Mission Statement

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: #29
Current: 30
0.8333%
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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Afghan in the Works

ghan in the worksI pulled these 18 blue, burgundy and variegated knitted squares from those Rose Marie sent. This is the basic lay out for a ghan in the works. Normally I stitch/edge around all squares before joining; but am doing this one a bit different. To utilize the size, I'm stitching together one row horizontally using navy; then am crocheting multiple rows across for a fairly wide border of the navy between each row of stitched squares. This should make a reasonable sized lapghan for either an adult or male teen. I believe the colors are appropriate for that as well.

By the time you read this scheduled post I should be well over half way on the corner to corner ghan for The Mission as well.

2010
Scarves 264+11=275
Hats 417
Mittens 49
Socks
79
Slippers
9
Ghans 3
Squares
130 (since Give a Square)


Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Soft Scrumptious Scarves

crocheted scarvesThank you Becki. Becki is a fellow Ohioan and the maker of these wonderful, soft, scrumptious scarves. Look how pretty they are. I think they are knitted? Becki am I right? I love the way you did the fringe. Somehow they are tied? Click on the picture to see the detail please. Becki and I found each other through Facebook. How cool is that. 11 scarves (9 teen/adult sized and 2 cute child sized on the right hand side).

Not only will there be warmer happier people wearing these scarves, they'll be stylish too! Many thanks Becki.

***Please read the details about The Mitten Challenge, thank you Beth; and Give a Square in the sidebar***

2010
Scarves 264+11=275
Hats 417
Mittens 49
Socks
79
Slippers
9
Ghans 3
Squares
130 (since Give a Square)



Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Friday, October 29, 2010

More Mittens, Thank You Sarah

mittens and personal care packagesThank you Sarah S. Fabulous warm mittens, 4 pair to warm hands for our homeless. A darling little pair of slippers, 2 pairs of socks to warm feet....always such a need. And look at the awesome personal care packages she put together for us. 6 personal care packages include a toothbrush, a tube of toothpaste, a bar of soap, and a crocheted wash cloth! Awesome. Everything is so truly appreciated. Sarah shared the pattern she used for these (and her previous mitten donation); which I've added above in the tabs. She altered the pattern by not using any of the triple crochets, she substituted single crochets instead. She indicated she often adds a row or two based on the yarn if she feels it's not coming out quite long enough.

2010
Scarves 264
Hats 417
Mittens 45 pairs +4=49
Socks
77+2=79
Slippers
8 +1=9
Ghans 3
Squares
130 (since Give a Square)

***About a week left folks to get in on the mitten challenge. Details in side bar
*****Have you checked out Give a Square? It officially starts in a few days


Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Crocheted Squares and Scarf for the Homeless

crocheted squares & scarfSuch a cute scarf made from crocheted granny squares! Thank you Susan. AND 4 more squares to help us with our ghans for the folks at The Mission. Click on the picture to enlarge so you can see the unusual heart grannies on the left side. I've not come across that pattern before. How cute. Granny squares are always fun and such a good way to use up odds and ends. Thank you also Susan for the nice long final tail on your squares. This does remind me I should remind all you to please not tie and cut when you're changing colors. Work in tails of several inches to avoid having items come apart. Cutting after a knot never lasts.

Make sure you're updated on The Mitten Challenge and Give a Square....details found on side bar


2010
Scarves 263+1=264
Hats 417
Mittens 45 pairs
Socks
77
Slippers
8 pairs
Ghans 3
Squares 126
+4=130 (since Give a Square)


Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

SWEET, Slippers

crocheted slippersFeet come in many sizes, but big or small feet get cold. Slippers warm the heart and the feet. Here's our first round of slippers. They are darling, warm, and so nicely made. Thank you Liz (minnisoda over on Crochetville). Not the most artistic picture I've taken or even the most clear. yikes, must have moved my hand. I wanted to line these up so you could see the variety in sizes of these adodrable 8 pairs of crocheted slippers. By the time you read this schedule post (as 99.9% of the posts are); they are warming the feet of kids and mom's living in the temporary housing at Faith Mission.

I left Liz a message, regarding what pattern she used and when I find out will post, if possible. Looks like a good one that would go quickly and with the variety of sizing available what a bonus.

2010
Scarves 263
Hats 417
Mittens 45 pairs
Socks
77
Slippers
8 pairs
Ghans 3
Squares
126 (since Give a Square


Keep you hooks and needles flying folks. The need is great. You are all important and so very much appreciated. Keep up the good work.

**Still time to get in on the mitten challenge(check out the sidebar for information)
***Like to plan ahead, please read about Share a Square(click on blog badge in sidebar for info)


Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Crocheting for The Homeless

Cute and fun crocheted for the homeless, Thank you Tracy! Left to right the blue brown camo crocheted scarf and hat set is probably my favorite. I've not seen that particular style camo before. What fun! next towards the middle of the picture are 3 hats of various sizes Green and Blue both variegated, and a solid blue. Another hat and scarf set with the pretty green variegated followed by another camo in browns and tans. These are all wonderfully made and so very much appreciated. A nice mix of adult and kid sized goodies.

I never tire of opening boxes and pouches to see what wonderful items you all are sending. What great big hearts you have!!

**Remember to check out The Mitten Challenge, there's still time; plan ahead and read about Share a Square**

2010
Scarves 260+3=263
Hats 411+6=417
Mittens 45
Socks
77
Slippers

Ghans 3
Squares
126 (since Give a Square)

Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Warming hands of the Homeless

crocheted mittens for homelessAnother pair of mittens for mitten month. Adding this pair to our totals, but they won't be part of the competition for the prize for Beth's Mitten Challenge. I made this pair using Beth's first pattern and a smaller hook. Though the yarn was knitted worsted it just felt a little thinner to me; so used the smaller hook to minimize holes and add warmth. It's odd, but no doubt you've all had this happen. You can buy yarn on the same day from the same store, the same brand, style, type etc. But 2 colors of the same yarn will feel different with regard to thickness and weight. Dying must do that?

Hope you're all busy knitting and crocheting mittens for Beth's Mitten Challenge/Mitten Throw Down. Remember you still have time. Deadline is Nov 8th which is 15 days away (counting today and the 8th).

I've been working on another corner to corner ghan (knitted); and am assembling some squares from Rose Marie for another ghan for Faith Mission.
2010
Scarves 260
Hats 411
Mittens 44+1=45
Socks
77
Slippers

Ghans 3
Squares 126 (since Give A Square)



Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Nerds are Cool, Squares prove it

knitted squaresRemember your high school days, when being square meant you were a nerd? Remember the movie, revenge of the nerds? I know we all can relate to one or both of these statements. Fast forward.............being square is COOL, being a nerd is COOL, so be COOL and join the squares!

Jumping the gun a wee bit, because our official start to Give a Square is Nov, but do take time and read all about it. Click blog badge in the side bar. Thank you Rose Marie for these fabulous fun knitted squares. Look at all the cool colors folks. I'm going to have fun designing a ghan or two with these squares. RoseMarie sent 44 squares! YIPPEE

Take a peak in the top right corner, a cute pair of thumbless mitts Rose Marie also sent. Most of the squares are knitted, while the mitts are crocheted. She also sent along a pattern I'm hoping to check out as well.

Keep those fingers, hooks, and needles moving folks. The need is great and each and every stitch you make DOES matter.

We're still involved with our mitten challenge/mitten throw down. I'm really anxious to see how many mittens we can get during that time. Again many thanks to Beth for the idea, and for the pattern. Click in tabs above folks.

2010
Scarves 260
Hats 411
Mittens 44
Socks
77
Slippers

Squares 126(since Give a Square)

Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Warming Homeless Heads

crocheted hats for homeless10 Fabulous crocheted hats to warm the heads of 10 more homeless. Thank you so much for your thoughtful donation, Robbie. It is so very much appreciated. These hats are made with single crochet back loop making a nice ribbing effect. Hats are all nicely sized and will fit a variety of heads which is awesome. The ribbing allows the hats to be pretty stretchy.

The weather continues to drop so all items are truly needed. Many thanks to all for knitting, crocheting, and looming. Many thanks to all who blog about us, tell their co-workers about us, or who post our badge somewhere. You can now print off a paper flyer to post at work, school, church or your local library....or anywhere people gather. Please help us spread the word. The more helping hands we're able to find, the more homeless men, women, and children we can warm and give hope to. Flyer is available by clicking on tab in the top of the blog.

We're still collecting mittens for our mitten throw down, so keep'em coming. Check out patterns also available in tabs across the top of the blog.

2010
Scarves 260
Hats 401+10=411
Mittens 44
Socks
77
Slippers


AND, for those who like to plan ahead, please read about Give a Square by clicking on the blog badge in the side bar.


Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Friday, October 22, 2010

More Mittens for the challenge, Yippee!

knitted mittens for homelessAWESOME...we have another pair of mittens for our Mitten Challenge, our Mitten Throw Down, our Mitten Month. Thank you James. James, a long time supported knits beautifully. These are wonderful, warm, and soft......and big enough for our men living outdoors so in need. Many thanks James for your ongoing thoughtful support. James is in the process of moving and hopes to get more mittens to us, though they won't be for the challenge as he's busy moving. So, we can look forward to more wonderful knitted goodies from him. Hope the move is going well James.

There's still time folks to get your mittens in for the challenge. Again my thanks to Beth for the idea, for her writing us another pattern. You'll find her patterns, and James's pattern in the tabs at the top of the page.
2010
Scarves 260
Hats 401
Mittens 43+1=44
Socks
77
Slippers



For those that look and plan ahead, be sure and check out Give a Square (see blog badge in the sidebar).

Keep up the good work one and all. You are all very much appreciated.

Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

MITTENS!!!

blue crocheted mittensYIPPEE!! Our first 3 pairs of mittens received for the Mitten Challenge. They're fabulous! They're crocheted, their blue, and their from Sarah S from The Hive. The 2 solid colored mittens are crocheted with single crocheted around with ribbed cuff; while the variegated blue pair are made lengthwise using back stitch single crocheted (ribbing). All 3 pair are nicely sized and should fit a man or women in need. I'm soooooooooooooooo excited, I doing a little happy dance. You're probably lucky I'm doing here and no one is taking a picture. lol That way you can pretend I'm a good dancer.

Many thanks Sarah for your thoughtful donation. It is truly appreciated. I'm thrilled to say word of our need has spread to others since I've joined The Hive, and welcome any of you to participate in that forum. Click here for my link to do, if you're interested.

If you'd like to visit Sarah's profile page on The Hive, here's her link.

2010
Scarves 260
Hats 401
Mittens 40+3=43
Socks
77
Slippers


Thank you Beth for issuing the mitten challenge, hoping you're all busy making mittens!

Please take time to read and print our flyer, and read about Give a Square. (tabs across the top, and blog badge in sidebar).


Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Warm Crocheted Scarves for Homeless

crocheted scarves for homelessSuch a pretty blue. Two wonderful warm crocheted blue scarves from Patty. Thank you Patty! Patty is a fellow Ohioan, how cool is that. If anyone has Patty's email ady, please forward. I didn't get a note in her box of donations, can't find an email to send her a Thank You. I can see on the return label her name is Patty L. and she's from Ohio. These scarves are so well made and so very much appreciated Patty. You've made 2 people very happy, and very warm. Many thanks for your thoughtful donation.
2010
Scarves 258+2=260
Hats 401
Mittens 40
Socks
77
Slippers



Have you read, printed our flyer yet? If not, Please do! (see tab across the top of the blog)
Have you started on mittens for Beth's Mitten Throw Down? If not, PLEASE do (see patterns in tabs across the top of the blog). There's still time. The mitten challenge will end Nov 8th and a prize of free yarn will be awarded to the person making and donating the most mittens. That's not to say we don't need or want mittens other times. We do! Mittens, hats, scarves, and slippers.............and
Have you read about Give a Square? If not, please do (see blog badge in sidebar for details).


Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Hats for Homeless

crocheted hats for homelessTwo fabulous crocheted hats large enough for our Homeless Men. Thank you Margaret. Margaret you may remember did an interview with me to help spread the word about our cause. Margaret and I met and have enjoyed getting acquainted over at The Hive. I'm continuing to make wonderful connections there and am so happy I joined.

These hats are so well made. Thank You, Margaret. Margaret has just recently had a knitting book published. Please check it out.

Hope you're all keeping busy making mittens for our mitten challenge. Thank you Beth for suggesting it, thank you for writing up a new pattern for us.

2010
Scarves 258
Hats 401
Mittens 40
Socks
77
Slippers

Have you read about our flyer
Have you read about Give a Square?

Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Slippers

purple and blue slippers
Hats, scarves, and Mittens have always been the items we make and donate. We knit them, we crocheted and some are good at looming them too. Let's add slippers to the list of items needed. Specifically slippers for women and children. Slippers will be directed towards those mothers and children in temporary housing at Faith Mission. Faith Mission is new part of our mission. These women and children are living in temporary apartments. They come with very little, as many were homeless prior to this; and many were abused. Slippers would be a nice addition to help warm them, and let them know they're cared for.

Knitted, crocheted, washable slippers. As with our hats, scarves, and mittens the choice of yarn and pattern and color is yours. Let's just please stick to making them warm and shy aware from lacy, light patterns and yarns.

I made the above slippers some time back for Pine Ridge Reservation, but thought we needed a picture to get us started. There really is no pattern for this, I used 2 rectangles I had, folded them, stitched them, edged and made it up as I went. I will write a little tutorial on this and add to the tab along with some links for slipper patterns. Please check back.

2010
Scarves 258
Hats 401
Mittens 40
Socks
77
Slippers

Please keep busy with the mitten challenge which runs through Nov 8th.
Have you read about "Give a Square"

Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Pink Afghan for Homeless

pink stash
You may remember this pile of pink squares.
They no longer are a pile of pink squares. Karen V donated 23 squares of various sizes and colors of pink.

I snatched 16 of them, edged them in 2 rows of single crochet with white yarn and began assembling them. Each strip of 4 where then edged again with single crochet using dusty rose; and joined again. Then once again the whole ghan was edge with 2 rows of single crochet and dusty rose. I had the dusty rose in my stash and thought it blended nicely with the various pinks from Karen V's donation.

These squares/ now are a 40 x 40 inch lapghan and have been delivered to Faith Mission. I'm sure it will keep someone warmer while watching TV, as well as decorate a chair. It also a perfect size for a little girl. The photo was taken before it was laundered and blocked; but since this is a scheduled post....by the time you read his, it's already in use.

pink squares no more ghan2010
Scarves 258
Hats 401
Mittens 40
Socks
77

Don't forget to check out our "Give a Square" in the sidebar. And while you're at it, make sure you read about our Mitten Challenge from Beth. Hope you're busy working on mittens for the challenge. Remember patterns are available on the tabs in this blog.

Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fall is in the air

knitted scarf for homelessLight n Lofty knitted Golden scarf with just a touch of orange and a flared ruffled edge. A couple of years ago I bought a huge amount of both The Light and Lofty and Bright & Lofty. Works up quickly and is fun to work with.
knitted scarfSame colors as above, but this one is striped, in sections and ends with fringe. Both scarves are knitted on large needles. I think one was 17 and the other 15. Both are about 6 ft long and 6 inches wide.

I believe I only have a little of this yarn left, so it's really gotten used.

2010
Scarves 256+2=258
Hats 401
Mittens 40
Socks
77

Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Printable Bridge and Beyond Flyer!

We have a printable Flyer! I hope you've already seen it, that means you've been spending time here and looking around. A simple straight forward flyer that can be printed. I'm asking you all to print a handful. Is there someone you work with who doesn't get on line? Do you belong to a social group, or a church group? Are there parents you chat with at ball games, or a bulletin board at your local library? If so, please print and take along a couple of our flyers. Help us spread the word about the need to warm homeless people. We'd love to have more helping hands to knit and crochet. We'd love to find more bloggers to connect with to help spread the news.

As you've probably noticed, we are growing which is nice. Our list of helpers who don't blog has grown quite a bit; but I believe we can can continue to grow. Since we're growing, you've also probably noticed our mission has increased. An increased missions means we're able to help more people in need.

Our goals continue to be the same, warm the folks (men and women) living outdoors without a roof over their heads, to warm those in extreme circumstance being treated at 2 free clinics (women and children), warm and aid those being protected from homelessness and abuse at Faith Mission (mothers and children).

We had a blog contest awhile back which brought some additional attention to the blog and it's cause, which was great. We celebrated our 200th post, with that blog contest and yarn giveaway. Sandie, our long time supporter won the free yarn. We're now in the middle of a fun contest, a mitten challenge to call attention to October being mitten month; and to hopefully raise our numbers in an area in need. Beth, another long time supporter has designed a mitten pattern for us...actually her 2nd one. Both those patterns are available for free in the tabs on this page. Additionally another supporter, James designed a knitted mitten pattern which is also available there in the tabs. Again, free yarn will be the prize to the winner. The winner will be the person who makes and donates the most pairs of mittens. Many thanks Beth for idea and for issuing the challenge. Beth and I of course won't be in the running for the prize.

I'm also hoping you've poked round enough you've seen and read about, "Give a Square". An upcoming focus, for those who like to plan ahead, please take a look.

Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Lots of Scarves, SCARF-TASTIC

Cindy and team are like a well oiled machine. Seriously, she her co-workers Taby, Ayleen, Pat, and her mother Peggy crank out scarf after scarf.....these are SCARF-TASTIC!

All are crocheted, some are double strands of yarn. There are 2 matching sets above in addition to the 10 scarves, and purple hat in the forefront. I mentioned before when I showed you there first or 2nd box of donations that I couldn't pick a favorite. Goodness, who could with all these luscious colors!

Keep up the good work ladies. Many many thanks for your thoughtful donations.

2010
Scarves 244+12=256
Hats 399+2=401
Mittens 40
Socks
77

**Don't forgot, we've got Mitten Month going on**
Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

If Patty L from Ohio is reading this blog, would you please contact me. THANKS!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Mitten Challenge, Thank You Beth

Hope by now you've seen the sticky post to the right about the mitten challenge for the month of October....Mitten Month. We'll carry the challenge through the first week of November based on when we announced the challenge. Beth, being proactive saw we had a need and read I'd deemed October as Mitten Month. To reach out, to have fun, and to accomplish more she designed a new mitten pattern for us. It's posted via the tab on top of the blog. She also issued a challenge to all to participate and see how many pairs of mittens we could come up with by the end of the challenge which is November 8th. To add a bit more jazz and excitement to the challenge I'm offering FREE yarn to the person who makes and donates the most mittens during that time frame. Naturally Beth and I are not in the running.

I hope you all get involved and knit, or crochet mittens. There are now 3 patterns here on this page; though you don't have to use those....but they are there for your convenience. Thanks to both James and Beth for that.

Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Winning Yarn and Warming the Homeless

crocheted hat and scarf setYou might remember reading a while back that our long time supporter, Sandie won the blog contest we had to celebrate our 200th post. She won yarn naturally. And this wonderful, warm, and very pretty tan tweedy matching crocheted scarf and hat set is made from some of the yarn Sandie won. Someone is going to be not only warm but styling wearing this! As always Sandie's items are beautifully made. Many thanks Sandie for your thoughtful donation.

And, I'm heading out today to buy more socks, many thanks for including money to help with that. It is very much appreciated.

We've had to move from just shutting the windows to turning on the heat now folks, so please kick your knitting needles and crochet hooks into high gear. We've had a couple of below 40 degree nights. That's pretty chilly when you're without a roof over your heads.

**Have you read about October being Mitten Month?**
*****AND The Mitten Challenge by our member Beth?
*************AND have you seen the new mitten pattern Beth designed to help us crochet mittens fast!
2010
Scarves 243+1=244
Hats 398+1=399
Mittens 40
Socks
77

Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Knitted goodies from James

knitted items for homelessJames knitted goodies are always sooooooo nice. Two man sized soft hats, 1 warm scarf, a fun neck gator. All knitted. James sent along 4 nice heavy duty warm socks that the men are gonna love for sure.

James has been a long time supporter of our cause. Many thanks James, it is so truly appreciated. Click on the picture so you can see the nice details of the pattern stitch on those hats. Really nice. Maybe it's ridges and cheeks? What did you use James?

2010
Scarves 242+1=243
Hats 396+2=398
Mittens 40
Socks 73
+4=77

Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!



Wednesday, October 6, 2010

As Promised, a box of fabulous scarves!!

crocheted scarvesScarves, SCARVES, and wow. 23 fantastic, fun, and cheery scarves! Look at these colors. I would not be able to pick a favorite. I tried trust me. lol Wonderful, warm, soft scarves to ward off the cold for our homeless here in Ohio. Scarves in many sizes and colors to fit Men, Women, and children. Left top corner...the red and black scarf is a nice fleece. These ladies are awesome. THANK YOU Cindy, Peggy, Ayleen, Pat, and Tabi. All these scarves are crocheted, many with double strands of yarn. Some made vertically, some horizontally, some with fringe, some not. Such wonderful variety!
glvoesAND....remember I said in the last post I made up personal care packs that had soap, razors, socks, and or gloves? 13 pairs of gloves! I do hope if you missed the previous post you'll scroll back. Cause this is the 2nd box these ladies sent. AND....drum roll please, there's more! I'm gonna keep you all in suspense though, keep checking back. We've got wonderful donations from long time supporters James and Sandie.

I know many of you come and visit the blog, I'd like to encourage you all to start leaving comments. People like to see someone else admiring their work for one, and for 2....it all helps us in how we show up in the search engines more often. We want to show up often in the search engines, it helps people find us, people finding us gives us a better chance of getting more helping hands, which translates into us being able to help more people. Soooooooo, please come and visit often, leave a comment so we know you were here. And remember folks even if you're not a blogger, you can leave comments and we encourage you to do so. Simply click on name and url and leave the url box empty. Please don't select anonymous, often those are sent to spam.

Many thanks for everyone's hard work, it is truly appreciated and very much needed.

2010
Scarves 219+23=242
Hats 396
Mittens 40
Socks 73


Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!


Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

SCARVES & Razors oh MY!

razorsRazors, soap, razors, deodorant, razors. And did I mention RaZors! These are fabulous. Thank you Cindy, thank you Peggy, Thank you Ayleen, Thank you Tabi, and Thank you Pat. These ladies are co-workers on a quest to make life better for others. I bagged soap, razors, socks, and or gloves in order to make up some personal care packages. By the time you read this (most of the posts are typed real time but in que with all the wonderful donations,), those personal care packages will have already been delivered. I'll be collecting up more items to go with the remainder of razors to make up more. Stay tuned.
And look at these fabulous fabulous scarves! Don't miss that cute pink hat there in middle. Look at these scarves, so many wonderful colors. 21 wonderful, warm and soft scarves. Colors and sizes are nicely mixed. Some will work for boys, others girls, some larger and more appropriate for our adults; both men and women. This was their first box folks. I have more, but I'll post a box at a time. So, keep checking back! I don't want you to miss the rest.

Pat, Tabi, and Ayleen don't have blogs; but I've added their names to our list of wonderful helpers without blogs, and Cindy and Peggy's links are in the blog log. Please welcome these wonderful ladies with big hearts to our cause.

Many thanks for your thoughtful donation.

2010
Scarves 198+21=219
Hats 395+1=396
Mittens 40
Socks 73


**Did you notice, We're having a Mitten Challenge, a Mitten Throw Down**

Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Holly Cow Batman, Rectangles!

crocheted rectanglesHolly Batman, look at all those rectangles. These 45 rectangles were crocheted and donated by RoseMarie. The photo isn't spot on with regard to colors. The dark pile that looks like black is dark forest green. Several shades of orange, and several shades of ivory/off white also in the mix. Rose Marie in Tennessee...many thanks for your thoughtful donation. I assure you each and every rectangle will be used for good. Please stay tuned, check back frequently to see how things come together. We're happy to have you join us. It's not possible to have too many helping hands. Hope to see you here on The Bridge frequently.

I've recently learned there are 20 apartments at Faith Mission. This is temporary housing for our homeless mothers and children, as well as abused mothers and children. In either case they arrive often with very little. We've recently added Faith Mission to our Mission. I love the word beyond in our Bridge and Beyond. Beyond encompasses others in need beyond those living under The Bridge.

We'll continue our year long quest of knitting and crocheting hats, mittens, and scarves for homeless in Central Ohio. I'm hoping with the addition of accepting squares via The Give a Square Program, we'll be able to supply warm ghans for those in these temporary homes. It gives them hope, hope for a brighter future. When they move beyond the temporary housing of Faith Mission, they can take the ghan with them as a house warming type gift.

This is, as most are a scheduled post. Since first typing this, there has been some planning. Please pop over to Sandy's Space to see the planning that's already happened utilizing some of these rectangles.

And please remember we've deemed this month, October as Mitten Month. Please read the previous post. AND...check out Beth's Mitten Challenge, details upper right on the blog

AND, did you notice the additional tab for printable flyer, Thank You Rachel

2010
Scarves 198
Hats 395
Mittens 40
Socks 73


Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Reminders and Announcements

ANNOUNCEMENT
Organizing my stash and projects bags the other day and came across this lone mitten. Argh, forgot I never made it's mate. Need to do that. Kicking of Mitten Month with this...for the month of October, let's see if we can raise our mitten numbers. Knitted mittens, crocheted mittens. Mittens for Men, Mittens, for Women, Mittens for children. MITTENS for the month of October, please and thanks. First think Mittens, and then Men if you have a choice. I'd like to take care of those men living outdoors without anything on their hands.

Please continue your wonderful work with hats, and scarves; let's just put mittens in the forefront if you can. Note there are 2 tabs at the top of the page with links to mitten patterns. One is knitted and one is crocheted. Special thanks to the 2 designers, Beth and James.

REMINDER:
Please do not tie knots and cut your knitted or crocheted pieces. Please leave tails when you change yarn colors or add new yarn and work in your 4-5 inches with a crochet hook and or darning needle. When you tie a knot and cut your tail we risk items coming apart in the wash, or coming apart simply with wear. Knots do come undone, and then w have raveling. One of the first things all directions for knitting and crochet tell us is not to cut after a knot. I've had a few otherwise well made items I needed to work with to minimize the cutting after a knot, which delays getting these items to those in need.

2010
Scarves 198
Hats 395
Mittens 40
Socks 73


Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Charity is Charity

4 Pretty Cotton Cloths crocheted by Tracey (TCarra in The Ville). She asked whether I thought they would work for the ghans I was putting together for our folks at The Mission. I've used a variety of types of squares and thought, possibly; though I've not used cotton because of warmth. When I opened her thoughtful package I thought they were very pretty, and truly suited for a different charity. I met Jackie over at The Hive who was putting together a fabulous Convention for Women. To empower them, some of these ladies have been abused. She'd asked for door prizes so I made 4 scarves for the cause. I thought these lovely cloths accompanied by a pretty soap would also make good door prizes. Tracey was agreeable and so they've been sent on; but I wanted to share her willingness to help. I'm hoping she'll visit us again. If you get over to the Ville, please look her up and say hi.

We will continue our focus of hats, mittens, and scarves, for MEN, Women, and Children. I have from time to time deemed a specific month as a focus on something, like June was Sock it to me Month, November and December will be Give a Square months. I'm asking that October's focus be Mittens. We never get enough mittens and they're truly needed. Please, if you're wondering what to make....think Mittens for October...those men living outdoors truly are in need. And for those of you who like to plan ahead, let's put out a call for cotton wash clothes for the month of January.

Hats, Mittens, and Scarves ALL YEAR LONG
October, Mitten month
Nov & Dec Give a Square
Jan, Cover me with Cotton Wash Cloths

**aside from a few folks who've already made contact, please hold on sending squares except those 2 months. That way I can clear a working area and get them assembled. Please forward knit or crocheted cloths only during January. By limited certain things it helps with storage, more for those receiving them then for me.
2010
Scarves 198
Hats 395
Mittens 40
Socks 73


Please remember 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. It truly DOES make a difference. THANK YOU!

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?