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Last Day for the Giveaway!

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Contests and Giveaways

 

Charitable Crochet: 12 for 12 Post #6

Today is my scheduled post in the 12 for 12 Project set up by Kathryn over at Crochet Concupiscence. Click on the link if you are interested in reading more about the project.

The premise of the project is to make 12 separate donations, one to each of 12 different charitable organizations of your choice.

And this …..*queue Law and Order music* ….. is my update.

Overall Progress: 1 / 12 donations made. Read on for more details.


OK – this is my sixth post in the 12 for 12 Project.

1. Knitted Knockers
Website Link
My Pattern

Made 4 / Donated 0

2. Special Olympics Scarf Project
Website Link
Whelp – I made a huge mistake. In fact, its so dumb a mistake, that I can’t believe I’m admitting it. *frowns*

I finished the 2 scarves in February with intent to find a state with a March deadline and send it. Whelp – I waited and my procrastination took me right passed the last deadline date. I sat down on March 12 and had some time. I had even purchased a big ole envelope to mail off the scarves…. but alas, the last date was March 5th.

I absolutely cannot believe I did this. So now I have 2 red/blue scarves sitting here and the weather is in the 70s so donating them to the Salvation Army is pretty much out of question right now too.

I feel like such a heel. :/

Made 2 / Donated 0

3. Sunshine International Blankets of Love (SIBOL)
Website Link

Squares Made 23 / Squares Donated 0

4. Hooked on a Cause
Website Link

Hats Made 0 / Hats Donated 0
Squares Made 0 /  Squares Donated 0

5. Local Animal Shelter(s)

Beds Made 4 / Beds Donated 4

Locations Receiving Donations:
Local APL (Animal Protective League) – 4

6. [to be determined]

7. [to be determined]

8. [to be determined]

9. [to be determined]

10. [to be determined]

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Charitable Giving, My Projects

 

Year of Projects: Week 39

Project Percentage Complete: 80%
Overall Percentage Complete: 96%
Number of Project Items: 20
Number of Added Items: 184

Total Completed Items: 196

Total Items: 204



What a slow week it has been for me. It isn’t because I have not been crocheting, it is because my focus has been mostly on the afghan that I am making (and not sharing pictures of hehehe). I know I know – I really should show my progress. I am thinking that when I get to the halfway mark, I may show a bit of it just to tease you along – but we will see. Just to give you an idea, I am about 35% complete and I have already used 6 skeins of yarn and am working on my 7th.

Crazy!

I am liking how it is working up though, so if I do not win a ribbon at the State Fair with it, that’s ok – I’m going to end up with an awesome afghan for this winter.

I really wish  my update were more fun this week – but alas, it just isn’t.

Along with crocheting a lot, this weekend I have spent a LOT of time in the back yard. Those who have followed this blog for more than 6 months know that I moved last summer. Because of where our old house was and the lack of a decent yard, we never had things like patio furniture nor did we need to worry about how nice the area was because we never spent any time outside.

This house, in my opinion, has a wonderful back yard and is beckoning us to spend a lot of time in it – which we are going to oblige. This means, though, we have to get furniture and spend some time getting it ready. It already has a plethora of plants popping up all over the place (which is like a horticulturist Christmas – we have no idea whats going to come up next LOL)

In addition to that, we are planting a garden. This will be our first garden as adults! I have a little experience from childhood. I don’t think the man has any at all – so this will be a great adventure.

And, because I always like to end my blog with a photo – here is one of the kids playing in the backyard while we were working on the garden.

Project List Items (not complete)

Lacet Table Runner [frogged – need to restart]
– King Sized (plus) afghan Throw for living room sofa [state fair project – 35% complete]
– Round Afghan/Throw
– Angel Tree Topper

Project List Items (done)
– 14 pair of Paperclip Ice Skates Ornaments
Easy Cabled Scarf
– Poncho (early Christmas present)

Added Items (not complete)
– Wristlet Bag (adjusting pattern) […65%…]
– 2 Kitchen Chair Wall Protector
– 1 knit scarf [started]
– Girls Trellis Poncho [started – my own pattern that will be posted free]

Added Items (done)
– 1 crocheted Wristlet Bag (making my own pattern)
– 1 Ear Bud “purse”
– 1 crocheted hand bag

– 2 Crochet Bags (Mystery CAL Beach Bag, EnviroTote #4)
– 1 knit doll dress

– 5 Knit Washcloth
– 32 Crochet Wash/Dishcloth
– 1 crochet face scrub finger mitt (Christmas present)
– 1 dust mitt

– 2 Kitchen Chair Wall Protector
– 4 crocheted towel toppers

– 1 WW Yarn Runner for  ledge
– 24 crochet scarves
– 1 knit scarf
– 2 crochet cowls
– 5 Hybrid Hat (pattern coming soon)
– 1 knit hat
– 13 crochet hats
– 2 crochet character hats (sock monkey, puppy)
– 10 crochet hat clips
– 10 crochet headbands (some are Sherry’s Headband)
– 10  Candy Stocking Ornaments
– 2 Crochet Lid Topper
– 2 wreath pins
– 1 Spiderweb Doily
– 1 small decorative Christmas tree (didn’t like, threw away)
– 6 mug cozies
– 1 pair knit socks
– 4 crochet Faux Boob (pattern)
– 24 SIBOL Square
– 5 crochet pet beds (1 was not for donation, the rest are)
– 2 crochet mitts (owl mitts)
– 2 cup cozies (1 knit, 1 crochet)

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This post is part of the Ravelry Group “Come Blog-A-Long” #yearofprojects Project. If you are interested in joining along or finding other posts similar to this one, visit the group on Ravelry.

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2012 in My Projects

 

Guest Post: St. Jude’s Hospital

Those who follow my blog and YouTube channel should know that I have a contest going on right now. That contest is to post a blog entry or a video response with a story about charitable giving. The story can be about an organization, a certain situation, or anything really – as long as it is from the heart.

I was contacted by one of my YouTube followers who does not post videos and does not have a blog. While she was thankful I was having a contest, she could not participate. I didn’t feel this was right considering this giveaway is to celebrate those who follow my channel or blog in some fashion.

I extended the offer to allow guest posting on my blog, and she accepted. Below is her entry to my March 2012 giveaway.

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First I’d like to tell you why I support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I do it because no child is turned away because his/her family does not have health or inadequate health insurance. Which is a big problem in America today.

When my son was 13 years old we got the call from his doctor that no parent wants to get – I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but your son has cancer. We were devastated to say the least. As a parent you want to take this pain away from your child, but you can’t. My husband was active duty military at the time and we had access to the best hospital the Air Force has. 

After 2 surgeries, months of chemo and radiation I am thankful and happy to say my son has been in remission for 10 years. He went to college, has a degree and is now working. 

Because my husband was in the military we did not have to worry about mounting medical bills. I can’t imagine going through all that we went through and having to worry about how we were going to pay for the mounting costs. That is what St. Jude does for families who walk through those doors. 

It is a scary thing to go through and St. Jude takes care of the whole family. Cancer has a way of touching the whole family, not just the patient. St. Jude helps to take some of the worries away like the Air Force did for us and that’s why I give to such a wonderful charity as St. Jude’s whose ministry through healing touches countless lives daily.

I’m not an eloquent writer Cris, but it’s heartfelt and true.

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Thank you spanky3610 for this story. It is hard to understand the full scope of the issue unless you have walked in those shoes. I am thankful your son was able to get through the treatments and grow into a healthy adult. I think it is a wonderful cause to support! Bless you and your family.

 
 

March 2012 Giveaway

Click “read more” for a summary of the giveaway rules covered in the video.

This giveaway is a means to say thank you to all my followers and subscribers (blog and YouTube).

What to do:
1. Make a video response or a blog post sharing a story related to charitable giving.
2. Make your video a video response to this video OR if doing a blog story, be sure to link back to this video or the giveaway announcement on the blog
3. If you did a blog post, email me the direct URL of your blog post: creationsbycris@comcast.net (I will not open URLs that are not blog posts)
4. Do the above by March 31st, midnight CST

Winner will be selected on April 1st using a randomizer. Winner will have 5 days once contacted to let me know the prize. The winner will be contact via the channel used to post the video response OR the email used to send the URL.

Winner will receive a prize worth $25 and of their own request. (gift certificates work well). If the winner wants a care package, he or she will need to give me the theme and I will decide what goes into it but if you are looking for something specific, that can work too provided its obtainable and within the prize value.

I reserve the right to determine if a person was trying for a loophole, being sarcastic, or not taking the giveaway seriously.

Any questions? leave a comment!

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Contests and Giveaways

 

Year of Projects: Week 38

Project Percentage Complete: 80%
Overall Percentage Complete: 96%
Number of Project Items: 20
Number of Added Items: 181

Total Completed Items: 193

Total Items: 201


Ahhhh what a great week – not necessarily crochet greatness, but just great in general that the weather has been fantastic, I received a promotion at work, and all-in-all – just great. I did get some crochet done in the form of ruffled scarves using Chrysalis yarn by Yarn Bee, 6″ squares for SIBOL, and squares for the monster-ghan I’m making as my State Fair project. I feel pretty good about my progress on all fronts chosen this week.

The big “boo” of my week is when I went to Hobby Lobby to grab more yarn for the big State Fair project of yummy awesomeness. They had the yarn BUT it was a different dye lot. I know how detrimental this can be to a project – my heart sunk. I did buy it with the logic of “this is a pretty standard and well-used color for this line of yarn… surely the dye lot would change but the color wouldn’t change to the naked eye” – I held my breath as I pulled it out of the bag to compare with the yarn I have and thankfully, it was ok. *WHEW* I would have cried if it didn’t match. With all the work I have already put into it (and so little to show) .. I would have cried.

OH – I ended up frogging the work I had done on the table run. I got it out to work on it and I noticed that it was pulling pretty hard on the top side – my tension had changed enough for the worse to really pull the piece and I genuinely did not feel that blocking it would fix the issue. So – I frogged it. The thread is currently snuggley wrapped around the ball in hopes to get the tiny lil kinks out so I can start on another table runner soon. I know I won’t get that one done before the year is up, but that’s ok.

I really am not that hung up on not getting my entire list done. I think I’ve done pretty darn good thus far.

I suppose this update is a relatively short and sweet one. Because I ‘m not yet showing pictures of the monster-ghan (I know, I know – I tease!) yet, I shall leave this post with a picture of my dog with his head squished into a corner … yes, he was sleeping.

He is always sleeping.

I hope I have not shared this one before.

Project List Items (not complete)

Lacet Table Runner [frogged – need to restart]
– Queen Sized (plus) afghan Throw for living room sofa [state fair project – started]
– Round Afghan/Throw
– Angel Tree Topper

Project List Items (done)
– 14 pair of Paperclip Ice Skates Ornaments
Easy Cabled Scarf
– Poncho (early Christmas present)

Added Items (not complete)
– Wristlet Bag (adjusting pattern) […65%…]
– 2 Kitchen Chair Wall Protector
– 1 knit scarf [started]
– Girls Trellis Poncho [started – my own pattern that will be posted free]

Added Items (done)
– 1 crocheted Wristlet Bag (making my own pattern)
– 1 Ear Bud “purse”
– 1 crocheted hand bag

– 2 Crochet Bags (Mystery CAL Beach Bag, EnviroTote #4)
– 1 knit doll dress

– 5 Knit Washcloth
– 32 Crochet Wash/Dishcloth
– 1 crochet face scrub finger mitt (Christmas present)
– 1 dust mitt

– 2 Kitchen Chair Wall Protector
– 4 crocheted towel toppers

– 1 WW Yarn Runner for  ledge
– 24 crochet scarves
– 1 knit scarf
– 2 crochet cowls
– 5 Hybrid Hat (pattern coming soon)
– 1 knit hat
– 13 crochet hats
– 2 crochet character hats (sock monkey, puppy)
– 10 crochet hat clips
– 10 crochet headbands (some are Sherry’s Headband)
– 10  Candy Stocking Ornaments
– 2 Crochet Lid Topper
– 2 wreath pins
– 1 Spiderweb Doily
– 1 small decorative Christmas tree (didn’t like, threw away)
– 6 mug cozies
– 1 pair knit socks
– 4 crochet Faux Boob (pattern)
– 21 SIBOL Square
– 5 crochet pet beds (1 was not for donation, the rest are)
– 2 crochet mitts (owl mitts)
– 2 cup cozies (1 knit, 1 crochet)

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This post is part of the Ravelry Group “Come Blog-A-Long” #yearofprojects Project. If you are interested in joining along or finding other posts similar to this one, visit the group on Ravelry.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in My Projects

 

FO Friday: March 16, 2012

A video update showing the things I’ve recently made.

Interested in other FO Friday posts (mostly blog posts, I think), visit Tami’s Amis blog and check out the Mr. Linky.

iYarny Chat Page:
http://crochet-with-cris.blogspot.com/p/iyarny-group.html

iYarny Ravelry Page:
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/iyarny

Pattern for Cabled Heart 6×6 Square:
http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=125485

Pattern for Ruffled Scarf:
http://www.knittingparadise.com/t-39898-1.html

Pattern for 12×12 Square:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spring-fling-12-square

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in My Projects, Video Updates