I crochet. I sew. I knit and I make quilts. Our little house holds a lot of stitches!

I also harvest yarn from sweaters, visit several thrift shops regularly and enjoy New England’s tag sale season. So many projects! So many ideas!

My goal is to give one child-sized crocheted ripple afghan per week to a local charity that provides “comfort packages” to children entering foster care. I especially enjoy planning their color combos and striping sequences. Using a haphazard collection of donated, thrift store and tag sale yarns makes it a fun challenge.

My favorite ripple pattern (read more about it in this post) has become so familiar that my hands seem to move of their own accord. Sometimes I crochet so fast that the afghans pile up creating a blanket stash, which means I can keep giving one a week while I’m busy knitting, sewing a quilt, etc. Lately I’ve been knitting fingerless mitts for DH and recycling crayons!

I’m Linda74 in Ravelry.

P.S. You may wonder why DH and I choose to shop at tag sales and thrift stores. Well, it’s not because we have to or because we’re cheap. O.K., so maybe we are cheap, lol; we were raised by frugal parents who lived through the Great Depression after all. But that’s not the only reason. It’s because by spending less in the areas most easily met by thrifty treasures, (clothing, craft supplies, home dec) we can funnel more into others, like charity giving, healthy eating, saving for our future and the occasional splurge!

15 Responses to About

  1. northernnarratives says:

    Happy to say hello to a fellow knitter:) I also knit for charity, mostly hats and mittens for children. Judy

    • Linda says:

      Hello, and welcome to wordpress! My main charity project is crocheting the ripple afghans, but I did knit a bunch of baby hats on a round Knifty Knitter loom once. It was much faster for me than regular knitting and the lightweight hats were just right for a Haitian hospital.

  2. Heather says:

    Wow! That is incredible. Good for you!

    • Linda says:

      Thanks Heather!
      Do you crochet? It’s not hard; you can make a blanket too.
      Oh, and regarding my blanket production? They’re small, kid-sized ones about 35″ x 54″. 🙂

  3. Linda says:

    SweetPea65 left me a message in Ravelry on October 5, 2011 at 4:36 pm:

    “Speaking of blogs… I read through much of yours the other night and ended up bookmarking it on my phone for color ideas (hope you don’t mind). Like you, I thrift shop for most of my yarn and give the majority of my blankets/projects to charity.”

    I replied:

    “I admire your perseverance, reading many of my posts at once! I’m glad you found ideas worthy of bookmarking. Please, feel free. I look forward to see your interpretations someday.”

  4. Hello Linda, I need to let you know that you were given Liebster Blog award. You can read about it here: http://aboutgoodness.com/2012/01/14/liebster-award-surprise/

  5. Brooke says:

    Linda, you inspire me! A blanket a week? Wow.
    Brooke (Beescotch on Ravelry)

    • Hi Brooke – Welcome to alottastitches!
      Yes, one blanket a week. Once it’s become a habit, it’s not such a big deal,
      and don’t forget they’re small, only about 35″ x 54″. 🙂

      I see you’ve already made a couple ripples yourself. Yay!

  6. Joyce Ryan says:

    I love your beautiful creations. You are a fabulous artist! You should
    publish a book of your gorgeous designs…

  7. Megan says:

    I’m so impressed not only by how fast you crochet but also by how generous you are in your giving! I’m always heartened to see people who do good things for others. And your patterns are beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Megan and Welcome to alottastitches!

      re: how fast I crochet – My ripples are meant for little kids so they’re small, only about 35″ x 54″, and smaller = faster. Also, if you do anything long enough you’re bound to get faster at it and I’ve been crocheting for almost fifty years! Hmm – Now that I think about it, maybe something similar can be said about giving away what we make – the more often we give, the easier it gets. 🙂

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment. I hope you’ll drop by again to see what I’ve been up to.

  8. Sally says:

    I just absolutely love your blog!! You have so many fabulous ideas and your afghans are wonderful. You inspire me!

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