Monday, December 28, 2009

Giving it a go again

I'm gearing up for a project that I'm pretty excited about. I tried to do this earlier this year, but my goals were too outrageous and it wasn't planned enough. So here is the deal.

My project is called Crafting Against Cancer and Diabetes. My goal is to make 200 items for charity in 2010 (I made around 100 this year). If you think I can do it, sign on to be a pledger, and if I do succeed, I am asking that folks donate $25 to either the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society. If you agree to pledge, I will make an item for a charity of your choice in your honor.

I am really excited about the prospect of raising funds for 2 causes close to my heart while continuing to make items for other charities I care about. I am hoping other crafters join me and get pledges of their own too because that would be really fun :)

I'll keep things updated here so if you are interested in following along, well, this is the place to do it! Woohoo! :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

3 hats for a homeless shelter

A shelter out in San Fran said they could use some boy-type stuff, so these three hats are going there:

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Really? I haven't posted here since April 14th?

Well, my crafting kind of slowed down there for awhile...

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My green & white phase...

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My brown & pink phase...

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Yes, my pink & green phase pictured here...

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Weird orange color and white phase...

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And finally, my "geeze, why did I buy such crappy baby yarn?" phase

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Tweet tweet to my face

Hi All,

I've started two different things for Homespun Helpers.

First, I've started a Facebook account for Homespun Helpers. We got a group going on Facebook but now that groups are way buried on people's pages...it just doesn't seem to be getting a whole lot of action. My hope is that by friending "Homespun" on Facebook, people in the group will also start to get to know each other a bit better and build some acquaintances that way.

I've also started a Twitter account. In addition to the occasional update on Homespun Helpers, I'm hoping to use this account to keep people posted on groups that need/want crafted items and links to info. @homespunhelpers is where to find me. Come join the fun! :)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

3 mo

One more square afghan type thing, and then 2 scarves that are going to be going to the new Scott & White Cancer Treatment gift shop!

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

1 more little blanket

I messed this one up but didn't realize it till I was too far along. Other than that, it turned out pretty well I think.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

3 for me!

I have been working on learning new patterns and stitches, so I thought I would make something useful in the process. Afghans for Angels accepts 1 foot by 1 foot afghans, and I have a sampler book that, as fate would have it, makes 1 foot by 1 foot squares. So, yeah. It works. Also, another pair of socks for Afghans for Afghans.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Socks socks socks!!!

So one of the most mysterious things about crafting is that you can try and try something for ages and it just doesn't click. Then suddenly, it all becomes clear. This happened to me with cross stitching. I just couldn't understand the concept of transferring, through stitching, what was on the chart onto your fabric. But once I really got it -- no problem!

The same thing has been a problem (a big problem!) for me with socks. Even though I had the best teachers guiding me, the wisdom of their words was just not clicking in my head. Until this past week. Suddenly, everything they had been saying clicked together and I realized I would be able to make socks. And lo...

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I would like to say too that these socks were made with me adjusting a pattern from a book using Amy's and Andi's formula for decreasing at the gusset :D The actual pattern called for using a stitch holder and all kinds of crazy stuff.

These socks are going to Afghans for Afghans cuz they are made out of Patton's wool.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Not this year

I am sad to announce that I am going to put my 1,000 items challenge on hold till next year. I got too late of a start, and you wouldn't believe how that shipping adds up! It's crazy. But first day of 2010, I'll be on it full swing :) I'll do training until then, I promise.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Nine!

It's been slow going lately...many unsuccessful projects! But, here are nine items for our count.

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And I'd like to please introduce Paisley Bear, made by my mom, who is modeling my first onesie. I didn't really think I had made it right till he tried it on for me.


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Sunday, February 8, 2009

11

These hats & socks are all going to Warming Omaha.

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

6

I was not entirely productive on the crafting front this week. Blame a hectic work week, shoveling, and cleaning my very dirty apartment :)

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The 4 hats are going to go to The Bridge Project. The hat & socks are going to be going to Robyn's Warming Omaha/NICU project.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Crafting the nation update

I've got stuff for Kansas and Nevada ready to ship!

Alabama
Alaska: St. George's Anglican Catholic Church Knifty Knitters
http://www.anglicancatholic.org/
8892 Duran Street
Juneau AK 99801 US

Arizona: Ninjasezzy preemie drive
Arkansas:Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Northwest Arkansas
2510 N. 17th St.
Rogers AR 72756 US

California: Operation Gratitude and/or Afghans for Afghans
Colorado: Warm Hearts Warm Babies
Connecticut: Salvation Army w/Priscilla's Guild
Delaware:Newborns in Need, Delaware Chapter
http://www.newbornsinneed.org/delaware
13 Grace Court
Newark DE 19702 US

Florida: VA in St. Petersburg
Georgia: www.emmazinggracefoundation.org
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois: Greater Chicago Ferret Association
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas:Victory in the Valley
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine: Nest Jean Lee
NestMaine
P.O. Box 6011
Falmouth, Maine, 04105

Maryland:
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
Caroline Langrall,
Child Life Specialist
1708 W Rogers Ave
Baltimore, MD 21209

Massachusetts: www.afghanproject.org
Michigan: South Oakland Shelter
Minnesota
Mississippi: Wings Cancer Foundation through Caps For A Cure
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska: Robyn's preemie hat drive
Nevada: UMC hospital for Bev Q
New Hampshire
New Jersey:Ocean of Love (Chemo caps)
New Mexico
New York:Lincoln Medical Center Room 2D5, 234 E 149 St, Bronx, NY 10451 Attn: maria Edwards.
North Carolina: Newborns in Need
North Dakota
Ohio: Items made and donated for a local homeless women's shelter
Oklahoma: Crosh-aid
Oregon: Baby Love Blanket Drive
Pennsylvania: Bonnie's Ronald McDonald House (Danville, PA 17821)
Rhode Island: East Bay Community Action Program
South Carolina
South Dakota: Pretty Bird Woman House
Tennessee
Texas: Prayer shawls for Crazigriffen's mom's church
Utah
Vermont
Virginia: Warm Up Winchester
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming: Caps for Kids

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Project Linus also in trouble

I got this from Mary from Homespun Helpers:

FROM HQ - URGENT - We need your help!
Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:42 am (PST)
Dear Coordinator Friends,

On Friday of last week we mailed (via snail mail) a letter to each of you regarding the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. The letter contains information regarding how you can help us get our message to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the House Energy and Commerce Committee and others who can make a difference. We desperately need Congress to clarify the law in regards to charities. The consequences of the law to Project Linus could be extraordinary; if the potential liability to our organization cannot be minimized or eliminated, we may have no choice but to disband.

We are asking all friends of Project Linus to write letters in support of Project Linus. We need to ask Congress to act swiftly to clarify this law and make reasonable exclusions in their interpretation of the law as they continue the rulemaking process.

Mary and I have drafted a letter that you are welcome to copy and paste (fill in the blanks as indicated) and send to your congress person, senator, the Consumer Product Safety Commission or Committee on Energy and Commerce members. Some can be sent via e-mail, but if you are not in the district of the congress person or senator you may need to send your letter to them via snail mail. Whatever you can do to help will be most appreciated.

There is a lot more information included in the letter that is on its way to you. Please watch for it in your mail and read it carefully. It contains contact information for the CPSC and the House Committee and others.

To locate the contact information for your congress person go to https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

To locate the contact information for your US Senator go to http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

HERE IS THE SAMPLE LETTER, if you would like to use it:
Bill Number H.R.4040 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act
From: [your name and address]
To: [your congress person or senator]
Re: The Consumer Product Improvement Act (CPSIA) clarification regarding charities requested
Dear [your congress person, senator, CPSC or Committee on Energy and Commerce members],

As a volunteer and supporter of Project Linus, a 501c3 National Non-profit organization, I am very concerned about the effect the Consumer Product Improvement Act (CPSIA) H.R. 4040 will have on our organization as of February 10, 2009. Like many people, I was deeply concerned by the dangerous and poisonous toys that large Chinese toy manufacturers have been selling to our families. I was pleased that Congress acted quickly to protect America's children by enacting the CPSIA.

However, I am very concerned that the CPSIA's mandates for third party testing and labeling could have a dramatic and negative effect on our charity (Project Linus). For your information, we distribute as gifts, handmade blankets to seriously ill and traumatized children across the country. (See www.projectlinus.org for more information.) We have chapters in all 50 states, have donated almost 3,000,000 blankets and our safety record has always been exemplary. If charities such as ours are not exempt from this Act the closure of our organization will devastate the hospitals, shelters, police and fire departments and other social service agencies who give our blankets as gifts to children going through a crisis. In addition it will also take away the opportunity that our volunteers have been given, which is to offer service to these children through their blanketmaking skills.

Project Linus does not sell its blankets. They are all given as gifts to children ages 0-18. We are the consumer and not a retailer or seller however the current wording in the CPSIA can be interpreted to include organizations such as ours. We are a charity and would never have the funds to submit each blanket made by our volunteers to the expensive testing required. As our new President has encouraged us to volunteer and perform acts of service, it would be devastating to approximately 60,000 volunteers such as myself who have been making blankets for Project Linus, to have our organization closed due to the CPSIA.

I urge you to quickly request the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Committee on Energy and Commerce to make some very reasonable exclusions in their interpretation of the law as they continue their rulemaking process. This would include exempting nonprofit
organizations and charities who do not retail their products.

Thank you for your attention with regard to this matter.
Sincerely,
[your name]

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So, if you are into making baby stuff or preemie stuff, you totally need to go to BevsCountryCottage.com and look for her "roundie" hat pattern. It is the greatest thing ever in the world. The hats end up so cute that I actually would laugh to myself while making them :)

The baby hats are going to Bev's drive for the Nevada hospital. The big hat is going to end up with the Bridge Project, but I want to make more stuff before I send it on down.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

First post towards 1,000 -- 12

And so, the journey begins...and I'm already well behind :)

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The squares are going to Warm Up America. The hats are going to a place called Victory In The Valley, my Kansas cause.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I've got a Nevada cause now!

Thanks to Bev's group over on Ravelry, I now have a cause for Nevada for my Crafting the Nation effort. She is trying to collect as many items for newborn babies as she can for UMC hospital. Here is my updated list:

Alabama
Alaska: St. George's Anglican Catholic Church Knifty Knitters
http://www.anglicancatholic.org/
8892 Duran Street
Juneau AK 99801 US

Arizona: Ninjasezzy preemie drive
Arkansas:Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Northwest Arkansas
2510 N. 17th St.
Rogers AR 72756 US

California: Operation Gratitude and/or Afghans for Afghans
Colorado: Warm Hearts Warm Babies
Connecticut: Salvation Army w/Priscilla's Guild
Delaware:Newborns in Need, Delaware Chapter
http://www.newbornsinneed.org/delaware
13 Grace Court
Newark DE 19702 US

Florida: VA in St. Petersburg
Georgia: www.emmazinggracefoundation.org
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois: Greater Chicago Ferret Association
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas:Victory in the Valley
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine: Nest Jean Lee
NestMaine
P.O. Box 6011
Falmouth, Maine, 04105

Maryland:
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
Caroline Langrall,
Child Life Specialist
1708 W Rogers Ave
Baltimore, MD 21209

Massachusetts: www.afghanproject.org
Michigan: South Oakland Shelter
Minnesota
Mississippi: Wings Cancer Foundation through Caps For A Cure
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska: Robyn's preemie hat drive
Nevada: UMC hospital for Bev Q
New Hampshire
New Jersey:Ocean of Love (Chemo caps)
New Mexico
New York:Lincoln Medical Center Room 2D5, 234 E 149 St, Bronx, NY 10451 Attn: maria Edwards.
North Carolina: Newborns in Need
North Dakota
Ohio: Items made and donated for a local homeless women's shelter
Oklahoma: Crosh-aid
Oregon: Baby Love Blanket Drive
Pennsylvania: Bonnie's Ronald McDonald House (Danville, PA 17821)
Rhode Island: East Bay Community Action Program
South Carolina
South Dakota: Pretty Bird Woman House
Tennessee
Texas: Prayer shawls for Crazigriffen's mom's church
Utah
Vermont
Virginia: Warm Up Winchester
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming: Caps for Kids

Sunday, January 11, 2009

To Dream the Impossible Dream

Hi Everyone,

I've decided to take on a big challenge this year in parallel with my Crafting the Nation challenge.

I'm going to try to make 1,000 items for charity this year.

To spur me on, I'm asking for "sponsors" of a sort. Signing on means that if I happen to succeed, you will donate $20 to the American Cancer Society. It is one of many societies that I wish I could help with my work, but they don't really need hats...they need financial support.

I will have until midnight, December 31 2009 to complete this goal.

I have chosen the American Cancer Society for many reasons. I know too many people who have dealt with cancer themselves or who have dealt with Cancer indirectly through loved ones. I may not be able to crochet or knit a cure, but I can crochet or knit in support of a cure.

I appreciate your support in this endeavor. Wish me luck!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Resolution time!

So I guess it's worthwhile to post resolutions, just so you can look back and say, "Yep...I did that." Let's see how I did in 2008 first.

I didn't do any fun traveling but I did go to Chicago for business, so that was alright I guess.

I am somewhat driving on the interstate now, every day to and from work. Step by step.

I did not move but that is in part because my rent didn't increase in price as astronomically as I thought it was going to.

I have a new computer thanks to a family friend offering me an AWESOME deal.

Didn't do quite as well on the exercise regimen over the Summer but I'm getting back into it. I'm still not back to my Fat Elvis period, so that's good.

In 2009, I have two primary goals. One is to take a really real vacation. Not work related, no business involved. Just a straight-out vacation that does not involve cleaning my apartment.

I'd also like to complete my goal of making charity items for causes in all 50 states. I'm finding that perhaps the hardest part is finding a viable cause in all 50 states! Who woulda thunk?

Ideally, I'd like to revamp my apartment. Get new furniture and what-not. I still have a lot of hand-me-downs from when I first moved, and I love the furniture I have, but I'd like to make my home filled with my actual stuff now :)

I'd like to conquer knitting socks with heels. I'm close, or at least I was. I haven't tried in awhile!

I'd like my deck garden to be even better this year. I am thinking about buying seeds online in a few weeks instead of relying on local plant places, which tend to offer all of the same stuff for way a lot of moneh.

I need to learn to make things for myself. The one time I tried to make myself a scarf it came out horribly! I want to make myself some shawls and maybe some stitching to put on my walls.

Hmm, this is kind of adding up, isn't it? :)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

"Masterpiece" Shawls

So I had this idea of starting to customize my shawls, as in, I would base my designs on my own interpretations of actual works of art. Eventually, I could make it even more customizable and have people make requests that I make them shawls based on my interpretations of their own favorite work of art.

To test this idea, I've made my first shawl, based on Van Gogh's Starry Night.

Please give me honest opinions. What do you think of the idea, of this shawl, and anything else that comes to mind. I am looking for input of all kinds!

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Thanks!