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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: #19
Current: 20
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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Blanket of Many Colors.

When I started this afghan, I had only a few balls of yarn and thought perhaps I'd make squares to join together, but changed my mind and periodically bought another color I liked.  It's knitted all in garter stitch, binding off a section then picking up stitches to go another direction.  It's made with washable wool, Plymouth.  It's a nice change for the hands after the last 2 afghans from acrylic.  Acrylic makes wonderful afghans, and is durable; it's just a bit harder on the hands while knitting or crocheting.

Had fun finding bright cherry colors.  Had initially called this another eclectic afghan, but since I've already used that name.  Thought of Blanket of Many Colors which several folks said they liked better.........so there you go.

This will be donated to Homeless Families Foundation, like all of our afghans.  

It's being dried/blocked here in the picture.  It's not stretch out quite as well as I would have liked; but...Dear Hubby did this for me, as I am not mobile.  Currently in a boot, non weight bearing due to a broken bone in my foot.  So, I thank him for his efforts.  The afghan is quite large, soft, warm and very bright and cherry...even if not stretched quite enough to be super straight.

**The counts on our progress bars are current. Percentages are current.  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 29, 2018

Adding Woven Throws to our Afghan Donations for Homeless Families Foundations.

 I purchased these two throws some time back, and forgot I had them on hand.  Found them when doing some cleaning out of the closet.  Guess, that's something one should do from time to time.  No telling what you might find, lol.  These two throws are the same size as many of the aghans that have been donated, or those that I've made; so believe they will be happily received and keep someone warm.  They both have a very southwest feel and look to them, and are women blankets.
They, like all of our afghans will be donated to Homeless Families Foundation.

**The counts on our progress bars are current. Percentages are current, as of Feb 15th. 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 27, 2018

Colorful Crocheted Scarf for Homeless

Thank you Sandie P for this colorful and very soft scarf.  I love these colors.  What's this yarn called?  Sandie is a long time supporter of Bridge and Beyond.  We appreciate your dedication to the cause over all these years.  For those who may be new to reading this blog, Sandie and I met working together on a different charity YEARS ago...Katrina hit her area and she organized a charity to help people during that time, so you know how long ago that was.  Sandie and I have known each other here on line for all those years.

Thank you Sandie P, as always keep up the marvelous work.

**The counts on our progress bars are current. Percentages are current. 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 25, 2018

Knitted Washcloths and Scarves Help Bridge and Beyond Help Those in Need

Thank you Melinda for this thoughtful donation of knitted scarves and cotton washcloths.  While I know the calendar says it's Spring, it hasn't looked like it, or felt like it here in Ohio.  We had 24 degrees this am at 9 am and it's been cold like that every morning for the last couple of weeks.  Well below normal temperatures.  I'm cold here in the house, can't imagine how our homeless friends are fairing.

So, warm scarves...are still very much needed.  And cotton washcloths are used all year long, regardless of the weather conditions.

Thank you for your support of Homeless in need here on Bridge and Beyond.  And please keep up the good work and know you are making a difference, an important one.

**The counts on our progress bars are current. Percentages are current.  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 23, 2018

Crocheted Donations Keep Homeless Warm

Thank you Karen S for your continued support here on Bridge and Beyond.  Ohio's Homeless benefit from your kindness.  By now, I bet most of you can tell as soon as you see a picture that's it's from Karen with her style of cro-knit scarves.  The texture is spongy, and thick and warm.  LOVE the colors.  Some suitable for the men folk, some for the women, and some that can be either.  

Many thanks for this generous donation.  Thanks also for tagging your hats with size.  Folks, this is such a nice way to mark the hats.  Karen has cut (either with a dye or perhaps pinking shears circles and punched a hole to tie on with yarn.

As always, please keep up the good work.

Have you all noticed our little graphs are moving...a little here, a little there.

Thank you for all you do.

**The counts on our progress bars are current. Percentages are current.  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 21, 2018

Wanda Witter Wins FINALLY Against the Government

Wanda Witter lives homeless for 16 LONG years in DC while trying to get the money owed her from Social Security.  No one listens, they think she's crazy.  Finally 16 long years later, her case has been proven and she has a home, and all the money owed her, $100,000.00.

Please watch Lester Holt talk about this in the video.
W= Winning, Wanda Witter as I blog in alphabetical order .



**The counts on our progress bars are current. Percentages are current, as of Feb 15th. 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 19, 2018

Ebony Arrested, Car Impounded, Jeff Glazer APD and CNN's Victor Blackwell

This story tells about a mother, Ebony and her 4 children being homeless, living out of their 20 year old car, a Buick.  How she was arrested, the car impounded by The Atlanta Police Department.  But, there's more as reported by CNN's Victor Blackwell.  This is a post for the letter V....a bit of stretch perhaps using the reporters first name to fulfill the alphabetical challenge of the needed post.

VIDEO

A Go Fund Me Page

**The counts on our progress bars are current. Percentages are current, as of Feb 15th. 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 17, 2018

Knitting in Florida Helps Ohio's Cold Homeless

 Look at this marvelous donation from our good friend, Sandra R from sunny Florida!  Hats, and scarves and mittens oh my!  Wonderful warm and roomy hats in a great variety of colors tagged with size.  Truly awesome.  AND nice big warm scarves...and 
MITTENS!  Mittens to warm lots of cold hands.  Again look at the sizes and colors.  Something for everyone here.  Lovely as always Sandra.  I've said this before and I'll say it again.........how do you eat and sleep?  The quantity of goodies you knit astound me.  You must have knitting needles in your hands all the time........whew!

Fabulous as always, please keep up the good work.

Hey folks have you noticed are graphs....numbers are looking better.

**The counts on our progress bars are current. Percentages are current.  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 15, 2018

The Blanket of Many Colors


Previously I was referring to this afghan as The Eclectic Afghan, but I had already named a recent crocheted one that, so with the help of some of my Fitbit Friends decided to call this the Blanket of Many Colors.  You can see it's grown quite a bit in size and color.  Currently it's 9 colors, though I do have one more color to work into it.  A dark purple.

It traveled to Hilton Head with me when I went with hubby previously and it traveled with me again more recently when I had a week with girl friends.  Below is how it started it's 2nd journey.

Hoping to be able to show it's completion fairly soon.

What are you all working on?

**The counts on our progress bars are current. Percentages are current. 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 13, 2018

First Aid and More for the Homeless

 Thank you Tammy S for this thoughtful and generous donation of goodies.  Tammy is our newest pair of helping hands and hails from the state of Pennsylvania.  Welcome to Bridge and Beyond.  LOVE these scarves.  Folks click to see details, she has crocheted using I believe triple crochet front and back post to create a wonderful texture to her nice large scarves.  These are all sized large enough for men!  They are thick due to the texture.  
 AND 18 pairs of very nice heavy warm socks.  Each pack has 3 pairs of socks, thus 18 pairs of feet will now be warmer.  Warm dry feet can sure make someone more comfortable.  
AND look at this wonderful selection of personal care items.  Klenex, hand wipes that can be used when our homeless friends have no water to wash up.  Soap and lotion.......AND first aid kits!  That is something I've never thought about before, but think it's a wonderful idea and something that be well received.

Many thanks Tammy for your thoughtfulness, sure hope to see you here often on Bridge and Beyond, and please keep up the good work.

**The counts on our progress bars are current. Percentages are curren. 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 11, 2018

Two Toned Crocheted Scarf for Ohio's Homeless

Fun....look at this two toned scarf.  Our good friend Sandie P from Louisiana crocheted this using the same method of friend Karen S uses, Double Ended Crochet, Cro-hook.  It goes by many names.  I've posted a u-tube video several times on this method.  It intrigues me.  It's one stitch, but the shading gives it such texture...makes it look like more was done.

Thank you Sandie for your long term commitment to Ohio's homeless.  I've lots track how many years we've known each.  I say that, even though we've not met face to face.  We've blogged, participated in many of the same groups and charities throughout the years and well after after years of doing that...you do feel like you know someone.

As always keep up the good, and thanks so much.

**The counts on our progress bars are current. Percentages are current, as of Feb 15th. 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 10, 2018

Crocheted Granny Afghans for Homeless

 See...told you there was more!  If you missed yesterday's post, please please scroll back to check it out.  This is the 2nd half to Sheelagh S's generous donation.  LOVE this afghan.  Reminds me a stained glass window.  So pretty.  This is nicely sized and will make a wonderful family afghan for the lucky recipients.  And
Look....another afghan!!  I'm thrilled we're getting such a good start with our goal for afghans.  As I write this post it's mid February and believe this has us ahead of where we were at this time last year.  Look at this big granny.  One large granny square.  This 2nd afghan is super soft, made perhaps from Lion Brand Homespun...or something similar by the feel of it.  Another lucky family.

Many thanks Sheelagh for your wonderful donation.  Please keep up the good work and keep your hook flying!

**The counts on our progress bars are current. Percentages are current, as of Feb 15th. 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 9, 2018

Crocheted Items from Head to Toe Help Homeless

Thanks you Sarah S for this thoughtful donation of crocheted goodies.  Look at the variety folks.  She's been busy crocheting scarves, slippers, hats, and cotton washcloths!  AND she's also included personal care items with her donation.  

Special thanks for taking the time to tag your hats with size, it is so helpful and such a huge time saver...both for me here at the house and for the various volunteers in the homeless shelters.  When they are tagged, it assists getting the item on the right shelf and into the hands of those in need quicker.

Thank you Sarah, was so nice to hear from you again.  Look forward to seeing you here again on Bridge and Beyond.  Thank you for your long time support of Bridge and Beyond and the Homeless we serve.

Please keep up the good work.

**The counts on our progress bars are current. Percentages are current, as of Feb 15th. 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 8, 2018

Hats, Socks and Afghans Aid Homeless

 Thank you Sheelagh for this thought and very generous donation.  What a pretty afghan.  I'm drawing a blank at the moment what this method/stitch is called.  Lovely colors.  One of the ladies will be thrilled to get this and curl up with it.  It looks so springy right now which has me hopeful, as I'm soooooooo tired of winter. Entrelac Crochet.  Took me a while to think about what it was.  I personally have never used this method, but did a google search for a video.  Most of the video's on how to do this are 30-40 minutes long.  But, I did find this shorter version........whether this is enough to get someone going or not I'm not sure, but thought I'd post in case someone wants to check it out.  Click Here
She's also been busy knitting hats.  Tried to turn up the brim on the far left hat so you can see it's a different color on the inside.  It's reversible...and or just really warm because it's doubled.  The two black hats are so cute with a brim.  Please do click to enlarge so you can see the details of these hats.

Sheelagh has also included socks!  Yeah, we love getting socks to warm people's feet.  Nothing worse than cold, wet feet.  And if you're living in the elements or spending nights in a shelter but out and about during the day waiting until the time you can go in...........a change into warm socks is heaven.

Wonderful donation....but wink wink, there's more.  Do pop back in again tomorrow to see the rest of her goodies.  I'm trying not to add too many pictures at a time to help the loading time of the blog.

**The counts on our progress bars are current. Percentages are current, as of Feb 15th. 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 6, 2018

Caring for Homeless in Ohio Through Crochet

Thank you Barbara F for this wonderful donation and your long term support of Bridge and Beyond.  We truly appreciate all your efforts.  As you can see, Barbara has been busy with her crochet hook.  She crocheted, hats and scarves.  What a fun scarf the black and blue mix is.  Please click to enlarge the picture so you can see the details.

Special thanks for tagging all the hats with size.  What nice looking tags you made.  It really jazzing up the item, doesn't it.  Makes it look more like a gift.  Really lovely.

AND look at the personal care items.........specifically the female products.  There are never enough female products for women in shelters.  Many thanks for your thoughtfulness, Barbara.  Please know you are making a difference is the quality of someone's life.

Keep up the good work!

**The counts on our progress bars are current. Percentages are current, as of Feb 15th. 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 4, 2018

Crocheted Donations for Homeless Continue

Thank you Emily K for this thoughtful donation of crocheted items to help Bridge and Beyond help Homeless in need.  Emily has included quite a variety of items with this donation.  She has cotton washcloths, some personal care items, a hat, mittens...........see me clapping!  I get really jazzed up when we get mittens!  She also included a pair of finger-less glovs/writs warmers.  I never know which is the more accepted or popular name.  

Thank you Emily, you are such a wonderful supporter of Bridge and Beyond.  Please know you are making an important difference in people's lives.

Oophs, almost missed the 2nd picture of the two pairs of slipper Emily made.  Very nice indeed.  Don't they look comfy and warm!  One of these days, I really should make myself a pair...one of these days.

Keep up the good work! 

**The counts on our progress bars are current, as are the percentages.  However, the percentages may not always be; as I don't plan to figure them with each donation.  They will be figured at least by the 20th of each month.

** 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 3, 2018

Donated Mountain Sky Afghan

I usually don't post this many pictures in one post, but I found this really interesting.  This is one of the afghan projects that traveled with me to Hilton Head recently.  You've already the completed Orange Julius Afghan.  When pieces are different sizes, I always lay the pieces out to help the process of edging/adding etc to make the pieces as uniform as possible before assembly.

Differnt angle, same designed afghan...except I think I move one or two of the stripes.  This is the first picture I took here at home some time back when it was first designed and labeled and bagged until such time as it could be put together.  Look how different they look.  The 2nd picture looks far more green, must have been the lighting.  I named it Mountain Haze and thought I'd join with a green or gray.

I didn't have the appropriate colors in sufficient quantities ...and found plenty of the pretty bright blue...sorta center in this 2nd picture.  And you can see far more blue in the top picture.

He it is being blocked and drying.  Not the best picture, was a bit limited where I could put, and where I could stand there in the vacation time share.  Blue currently on my computer looks more purple.......which it isn't.

It's very very blue, so I decided the name was no longer appropriate and have renamed this one, Mountain Sky.

The most real picture color wise...is the very first picture.  In fact, in that photo you can see one of the blue skeins of yarn sitting there on the bed.  Lights there were good, must have been more natural.  The first picture was condo 1, and finished picture was a 2nd condo.  I was overly optimistic I guess laying out these afghan and Orange Julius in the first condo.......I didn't get them both done while staying at the first condo.

I often see colors look a bit different based on light at the time the photo was taken, but this one.........might be the biggest change I've seen.

I did work on a 3rd afghan while there, but didn't manage to finish it.  It's still a work in progress, which I share on down the line.  But....we're making headway with our afghan goal count.  And hopefully some of you are also working on one or twelve, lol.

**The counts on our progress bars are current. Percentages are current, as of Feb 15th. 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 2, 2018

Crocheting for Bridge and Beyond Helps Homeless of ALL Ages

Thank you Jeannette T for this thoughtful donation of crocheted goodies to aid the homeless in Ohio.  Bridge and Beyond is able to help people in need because of good people like yourself.  Jeannette has included cotton washcloths and scarves, sized for the kiddo's...possible teen with the brown one.  Thank you Jeannette, and please keep up the good work.

AND...look, she's included one of the hand puppets.  I posted about this with some links to patterns, HERE.  While we perhaps don't need hundreds of these, having some for kids that are having a hard time adjusting to being in a shelter sounds like a wonderful idea.  Sandie P, another of our helpers here on Bridge and Beyond made the suggestion that they could also be made with cotton to be used as a washcloth for young kids........another good idea.

Here's a link from RAV, with a crocheted pattern, looks to be the same as Jeannette's.  It's a free pattern folks, so take a look.  And here's the knitted version.

**The counts on our progress bars are current, the percentages not quite. I'll not be figure the percentages with each update of numbers, but will be updating again next at least by the 20th. I have in fact made a reminder not on my cell phone for the 20th of each month to do percentages. If we're at a milestone, or I just have extra time I may do it more often...but certainly at that scheduled time.

** 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?