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October 20, 2005

Thanks to Knitzilla from NATR

This came today on a beautiful handmade paper greeting card, in thanks for our $50 donation from the distribution of five scrubbies:

13 October 2005

Dear Sedda and your knitting group,

North Andaman Tsunami Relief (NATR) would like to thank you for the support you have provided us and the local tsunami affected communities.

With your donation, the children of Bak Jok will be able to experience a fun-filled two day summer camp during which they will learn English and about the environment around them.

You have given us the chance to breathe a sense of hope into their futures.

With many thanks and Best Wishes,

From all of us at NATR

Posted by sedda at 05:04 PM

Nine more baby blankets heading to Gulf region!

I sent out nine blankets and a scarf today, straight to hurricane survivors. This means the project has sent 17 blankets to survivors—and we still have a few to ship! Thanks to Fernie, the manager at FedEx Kinko'sin Hollywood, who gave us a 75% discount today on shipping, allowing the blankets to get there that much faster! Check out photos of the blankets.

Each of the five families who will receive their blankets next week has lost everything, and are staying in a temporary living situation, like with family or an under-furnished apartment. I hope that the blankets we send provide a small amount of comfort to the children in these families.

Click on continue below to see where the blankets are going.

Your creativity and sharing is touching families firsthand. Thank you very much for your support and hard work.

There are too many people affected to end this project soon — we'll be knitting for survivors through the holidays, at least.

If you would like to support any of these families further, please let me know (fiberspiritATraincircleDOTcom). They all could use some help.

•Two blankets went to the Johnson family, with a two-year-old boy and a nine-month old girl, who lived in Portland for 6 years, then moved to Biloxi, MS in July so Aaron could start his service in the US Air Force. Less than two months later, Serena, Aaron and their two babies lost everything. They have moved to Colorado. (They also will take any contributions, which can be made to the "Aaron and Serena Johnson Donation Fund" at any Wells Fargo Bank.)

•A blanket went to Marrero, Louisiana, to a recently widowed mother with a 7-month-old baby.

•A blanket went to 7-month-old Jenna, in Hammond, LA. Jenna has a 13-year old sister named Devin, and I put in a knitted scarf for her that I made, to make sure her sister didn't get all the luck.

•17-month-old Joseph, whose house in Bay St. Louis was completely destroyed, received a blanket. Joseph and his mom Christy are staying with Grampa in Alabama, dad Byron is in Okinawa serving in the Navy until January, and so far can't get back to help his family until then.

•And, we sent four blankets to a family who lived in Chalmette, LA before the storm. They have four children aged 3, 2, 18 mos, and a boy on the way in a couple of weeks. They are looking for a place to rent or buy nearby before baby #4 arrives.

Posted by sedda at 03:07 PM

October 18, 2005

Ten more blankets and hats in!

A hearty thanks to the Edna Hart knitters! Edna donated a ton of cotton yarn, and knitters who work with her and shop in her store have created 10 lovely baby hat and baby blanket sets for hurricane survivors! The colors are uplifting and soothing, and great for kids. (And one of the patterns was designed+knit by Kat, who submitted the pattern to Interweave! Cross your fingers for her that it gets accepted!)

Check out the great photos Lyndsay took on the Afghanalong site — Thanks Lyndsay!

We've also received one more afgan square -- only 18 more and we'll have another baby blanket!

Posted by sedda at 10:40 PM

October 17, 2005

Sunday Sew up -- Knit in the park!

The Sunday Sew-Up at Griffith Park was fun! Though we didn't have much to sew up. We've had several full blankets donated, but only one square.

So the 8 knitters and crocheters who joined us braved spitting rain and began squares out of donated yarn from The Knitter's Studio and Black Sheep Knittery, and their own yarn. Hank is crazy about the tesselating fish and has decided that our idea of doubling the Nature Spun sport weight wool on #8 needles is cute, but suicidal -- the fish are small enough to throw back into the water. (He's going to make them into a scarf to donate, then move on.)

So he suggested tripling the yarn with #11 needles, which produces a much bigger fish. I think he may knit an entire blanket by the time the week's out!

AJ saved the day by bringing yummy bagels and cream cheese for us to snack on, after the hookup fell through on the donated bagels. Thank you!

Many thanks to the ultra patient non-knitter who thought he was going to read a book while his galpal knitted. I conned him into untangling a hellacious rat's nest of Nature Spun yarn. We're beginning to see why so much of it is donated....It's wound with a lot of twist and is quite grabby, and I haven't found a single shorty skein of it that didn't require 20-40 minutes of tedious, zen-testing knot untying. It knits up soft and easily, though!

Hope to see you at our next Sunday Sew-Up on Nov. 6th!

Posted by sedda at 12:45 PM

October 09, 2005

Go fish

Would anyone rather knit some fish instead of squares for our community project? Check out this cool stash blanket (with pattern) and this one that follows the pattern directly with new yarn. The second knitter also adds tips in the 15 Sept. 05 post of her blog.

If you would like to participate in the project (fish OR squares) but need some yarn, come on by to a Knitzilla meeting and let us know. We have yarn donated to make afghans just waiting to be knit up or crocheted by a willing volunteer!

Posted by sedda at 07:11 PM

October 08, 2005

IV Wrist Warmer project closed

I have received the unfortunate news that Children's Hospital LA is unable to make easy use of the IV wrist covers we have been testing as a new community project. The hospital is having sterility issues with the covers, as well as a convenience issue since the IV setup needs to be checked every hour.

—>Fear not! If you have IV covers that need a home, they still will go to good use! Please send them to the Centegra Hospital volunteer coordinator in suburban Chicago, who has been using them effectively in pediatrics as a project of the McHenry County Knitting Guild.

Thanks again for your hard work. We collected 30 IV wrist covers for Children's Hospital, and I'm sure the kids enjoyed them (even though the nurses weren't ultimately thrilled with them. They liked the idea, though, and thank us for our efforts.).

Posted by sedda at 09:58 AM

October 05, 2005

Free Bagels at Sunday Sew-Ups!

Noah's Bagels has generously agreed to donate free bagels to our Sunday Sew-Ups in Griffith Park! So come hungry (and come with cream cheese)!

Posted by sedda at 03:10 PM

October 04, 2005

Join us! Sunday Sew-Ups for afghans

Join Knitzilla! at our Sunday Sew-Up Picnics
Oct. 16 and Nov. 6, 2005
to knit squares and assemble them into afghans for hurricane survivors
10am-2pm in Griffith Park
NE corner of Los Feliz Blvd. & Riverside Dr. Map
Just south of the Pony Rides
near the 180, 181 and 96 bus lines
It's a knitting picnic!

--if it's very crowded and you don't see us, look for a sign or note near the picnic tables. This is a competitive area, so I'm not sure exactly where we'll land but we will stay as close to the bus stops as we can.

--if it's raining, meet at The Coffee Table, 2930 Rowena, 90039

Please bring:
your completed squares
tapestry needle (knitters) or crochet hook
size 8 knitting needles for new squares or fish blocks
needles+yarn to make new squares
instructions for mattress stitch
scissors or snippers
your positive spirit

cream cheese for your bagel or any other snack or drink you like
blanket to sit on, or a folding chair if you prefer
a fleece or jacket to keep you warm

(Please check park regulations with the rangers before the event if you are thinking about bringing a dog.)

We may make a tesselating fish blanket!!


Posted by sedda at 06:13 PM

Two more baby blankets in!

We've received two more baby blankets in the mail for Katrina survivors from a generous anonymous crocheter, from Silver Spring MD! Many thanks to this giving crafter!

We have completed/received a total of 12 blankets!

-three will be distributed
-eight have been sent to Katrina survivors!
-one supported tsunami relief in Thailand

We hope to see you at our Sunday Sewups on Oct. 16 and Nov. 6 in Griffith Park!

Posted by sedda at 05:11 PM