Josh is a freshman who regularly comes to the Pitt Knits general body meetings. He knitted this purse for our donations. It is very creative and we never had another member make one!
This month we are spotlighting Brianne Balmer! She is currently working on a temperature blanket. For this blanket, she crochets one row of stitches per day where the color corresponds to the temperature in her hometown! She will work on this blanket for the remainder of the year, creating a blanket with a beautiful color variation.
Brianne joined Pitt Knits last semester and she only crochets. She started crocheting when she was only 8 years old! Besides Pitt Knits, she is also in the National Society of Leadership and a fun fact about Brianne is that she does not like cheese.
Hi everyone! On Saturday December 9th, we wrapped up the fall semester by donating crocheted and knitted items to the Jubilee Soup Kitchen. These items included many hats, scarves, and headbands that will assist in keeping members of our community warm during the cold winter months. Despite donating a lot of items, we aim to donate even more items at the end of the 2018 spring semester! Thank you everyone for making this donation possible!
See you next semester!
Hi, I’m Ashlee DiDomenico, I am a junior majoring in Linguistics, History, and German, and I am in love with all things fiber! I knit, I crochet, and I also spin my own yarn. I love the creativity of making a thing from start to finish, and I’m also fascinated with the history behind the whole process. I’m currently spinning yarn that I’m knitting into an heirloom baby blanket for my sister, who had her first baby back in June. I’m spinning some of it on my spinning wheel, but I’m also spinning some on my drop spindle because it fits in my bag and I can spin in between classes. I’m hoping I’ll have it done before Christmas; fingers crossed!
On October 30th, our general body meeting was Halloween themed! We decorated the room, ate candy, and made a Halloween themed project!
This meeting had a great turnout with close to 20 members present, and about half of the members participating in our special project! Five of those who made this project are pictured below.
As you can see, we made cute candy corn colored bows! Everyone had the option to attach either a hair pin or a magnet to the back. Its a quick and easy project that can be completed in less than an hour. Below is a link for the pattern. The pattern is for crocheting but this project can be knitted as well.
On October 21st, 2017, 2 of our officers and 1 member represented Pitt Knits at PMADD. Pictured from left to right are Ashley Divens, Josie Manns, and Ceara McAtee!
Ashley, Josie and Ceara volunteered at Mary S. Brown Ames United Methodist Church in Greenfield. At this church they prepared food, put up decorations and moved tables to help the church prepare for their spaghetti dinner fundraiser. All of the proceeds of this fundraiser benefit the church, which is currently undergoing plans to be demolished and rebuilt. Our members had a great day and are looking forward to PMADD next year!
Addie Macloce is a freshman and is possibly pursuing a degree in both English Literature and Pyschology. She joined Pitt Knits at the beginning of the semester, which is when she first learned how to knit and crochet. Since then, she has been a dedicated member who attends almost every meeting! Unfortunately she was sick the night of arm knitting, but that did not stop her from learning how to arm knit at our meeting last night! She made this cute black and orange scarf for Halloween!
Hi everyone! I hope your fall semester has been off to a great start! On Friday, October 13th we had our first event of the semester: arm knitting! Just in case you are unfamiliar with arm knitting, it is almost exactly like regular knitting, except your arms are the needles! You begin by casting on 4-6 stitches of extra bulky yarn onto one of you arms, if you are making a scarf. Then, you move the stitches onto your other arm, and finish by casting off. When done, you can transform your scarf into an infinity scarf, leave it as is, or wear it as a cowl. During our arm knitting event, 6 people were actively arm knitting, with Ashlee DiDomenico helping to instruct. In order from left to right, Josie Manns, Ceara McAtee, Mattie Fanty, Ashley Divens, Kayla Loukas, and Kelsey Kayton are pictured.
Below is a tutorial on how to arm knit! It's super easy to learn and creates a cute scarf in less than an hour!
Hey everyone! With only a month left in the semester we hope that you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We do have a few event reminders for the end of the year! On Saturday April 1st, we will be having a yarn dying party hosted by Steel City Fiber Collective! We'll be dying our own custom skin of yarn in whatever color pattern you may want and at a very reasonable price. The collective is a really cool space, so come check it out! On April 8th, we'll be a vendor at this year's Eurofest in Posvar Hall selling some really nice color work hats, scarves, coffee cozies, etc. and generally promoting the club and its charitable efforts. If you have some spare time, bring your friends and stop by to say hello! We will be making our donation to Jubilee Soup Kitchen on Sunday April 9th, so make sure you finish up your projects for donation by the Friday before and give them to an officer to put in with the donation. Following that, we'll have our final general body meeting on April 10th, which is a destress event before finals. We'll have some tea and little sugar cookies to snack on and relax while we prepare for the stress of the end of the semester and finals week.
In other news, we'd like to provide you all with the information on our completed collabloration with Pitt NSA (Nursing Student Association). In February, we completed 40 baby hats and one baby blanket, which have now been donated to Magee Women's Hospital right in Oakland. Thank you to all of you who dedicated time to such a wonderful project!See you at the GBM!
Hugs and Stitches,
Shannon Gallagher - Events Coordinator
Welcome back to campus everyone! We hop you enjoyed your Spring Break and had some time to relax. Congratulations to those who have been elected into officer positions for next year! Your new officers are Ashlee DiDomenico as President, Kelsey Kayton as Vice President, Peri Walker as Business Manager, Josie Manns as Events Coordinator, and Ashley Divens as Social Media Coordinator. Also a big thank you to everyone who ran for an officer position; we couldn't keep this club going without all of you!
Our Project Spotlight for this week focuses on our current Vice President, Anna Owen:
This winter break I decided that I wanted to attempt to make something substantial for myself for the first time. I’ve already made quick blankets out of Bernat blanket yarn but that only took a few hours and the chevron blanket I started freshmen year is going nowhere fast. I wanted to do something granny-square like so that I could take the individual pieces with me to class and club meetings. My mother suggested a Log Cabin style blanket, which has many variations and can create some unique patterns. Typically, these patterns start with a small granny-square like patch and then you add to each side with different colors (not working in the round like a typical granny-square). Specifically, I chose a free Red Heart pattern for an Autumn Log Cabin Throw and changed the colors to hues of blue, brown, and red in hopes of creating an almost nautical theme.
Pictured is one of my completed squares (in my colors) and also the complete blanket layout (in the colors red heart suggests). So far, I have 1 complete square with all the colors and I have 35 more that are completed up to the 4th section (the off white). Each square itself gets a border and then I will sew the squares together using a pseudo-mattress stitch (it makes it so you cannot see the connecting strands). The complete blanket will then get a few rounds of border to finish. All in all it cost $70 for all the yarn (I think I will have quite a bit extra) and it will be 6 foot by 6 foot.
Kayla is Pitt Knit's social media coordinator. In addition to the blog, Kayla runs Pitt Knit's facebook, twitter and instagram accounts. She is a senior at Pitt, and is majoring in history and political science and minoring in economics. She has been knitting for 13 years and crocheting for one year!