Good Questions and a Good Salad!

Thanks so much for such generous responses to the Q2 Challenge. You all are so wonderful! I can’t wait to see what we come up with and can ship off. I hope it’s a lot for these two great causes. Several of you had some good questions, and although I always answer blog comment questions individually, I thought these were some that everyone might be wondering.

Danee said: “Can we do adult hats for Luba too?” Janice says that yes, adult hats for Luba would be great. There is a group of knitters at her church that make scarves for Luba, but it sounds like there is a need for hats as well as fingerless mitts and mittens.

Tara said: “How do you think Luba’s girls will wash these fingerless gloves? I’ve got some pretty colors in “non-superwash” yarn in my stash. Do you think I should use it or stick to easy care yarn?” I think sticking with easy care yarn is probably best. I’m not sure how frequently/easily they will be washed, so the easier the better.

Kim said: “I thought your quarterly challenge was a great idea, and I was wondering if sock yarn would be okay for the baby hats? I’ve got tons of it, and I would try to use fairly soft stuff (like Lorna’s Laces, Claudia’s, etc.) I have zero experience with babies, so I have no idea if that would work. I’m trying to used the baby hat pattern in the Not Just Socks book.” I think using sock yarn is a great idea because 1) most is easy care, 2) most come in beautiful colors, and 3) most of us have an overabundance a bit of it.

Tracy said:I have some ecological wool that I think would knit into very nice Fetching gloves (although…it’s cream…is color an issue?)” It’s probably better to steer a bit clear of whites and creams, only because – as stated above – I’m not sure what the laundry and washing arrangements are for these groups. I have no doubt the cream gloves would be beautiful, though! Meg says that the hats will be washed in hot water in China – so that’s a good thing to keep in mind.

Dynna said: “You mention it doesn’t matter what pattern or what yarn we use. Does that mean we can use yarn we didn’t buy from you? I’m sure we all have yarn from various places and I just want to follow your desire.” Definitely use whatever yarn you already have in your stash. This isn’t a sales drive for The Loopy Ewe by any means! In fact, don’t forget that if you don’t have any yarn in your stash that will work, just let me know the next time you order and I’m happy to donate a skein for you to use and will pop it in your order. I just appreciate that so many of you are willing to donate your time to a good cause.

Darinka sent me a note: “We’re a family formed by adoption (12 years and counting now!) and I have maintained strong ties with the orphanage in China. While the hats are a lovely thought, there is no guarantee that the facility will need them in the smallest sizes provided. Depending on the facility there may be few infants in resident—perhaps mostly toddlers, etc. Also sometimes our thoughtful gifts are made of materials that are difficult for the facility to handle and launder. Unless the specific needs of the orphanage are known I would caution against the hat idea.” I contacted Meg to double check on this and she said, “As far as sizes go, toddler sizes would be loved and used too. Each orphanage is different and has different needs. Although, we don’t know which orphanage our baby will be coming from-I asked our agency if there is a need for hats. They checked with a coordinator in China and reported back that the hats would be used and appreciated.” So yes, hats are needed, and yes you can also make them through toddler sizes.

Please know that if we get more hats/gloves than these particular organizations can use, I will make sure to distribute the rest to very worthy organizations that will be delighted to have them. I just liked the idea of starting with charities where we have a connection of some sort.

And now – another good salad recipe. (I love good salads. Does anyone have good salad recipes that they want to email to me?)

DSC00620.JPGSpring Green Maple Salad

5 oz. (7-8 cups) mixed spring greens
2 apples, cubed (Gala or Granny Smith)
1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries
1/2 cup pecan pieces, toasted

Balsamic Maple Vinaigrette
1/4 cup maple syrup (use real maple syrup)
5 Tbl. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper to taste

For dressing: Mix together maple syrup, vinegar, mustard and garlic. Slowly whisk in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss with greens/apples/cherries and then garnish with pecans.

DSC00614.JPGFinally, look at the beautiful socks that my Sockret Pal Rebecca sent me. She has been such a wonderful Sockret Pal and has truly spoiled me. I love the socks – they fit perfectly and aren’t they beautiful? Thankfully, the weather has turned cold here again and I’m wearing them as often as possible before it gets warm for good and all of my socks hibernate until the Fall. Rebecca – thank you again. It has been so fun “meeting” you!



  1. Good answers. I keep forgetting to check the link, but in the Stitch n Bitch book there’s a link to a free toddler/baby sized kitty hat pattern. I think the site was something like

  2. That salad recipe sounds great! I might even think about adding an avocado to it. I do love dried cherries, pecans, & maple syrup.

    It’s so cold here in mid-Michigan that people are joking that there should be poinsettias for Easter decorations this year instead of Easter Lillies. People will need to wear their heavy winter coats, hats, scarves, et al to keep warm. So much for Easter bonnets! 🙂

    I read that some daily and multiple day snowfall records have been broken this week for the Marquette, MI (in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula):

    Needless to say, we are really eagerly anticipating the arrival of the real Spring! I hope you all have a Happy Easter!

  3. I can’t wait to get started. Thanks for posting more info. 🙂
    I’ve definitely caught myself reading blogs or knitting in the wee hours of the morning. I just seem to lose track of time.

  4. Thanks, Sheri, posting the info. I had already planned to get simple “wash & dry” yarns for these projects. I would for something to not fit because special care is needed.

    I love salads, and your dressing uses one of my fav things, real maple syrup…YUM!

  5. I have a similar salad whenever we eat at Wolfgang Puck Express – made with granny smith apples, crumbled goat cheese, and candied walnuts. It is easily my favorite salad of all time! 😉

  6. My mom makes a salad almost exactly like that (the dressing is identical), but she adds little cubes of cheddar cheese. These days you can buy them all cubed in the store, but you can also just make the cubes from a brick of cheese. If you’re not vegan, it’s a nice addition.

  7. what if i donated some hand dyed yarn and hand spun yarn that could be “auctioned off” as a fundraiser for one of these places? i could put together a “yarn pirate booty” package and let you do the dirty work 😉

  8. Yum…salad recipe looks great. Maybe next week…with the current weather here in St. Louis I think we should be brewing a pot of soup and settling down in front of the fireplace to knit!

    I’m working night shifts in the old ER this weekend, so we’ll see if I get any knitting breaks.

    I searched around online and found some more really cute baby hat patterns. If anyone would like a few more suggestions just let me know and I’ll post the links. I found some worsted weight acrylic yarn in my ancient stash from long ago, and I think I may dig into that for some easy-care stuff. Also, leftover Cherry Tree Hill Glitz is DK weight and would work up into a quick beanie.

    I’m really excited about this new challenge. Great ideas to knit for good causes and others less fortunate!

  9. Thanks for the follow up clarifications for the Q2 Challange. I had wondered some of those things as well. Now that we know all the ground rules I’m starting something for the challenge this weekend. Not sure what just yet though. 🙂

    Happy Easter! Bite those chocolate bunny ears right off!

  10. Ooh, that salad sounds good.

    I hope to be able to knit up some hats soon! I love the Q2 challenge.

    Your socks are beautiful! That reminds me–are you joining Sockapalooza 4 or offering a discount for Sockapaloozers? Sign-ups are starting soon, I believe. it’s going to be my first time getting in on it; I’m pretty excited!

    Oi, reading some of your comments makes me want some Cadbury Creme Eggs. I can treat myself, right? One time a year candy, AND it’s my birthday tomorrow? Hee hee!

  11. Your Secret Pal socks are gorgeous! How does someone knit socks for another person and get the size right? Is there a trick to fitting them?

  12. i thank you too, sheri, for a bit more clarification about the Q2 challenge. i have already started a project and was glad to see more info about hat sizes, etc. your socks from sockret pal are just beautiful. i got my book today, favorite socks, 25 timeless designs. i am sure i fell in love with at least 20 of the photos. alas, i’m not a chart reader for the pattern designs, so more to learn. your salad sounds and looks delicious. i knew winter wasn’t done here but never thought april would bring us blizzard conditions. sure will enjoy seeing the second coming of spring. i hope you have a lovely easter weekend and cozy in your new socks. happy knitting all.

  13. Sheri, thx for the update. I’ve finished my hat and have started another one. ;D I’ll add toddler sizes to my plans too and make sure my yarn is “easy care” though I believe they are.

    Salad recipe sounds delicious especially at this time of the year.

    Your last line ~ was hilarious and yes, I have had this happen to me on my than one occassion. LOL

    Have a great weekend.

  14. Oh yeah, it gets way toooo late when I start with the blogs and THEN I see sweaters and socks I want to do and I start planning those and checking out yarn and prices…. too stupid to look up at the clock sometimes, but mostly, I really, really love the absolute quiet at late night times. It is like I am the only one up in the whole world!!
    Love the challange, will work on that and the salad looks great as well.

    Thanks for all you do, the great service, web site and your ideas!!!

  15. I saw your Sockret Pal socks on Rebecca’s blog awhile back and wondered if we would see them on here. I found her through the Irish Hiking Scarf KAL and have followed her blog since then. I love the rantogether comments you leave at the bottom of your posts and I am very good at losing track of time while surfing knitting blogs.

  16. I know what you mean about the cold weather, although I don’t think anyone but knitters are thankful for it. I finished the Cider Moon Sweet Loretta hat in Silver Pine and even had enough yarn for a matching pair of mittens, and believe me, I’m thankful to have them to put on this weekend. They look wonderul. I love that yarn!

  17. I spend entirely too much time reading blogs therse days. It keeps getting me hooked on other things. Like socks. And lace. And…

    I’m in on the charity thing too. My daughter’s best friend is a girl my college friend adopted from China so I’ll make a baby hat. You might want to check into color issues. I know some colors are unlucky and some are lucky and so on. I’m just not certain which are which. After I’ve done a hat I’ll hunt up some washable stuff for mitts since I think that sounds like a great cause too.

  18. Just wanted you to know that I had to make that salad tonight. It was delicious! I halved the recipe, added a mixture of raisins and dried cherries (all that i had) and almonds. Wonderful. Thanks for sharing .

  19. gorgeous socks, Miss Sheri! They are really beautiful. Blue is right at the top of my favorite colors too. (used to be my favorite one, but then I started dyeing and it was too hard to choose just one favorite!) Kudos to your Sockret pal!

    Hope you had a very happy easter. I’m down to only 8 1/2 lbs of yarn to reskein and it will be on it’s way to you…. You can just pretend the Easter Bunny is late because 25 lbs of yarn is a lot to hop with 😉

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