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November 23, 2005

Three more blankets, eight scarves sent to MS

We've sent three more crocheted baby blankets and eight scarves to Ocean Springs MS, for distribution at the Lutheran Church, where 700 people come daily to receive help. Thanks again to Rachel in Ocean Springs for helping to coordinate this effort and make sure these warm items go where they are needed!

We have collected 33 blankets for the project, and 32 have been sent to survivors. We've also collected 13 hats and 14 scarves, of which 13 hats and 8 scarves have been sent to hurricane survivors!

We will continue to send afghans, baby blankets and warm items to hurricane survivors as long as they are needed. We are in need of knit +crocheted 7x9 squares, full size afghans, baby blankets, and
scarves. If you'd like to knit or crochet toys for xmas, we can send those as well.

If you have donated yarn that you are working for the project, please do what you can to finish up quickly so we can get warm things to people in need before the holidays, which will be a difficult time.

Thanks again for your support and your time for others.

Posted by sedda at 12:33 PM

Mississippi survivors thrilled to receive handmade blankets

Rachel, our knit pal in Mississippi, has donated our handmade blankets to a local church that is helping 700 people A DAY who are surviving after the hurricane. They are THRILLED with the handmade, brand new donations we are sending, as well as the notes of love and support. We'll send our next group of blankets there shortly--if you are finishing up a lap size or baby size afghan (or quilt!), send it along! The larger blankets will help families with older kids.

Check out Rachel's story about dropping off the blankets.

I hope everyone has a fabulous Thanksgiving and can take just a moment out of the day to send some positive, healing thoughts to some families who could really use some extra strength.

Posted by sedda at 12:33 PM

November 18, 2005

Knitzilla 2005 -- a year of community support

For those of you who weren't able to make it to Monday's Knitzilla Birthday Party, here is a summary of what's been going on in Knitzilla this year!

I started Knitzilla! to create an environment where creative people could come together and exchange ideas, and be supported (in the guise of knitting+crochet). I enjoy diversity in thought and spirit,
which is why it's important that the group is 'all ages, all genders.' It's important to support kids in a healthy way that builds relationships between generations.

It was important to me that the group have a community component for giving back. Life is so much more rewarding when you can participate in the community around you, and support it, and nurture it. That's how the community grows. People are so busy these days that's easy to forget, and that's why our charity projects so far have been small items that multiply. The idea is, if everyone gives back just a little--one scrubbie, one square, one donation of yarn or needles--the effect is still huge. It's huge to the person who receives the gift.

But it's also important to take time to create for yourself, and renew your own nurturing spirit. And that's what makes our Monday knit nights in Silverlake so fun.

Thanks for joining our group, and sharing your giving spirit! We hope to see you -- and your friends -- out on Monday nights!

Check out our numbers on this years' community projects!

MEMBERSHIP
•Knitzilla!s first meeting on Nov. 15, 2004: 3 members (two friends from my old job, and one's daughter)
•Knitzilla!s current membership: 161 members, including more than 40 national members

Posted by sedda at 11:55 AM

2005 Scrubbie project raised more than $2,000 for tsunami survivors

selling handmade washcloths to raise money for Thai tsunami survivors
•61 volunteers from 3 countries and 12 states participated
•274 scrubbies were donated to the project, which opened a few days after the Tsunami and closed Labor Day Weekend, 2005
17 scrubbies were sent to a shelter for hurricane survivors on the American Gulf Coast
Many were stitched into more than 10 baby blankets that were sold or donated to hurricane survivors
•More than $2,000 was raised for tsunami relief and sent directly to programs supporting survivors
•Thanks to Edna Hart and Needlework Attic for yarn donations

Posted by sedda at 11:55 AM

2005 Scrubbie project raised more than $2,000 for tsunami survivors

selling handmade washcloths to raise money for Thai tsunami survivors
•61 volunteers from 3 countries and 12 states participated
•274 scrubbies were donated to the project, which opened a few days after the Tsunami and closed Labor Day Weekend, 2005
17 scrubbies were sent to a shelter for hurricane survivors on the American Gulf Coast
Many were stitched into more than 10 baby blankets that were sold or donated to hurricane survivors
•More than $2,000 was raised for tsunami relief and sent directly to programs supporting survivors
•Thanks to Edna Hart and Needlework Attic for yarn donations

Posted by sedda at 11:55 AM

Afghanalong project up to 29 blankets, plus!

collecting 7x9" squares or completed afghans, to send blankets to survivors of two Gulf Coast hurricanes (we'll also take hats+scarves)
•we have collected 29 blankets and several squares
•blankets and squares made by 24 volunteers from 3 states
•project was started the week after Labor Day 2005, continues through Christmas, possibly longer
•Thanks to Edna Hart, The Knitters Studio, Black Sheep Knittery for yarn donations

Posted by sedda at 11:55 AM

Thanks for your donations, keep 'em coming!

A hearty thanks to the volunteers who have recently sent in blankets for hurricane survivors! We'll find homes for these soon!

The beautiful work knocks my socks off! Check out the photos at the Afghanalong website.

•Millie from the Bronx has sent 2 more baby blankets, a large afghan, and five scarf/glove sets! (Y'all are going to have to compete with Millie for community crafting this year--she's already donated six blankets and 5 scarves.)
•Grace finished her beautiful blue+brown crochet baby blanket
•Gisela finished an amazing vibrant orange scrubbie blanket crocheted out of crazy, complicated shapes
•Michele from the Bronx sent in a beautiful blue crocheted baby blanket
•Alice from Colorado quilted a cute snowman baby blanket

Posted by sedda at 08:54 AM

November 05, 2005

Want to help us out for cheap?

We have some yarn, fabulously donated by the Black Sheep Knittery and The Knitter's Studio, for our projects. We're looking for people to knit it up! Come to tomorrow's Sunday Sew-Up, or a Monday Knitzilla! meeting to pick some up!

If you need some mailed to you, that can be arranged -- but it would be great if you could pop for postage. I know that sounds cheap, but our group doesn't have much of a budget (let me clarify: we don't have a budget), so even a couple of bucks in postage is a bit of a juggling act to arrange.

Knit on!

Posted by sedda at 11:52 AM

Ten more blankets heading to Hurricane-Land

Fellow knitter Rachel Evans in Ocean Springs, MS, has offered to distribute our baby blankets in her neighborhood, which was swamped after Katrina.

Rachel's house survived fine, as did a couple of others on her block...but not so much for the whole rest of the neighborhood nearby. She says the topic of the hurricane and what everyone has gone through is still on everyone's minds, and some areas are still collecting food for the needy. Many are still in shelters. Many are staying in friends' RVs. But the atmosphere there is upbeat, with people saying things like, "Oh, we're doing fine, we only got 5 feet of water. We'll be fine."

We are sending Rachel the last of our current stash of finished items:
•4 baby blanket + hat matching sets (so cute) and 4 baby hats made by Edna Hart knitters with Edna's donated yarn (thanks Edna!)
•1 adult hat made by me
•6 crochet/sewn baby blankets, including ones by Millie from the Bronx, the sewn one from Alice in Denver, and the crocheted ones by Michele from the Bronx and the Mystery Crocheter from Silver Spring.

So, that's 10 baby blankets and 9 hats in this shipment going to Mississippi, which totals 29 blankets and 12 hats that Knitzilla! and Knitzilla!Worldwide have donated to help those in need since September.

Good work!

Posted by sedda at 11:45 AM

November 04, 2005

Last of the IV wrist covers sent to good homes

The remaining IV covers never made it to the hospital in Chicago—I gave half of them to a kindergarden student outside of LA who has Hemophilia and must go to the hospital, complete with IV treatments, every time another child bumps into him or if he walks into something (a simple bump or bruise is life-threatening to him). He uses the covers to keep the IV setup safe when he gets home from the hospital.

Then it turned out his kindergarden teacher has an autoimmune disease that requires a similar setup —she's been cutting holes out of her husband's socks to make covers for her hand, and is grateful to have an upgrade with the beautiful knitted/crocheted covers y'all have made.

Thanks again for your care and generosity as you give your time for others. You are making a difference, and are bringing our worldwide community together, one stitch at a time.

Posted by sedda at 07:58 PM