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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.

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GOAL FOR AFGHANS

Afghans
Goal: 36
Start: #26
Current: 27
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Blue Horizon

When last I posted an update of Blue Horizon it was 21 inches, it's now 26...seems like it's growing slowly, but it is growing and it is now officially over the half way point.  The brown stripe is the middle and so we've moved onto the large aqua section, followed by the small salmon stripe and are now on the light blue band.  It's folded over as there are too many stitches on the needles to stretch it out without fear of losing stitches off the ends of the needles.

Nothing fancy in this all garter stitch afghan, but I love the colors and it's quite soft.  Am using donated yard that is Bernat Satin.

For any new folks to blog (possibly a-z challenge folks), these afghans are all donated as a welcome home gift to families leaving shelter living and moving into a permanent housing situation.  The project is called Project Welcome Home.  If you'd like to see some of the afghans (ghans) donated in the past, simply type the word afghans in the blogs search window and you'll see some blog posts and pictures.

**Tomorrow will be the first official A-Z challenge post, see you then.

2015 DONATIONS:
Hats: 179
Scarves 67
Mittens/Gloves/Wrist Warmers: 45
Slippers: 50
Rain Poncho's:  53
Cotton Washcloths: 109
Afghans: 6
Socks: 126
Cowls 12
Shawls 1
Misc: items like personal care and things don't fit into above categories aren't counted

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Welcoming More Helping Hands for Ohio's Homeless

Thank you Lizzy S for this sweet and thoughtful donation.  Knitted hats in a variety of sizes and colors, a cute springy scarf (flowers), and 2 gorgeous peacock blue scarves.  I love that color.  When I was a kid and had a fountain pen!!!! I know giving away my age again, lol.  Used to love to buy peacock blue ink, thought I was soooooo cool to have it, instead of regular blue or black.  Oh my, true story.

Lizzy is our newest pair of helping hands.  Always thrilled to have more helping hands.  Welcome to the group Lizzy, hope to see you here often on Bridge and Beyond and please keep up the good work!

Just 2 more days until the April A-Z Challenge begins, hope all my regular readers will enjoy the slight change of blog posts and welcome to all new readers.  Please leave comments so we know you visited.

2015 DONATIONS:
Hats: 174+5=179
Scarves 64+3=67
Mittens/Gloves/Wrist Warmers: 45
Slippers: 50
Rain Poncho's:  53
Cotton Washcloths: 109
Afghans: 6
Socks: 126
Cowls 12
Shawls 1
Misc: items like personal care and things don't fit into above categories aren't counted


All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hats a necessary Item for Homeless

Thank you Janis F for this wonderful donation of crocheted hats.  All so nicely made, and all with size tags!  LOVE it.  I think I'd have to pick the blue as my favorite, click to enlarge folks to see the texture detail...really nice.  Janis 5 heads will be warmer because of you and your talents.

Many thanks, and please keep up the work of caring for others.  It is so needed and truly appreciated.

**Just a few days before the A-Z challenge kicks in, but I'm happy to say we've been getting some new visitors to the blog, hopefully you regulars have noticed a few new names in the comments.  And for all my A-Z visitors who leave comments, please notice you're blog link is added in the right side bar where I have a listing of A-Z folks.

2015 DONATIONS:
Hats: 169+5=174
Scarves 64
Mittens/Gloves/Wrist Warmers: 45
Slippers: 50
Rain Poncho's:  53
Cotton Washcloths: 109
Afghans: 6
Socks: 126
Cowls 12
Shawls 1
Misc: items like personal care and things don't fit into above categories aren't counted

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Knitted Scarves for Those in Need in Ohio

Thank you Edith D for these lovely knitted scarves.  Folks, please click the picture to make it larger (remember this is always something you can do).  If you click to enlarge, you'll be able to see the nice cable down the middle of the gray scarf on the left.  Such nice work!  Edith, these scarves are so nice and soft, whomever receives them will be very happy.

Thank you for helping Ohio's Homeless, together we all do make an important difference.

Keep up the good work Edith, look forward to seeing you here often on Bridge and Beyond.

**Just a few days before the A-Z challenge kicks in, but I'm happy to say we've been getting some new visitors to the blog, hopefully you regulars have noticed a few new names in the comments.  And for all my A-Z visitors who leave comments, please notice you're blog link is added in the right side bar where I have a listing of A-Z folks.

2015 DONATIONS:
Hats: 169
Scarves 62+2=64
Mittens/Gloves/Wrist Warmers: 45
Slippers: 50
Rain Poncho's:  53
Cotton Washcloths: 109
Afghans: 6
Socks: 126
Cowls 12
Shawls 1
Misc: items like personal care and things don't fit into above categories aren't counted

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Friday, March 27, 2015

New Knitting Hands Helping the Homeless

Thank you Christina D from Ohio our newest pair of helping hands! Christina's been busy knitting and knitting.  Take a look at these awesome corner to corner cotton dishcloths and her knitted hats.  Always thrilled to have more helping hands, and a fellow Buckeye!  Christina's also included much needed personal care items.  Many thanks for the special delivery to my door!

I love the purple, green and purple mix in the cotton washcloths, such a pretty combination.

Please welcome Christina, so glad to have you join us and look forward to seeing you here often on Bridge and Beyond.

2015 DONATIONS:
Hats: 164+5=169
Scarves 62
Mittens/Gloves/Wrist Warmers: 45
Slippers: 50
Rain Poncho's:  53
Cotton Washcloths: 90+19=109
Afghans: 6
Socks: 126
Cowls 12
Shawls 1
Misc: items like personal care and things don't fit into above categories aren't counted

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Crocheted Donations Help those in Need

 I love opening boxes of such awesome donations!  You all do so much, it truly thrills me.  This fabulous donation comes from our very busy Gail B from Virginia.  Lots of luscious scarves.  Can't you feel how luscious they are by looking!  Gorgeous browns!  Nice and big too, so the men folks can wrap up.
 A nice solid green also good for either the men or the women.  Gail's also crocheted hats, and included always needed personal care items.
The box was stuffed!  Look, more goodies.  More scarves, personal care items, socks, and beautiful cotton washcloths round out her generous donation.  She's really included something for everyone here.
Many thanks for your on going support, please keep up the good work Gail.

2015 DONATIONS:
Hats: 160+4=164
Scarves 53+9=62
Mittens/Gloves/Wrist Warmers: 45
Slippers: 50
Rain Poncho's:  53
Cotton Washcloths: 79+11=90
Afghans: 6
Socks: 121+5=126
Cowls 12
Shawls 1
Misc: items like personal care and things don't fit into above categories aren't counted

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Warming the Homeless Through Crochet

 AnneMarie, do you sleep?  Seriously you must crochet with the fastest hook around.  Hats to fit many different sized heads, in lots of different colors!  Many thanks also AnneMarie for tagging all your hats with size, it really is so very helpful.  There are solids, darks, brighter colors too.  Some hats perfectly suited to the menfolk, others great for the ladies, and some for teens as well.
She's also crocheted some scarves!  A marvelous and caring donation to help many people in need.

Many thanks AnneMarie!

2015 DONATIONS:
Hats: 130+30=160
Scarves 50+3=53
Mittens/Gloves/Wrist Warmers: 45
Slippers: 50
Rain Poncho's:  53
Cotton Washcloths: 79
Afghans: 6
Socks: 121
Cowls 12
Shawls 1
Misc: items like personal care and things don't fit into above categories aren't counted

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Afghans Celebrate an Important Move

 Another awesome ripple-ish type afghan from our good friend AnneMarie (if you missed yesterday's post, please scroll back to see her other afghans).  I say ripple-ish because it's sorta a ripple, but softer ups and downs.  This one is slightly different in that it has a bit of feather and fan to it (feather and fan are a common ripple style used in knitting).  LOVE the colors.  This will be great to snuggle up in.
And everyone knows this style afghan, the most recognisable style afghan that probably exists.  A granny style, beautifully made with bright cheery colors.  Two more lucky family's will receive these afghans through our Project Welcome Home, where we donate afghans as folks transition from shelter living to their permanent housing situation.  Something to celebrate.  Our afghans are a way to say Congratulations for moving forward, and best of luck for a brighter future.

As always, thank you for your generosity AnneMarie.  Keep up the good work.  Be sure and pop in tomorrow for the final box of goodies from AnneMarie

2015 DONATIONS:
Hats: 130
Scarves 50
Mittens/Gloves/Wrist Warmers: 45
Slippers: 50
Rain Poncho's:  53
Cotton Washcloths: 79
Afghans: 4+2=6
Socks: 121
Cowls 12
Shawls 1
Misc: items like personal care and things don't fit into above categories aren't counted


All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Crocheted Afghans for Homeless Families Foundation

 Bright and Beautiful!  Many thanks to our good friend AnneMarie from New York for crocheting and donating this colorful afghan.  Look at all the colors!  It's a ripple and everyone loves a ripple.  This is less pointed then a ripple and looks like soft waves to me.  Truly lovely.
This beautiful turquoise shell stitch afghan is soooooooo pretty.  Do click on both pictures folks so you can see the details of these beautiful afghans AnneMarie has crocheted.  Can you imagine the smiles of the lucky recipients!

As always, thank you for your long time support and generosity.  Please keep up the good work.

**Told you there were more boxes to please pop back in to see....and that's still true, see you tomorrow.

***THE A-Z BLOG THEME REVEAL IS TODAY***
My Theme for the challenge will be all things connected to Homeless and what we do here on Bridge and Beyond, linking up with the reveal linky.

2015 DONATIONS:
Hats: 130
Scarves 50
Mittens/Gloves/Wrist Warmers: 45
Slippers: 50
Rain Poncho's:  53
Cotton Washcloths: 79
Afghans: 2+2=4
Socks: 121
Cowls 12
Shawls 1
Misc: items like personal care and things don't fit into above categories aren't counted.


All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Elusive Spring and A-Z Challenge

Some of you may have seen this cute little ditty on Facebook awhile back.  It struck me as funny, and even though yesterday was in fact The First Day of Spring, many folks posted on Facebook that it snowed.  I'm happy to say it didn't snow here, and I hope we've seen the last of it, but still ...it doesn't look like or feel like Spring, so perhaps it's really not quite yet installed.  Meanwhile, keep those hands busy with yarn, needles and hooks, our homeless friends still need our help.  AND remember, even after the weather is nice, we continue, this is a year long quest.  We continue to knit, crochet, and loom and donate--- that gives our shelters and our friend Rae the ability to stock pile supplies so as soon as the weather turns they are prepared and don't have to wait for a delivery from us to protect the people in need.

A bit of an update, this badge which you see in my right sidebar is part of the annual #atozchallenge.  We blog daily in alphabetical order, and we visit at least 5 blogs daily.  It's a way to grow readership, meet new bloggers and we're hopeful the added exposure for Bridge and Beyond will produce new followers of the blog and helping hands for the cause.  I've started an additional blog log, also in the right side bar, scroll down for all a-z friends who visit and leave comments on the blog to assure I'm able to visit your blogs back and return the favor.  I've written and scheduled to post 8 blog posts so far, (A-H).  As donations come in those posts will be added to the scheduled challenge posts.  Additionally, I've visited and left comments on 70 blogs so far (5 for each blog post since I've joined the challenge).  Reminder to my a-z friends to please delete your captcha (per challenge rules), and to please leave the actual url to your blog not your profile page or google+ page so reciprocal  visits are possible.

2015 DONATIONS:
Hats: 130
Scarves 50
Mittens/Gloves/Wrist Warmers: 45
Slippers: 50
Rain Poncho's:  53
Cotton Washcloths: 79
Afghans: 2
Socks: 121
Cowls 12
Shawls 1
Misc: items like personal care and things don't fit into above categories aren't counted.

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Head to Toe Warmth and Protection for the Homeless

 Thank you AnneMarie from New York, a long time and always generous supporter of Bridge and Beyond.  Many thanks for your wonderful donation.  These 2 boxes were packed with all kinds of goodies folks.
Socks for both men and women, lots of rain ponchos...just in time for the raining season that will soon be upon us, making life miserable for those out in the elements, personal care items, wonderful colorful cotton washcloths, and mittens.  Please click to enlarge folks to check out the darling pink slippers in the first photo.  She's also included a pair of writs warmers...the purple beneath the cute pink slippers!

As always many thanks and please keep up the good work.  Folks pop back in as I only got 2 of her boxes opened in time for this post.........there's more!

2015 DONATIONS:
Hats: 130
Scarves 50
Mittens/Gloves/Wrist Warmers: 42+3=45
Slippers: 47+3=50
Rain Poncho's:  3+50=53
Cotton Washcloths: 71+8=79
Afghans: 2
Socks: 69+52=121
Cowls 12
Shawls 1
Misc: items like personal care and things don't fit into above categories aren't counted.

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Reflection of Women and Handcrafts

While we knit, crochet, or loom doesn't require a sewing machine, I thought you all would enjoy this little ditty.  Some may have already seen this, as it floating around on facebook a few days ago, but I know many of you aren't on facebook, and if you are...it's sometimes difficult to see all the stuff that gets posted.    This date, 1949 was just 1 year before I was born, if Mom were alive I could as if she could relate to this.

I do know that later in life when I was Junior High School (for you youngins reading, you know call it middle school), and she'd wake me up early on a Saturday morning telling me she might be able to sew me a dress for an up coming dance at school if I'd get up and do the cleaning and laundry.  Yep....that was deal she often floated, and it always worked.  I'd get laundry going, vacuum, and she'd sew.  And yes it was on a Singer.  Initially on one like this, a treadle sewing machine.
The one Mom had had 2 drawers, I think instead of 3 you see here.  Dad traded it in and got her a new fancy one, a portable electric...she was thrilled; but later wished she'd kept her treadle.  But, trading in saved money.  This one sits here in my office and belonged to my Aunt Mary (Dad's sister).  Before Aunt Mary had it, it belonged to her Mother, and we think possibly her Grandmother...but Dad's not sure about that.  It's still partially threaded.  I love having it, even if I don't use it.

What I find the most amusing about this is, she ...the woman of the house was sewing for her family 9 out of l0 times, school clothes, curtains, pillows and other things to help sustain her family.  It was still part of housework, wonder why it was viewed as "extra", like they were being lazy if they did this instead of doing the dishes?

Ladies, do remember to make yourself neat and tidy as you knit, crochet, and loom.  And for heavens sake, don't be Lackadaisical!

2015 DONATIONS:
Hats: 130
Scarves 50
Mittens: 42
Slippers: 47
Rain Poncho's:  3
Cotton Washcloths: 71
Afghans: 2
Socks: 69
Cowls 12
Shawls 1
Misc: items like personal care and things don't fit into above categories aren't counted.

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

On Going Generosity Helps the Homeless




Thank  you RoseMarie for your wonderful donation and your on going support of Bridge and Beyond.  Look at the cute round cotton washcloths.  She's also crocheted a matching set of wrists warmers and a hat with her always cute and signature details!

The bright green and orange ghan is perfectly timed for St. Patricks Day.  While this post is scheduled for just after the special day, the donation arrived just before and so is very timely.

As always RoseMarie, keep up the good work!

*Folks, as you can see I'm having some font issues again, hoping things resolve soon.  I don't like having multiple fonts in one post.*

Donations for 2015:

Hats: 118+12=130
Scarves 49+1=50
Mittens: 42
Slippers: 47
Rain Poncho's:  3
Cotton Washcloths: 53+18=71
Afghans: 2
Socks: 47+22=69
Cowls 12
Shawls 1
Misc: items like personal care and things don't fit into above categories aren't counted.

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Head to Toe Donation

Thank you Sarah S for this awesome donation of crocheted goodies.  Sarah's been really busy!  Lots of wonderful, colorful cotton washclothes.  These are always a hit at the various shelters.  
And, she's included lots of socks to keep feet dry and warm, along with personal care items, as well as crocheted hats in varing sizes and colors.
Special thanks too for tagging your hats with sizes, that's truly appreciated.  More hats, more socks, and personal items.  A truly generous donation.  Many thanks for your hard work and support Sarah, please keep up the good work.

Donations for 2015:

Hats: 118+12=130
Scarves 49+1=50
Mittens: 42
Slippers: 47
Rain Poncho's:  3
Cotton Washcloths: 53+18=71
Afghans: 2
Socks: 47+22=69
Cowls 12
Shawls 1
Misc: items like personal care and things don't fit into above categories aren't counted.


All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Donated Crocheted Scarves Help the Homeless

 Thank you Beth G for this awesome donation of crocheted scarves!  I love all the nice solid colors that are suitable for both men and women.  While this first picture shows scarves folded, you can see in the second picture how nicely sized they are.  The calendar tells us it's almost Spring, and we have had some relief from the snow and freezing temperatures; but make no mistake.....that doesn't mean they is no longer need of wonderful warm items for our Homeless Friends.
It's still quite damp and cool and will be for some time to come.  

Thank you, Beth and please keep up the good work!

*For my friends visiting through A-Z, please remember to leave the url to your blog when you comment, not your profile page so I can return the visit.  Also, please notice the special blog log for all A-Z visitors who leave comments.  Sharing some linky love.

2015 Donations:

Hats: 118
Scarves:33+16=49
Mittens: 42
Slippers: 47
Rain Poncho's: 3
Cotton Washcloths:53
Afghans:2
Socks: 47
Cowls/Infinity scarves: 12
Shawls: 1 
Misc: personal care items and anything not listed above


All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Monday, March 16, 2015

You're Never too Small

I spotted this the other day on Facebook and thought I'd share.  It made me think of our motto, The Power Of One

One person can indeed make a difference, and then we multiple that when we team up.  Every knit or crocheted stitch you donate makes a difference.  Those individual stitches add up one row at a time, one person at a time, one team working towards a common goal of helping others.

Thank you all for what you do.  YOU ALL ROCK!!

2015 Donations:

Hats: 118
Scarves:33
Mittens: 42
Slippers: 47
Rain Poncho's: 3
Cotton Washcloths:53
Afghans:2
Socks: 47
Fingerless gloves/wrist warmers:
Cowls/Infinity scarves: 12
Shawls: 1 
Misc: personal care items and anything not listed above


All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

I Survived The Learning Logs

Well, in the on going story/dilemma that has been associated with the Learning Logs Ghan...I can report progress is being made.  I added a log to the right side of the grey log which helped pull that side out a bit.  Then added the log of bright green and rose to smooth out the bottom a bit.  It was getting closer to being the same size all the way around; but not there yet.  The bright green and rose, like the earlier bright green and blue is such a tight pattern it really pulls so...I added the stripes in garter stitch to the right side.  Bingo...finally that side was smooth, didn't curl, and didn't pull.  I also bumped up my needle size by 1 size.  The good old garter stitch gave it the body it needed I think.  And now the bottom...where you see my toes holding down the yellow log.  That's a pretty heavy log which worked to pull out the green and rose strip on that side.....but still some curling.  However, I think once attached to another square and blocked it will work.  But, the left side, next to the solid tan...needed perhaps one more log to help pull out the ends of the yellow and green striped log.



So, one final log was added.  I used the same stitch pattern as the center square as it laid nicely in the beginning.  I did not start or end rows with slip stitch as the pattern called for, in order to avoid the holes created by doing so previously.  My square has 10 logs plus the center square, the pattern called for the center square and 6 logs, and the logs were only on 2 sides.  I think, though it's been quite a trial, I can consider this square DONE!

I will start the 2nd one, making the changes I learned and NOT follow the pattern next time.  I'm hopeful, things will then go much better and I won't be quite so looney!  There are 9 colors, 8 different stitch patterns.  It measures 23 x 23, so I think making a total of 4 squares to join will make a nice size lapghan.  The pattern called for 6 smaller squares.

2015 Donations:

Hats: 118
Scarves:33
Mittens: 42
Slippers: 47
Rain Poncho's: 3
Cotton Washcloths:53
Afghans:2
Socks: 47
Fingerless gloves/wrist warmers:
Cowls/Infinity scarves: 12
Shawls: 1 
Misc: personal care items and anything not listed above


All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Crocheted Hats for the Homeless

Thank you Marsha M from Ohio for this awesome donation of crocheted goodies.  Marsha's been very busy crocheting hats in lots of different sizes and colors and styles.  And I think some are knitted too?  Correct me on that Marsha.  There were both?  She'a also included some scarves.  Though we've recently experienced some warmer temps and most of the snow has melted, we're now into the gray wet period so these nice warm items are still very much needed and appreciated.  

The worry of frost here in Central Ohio typically isn't until Memorial Day, so we still will have plenty of cold nights.  The calendar says it's Spring in March 20th, a week from now, but the signs of spring I rely on are seeing the pussy willows starting to open...which they hadn't when I took a walk the other day, and or the blooming of the yellow Forsythia bushes.  And they haven't even started to bud yet......plus there's the whole we always get one more snow after the Forsythia bloom.....so to my way of thinking...it will be a while until I'll be dancing in the streets because it's Spring.  It's all a process.

2015 Donations:

Hats: 101+17=118
Scarves:31+2=33
Mittens: 42
Slippers: 47
Rain Poncho's: 3
Cotton Washcloths:53
Afghans:2
Socks: 47
Fingerless gloves/wrist warmers:
Cowls/Infinity scarves: 11+1=12
Shawls: 1 
Misc: personal care items and anything not listed above


All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday the 13th!

We have a few days before it's St. Patrick's Day, but I thought I'd turn this post Green.  The luck of the Irish perhaps to offset the the lack of luck often on Friday the 13th.

If you're Irish I hope you have something special planned for the day.  Hubby and I aren't Irish, but always enjoy watching our favorite movie, "The Quiet Man", with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.  Typically we have corned beef (which isn't true Irish, but Irish-American), and hubby enjoys Genesis.  

Things have been greening up here this past week, almost all the snow has melted giving us glimpses of green grass, which is most exciting.  I hope it gives hope to those Homeless that their trial with this nasty winter will indeed come to an end.  

Doing a bit of looking back, thought I'd post the numbers from this time last year.

2014 Donations:
Hats: 303
Scarves: 116
Socks: 49
Afghans: 11
Slippers: 25
Rain Ponchos: 
Mitten: 9
Cotton Washcloths: 118
Shawls, Sweaters, Vests, Poncho's, Skirts, etc. : 5
Neck warmers, cowls, gators, wrists warmers and other misc items aren't tabulated; as well as personal care items.


Followed by our numbers to date this year.  Hats and scarves are down quite a bit, while mittens are up!  Socks are about the same, rain poncho's up a smidge, cotton washcloths down.  Keep in mind previously cowls etc weren't counted so that skews things a bit.

Happy Crocheting and Knitting to everyone, anyone making something Green?

2015 Donations:

Hats: 101
Scarves:31
Mittens: 42
Slippers: 47
Rain Poncho's: 3
Cotton Washcloths:53
Afghans:2
Socks: 47
Fingerless gloves/wrist warmers:
Cowls/Infinity scarves: 11
Shawls: 1 (just realized it wasn't listed, don't think I missed any?)
Misc: personal care items and anything not listed above


All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Learning Logs is Making Looney

 Might need to add to the name of this ghan, Learning Logs, thank you SSeger (Sue), might need to name it Looney Learning Logs........cause I am going a bit looney.  I'm like weirdness of the colors, and variety with each section (log) being different with color and stitches......but.  Can you see how much some of the logs are pulling against the other stitches.  I am officially done with the class I took for this Log Cabin Style Afghan, and I've learned alot.....mostly how to alter the pattern do things differently next time.  Seriously, this Lion Brand Pattern leaves alot to be desired.  Notice the bright green and blue log...pointed out in a previous post....the right side edge is no longer curling thanks to the fun 3 color checkerboard log to it's right......but the progressive creeping up of the bottom edge is really bad.  Next to the center square the bright blue, the grey starts the creeps, followed by even more with the vertical stripes log.
Strange how much brighter the first picture is, think this is a bit more true to color.  Just another view from a different angle.  The next log is suppose to be to the right side of the solid tan; but since that's a nice edge....I'm electing not to add the log there and try to pull out the left side.  The 3 color log at the bottom is very think...would be super warm as a hat.......I think.

Will keep you posted on the progress of my looney demise, or the possible improvement on the creeping of the left side, or..........my throwing in the towel all together with this frustrating pattern.  I like mixing the colors in such odd ways, that's kinda fun, and that was the only part of the lesson that was worthwhile.  However, I think they should tell people to use light weight yarn (which would take longer) and then be prepared to back the ghan.  Much discussion in the group about the back side, the rough seams (resulting from where stitches are picked up to avoid holes because they broke some fairly standard rules of knitting about slip stitches at beginning and endings of rows, purls at beginning and ending of rows vs having a border of garter stitches to keep things flat and even), and perhaps the need to put a backing on it.  Thus my thought about lighter weight yarn.  WW yarn and backing....think it would very heavy?

2015 Donations:
Hats: 101
Scarves:31
Mittens: 42
Slippers: 47
Rain Poncho's: 3
Cotton Washcloths:53
Afghans:2
Socks: 47
Fingerless gloves/wrist warmers:
Cowls/Infinity scarves: 11
Shawls: 1 (just realized it wasn't listed, don't think I missed any?)
Misc: personal care items and anything not listed above

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Donating Creative and Caring Crochet

 This is what I call really creative crocheting!  Thank you Paulette.  This looks like such an awesome idea, and something we might be able to be really successful with.  Mittens as you all know is one of the items we receive the least amount of......they are hard to make for many of us.  Awhile back our good friend RoseMarie wrote a crochet pattern for wrist warmers/finger less gloves etc.  (I know, I did that whole history of what they were called and already have forgotten, lol), fingerless gloves are certainly better then none, but definitely not as warm as a real pair of gloves or mittens.  Paulette J....you're awesome!  Seriously YOU ROCK!  She's made a bunch of fingerless gloves......and paired them with a pair of gloves.  Most of them are those lightweight stretchy gloves that fit a variety of hand sizes.  I often wear them because they're far less expensive then sized heavy gloves.  By themselves they're not as warm, but pair them with the fingerless and you've got a real double punch.  Plus.......they can be worn either way, if someone needs to have their fingers out.

 I'm trying to demo them for you.  Left hand has the black glove on, beneath it is the paired glove and fingerless glove

Here I am modeling the paired duo.  I couldn't take the photo all at once, lol

 Paulette has been very busy and very generous...awesome warm slipper socks, all nicely tagged with size!
Look at the variety of colors and sizes folks.  This is great, lots of warm feet.  Her slipper socks are I think double thickness because they feel nice and cushy and warm!

Keep up the good work Paulette, and many thanks for coming up with that idea!  What pattern are you using for your fingerless part?  Is it the one we have posted here on the blog?


2015 Donations:
Hats: 101
Scarves:31
Mittens: 27+15=42
Slippers: 20+27=47
Rain Poncho's: 3
Cotton Washcloths:53
Afghans:2
Socks: 47
Fingerless gloves/wrist warmers:
Cowls/Infinity scarves: 11
Shawls: 1 (just realized it wasn't listed, don't think I missed any?)
Misc: personal care items and anything not listed above

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Crocheted Donations for the Homeless

 Time to wash up!  Pictured here are cotton washcloths crocheted by our good friend Diana K.  LOTS of them.  Cotton washcloths have several uses and are greatly appreciated by many.  They are donated to folks as they enter a shelter, as they leave the shelters for their permanent housing situation, and for the folks living out in the elements.  They can be used as personal cotton washcloths and or dishcloths.
 Diana has been very busy, as you can see she's also crocheted matching hats and scarves in a variety of colors.  I LOVE the color choices Diana, something appropriate for both the men and the women.  The Chevron style scarf is really very nice.  Using solid colors the texture shows up so well.
And as you can see, the hats have a nice thick brim for added warmth.  Hats with brims are also nice for heads of varying sizes.  Many thanks Diana for your generosity and please keep up the good work.

2015 Donations:
Hats: 94+7=101
Scarves:24+7=31
Mittens: 27
Slippers: 20
Rain Poncho's: 3
Cotton Washcloths:23+30=53
Afghans:2
Socks: 47
Fingerless gloves/wrist warmers:
Cowls/Infinity scarves: 11
Shawls: 1 (just realized it wasn't listed, don't think I missed any?)
Misc: personal care items and anything not listed above

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Monday, March 9, 2015

A Generous Donation From the Sunny State of Florida

 Thank you Sandra R from Florida for this awesome and very caring donation.  You always amaze, not only with knitting and crocheting abilities, but your generosity as well.  Do you ever eat or sleep?  Love the variety of sizes and colors of the hats.......lots of warm heads as a result of your work.
AND special thanks for tagging your hats and mittens with size!  Trying hard to remind everyone to please do that.  You know what size you're making by way of your patterns, all I can do is guess if they're not tagged.  I sometimes try a few things on to get a feel, but...tagging with size is truly the best option.

AND, you all know, if you've been to this blog frequently how excited I get when we get mittens!  Thank you Sandra!  Please keep up the good work.

Folks if you missed yesterday's post, please scroll back so you'll know what I'm talking about when I reference The A-Z Blogging Challenge.  And I'm in need of topics/words that begin with the letters I-X-and Z, since we blog daily in alphabetical order.  Let me know if you ideas that fit the blog.

2015 Donations:
Hats: 69+25=94
Scarves:22+2=24
Mittens: 21+6=27
Slippers: 20
Rain Poncho's: 3
Cotton Washcloths:23
Afghans:2
Socks: 47
Fingerless gloves/wrist warmers:
Cowls/Infinity scarves: 11
Shawls: 1 (just realized it wasn't listed, don't think I missed any?)
Misc: personal care items and anything not listed above

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Annual A-Z Blogging Challenge

You may have notice this picture in the right sidebar as something new on the blog.  It was just added.  For the month of April, I'll be involved in a rather large blog challenge.  I've done this challenge in other years, but don't believe I've ever used this blog to do so.  The first year, I was nuts, as I signed up with 4 of my 5 blogs.  The annual blog challenge is a challenge to blog everyday (which I try to do here anyway), but....additionally it challenges folks to visit at least 5 blogs daily, meet and encourage other bloggers.  The benefit of doing such a challenge is to gain additional readers, improve blog traffic.  I've had mixed results in other years; but thought perhaps it would aid us a bit with some additional exposure.  So, I'll be combining the regular type posts I do here with the challenge.  The idea is to blog alphabetically.  So, April 1st the blog posts needs to start with the letter A and move on down the line.  Sunday's are free days which gets you the right number of letters and days to blog........26.

To join you need to add the badge to your blog with a link back to the organizers blog...thus what you see in the right side bar.  You sign onto join via a linky, which I did just prior to writing this post.  My current number on the list of bloggers involved is 856....people will continue to join, and sometimes along the way folks drop out, or get taken off the list for not following the rules of the challenge, so my number for Bridge and Beyond will change over time.  Everyone is to start with the first 5 blogs beneath them and work their way through the list.  Some folks only visit those in the same category as themselves...writers visit writers blogs, crafts visits crafts etc.  However, I opted to not list a category because I visit and enjoy visiting many different types of blogs.......the exception being "Adult Content". Those blogs must be clearly marked so they can be avoided easily.

Hope you're all busy knitting and crocheting, the need never seems to go away.

Please continue to visit and post comments as you would without my being involved in the challenge and hopefully..........we'll get some additional visits, comments, and perhaps additional helping hands.

Thank you for all you do.

2015 Donations:
Hats: 69
Scarves:22
Mittens: 21
Slippers: 20
Rain Poncho's: 3
Cotton Washcloths:23
Afghans:2
Socks: 47
Fingerless gloves/wrist warmers:
Cowls/Infinity scarves: 11
Shawls: 1 (just realized it wasn't listed, don't think I missed any?)
Misc: personal care items and anything not listed above

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

No Name Knitted Afghan

Hi folks, wanted to give you a bit of an update.  I'm growing....right from the horses mouth, lol.  When last picture this afghan was 15 inches and here's it's grown to 21 inches.  I work on it in between working on "Learning Logs".  This afghan needs a name...anyone have a suggestion?  It's 4 colors, 2 shades of blue, brown (sorta rusty brown), and a salmon color.  The bright blue is the dominant color, as that's the one I have the most of in the stash.

The only thing I've come up with so far is Blue Horizon?  Sorta makes me think of a bright blue sky over the blue ocean with the brown being sand?  Speak up, always love group efforts to name some of our ghans.

2015 Donations:
Hats: 69
Scarves:22
Mittens: 21
Slippers: 20
Rain Poncho's: 3
Cotton Washcloths:23
Afghans:2
Socks: 47
Fingerless gloves/wrist warmers:
Cowls/Infinity scarves: 11
Shawls: 1 (just realized it wasn't listed, don't think I missed any?)
Misc: personal care items and anything not listed above

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

PLEASE Stop, I'm freezing




My apology to the folks who got here to the post before I had actually written it.  I schedule things ahead 99.9% of the time, and had this in que, but never got back to complete it before it was published.
This video sadden me so much when I first saw it, that I backed away from writing about it, thus it was there in que ...waiting on me.  This video follows yesterdays post about a man dying.......dying literally from being homeless, from being out in the cold exposed to the elements for too long without whatever he needed to survive.  I don't know if Michael (see yesterday's post) would have lived if he had another meal, or warmer/dry socks or a different place to sleep.........but it gives me pause thinking about it.

And now this?  A child, in New York in the elements for hours (2 I believe it was), before someone came to his rescue.  And it wasn't a wealth person who came to his rescue, it wasn't someone with a good job, it wasn't someone with a child that age at home, it wasn't  with a roof over their head.......no, it was a caring homeless man with little to share, but willing to share it.  He had compassion, he shared a hug, he asked questions, he gave up his coat.  He understood this person needed what he had, he understood he could help.  He understood, that while he couldn't solve the problem and make it go away.........he understood he could do what he could do and that what he could do mattered.

This was an experiment, so this child wasn't going to freeze because it was an experiment.......but all those who passed him by, who stopped to stare didn't know that.  I guess none of us knows how we would react in the same type of situation, I only hope my humanity would overcome and that I would do the right thing.  We are sometimes afraid of those folks who are homeless, because we don't them.  We don't know if it's safe to approach them.  Thankfully this caring homeless man didn't let his fear (if he had any) get in the way of caring for another human being in need.

We can't solve the problem, but we can do, what we can do  AND IT MATTERS.

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Rest in Peace Michael B. Williams, Jr.

This photo is courtesy of a high school friend of mine, thank you Deborah.  The church is 1st English Lutheran Church

The event, a sad one, the memorial service for Michael B. Williams, Jr.  Mr. Williams was found frozen behind an Eastside Columbus House, near a barrel that homeless use to try and keep warm.  A 911 call alerted police when someone found his body.  February 15th, was a Sunday, one of the coldest on record in the area.  in 1920 it was 12 on this date, but this February in 2015 it was colder, and a man died of exposure.  A homeless man, named Michael Williams.  He was 50, a man of faith who attended this church.  Last year he had found lodging for awhile through The YWCA Family Shelter.

All lives matter, no one should die of exposure; but homeless do.  There is not enough lodging to take care of everyone in need, and single men are the first to be turned away when shelters are full.  Some homeless don't want to go to shelters, some feel safer in the elements.  There are many different reasons why people become homeless, regardless of those reason; we need to remember they are people and their lives matter.  There were or are someone's son, daughter, uncle, father, mother, sister, cousin, aunt, or friend.  They are God's Children, just as we are.

Homelessness does have a face, and those faces are people with names.  Please keep Michael and those who's names you don't know in your thoughts and prayers, and do what you can to help.  If not here through Bridge and Beyond, perhaps in your own communities through local shelters and churches.

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Crocheted Donations and Personal Care Items Important Donation for Homeless

Thank you Barbara F for this thoughtful donation of warm goodies for our homeless here in Ohio.  Barbara has been busy, she tells me in her note that the colder it gets, the more she crochets.  Perfect!

Barbara has been busy crocheting scarves and hats.  She's also included much needed personal care items.  Folks, a couple of weeks ago I posted that one of the most overlook items for shelters in feminine hygiene products, so am pleased to say Barbara has included some in this donation.  I can't imagine what that's like, to be cold, to want a bath and be in need of personal hygiene products.

Keep up the good work Barbara!

2015 Donations:
Hats: 62+7=69
Scarves:20+2=22
Mittens: 21
Slippers: 20
Rain Poncho's: 3
Cotton Washcloths:23
Afghans:2
Socks: 47
Fingerless gloves/wrist warmers:
Cowls/Infinity scarves: 11
Shawls: 1 (just realized it wasn't listed, don't think I missed any?)
Misc: personal care items and anything not listed above

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Donations from Sunny Florida Aid Ohio's Homeless


Look at this beautiful. colorful log cabin quilt style knitted afghan!  Our good friend Sandra R down in sunny Florida made this.  I've knitted and crocheted many different afghans over the years, but have never made a log cabin style (though that's one of the current ones I'm working)
Wanted to show it both directions so you could get a good look at it.  And like the tradition of quilting where families had pieces parts left from other garments they had made for the family, Sandra has used up her left over yarn from the many other knitted items she's donated to Bridge and Beyond over a period of time.  Seeing this Sandra has given me an extra nudge with the one I've started (and considered scraping).  This afghan is nice and large, soft and warm.  Truly a work of art some family will treasure.

Yippee Skippy, I'm clapping for mittens too!  Hats and mittens knitted and nicely tagged were also in her box of donations.

Many many thanks Sandra for your hard work, and your on going support of homeless people in need here in Ohio.  Please keep up the good work.

2015 Donations:
Hats: 59+3=62
Scarves:20
Mittens: 18+3=21
Slippers: 20
Rain Poncho's: 3
Cotton Washcloths:23
Afghans:1+1=2
Socks: 47
Fingerless gloves/wrist warmers:
Cowls/Infinity scarves: 11
Shawls: 1 (just realized it wasn't listed, don't think I missed any?)
Misc: personal care items and anything not listed above

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

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Where are You and Your Yarn From?

I'm trying to identify where everyone is from, partially for fun. Take a look at the map. Also, believe it will aid me in cases where we have several people with the same name. Please look at the lists of bloggers and non bloggers and see if I have the state you hail from. If not, please leave a comment and let me know.

Additionally, we've had help from Scotland, England, Germany Puerto Rico, Canada, and France! They don't appear on the map, but their help is still greatly appreciated.

Where The People Who Donate Come From, is your state represented?