Brenda Stratton Designs

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What I’ve Been Doing


I hope the first month of 2016 has treated you kindly. All is well here. While there hasn’t been much blog activity (ok, none!) since last March, I HAVE, at least, been very busy. So, here is an update on what I’ve been doing.

A few of the hats I knitted for Charity in 2015.

A few of the hats I knitted for charity in 2015.

As I’ve written many times, I enjoy making and donating hats to charity. I wanted to increase my output this year, so, back in August 2015, I invested in both the Addi Professional and Addi King-Size knitting machines by Skacel, which I purchased through Amazon from The Woolery. If you aren’t familiar with these manual knitting machines, they create knitted tubes which are perfect for making hats and scarves. You can view the machines here, along with a video showing how they work.

Additional hats and headbands I knitted for charity in 2015.

Adult and teens hats (top left). Children’s hats (top right). Headbands (below).

From Late August to mid-November, I knitted more than 200 hats, many of which were distributed to local area schools. Some went to a local domestic violence/homeless shelter, and some went to family members. Currently, I’m finishing up a donation to an area NICU unit, and I am also getting a shipment ready to send to Knit for Kids.

Although purchasing these machines was quite an investment, it’s one that I was happy to make. I’ve had so much fun with them, and the idea that I’m helping others gives me a deep sense of satisfaction. It also gives me a great way to use up yarn scraps and yarn that has been discontinued (which I can’t design with).

As much fun as this has been, I had to set my designing aside for a few months while I worked on the donations, but I’m back on track now. With several other design projects underway, I’ll also be part of the NatCroMo 2016 Blog Tour on March 6, 2016.  So, come on, get your ticket to “ride this train.” Crochetville’s 2016 NatCroMo Blog Tour leaves the station on March 1. Don’t miss out!


All A-B-O-A-R-D the Crochet Express, March 1-31, 2016. Don’t miss out!

Be sure to check back on March 6th for my slot in the tour. I have a surprise for you! Until then, Happy Crocheting!


  1. Brenda, thanks so much for being a part of our 4th annual blog tour. We love having you as one of our featured designers every year!

    • It’s absolutely my pleasure, Amy! I love being part of it, and I’m looking forward with great anticipation to the new one coming up!

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