Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
I decided to sign up because a public committment doesn't hurt any of us. I've been knitting for a Romanian orphanage for a couple of years as well as knitting squares for the annual Knit-In run by our national broadcaster, the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission).
This year I've added the Dulaan Project so ably run by Ryan.
My plan is to knit 25 items (minimum) for these three charities over the next year.
Soaring Eagles is a wonderful project to provide hats to children aged two to twelve in Oklahoma. If you have time between gifts, the deadline is December 18. I sent three hats to Rachel yesterday and have knitted 19 things for charity this year.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Another one ordered by my Aunt Linda. This completes my 25 Things for my inaugural year here. It's been great motivation to see all the pictures posted here and hear your stories and be more aware of all the many people sending tangible expressions of care, most of whom you'll never meet.
I plan to re-enlist right after I get this batch of wreaths delivered to their new homes.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
My aunt ordered this one. She is the proprietor of a B&B called Casa Pacifica in Santa Fe. I had a feeling she'd go for a very natural look like this, and she's always got a soft heart. She had her name on the list to foster a displaced Katrina child in the event the parents couldn't be found.
I adopted a marine for the holidays, and will soon be sending him out a package to try to make the season away from home a bit more comfortable.
I bought all sorts of candy, beef jerky, soup, drink mix, etc. Got some socks and some chap stick - stuff for the winter cold, and crocheted for him a cap and a tree ornament.
I would like to include a DVD or CD for him and his fellow service men/women to enjoy. Being a middle-aged woman, I'm not sure what kind of music/movies young men would like, but I'll find something appropriate.
Friday, November 24, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
My sister's co-worker wanted an apple-scented wreath,so I designed this one. Around the top arc you can see dark red things that look a bit like miniature roses from a distance. They are actually curly apple-scented potpourri bits. I have also hidden some under the greens for more fragrant aroma.
The sale of this wreath goes toward our trip to Russia with Global Aid Network.
This is a wreath I designed and sold to help raise money for my daughter's (and possibly my) trip to a Russian orphanage. It has 49 pieces of Hershey's chocolate.
My "year" at 25 Things was technically up around November 11th. But, no rules, right? So I am treating a dozen months as a baker's dozen and will have more than 25 Things by December 11th. I have every intention of starting over after this "batch."
Friday, November 17, 2006
My daughter Sarah and I would very much like to take a trip to a Russian orphanage this coming summer. The organization we are hoping to hitch up with is called Global Aid Network (www.gainusa.org.) which is the humanitarian arm of Campus Crusade for Christ.
Because the trip is so costly ($3,000 per person) I have starting making wreaths to sell for the holidays (and probably beyond). Here are ones I've sold so far. The one on top is called Fresh Linen & Cinnamon and smells wonderful. I have one hanging in my powder room. The other one is called White Pine Scented. All proceeds from these wreaths are going into a savings earmarked "Russia missions trip."
I make each one to order (unless, like tonight, I was in the mood to make one anyway)
I also make Never-Ending Chocolate wreaths and memorial wreaths. I call this little operation of mine "Zo Z's Cozies: Handcrafted Gifts." More are on www.zoanna.blogspot.com
Thank you to Donna for bringing this issue to my attention.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
A few friends and I decided we wanted to make an afghan to donate for charity. We started to make the squares when we became touched by the story of a family who lost their husband/father in Iraq. Everyone wanted this afghan to go to this family. Three of us crocheted the squares, and many others were involved in making this project happen and creating a memory book to ship with the afghan to the family. I volunteered to join it, and while my work isn't as perfect as I like, I think the finished peace is beautiful and shows all of the love that went into creating it.
You can read about this project and the family here.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Hi Everyone, Here are some more hats I have made. This makes my 25 things for Charity this year. I have enjoyed making everything. Thanks for doing this site. I will still make more things for charity. It truly has been a blessing.'
I sent 17 squares to member of Crochetville to make comfortghans for her family.
I sent 12 squares to Drew for comfortghans
I sent 17 hats, a blanket and 9 diaper shirts to Preemie Protectors
I sent a twin size blanket to Project RestAssured
I sent 4 helmet liners to a member of Crochetville to sent to the troops
I made 5 comfortghans for a local abuse shelter
I sent 32 3" squares to someone to make blankets for baby in the hospital that don't have anyone that cares to visit
I sent to baby quilts for a child care center in Mississippi
I sent dishclothes, purses, marble bags, scrunchies, and tote bags for a mission in Mexico
I have made numerous 12"', 6", and 8" squares to sent to members of Crochetville to make comfortghans
I am posting all of this now because I forgot how to get to Blogger and wnated to figure out when I wanted to make a blog for myself.
This month I sent more that 30 caps to Caps to the Capital...
Next month I am making blankies for the Snuggles project to give to our local shelter to keep our lonely furbabies warm.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
This is the newest batch of hats for Warm the World. They'll be passing them on to the Arkansas Children's Hospital this month. I once lived in Little Rock and it does get icy cold.
Yeah, the flowers were made on a bloom loom which is pretty cool for the flowerly challenged like myself. It's just yarn wrapped figure 8 style around the pegs. I believe these were popular in the 70s but as you know everything old is new again. A girl's gotta have tools.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Needles: Size 8 circulars (16") plus size 8 dpn's
Pattern: Dulaan Fetching Hat
Modifications: I used w.w yarn instead of bulky and size 8 needles instead of 10. This gave me a cute little baby size hat. It worked up in one day and probably used 100 yards of yarn. Right now I am working it as the pattern stated with some wonderful handpainted yarn in 100% wool. These are the beginning of my Dulaan Project donations for the year 2007.
This is 25 Things #1 for the up coming year since I have alread met my goal for 2006. Even though I plan on donating to the Rad Bad Beanies again, my pet charity for this year is the Dulaan Project.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
They pointed out that orphanages around the globe, particurlarly in Siberia, Belarus, Ukraine) have requested blankets for the children. One missionary volunteer wrote in her journal that the children she saw were wearing tights with shorts over them, and their cots had only a thin sheet.
The children sleep in the same cot from age 3-18.
The blankets can be sewn, quilted, crocheted or knitted, and should measure 42-44 inches wide by 72 inches long.
I hope to take a trip (maybe to Ukraine or Siberia next summer, taking as many blankets as can carry). You can mail your quilts to the warehouse in Lancaster, PA.
For more info on this organization, please see www.gainusa.org. My next Thing for charity will be guess what?
For SOLAK, I've stitched these cherubs which will be used in a quilt for a woman battling cancer for the third time.
For troostquilts, a Dutch/Belgian charity group, I've stitched the following two squares for Hanneke and Anneke. I hope they make the girls smile.
Because I've started school, I need to cut down on my charity stitching. However, during the 13 months that I've been part of this group ny eyes have been opened as to how I can help make a difference in the world around me. I am a very tiny cog in a very huge mechanism, but every cog can count, right? In addition to my previously existing 'charitable actions' I have become a member of Amnesty International and contribute regularly to their letter-writing campaigns (which DO make a difference! and it only takes an hour or so of your time) and am a weekly volunteer at our local animal shelter. My kids, hopefully, are learning by example and they will also want to leave their stamp on the world.
I'll still post projects, but with less frequency. And of course I'll continue to enjoy reading about what everyone else is posting!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
These are squares that I made for a comfortghan. They will be combined with other peoples squares to make a comfortghan which will go to the family of a fallen Marine. I'm really happy about this project because some friends that are new to crochet picked up hooks to get involved!