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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

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Krista
Utah
USA
3751 Posts

Posted - Jun 15 2016 :  10:04:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
SuZan- I will check it out! I am wanting to make a blanket. Well actually I want to make a few but not sure where to start. Yes I am in Northern Utah. Natalie has started one that I have joined. Maybe we can merge the two so we can all be involved. I would love to hear what Brian says. Let me know!

Krista
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KnyttWytch
True Blue Farmgirl

50 Posts

Hilary
Cambridge Cambridgeshire
United Kingdom
50 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2016 :  10:11:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hmm am I being very dense - am I right that before I can claim a knitting merit badge I have to do every single craft section? there are some my disabled hands won't let me do - but I have fulfilled the intermediate for knitting ...

Disabled knitter and stitcher (lover of real food!)
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Pixiedustdevil
True Blue Farmgirl

68 Posts


Temperate Rainforest Oregon
USA
68 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2016 :  5:19:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
KnyttWytch
I can't use needles either because of my hands. Maybe this will help?
Have you ever heard of sock looms?
They are like the knifty-knitters, but are a fine gage (and nicer in my opinion), intended for size 1 or size 2 yarn. Unlike the knifty-knitters; you don't have to wrap your yarn around each peg. They are easier on my hands! I've made socks and fingerless gloves on them before. There are tons of tutorial videos and patterns on YouTube, plus there are 2 books of patterns out right now.
I personally like the original sock loom with the metal pegs.


You can use wool yarn, but I've found a synthetic self-patterned sock yarn here: https://www.premieryarns.com/product/premier%26%23174-+wool+free+sock%26%238482-+yarn.do
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Jack of all trades, master of none,
though oftentimes better than master of one.

Edited by - Pixiedustdevil on Jun 23 2016 5:23:21 PM
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KnyttWytch
True Blue Farmgirl

50 Posts

Hilary
Cambridge Cambridgeshire
United Kingdom
50 Posts

Posted - Jun 24 2016 :  12:35:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pixiedust I can knit but it is things like tatting I can't do - but the way I read it before I can claim my knitting merit badge I have to have done everything within the craft section, so that is embroidery, knitting, tatting etc - that is why I am saying I am dense because this seems wrong!

Disabled knitter and stitcher (lover of real food!)
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Pixiedustdevil
True Blue Farmgirl

68 Posts


Temperate Rainforest Oregon
USA
68 Posts

Posted - Jun 24 2016 :  01:34:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You don't have to do everything in the crafting section to get a knitting badge. Once you've completed the beginner level, you can apply for the beginner level knitting badge. Once it is approved, you will be emailed the knitting badge. Then once you finished the intermediate level (and it's approved), you can add another stripe (or button) to your the knitting badge.


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KnyttWytch
True Blue Farmgirl

50 Posts

Hilary
Cambridge Cambridgeshire
United Kingdom
50 Posts

Posted - Jun 24 2016 :  01:37:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you! As I said I THOUGHT I was being dense - but I just couldn't make sense of it (looks sheepish)

Disabled knitter and stitcher (lover of real food!)
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Pixiedustdevil
True Blue Farmgirl

68 Posts


Temperate Rainforest Oregon
USA
68 Posts

Posted - Jun 24 2016 :  02:55:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was just as confused as you were. Maybe they need to make a manual for earning merit badges.

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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

3751 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
3751 Posts

Posted - Jun 27 2016 :  12:11:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hilary, what did you make for your Knitting Intermediate Level Merit Badge?

Krista
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KnyttWytch
True Blue Farmgirl

50 Posts

Hilary
Cambridge Cambridgeshire
United Kingdom
50 Posts

Posted - Jun 27 2016 :  3:00:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
an in the round cowl, never knitted in the round before!

Disabled knitter and stitcher (lover of real food!)
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

3751 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
3751 Posts

Posted - Jun 28 2016 :  11:44:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hilary, that is beautiful! I love your color choice. Did you like knitting in the round? I love crocheting in the round.

Krista
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KnyttWytch
True Blue Farmgirl

50 Posts

Hilary
Cambridge Cambridgeshire
United Kingdom
50 Posts

Posted - Jun 28 2016 :  12:07:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I did enjoy it and the yarn was dyed by a friend of mine - so that made it even nicer!

Disabled knitter and stitcher (lover of real food!)
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

3751 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
3751 Posts

Posted - Jun 29 2016 :  11:29:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That is so wonderful! I bet it's nice having a friend who dyes yarn.

Krista
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KnyttWytch
True Blue Farmgirl

50 Posts

Hilary
Cambridge Cambridgeshire
United Kingdom
50 Posts

Posted - Jun 29 2016 :  11:46:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
oooh yes! and one year she did a Wheel of the Year yarn club - so that was good - and I still have a fair few skeins to use :D oh and one skein is lace weight so I am trying to decide on a shawl/stole pattern for that.

Disabled knitter and stitcher (lover of real food!)
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

3751 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
3751 Posts

Posted - Jun 30 2016 :  10:48:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh I bet the lace one is beautiful. Are you planning on making the shawl/stole for your Knitting Advanced Level Badge?

Krista
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KnyttWytch
True Blue Farmgirl

50 Posts

Hilary
Cambridge Cambridgeshire
United Kingdom
50 Posts

Posted - Jun 30 2016 :  11:58:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
it would be good, but I don't think I can fulfil the teach 5 others bit of the advanced

Disabled knitter and stitcher (lover of real food!)
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churunga
True Blue Farmgirl

3111 Posts

Marie
Minneapolis MN
USA
3111 Posts

Posted - Jun 30 2016 :  2:05:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Of course you can Hilary. Just bring your knitting with you wherever you go. Include an extra pair of needles and yarn. When someone asks to learn or you offer to teach, everything will be ready. Five people will be taught in no time.

Marie, Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
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KnyttWytch
True Blue Farmgirl

50 Posts

Hilary
Cambridge Cambridgeshire
United Kingdom
50 Posts

Posted - Jun 30 2016 :  2:59:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
churanga being disabled I don't tend to get out and about much :(, so if I can only get basic or intermediate on some things I will be happy"

Disabled knitter and stitcher (lover of real food!)
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Pixiedustdevil
True Blue Farmgirl

68 Posts


Temperate Rainforest Oregon
USA
68 Posts

Posted - Jul 01 2016 :  05:21:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just finished my Greatest Generation Lv.3 badge. Now I just have to apply for it.
I have an elderly neighbor woman who is in her 90's and lives on her own. I usually take her shopping, the next town over, atleast once a month. I also check up on her and offer her my help around the house. At the beginning of the month, it came to my attention that she needed her fridge cleaned, so I offered to do it. The day came, so I went to clean the fridge and defrost the freezer; I opened the freezer and it was solid! Completely solid! So I armed myself with a heat-dish, a pot of boiling water, and a hairdryer. I got the whole unit defrosted and clean after 7 hours. I told her to call me in the future if she needed her fridge cleaned again, and not to wait for it to get bad.

Just this week; I heard from her that some neighborhood weirdo was looking and knocking on her windows, and she was frightened. She has been keeping her windows closed and locked. So I went over and measured her windows, cut some dowels, and put them in her windows. Now she can open her windows, and nobody can force their way in.

She always offers me money, but I always refuse it. That's just how I was raised.

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imascholar2
Farmgirl in Training

14 Posts

SuZan
Huntsville UT
USA
14 Posts

Posted - Jul 01 2016 :  07:30:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pixiedustdevil,

Whatt a wonderful service you have rendered. Your story is very inspiring.

Remember to ENJOY the journey!!!
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

3751 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
3751 Posts

Posted - Jul 01 2016 :  10:04:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hilary, that is totally okay! Just enjoy what your doing and earning the badges that you can! What do you plan on working on next?

Pixiedustdevil, that is a wonderful story. You are a grand farmgirl. It makes me so happy to hear of all the wonderful things people are still doing to help each other out. Congratulations on your Greatest Generation Advanced Level Badge! What do you plan on working on next?

Krista
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KnyttWytch
True Blue Farmgirl

50 Posts

Hilary
Cambridge Cambridgeshire
United Kingdom
50 Posts

Posted - Jul 02 2016 :  10:12:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pixiedust that is a wonderful story - go you!

Disabled knitter and stitcher (lover of real food!)
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KnyttWytch
True Blue Farmgirl

50 Posts

Hilary
Cambridge Cambridgeshire
United Kingdom
50 Posts

Posted - Jul 02 2016 :  10:19:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
MaryJanesNiece I was thinking I might try patchwork and make myself a travel craft bag :D

Disabled knitter and stitcher (lover of real food!)
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

3751 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
3751 Posts

Posted - Jul 05 2016 :  11:05:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hilary, I can already picture that now! That sounds like so much fun. Make sure to share pictures of it. I would love to see.

Krista
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KnyttWytch
True Blue Farmgirl

50 Posts

Hilary
Cambridge Cambridgeshire
United Kingdom
50 Posts

Posted - Jul 05 2016 :  11:08:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am looking at the moment at books on how to quilt - - so watch this space (but for quite a while I would think lol)

Disabled knitter and stitcher (lover of real food!)
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

3751 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
3751 Posts

Posted - Jul 07 2016 :  10:36:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I will be watching!

Krista
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