November 18, 2005

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

August 08, 2005

Scrubbies at Sunset Junction!

Come on out Aug. 27-28, 2005 -- we'll be raising donations for Thailand tsunami relief with the Scrubbie Project. We'll be on the fringe of the Sunset Junction street festival in Silverlake, with a table at the corner of Effie+Hyperion!

Make a $10 donation and take home a luxurious hand-knit spa cloth! We'll have other handmade items for sale, as well.

If you can volunteer some time to hang with us, we'd love to have you!

Posted by sedda at 10:39 AM

New mailing address for Knitzilla

We've moved! Our new mailing address is:

Knitzilla!
4470 W. Sunset Blvd. #107-223
Los Angeles CA 90027

If you have sent something to the Fountain Ave. address and haven't received an acknowledgement from us, please let us know. We're working with the folks at the old place to make sure nothing falls through the cracks.

Posted by sedda at 09:31 AM

July 29, 2005

Scrubbie Project Update - July

A deep and sincere thank you to everyone who has given from your heart for the String Scrubbie Project to support tsunami survivors!

I wanted to give you an update, as we enter the project's sunset. We will be taking in new scrubbies through August 31st, 2005. If you have been meaning to finish up or ship some scrubbies, please send them before Labor Day weekend. We will take care of every scrubbie that arrives, even if it's a couple of days late, but please help us to meet the deadline.

So far the project has raised more than $1700 for tsunami survivors, and we have more than 100 scrubbies on hand to set free, plus an adorable handknit cotton child's sweater, which will raise more funds. These are the efforts of more than 56 knitters and crocheters worldwide, who have donated 189 scrubbies to date. While a $3000 project may sound like small potatoes compared to other aid efforts, please remember that money like that goes a LONG WAY in Khao Lak, Thailand. A fancy restaurant lunch costs about $1.25 there, to give you some perspective. Our donations so far have gone to:
-pay school tuition for 10 young students in Phuket province
-buy books and supplies for children who have survived the tsunami
-support tsunami relief efforts in Kata, Kamala and Cape Pakarang -- Thailand.
-support the monks of Kamala, who lost 3 of their 6 brethren in the wave.
-assist UNICEF, the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity in tsunami relief efforts

Please click continue below for the rest of the update.

If you missed the daily accounts of my relief mission to Thailand (March-April) with TsunamiVolunteer.net, they are still online here, just click on the calendar months in the righthand rail. The recipients of the donations were very touched and appreciative of our gifts. The experience was absolutely wonderful. Thai people are amazing, generous and carry enormous inner strength and I encourage everyone to vacation there to infuse $$ back into the economy. It's an especially great place for climbers, divers, massage enjoyers, beach loafers, tchotchke shoppers, mai-tai drinkers and people interested in Asia (Thailand is big! Lots of beautiful spots are not damaged.).

The scrubbie project now takes PayPal, which hopefully will help in collecting donations. I was a bit of a slow learner on this point, and future projects will include a credit-card option for the ease of donors (like me) who prefer to use plastic.

Please note that the scrubbie project's official address will change on or around Sept. 1st, to a more professional locale. There will be a bit of overlap, to make sure we don't have to get the Los Angeles postal system deeply involved in forwarding stuff. Apologies to all of you who experienced delays with deliveries to us at our current address. I will send out the new address in a separate mail and post it on the scrubbie website.

Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for your donations of yarn, love, support, publicity, time and talent. May you all be blessed with the kindness you so willingly give.

Namaste,

Sedda Kreabs
String Scrubbie Project
KNITZILLA! knitting circle
Silverlake, CA

Posted by sedda at 05:10 PM

February 12, 2005

www.tsunamireliefla.org fundraiser event today

Today's tsunami fundraiser in Eagle Rock, hosted by tsunamireliefla.org, was a great success, raising more than $3000 for tsunami survivors.

For the price of the $10 entrance fee, we were allowed to set up a table to offer scrubbies right in the middle of the action. The String Scrubbie Project raised $75 for UNICEF, in exchange for three scrubbies and a brown knit poncho that I donated. I also donated a blue knit poncho to the group's raffle. (The ponchos are valued at $60 or more.)

The live Indian music was awesome, and yummy food was provided by Govinda's of West LA. There was an extensive silent auction as well as a raffle. And lots of information about some of the areas affected by the tsunami.

Photos and a writeup will soon be posted on tsunamireliefla.org and www.shantisos.com/thailand.

100% of cash funds that were raised will directly benefit tsunami survivors. Some will go to care for lost dogs in Phuket, some will go toward providing families with a basic survival kit including a wok, cooking pot, bug spray and other necessities, and some will go to help Ao Nang and Koh Lanta boating families, who have not received a cent of aid since the disaster happened.

The Ao Nang boating project is sponsored by freelance writer Shanti Sosienski. Many Thai families have lost their boats, which are their source of livelihood for fishing and tours. Shanti accepts cash donations via PayPal or you can mail them to her or me. For the price of a single latte, you can buy about a week's worth of food in Thailand. She will take a donation of $1, $5, $10 or whatever you are able to give. No donation is too small. More info on her site.

Funds raised by check today will be sent to UNICEF on Monday (I am in charge of this since the String Scrubbie Project has a UNICEF connection), and those total more than $1400!

Thanks to all of you for donating your beautiful hand crafts to raise money for these people really in need. We got a LOT of compliments on the lovely work, and people are impressed that knitters and crocheters from across the country are coming together as a community to help the community of the world.

Posted by sedda at 10:42 AM

February 07, 2005

String Scrubbie Project concentrating on UNICEF

The Red Cross has announced that the $1.2 billion pledged worldwide in the 30 days since the tsunami was sufficient to meet the costs of the entire Red Cross tsunami relief program! The String Scrubbie Project will be focusing its efforts toward UNICEF tsunami relief.

Posted by sedda at 10:35 PM

February 03, 2005

Virtual pavement pounding

Today I tried to sell Scrubbies to Erewhon, an awesome natural foods store. They seemed interested, but the manager wasn't available. So I'll need to call back. I did find a volunteer knitter there, and another potential KNITZILLA!, during a re-visit to Bodhi Tree.

A trekking friend of mine sent me an AP wire story about Guys Who Knit (slow link), and I contacted Dan, the MenKnit.net, blogger mentioned in the story, as well as a local blogger he links to: KnitDad. Hopefully they'll want to participate in the project and maybe advertise it on their sites.

Posted by sedda at 02:16 PM

February 02, 2005

Still pounding the pavement

Still making new contacts in shops, to sell Scrubbies. Spoke with folks at Bodhi Tree on Melrose, Mostly Angels on Pico, and a few other shops along that new-agey strip on Melrose. No real takers yet, but I did sell one scrubbie and left out a lot of mini-flyers about the project. Have some callbacks to make.

It may be easiest to go the Farmer's Market route...although I really had hoped that some local shops would want to support the charity intiative. Stay tuned.

Posted by sedda at 02:12 PM

January 27, 2005

Hollywood Squares

It's been tough signing shops up to carry the scrubbies. Today a shop owner in Silverlake told me she couldn't carry them, because at $10 each, she couldn't make a profit, with her markup.

Uhhhhh....missing the point much?

Even after a hard sell explaining that she could write the check straight to the Red Cross or UNICEF (her choice) and take the writeoff, she looked at all of the beautiful blue, red, orange and yellow and green handmade cotton scrubbies and, as nicely as possible, finally settled on: "Well, I'm very choosy about the COLORS I carry here."

I looked at all of the oatmeal, cream, vanilla, ecru and off-white soaps and bottles in the store, smiled, and left her with a Scrubbie Project Website mini-flyer in case she changes her mind.

There are 690,000 people homeless in Sri Lanka and India, according to the BBC. More than 153,000 people have died, and more than that are missing. (The statistics vary due to conditions, but suffice it to say the world has lost the equivalent of the entire town of Tallahassee, FL, plus a few thousand more.) Many survivors are without family and are struggling for emotional support. We may not be able to raise enough money to help all of these families, but we're going to help as many as we can, one colorful string scrubbie at a time.


Posted by sedda at 10:16 PM

January 26, 2005

Blog-a-rama

Mails went out today to a handful of bloggers nominated for the BoB's, the Best of Blog Awards, to generate more interest for the Scrubbie Project. One response so far; Faery Crafty has linked to us and will send some Scrubbies!

Posted by sedda at 08:04 PM

Still seeking knitters

More photos in our scrubbie gallery!

I've pinged several knitting groups across the country who post on Craig's List nationally, drumming up some people to donate scrubbies. It's a bit of a shot in the dark, but you never know!

It would be great if we could expand to senior knitters, but it seems like a difficult prospect without yarn to offer. Even though scrubbie yarn (100% cotton like Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton) runs only $2-4 per ball, some seniors aren't able to budget for unexpected purchases like that. Stay tuned.

Also on the TTD list: creating a PDF flyer for people to print out for those who want scrubbie info but aren't into computers. Like...seniors for example....

Posted by sedda at 06:35 PM

January 25, 2005

Tuesday Scrubbie Update

Still spreading the word about the project. Black Sheep Knittery, 6324 Yucca (west of Vine), Hollywood 90028, is carrying some of the scrubbies! Stitches from the Heart in Santa Monica was eager to get a Knitzilla! yarn donation from a large stash we couldn't use or store (not cotton). The rest of the donation went to two dedicated Stitches knitters, one of whom spends close to $300 each year on yarn to make caps and clothes to donate for preemie babies.

I've received messages from knitters in Seattle and Washington DC who are making scrubbies to donate for the String Scrubbie Project!

On my Tour of Knit Shops today, I splurged on a pair of shortie #7 Brittany needles for knitting my scrubbies, wonderful! Then I longed for some Lantern Moon needles (and the big baskets!), but maybe on the next project.

The night topped off with a stellar 6th grade performance of Grease, starring my cousin Taylor as Jan, complete with a solo. Then off to the regular Tuesday night SnB in Santa Monica. What a fun group! Their current project is to knit+crochet an afghan wallhanging for the coffeeshop where they meet, with the shop's name knitted into it: The Talking Stick. Such a great thank-you!

Posted by sedda at 06:14 PM

January 21, 2005

More Publicity

So out of the blue I get some email today expressing interest in the project -- and where can we send scrubbies? I checked the senders' websites and signatures and it seems that the String Scrubbie Project has made it to the East Coast! We have eager knitters (and some hand-spinners!) clicking away in New York and some more in Chicago. And this is even before sending a mail out to knitting groups who have advertised on Craig's List.

The inquiry pointed out a weakness in the official website -- an address to ship checks and scrubbies to. You probably were wondering why that was so vague. I really have a hesitation in posting my home address on the internet (there are enough strangely motivated people in LA that I see no need to encourage any others) and since it's a rental anyway there's likely a chance we could move some day. So I've priced out some mailbox options and hope to resolve the issue by next week.

More publicity today: I papered the funky Sunset Junction and Los Feliz shopping areas with KNITZILLA! info to bring more folks into our knitting group so we can recruit them for scrubbie making later. I think that totals about 1000 small fliers handed out and left in cafes since November. I spoke with the knitting instructor at the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA(slowloading page), who is going to make flyers for people there, and I recruited a postal clerk, who is a knitter, to bring her friend and come knit with us on Mondays.

I've been trying to keep the website and volunteer lists updated with new information as we go along so everything is as current as possible.

And....I sold a scrubbie to some friends of ours who are very excited to buy more as they see how the Collection shapes up.

Posted by sedda at 10:55 AM

January 20, 2005

Publicity

The word is getting out about the String Scrubbie Project. Knitzillas have been great about spreading the word to their friends. Victoria and Timothy both have been vocal among their friends and online with LA SnB, and one of my climber friends circulated information about the project among his coworkers at the acclaimed visual effects/character animation house where he works. Tonight I emailed everyone I know about the project.

I got another scrubbie in the mail today from a volunteer knitter who found out about the project through this grapevine!

I'd like to thank everyone for spreading the word about the project, and I hope I've included everyone on our Special Thanks page.

Posted by sedda at 05:32 PM

January 19, 2005

Donated Yarn

I'm dividing up this week's donated yarn between two charity knitters who will knit it into Chemo Caps and preemie clothes for Stitches from the Heart. Since it's all acrylic and won't work for scrubbies + we don't really have a place to store it until next year, other charity knitters will enjoy the yarn. Nancy H has donated an entire boxful of yarn to our knitters, so I crammed 9 large skeins into a box to mail to her, and Marylou is a committed charity knitter who can't get around town easily. Some of the leftover skeins will be saved for teaching and for our knitters to take for themselves.

Posted by sedda at 09:23 AM

January 18, 2005

Great turnout at KNITZILLA! this week!

We had 15 knitters and crocheters at tonight's KNITZILLA! meeting -- everyone
seemed to have a ball. Ha ha. A yarn ball.

We received three donated scrubbies, in addition to my two. One is crochet,
the other two knit. They are all gorgeous. One of the knit ones is an
anonymous donation--one of the KNITZILLAs came to her desk at work, and it
was just sitting there. Someone from her work made it and donated it to the
project. People are cool, no? This makes the total number of scrubbies
donated: EIGHT. (I've made five. I am confident these numbers will be more
proportional in the near future.) That's eighty bucks for tsunami relief!
And so much heart!

We now have volunteer knitters from Chicago, Puerto Rico, Claremont and the
LA area making scrubbies for the project.

Two new KNITZILLAs have donated *55* skeins of yarn to the group for
teaching and charity crafting. BIG ones, too! However all is acrylic and our
current project requires cotton yarn. These donations will go to a good
cause, however, as I know two knitters who make caps and clothes for preemie
babies as well as chemo caps for cancer patients. I have contacted them to
see whether they are able to take the yarn for their charity work.

One woman, Sylvia, who came to donate yarn had not planned on staying to
knit as she hadn't brought a project to work on. Instead she stayed to teach
two new knitters, and I learned a new method of casting on!

Benny, our Black Sheep Crocheter, who learned crochet to make a sweet iPOD
case, came and he is nearly finished with case #2, less fuzzy than the first
case. Both are super cool. His sweetheart, Martina, finished the winter
white scarf she started last Monday. Gorgeous!

Posted by sedda at 11:52 AM

January 08, 2005

Join the String Scrubbie Project!

Almost a week ago, we launched the String Scrubbie Project to benefit tsunami victims. As part of KNITZILLAs core value to give positively to the community of our world, we Knit to Help. In this project, we are knitting or crocheting cotton dishcloths/facecloths that we are selling online and in area stores. From each scrubbie sold, we will donate $10 to the Red Cross or UNICEF, and we ask for an additional donation of $1 per scrubbie for the purchase of yarn for the project. We hope you will participate in any way you can, and let your friends know about the project!

Posted by sedda at 04:59 PM