian Ribby Knit Mitten. 
You can find it on line here.

A Folklorist whose passion for knitting and fascination with the traditions of mitten making in Maine, led Robin to write books on the lore of Mittens from Maine and other cold climates, including their patterns. Many knitters are familiar with her offerings.

Here are a few of her books that can be found at Downeast Publishing:


Maine Mitten Project Donations Are Coming In.

Close Knit Sisters Yarn shop in N Conway, NH has reported that they have collected 12 pairs of Mittens, 24 Hats and 11 Scarves to date. GO SISTERS! Great job......

Here is a donation from Ann Thompson, Biddeford, Me

Thanks Ann!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Scarborough Public Library accepting Donations for the Maine Mitten Project

The Scarborough Public Library has become an official drop location for completed hand made items for the Maine Mitten Project. 

Thank You!

Items may be dropped off during regular library hours at 48 Gorham Rd. Scarborough.

Please tag your hand made donation with one of our gift tags which you can find here.

The library has copies of the free project flyer with information  and a few basic patterns. For more patterns go to our patterns page for links.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

REMAX/ Country Living In Fryeburg Collecting for the Maine Mitten Project

I got this photo from Jen at REMAX/ Country Living last week. Isn't this great!

Some folks have been busy helping to keep Maine's needy warm and supporting the Maine Mitten Project! We didn't expect to get sweaters BUT are very happy to accept them and no doubt some children will be very glad for the lovely hand made gifts!

These lovely items were donated by Theresa Peavey of Bridgton, Me. Thank you Theresa! 

Thanks to all! Your efforts are greatly appreciated by all......

Crochet Hat Pattern for The Maine Mitten Project

I've been keeping my fingers busy and using up left over yarns to make hats and mittens in the last weeks. I use a basic pattern for the hat that I improvised from other hats I've made in the past. Since I am not making for anyone in particular, it doesn't matter what size it ends up being. That means I don't have to check gauge all the time. I hate checking gauge! :-) What a godsend!

Here's what I've made up lately.

You can see that one of my hats ended up being a beret. That was an oops! I increased way too much for the yarn and hook size. It would have fit Big Foot so I improvised and it turned out great!

Anyway, here is my pattern:

Use a hook that works with your yarn weight.

- Chain 3 and join
- sc 8 in the ring & mark the beginning of the nxt round
- 2 sc in ea st to the end of the round
- 1sc, inc 1 by doing 2 sc repeat all around
- 2sc, inc 1, repeat all around
- 3sc, inc 1, repeat all around
- continue working in the round increasing sc sts between increases by one for each round until you have 7sc between increases for Small, 8 sc between increases for Med and 9 for large. Keep in mind that the yarn size and hook size will affect the size of your finished piece. I have made some that will fit dread heads really well :-)

Ok so once you have decided how many increase rows you want the rest of the hat is done in sc in every st. In the first row of no increases, I work the back loop only but you don't have to. Continue to sc until the hat is the depth you want. I go at least 6". Keep in mind that the edge will roll up a bit after you tie off so you lose some of the depth. Adjust your final depth accordingly.

You can see that I also use up ends by making stripes along the way but anything goes!

The mitten pattern I use is a basic easy crochet pattern that you can find here.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Close Knit Sisters Yarn Shop Collections Have Begun

Close Knit Sisters Yarn Shop in N Conway, NH has begun collecting for the Maine Mitten Project and has a nice basket of items in their display. Stop by and check them out, or drop off your contributions during regular business hours.

Thanks to Close Knit Sisters for helping us out! Keep that collection growing :-)

Monday, January 7, 2013

RE/MAX Country Living in Fryeburg To Be A Maine Mitten Project Drop Location....

Maine real estate

A BIG thank you to Jennifer Regan for finding us and to owner Bill Reilly of RE/MAX Country Living in Fryeburg, Maine for becoming a designated drop location for the Maine Mitten Project. Look for their roadside marquee with posted information about our project.

Lucky for us, RE/MAX Country Living was looking for a charitable project to support and found our info on line. We so appreciate their support and hope you will stop by their office to pick up information and patterns or to drop off your hand made donations soon!

They are located at:
235 Bridgton Road, Unit 1
FryeburgMaine 04037

We have lots of irons in the fire since the first of the year so look for more news about the Maine Mitten Project activities and supporters in the next days to come.

Happy New Year!