Saturday, September 30, 2006
Friday, September 29, 2006
Red seems to be challenging to photograph! Thanks to all of you who post your projects and your charities. It really is inspiring to see all of the generous donations you are all making. Warming the world in so many ways!
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
I finished my first bear for the Mother Bear Project. He's crocheted using Bernat Satin Yarn and a size G hook. My friend Pam, named him Pierre. Pierre is about 15 inches tall and is happy to be going to live overseas with a little boy or girl who will love him. But Pierre would like a friend to travel with. He's never been on a plane and wants someone he knows along for the ride. Not that he's scared or anything. Pierre thinks it will be more fun to travel with a buddy. So I need to make another bear, maybe a girl this time.
Monday, September 25, 2006
When she heard of this, my good, big-hearted friend from Alsace, Doris, sent me the necessary fabric for the project so that the cost wouldn't be all on me - which was very considerate. She sent enough fabric to make three jackets, along with the lengths of bias tape that the pattern asked for. Charity projects are made extra special when they involve collaboration with a friend!
Pattern: New Look 6310, size M (6-9 months)
Here's one half-open so you can see how it closes - with ties on one side, and a snap on the other.
I had such a lovely time making them. :)
I made a total of 31 projects for charity since last October (of varying sizes), but now need to take a break from charity sewing... I'll most certainly go back to it in a few months, but for now I need to focus on my work, which should be even more demanding this year, and on my first nephew, who is due in November :)
As a result, I probably won't be posting on here for a while... But I'll still be following everyone's achievements for charity! You're such a great bunch :) :)
Here are 6 afghan squares that will be included in various charity projects.
I used to hate squares, but I've been having fun with them! The patchwork square in the corner is an old one that I did months ago. I think I'm getting a bit better with them. :-)
I think he's going to sell well. The comments I've received have been good. This is a Yuletide Gnome, pattern from the Christmas Gifts Extra 2005 from Simply Knitting. It's an Alan Darts creation. The next time I knit this one, though, I'm going to do quite a bit of it in the round.
Isn't he cute?
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
I wanted to take the liberty of sharing a couple projects that I'm going to work on this month. First off, Losingmymind2 from Crochetville is trying to raise lapghans to go to residents of the long term care facility for traumatic brain injury that her son is currently receiving treatment at. She said many of the residents rarely if ever get visitors :( and she has a vision to brighten every room with a lapghan since all the patients who are able spend some time every day in a wheelchair.
So if you have it in your heart to take on a lapghan project, please consider this one! Details are in her thread at the charity forum on crochetville.
Also, there is a thread there by a student teacher tatertot0330, she teaches in an area where the students have very little. She is trying to raise some scarves and blankets and such for them by the end of October. I'm gonna make a few pairs of mittens at least for this and I hope that perhaps someone here will consider sending a few things her way.
So that's what's up around these parts! I can't believe how many people are linked up here now, I remember when it was just a handful of us! Happy Anniversary Cindy in case I don't get to say it later.
I had no idea how quickly I could knit mittens. This was so much fun and a great stash buster. I am now knitting a sweater for Afghans for Afghans and hope I meet the early October deadline.
I am really happy that I found all of you. Charity knitting is far more rewarding than I ever expected. I believe that I have knitted 16 things so far.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
I look forward to seeing all of your items and perhaps learning about some other charities that accept knitted and crocheted items. Thanks for letting me join!
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Mary Heather shares:
So far this year I have made 3 pink Scarves for the Think Pink Challenge and I am learning to knit baby hats for preemies for the Preemie Project. Recently I discovered the Red Scarf Project. I love to make things for charity and I would be very excited to join your group!
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
I feel like I haven't posted much lately, but I've been busy with some gifts and a lot of tiny charity projects. I'm sending a package of soap savers off to a friend who is collecting them to send to Marines in Iraq. Also sent a few baby things to a group of Florida Social Workers .
I've been sending some cat toys to the shelter in Anchorage. The picture is lousy quality, but its my "Kitty Lay and Play". Just a textured blanket with an attached play tassel.
If anyone wants the pattern you can find it on my blog. It's super simple - hardly a "pattern", but that could be good for quick projects for the fur babies.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Joining so late in the year, I was glad to read that this site will be continuing into next year. Once I have a final count for this year, I will think about my goal for next year. Knitting and crocheting for charity is really important to me. It was the primary reason I joined my guild, and it's why I'm so happy to find this group as well.
Finally, please feel free to visit me over at my blog, By Hook or Needles. I have lots more info on all of the charity work I am involved in. And if any of you attend the Knit Out next week, please stop by and say hello. I will be at the Happily Hooked on Crochet table. Just look for the purple t-shirts!
Saturday, September 09, 2006
So, all you lurkers (you know who you are) come on and join us. Remember, there are no rules - any craft, any charity, as many "things" as you want.
I have been reading and enjoying your blog, 25 Things for Charity, for a few months now. I do a lot of charity work through my local crochet guild, but I like the idea of having a spot online to see what others are doing and where they are contributing to. I know you have added a few new members lately, and I would like to join also, if that would be ok. I think I am at or near 25 items already made for charity, and the year isn't over yet, so I have to think about my goal for the rest of the year.
I'm thinking of Christmas. Last Christmas, I made gift packets for the elderly at our local nursing home who are without family. This year I'd like to do something for children - specifically, I'd like to fill mini-stockings with a few treats. I know there are kids all over the world for whom Christmas passes without anything special, but I don't know where these kids are. I would deeply appreciate your suggestions and any addresses you could offer. I would like to get started with the stockings soon, so I have enough time to get them delivered in time for the holiday.
Thank you all!
Friday, September 08, 2006
This is a wonderful idea! I lead a group of 25 women locally and another 25 across the country who knit and crochet for people served by the North Park Friendship Center, a food pantry serving over 3000 of the neediest of the needy on the northwest side of Chicago. Our group is called Crafty Angels, and last year we made over 2000 hats, scarves, mittens, shawls, blankets, and baby things which were distributed to the Friendship Center's families. Our goal this year is to make over 3000 items, and I think we are well on our way.
Using your special gifts for those in need is indeed special, because it benefits not only the recipient of your handcrafted gift, but also you. God not only commands us to care for the less fortunate, but He also says that he will bless those who bless others. Doing something that gives you joy, and will ultimately bring joy to others, is just a win-win all around!
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
I found out about Caps to the Capital at the CGOA convention in July and set a personal goal of 50 hats by Thanksgiving. I completed my 50th hat less than 10 minutes ago. It feels so good to be able to help 50 newborns. Most of the hats were made with Patons Decor, some with TLC Essentials, some with TLC Lustre, and a few with Bernat Satin.
I also have some afghans to finish for a local shelter for battered women and some scarves for the Red Scarf project.
One of my friends picks on me for donating so many things to charity which she wants to have. She tells people you have to be homeless or something before Renee will make anything for you.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
I joined 25 Things for Charity a while back, but I keep forgetting to take pictures of what I'm making before I give it away.
This time I was more organized--finally. I've been knitting prayer shawls to give to people who have some need--physical, emotional, spiritual. Most of them have been people diagnosed with cancer or other serious illness or facing surgery (often both). I've knit six so far, and this is a photo of my latest one. I use Lion Brand Homespun yarn. It's not my favorite to work with, but the colors are really nice and the best part is that it's machine washable and dryable. That is a must for people who are ill or for their caregivers. Most of the shawl patterns I'm using can be found here. Many churches and groups have started ministries to distribute shawls, and I am blessed to be able to be part of one at my church.
Thanks for starting this blog as a great accountability factor. I'm glad to be a part!
Monday, September 04, 2006
My latest action has been to become a member of Amnesty International. I used to do volunteer work for the group when I was in college, but after moving to Europe I was thwarted by the language barrier (and the fact that I can't vote here, so writing to my elected officials was kind of pointless). However, I recently discovered that in the Netherlands there is a BLIKSEMACTIE, roughly translating to lightning action, which requires members to immediately write letters in their own language to various officials. These lightning actions are generally on behalf of people who've been incarcerated and are suspected of being abused or tortured, and even in danger of being killed.
I've always believed very strongly in the goal of Amnesty International, although I do not feel it is my place to try to convince others to feel the same way. However, if you are interested in learning more, they have a wonderful English-language website here and most countries have their own chapters as well, which you can find listed here.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
The Sunkist Twins
Pattern | my own
Yarn | Needful Yarn "Kim" (4 skeins)
Hook | J
Finished | 08.31.06
It's about time I finished this Scrappy Granny that's been laying around. I wanted to take a fancy picture of it out in the grass but the grass is sopping wet after last night's storm - so you'll have to make do with a shot of it on my bed. I'll be donating this blanket to Afghans for Afghans.
Pattern | Rectangular Granny Afghan
Yarn | various scraps of Red Heart & Mainstays
Hook | K
Finished | 09.02.06
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