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



Goal: 36
Start: #29
Current: 30

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunday Wrap of the A-Z Challenge and the Purple Iris Afghan

Purple Iris after being designed.

Purple Iris after it's been completed!  The colors haven't changed, but you know how different things look with different lighting.  First picture was taken with a bit more natural light in the room, and the completed picture with lots of lights on, as it's a dark dreary rainy cold day here in Central Ohio.  This afghan in waiting traveled to Vermont recently and was assembled beautifully by our friend. Sarah S.  Many many thanks Sarah for taking on this project to lend me a hand, much appreciated.   You matched the lavendar perfectly with your edging and joining.  I think the real color of the ghan is somewhere between the 2 pictures, lol.

Happy Sunday one and all, there is no official A-Z post required on Sunday.  It's suppose to be a day off, however I've tried to keep the momentum going and have posted all the Sunday's in April, hoping for extra coverage for Bridge and Beyond.

For those who may be here the first time, Welcome.  One of the items we make (Knit/crochet) and donate here on Bridge and Beyond is afghans.  There are given as a special Welcome Home Gift to families when they transition from shelter living to their permanent housing situation.  Truly something to celebrate.  We celebrate with them, congratulate them and wish them well for the future with our gifts of homemade afghans.

Again many thanks Sarah!

Hats: 179
Scarves 67
Mittens/Gloves/Wrist Warmers: 45
Slippers: 50+13=63
Rain Poncho's:  53
Cotton Washcloths: 109
Afghans: 6+1=7
Socks: 126
Cowls 12
Shawls 1
Misc: items like personal care and things don't fit into above categories aren't counted

**If you missed any of the A-Z Challenge posts, please please do stop and read them.  My hope is to further educate people about what it's like to be homeless, to better understand the nature of this sad situation.  The more we know, the better chance we have of helping.  I also desperately want to dispel the notion that it couldn't happen to you and your loved ones.

A=Afghans, Family Heirlooms
B= Bridge and Beyond, Behind the Scenes
C=What is Crochet
E=Exposure Kills Homeless Vet
F= Crying and Homeless and Freezing Temperature
G= Gubbio, A Homeless Project, St. Boniface Church
H=Hobo and Homelessness
I= Inspiration
J= What is Joy
L=Knitting Looms
M=Mittens, Knitted, Crocheted or Loomed
N=Caring for the Needy
O=Jack Otis, Classmate, Homeless
P=Policing the Homeless
Q=Quilting Can Warm Those in Need
R=Helping Homeless with Rain Poncho's and Recycling
S=Shelter Living and the Homeless
T=Tent Cities for Homeless
U=Living Under the Underpasses
V=Homeless Veterans, Rest in Peace

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.


  1. Love the purple iris.

    1. I do too, thank you Delores for your support.

  2. This is a lovely afghan, but then purple is one of my favorite colors, lol. Great job as always Sandy.

    1. I'd forgotten purple was your favorite. Purple and Green are my daughters favorite, we probably had that conversation.

  3. A very beautiful afghan that you have made. I have spent a while going through your blog and it has been heart touching to say the least...

    1. Thank you Wendy for the visits and sweet words. Hope to see you here often.

  4. Beautiful! Happy Sunday! ��

    1. It's cool here, but the sun is out and it is pretty. Jeans and sweatshirt weather even mowing where one normally gets pretty warm.

  5. I guess it doesn't like smiley faces. Lol

    1. Thanks for explaining I was wondering, lol

  6. The finished project came out really nice! Looking forward to wrapping up the challenge and getting out my knitting needles!


    1. I know what you mean Betty, I've knitted; but just not as much as I might otherwise.

  7. The afghan looks gorgeous, but you always do such beautiful work. The challenge posts are nice and helps to understand the plight of those to whom the donations go. I have to admit that I really like seeing the projects and donations and look forward to those posts to see what people are creating to help. Has the challenge upped your numbers?

    1. The challenge has been nice though, to have a post daily with so few donations to share and talk about. Yes, I think the challenge has helped spread the word. Followers are up, comments are up, don't know if comments will maintain after the challenge, probably not..typically they don't. But it has spurred folks to check into what is needed in their area, caused people to get out their knitting needles and to be just more aware. So I think it was definately worthwhile.

  8. Purple Iris is very pretty.

    1. Thank you SSeger, appreciate your visit and sweet comment.


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