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Our mission is to warm those in need through knitting, crocheting, looming and quilting. Our NEW hand made items provide hope to those living outdoors and those in temporary shelters. We provide for Men, Women, and Children in Central Ohio all year long. Specific details available by clicking item specific tabs, or the Who we Help Tab. If you have further questions, please contact me via the contact form. ALL DONATIONS MUST INCLUDE A NOTE WITH AN EMAIL ADDRESS.



Goal: 36
Start: #19
Current: 20

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Awesome Knitted Hats donated by Unknown

knitted hatsThese are fabulous hats, super soft, nice and stretching, warm and extremely well made, knitted hats. They come from an unknown knitter in Seattle, Washington. There was no note with the hats and no last name on return label, just Seattle, Washington. Yoo Whoooo, they are lovely, and very much appreciated. Please sing out so we know who you are.

Folks, if you wish to be anonymous with your donation; no problem but please for record keeping please include your name and email with your donations and state you'd like to be anonymous and I'll list it that way. When I get things unidentified I don't know if it's an over-site, or anonymous, and I'm not able to email someone to let them know their package arrived.

Many thanks for your thoughtful donation.

2011 Donations:

Scarves 294
Hats 592+2=594
Mitts 133
Socks 115
Squares 454
Rain Ponchos 80
Cotton Washcloths 308
Sweaters/Poncho's 6
Slippers 86
Afghans 33 (2 sent to our friends at Pine Street)
Misc Items I've not counted misc items like all the personal care items, the neck warmers, and the head bands.

I launched a program called Welcome Home a couple of days ago. This is in connection our recent mission expansion that includes The Homeless Families Foundation in the list of those we help. If you've not yet read the post about The Foundation, please do, HERE.

**A Few more days in September for our scarf focus, I'll go back and recheck to see if we have anyone for the drawing for the scarf contest**

MITTENS........Mittens will be October's focus, and we never get enough of those. I know they're not the easiest things to make. We do have a few patterns posted folks. As you think about making mittens and or reviewing patterns...think about adding length to the cuff; helps make them warmer. Thanks!

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated, and all donations keep someone warm. We help, one stitch at a time. YOU truly DO make a difference. THANK YOU!


  1. Oh, good idea about the cuff length on the mittens. I wouldn't have though to do that.

  2. I want to leave a thought about the traveling blanket idea. I've been involved in this sort of thing before, and while lots of people have awesome intentions, it is surprisingly easy to set aside what was received and forget about it for 2-3 months. One person has to be in charge of 'nagging' whoever has the squares to work on them and send them on, and there is no way to predict if you'll even have time when the square(s) arrive to work on it - real life is so unpredictable.

    What worked better for us was to have a few volunteers to receive squares, who then knit or sewed or crocheted them together into a blanket, then sent the blanket on, completed. The person making the square only has one piece of postage, the same as before. There is only one person per blanket to stay organised and stay in touch with the central organiser, and while that one person would have to pay postage to send the blanket along, presumably they would only volunteer to be a square-into-blanket-maker if they could afford to do so.

    You can get more blankets made, people can make more squares, and you personally won't have to do as much work to get final blankets for those who need them.

  3. Woot! Do I have some mittens for you! I've been saving up for a bit to mail out when the weather started to turn. Looks like I'll have to set aside the time to seam them up really quick and get them in the mail.

  4. That style is hat is sooo versatile and will fit a wide range of sizes - great job OSecreKnitter!

  5. Oh, good idea about the cuff length on the mittens. I wouldn't have though to do that.


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