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Jul 21, 2013 13:47:31   #
Izziebear
 
Our knitting group knits items for charity, baby things, shawls and lapghans for Meals on Wheels, etc. Here's my question -- Do you knit plain things so you can get a lot done, or do you knit intricate things so that someone gets something really special. I won't call it quantity vs. quality, because everything we make is sturdy and lasting. We use a lot of Red Heart because it wears like steel wool and survives the worst a washing machine and dryer can throw at it. We also get a lot of it donated.

What do the rest of you do?
 
Jul 21, 2013 13:51:54   #
sprucehollow
 
I would do a few intricate things to make it more fun I'm working on a very intricate square and its rewarding when it's finished
Jul 21, 2013 13:52:05   #
galaxycraft
 
I knit/crochet things where there are no 2 alike (with the exception of hats).
That keeps me in the "happy" mood. The spice of life. :wink: :lol:
That is not to say that I don't do a dozen baby sweaters all having the same pattern.
I just don't send/give all the same designs to the same charity at any given time.
Jul 21, 2013 13:54:10   #
Skit
 
I do machine washable items that are fairly plain except for one interesting feature---color way, stitch pattern, shaping, whatever. That seems to be a pretty good balance between quantity and quality.
Jul 21, 2013 13:56:07   #
sprucehollow
 
Hi I'm back my friends and myself make 8" squares that turn into a very handsome afghan and they go to silent auctions and the last one sold for $800.00 If you do that you have to make sure of their gage because you will have a difficult time putting it together but try it and see
Jul 21, 2013 13:56:39   #
PittyPat
 
I knit from my stash,sweaters mostly. Everything I knit goes to the Ukraine orphans,so I use wool and knit simple sweaters and hat but embellish them with novelty yarns so to make them individual. So I suppose I do quantity and quality.
 
Jul 21, 2013 13:57:48   #
KatStabe
 
I do both. For infant burial gowns, they are more intricate. I try to keep several made ahead. Hats, scarves and mittens are fairly plain and simple and from child to adult sizes.
Jul 21, 2013 14:05:28   #
Ann DeGray
 
Izziebear wrote:
Our knitting group knits items for charity, baby things, shawls and lapghans for Meals on Wheels, etc. Here's my question -- Do you knit plain things so you can get a lot done, or do you knit intricate things so that someone gets something really special. I won't call it quantity vs. quality, because everything we make is sturdy and lasting. We use a lot of Red Heart because it wears like steel wool and survives the worst a washing machine and dryer can throw at it. We also get a lot of it donated.

What do the rest of you do?
Our knitting group knits items for charity, baby t... (show quote)


I knit for children in a homeless shelter and I make cute, bright, colorful sweaters and jackets with novelty buttons. I want the child who receives it to feel special....and maybe brighten a mommy's day as well.
Jul 21, 2013 14:19:26   #
laurelarts (a regular here)
 
Ann DeGray wrote:
I knit for children in a homeless shelter and I make cute, bright, colorful sweaters and jackets with novelty buttons. I want the child who receives it to feel special....and maybe brighten a mommy's day as well.


I do the same thing and have had the privilege of seeing some of the recipients wearing them. What a blessing!!!
Jul 21, 2013 15:06:34   #
Ann DeGray
 
laurelarts wrote:
I do the same thing and have had the privilege of seeing some of the recipients wearing them. What a blessing!!!


I never get to see them...I just have to imagine.

My label reads: "Knit for you with love by Granny Annie." I hope they will be as proud of the things as my GDs were.
Jul 21, 2013 15:17:35   #
MzKnitCro (a regular here)
 
I tend to stick to simple hat patterns. This way, I can have some done to turn in.
 
Jul 21, 2013 15:20:54   #
imabrummie
 
I make hats and scarves and try to make at least 100 hats and 40 scarves per year which I take to local charities here in the Sacramento area. Wish I could do more but I am one person and also love making those complex Aran/lace/intarsia garments.
Jul 21, 2013 16:31:49   #
purl2diva
 
I use several different hat patterns to keep the knitting interesting for me.i try to embellish so that they are special.
Jul 21, 2013 16:45:12   #
yourmother306 (a regular here)
 
Plain things! It's easiest for me. :-) But, I try to keep it colorful. I always make things that I would like for myself.
Jul 21, 2013 17:13:01   #
books (a regular here)
 
I knit plain things, using the same patterns over and over, but I try to find really soft yarn and pretty colors.
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