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Last Day for the Giveaway!

 

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]

 

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!

 

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

 

Violations

I have typed and retyped this message several times. I thought I had a good direction when I sat down and started to write, but it got too personal. I’m having difficulty addressing my thoughts in a politically correct manner – a way that won’t offend anyone although there are plenty of people who will be offended, some of which may read this blog.

I think it is safe to start out saying that any person who crafts and is online knows, copyright infringement is a huge issue. People are constantly talking about it and trying to figure out what they can and cannot do. The internet makes sharing so much easier but we all know that sharing of printed patterns is also a violation. I personally have strong opinions on the matter.

For example: giving someone a free pattern I printed off the internet is not really a copyright infringement because the person I gave it too could have done the same thing. Its saving paper. Of course, this is provided that I didn’t try to make the other person believe the pattern I gave them was mine….. ya know? Passing someone a pattern I paid for, regardless if it is in a magazine or something I bought from Ravelry, is unethical and illegal. Distribution is covered in copyright laws. Don’t ask me to give you a pattern that I paid for – you won’t get it. I’ll give you information on how to get it yourself… but that’s about it.

(c) Apptivo

In a nutshell: what you can copyright are images, your writing (like the pattern itself), your music and lyrics, and in some cases, an idea. You cannot copyright a stitch or stitch pattern, the item made from the pattern (yup, that means even if you don’t like it, a person can sell whatever they make from your pattern – so stop telling people they can’t!), an acronym, or a book by simply printing a copy and mailing it to yourself as a certified document. Copyright covers the distribution of these items and that another cannot pass them off as their own. If you don’t believe me – feel free to check out the federal copyright website: http://www.copyright.gov/title17/

But inevitably, copyright laws are discussed…. a lot… in real life and online. People try to ask too much of their rights and others take advantage. It happens all the time. Just last week I heard two people talking about the possible violation if they passed a pattern along to another member. That pattern was paid – so I must admit I was a bit impressed they were that conscienscious. I would hope the patterns I sell get the same courtesy from everyone who has purchased one. At least I’d like to think they do.

But what I don’t hear a lot about (and maybe I just hang in the wrong online circles) is trademark and license violations. And the funny thing is, I think I see way more of these than copyright infringement. I see them around me all the time. Heck, just go to Etsy and put in a search for a common trademark character like Angry Birds, Garfield, Hello Kitty, M&Ms, or Mario Brothers. You’ll see many different craft types and items and my guess is, none of them have authorization to create and sell these items from the trademark owner.

An example I have not seen too recently on YouTube (so I should be farely safe in the offending others area) are Angry Bird hats. It doesn’t matter what you call them, a trademark violation is one that attaches a trademark without the authorization of the trademark owner OR when one party uses a trademark that is the same or confusingly similar. So calling a hat an “angry chicken hat” or an “angry fowl hat” when it clearly looks identical to the yellow angry bird is not legal. I can appreciate making the hat for a child or as a gift – something that you make no money from. But many of these hats, toys, and other novelty crafted items are being sold on Etsy or at craft shows.

Perhaps there is something I don’t know – that creating a character and calling it something else or saying it is “inspired” by the trademarked character is ok. I found a great summary of trademark laws on the Harvard website: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/metaschool/fisher/domain/tm.htm#7 and from what I can tell, there is no caviot to crocheting something the same or similar to a trademarked character and selling it. It remains illegal.

I know the main reason I wanted to write this down. While I went about it in a different way, I’m happy I was able to get these words down and share some of my thoughts. Perhaps its best to not make something like this personal as I’m sure one day, I’ll look at something I made and think OOPS! But hopefully that item will be nothing more than a gift which I believe would hold up in court. *smiles*

References:
Image 1 – the theif: http://www.thelogofactory.com/logo_blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/copyright-trademark-logo.png

Image 2 – copyright symbols: http://runapptivo.apptivo.com/files/2011/05/trademark1.jpg

Image 3 – screenshot from etsy after searching Angry Bird Crochet Hat (removed the names)

 

WIP Wednesday: Mar 14, 2012

And here I am showing you what I have going on in the craft section of my life…

 

Pure Yarn Silliness

We genuinely like to have fun together – and that comes out when we are yarn shopping too!

Here is a quick video (intro is longer than the funny) of my son being completely silly while we were out yarn shopping last weekend.