On the fourth day of Christmas…

One of the girls at work set out a box at her cubicle with a sign asking for donations of hats, scarves, blankets, or really any warm things anyone could spare for the homeless served by SAMMinistries.

Naturally, I took the opportunity to make some warm things, figuring hand-made scarves and hats not only supplied warmth, but said, “Somebody cared enough to make you something new.”

I ran out after work and bought four skeins of Red Heart – two green, two red – and decided I’d just make things until the yarn ran out.

The scarves were all made with double-stranded yarn and a size Q hook – roughly the size of my thumb, for reference.  The hats, sadly, just weren’t working out with the Q, so I had to go to single-strand on an N.

I knocked out the full set of red things over the course of two nights, and I didn’t get overly creative with the stitches.  I did one scarf in the standard form, with a short row repeated the full length of the scarf.  The other two I started with a chain the full length of the scarf, then did only a few rows.  The hats are really basic, just crocheted in the round.  I think I started one with 6 stitches and the other with 8.

I had more fun with the green yarn. I have a new crochet stitch guide, so I tried out some new patterns.  I think the most successful one was the really wide one, made with Rope Stitch, which yielded maximum fluff for minimum yarn.  Sadly, I ran out of time before I used up all the green yarn, but my contributions were much appreciated.

I arrived at work with the stack of scarves and stuff, and immediately one of my coworkers asked if I could make a set for her little girl.  I’ll be adding hats and scarves to my January list, apparently.

For an impromptu project, I’d call it an overall success.  My only regret is that I didn’t have time to make more.  I’ll just have to get an earlier start and stock up for next year.