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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]

 

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.

 

Charitable Crochet: 12 for 12 Post #5

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 fifth post in the 12 for 12 Project.

1. Knitted Knockers
Website Link
My Pattern
Would you believe I am still waiting to hear back from the cancer center? I think its time for a follow-up call! If I can’t make contact with them in the next week, I’m going to whip up a few more and send them off to the Knitted Knockers project group. I really wish I could get them donated locally though. *smirks*

Made 4 / Donated 0

2. Special Olympics Scarf Project
Website Link
I finished a second scarf and figure these two will end up being my donation. I will pick up more at the end of the year in the new colors for Special Olympics 2013. I want to get a state picked and get these mailed off in the next week so hopefully, with my next update, you’ll see that they have been donated.

Made 2 / Donated 0

3. Sunshine International Blankets of Love (SIBOL)
Website Link
I’m still workin’ away at these. They are a quick 20 minute square so always good for take-a-long in the car.

Squares Made 23 / Squares Donated 0

4. Hooked on a Cause
Website Link
This cause is still looking for hat and yarn donations! I am hoping to put together a hat donation by the end of March and get it shipped out as soon as I can. I will most likely be putting some yarn in the donation mailing as well to help the core people keep crocheting.

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

5. Local Animal Shelter(s)
I was able to start making more beds soon. I have bought some more Red Heart yarn to make some beds so when I get a break from working on my afghan, I’ll whip out a few of these. I was able to get the pattern up on the blog (check under the Original Patterns category) so if anyone else is interested in making the pet beds, you can do so and get them off to your local shelters.

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]

 

Charitable Crochet: 12 for 12 Post #4

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 fourth post in the 12 for 12 Project.

1. Knitted Knockers
Website Link
My Pattern
Would you believe I am still waiting to hear back from the cancer center? I think its time for a follow-up call! If I can’t make contact with them in the next week, I’m going to whip up a few more and send them off to the Knitted Knockers project group. I really wish I could get them donated locally though. *smirks*

Made 4 / Donated 0

2. Special Olympics Scarf Project
Website Link
I finished a second scarf and figure these two will end up being my donation. I will pick up more at the end of the year in the new colors for Special Olympics 2013. I want to get a state picked and get these mailed off in the next week so hopefully, with my next update, you’ll see that they have been donated.

Made 2 / Donated 0

3. Sunshine International Blankets of Love (SIBOL)
Website Link
I’m still workin’ away at these. They are a quick 20 minute square so always good for take-a-long in the car.

Squares Made 23 / Squares Donated 0

4. Hooked on a Cause
Website Link
This cause is still looking for hat and yarn donations! I am hoping to put together a hat donation by the end of March and get it shipped out as soon as I can. I will most likely be putting some yarn in the donation mailing as well to help the core people keep crocheting.

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

5. Local Animal Shelter(s)
I was able to start making more beds soon. I have bought some more Red Heart yarn to make some beds so when I get a break from working on my afghan, I’ll whip out a few of these. I was able to get the pattern up on the blog (check under the Original Patterns category) so if anyone else is interested in making the pet beds, you can do so and get them off to your local shelters.

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]

 

Charitable Crochet: 12 for 12 Post #3

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.


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

I am starting to wonder if I’m going to be able to make separate donations to 12 different organizations/projects. I say this because I am getting caught up in crafting for one or two. I want to make a good donation and I know I want to make more than one. Can I make it to 12 different projects without losing quality to any of them or the number of donations I want to do?

I don’t know. That, my friends, is going to be a challenge!

1. Knitted Knockers
Website Link
My Pattern
Would you believe I am still waiting to hear back from the cancer center? I think its time for a follow-up call!

Made 4 / Donated 0

2. Special Olympics Scarf Project
Website Link
I finished off one scarf yesterday and have another on the hook. Whatever I have done by end of February is what I will have to donate. I am a little disappointed in myself for not focusing on this project more. Previous years I’ve donated 10+ scarves – but I figure any little bit will help! I do not know what state I will donate to. My home state had an issue with the blizzard last year so they are reusing those scarves. I think I’ll go to the listing, find a state with a March deadline that has the fewest donated scarves and send them there. I’ll keep you updated with how many I donate and to where.

Made 1 / Donated 0

3. Sunshine International Blankets of Love (SIBOL)
Website Link
I am making good progress on this one. I am up to 21 squares. She requires 25 for a blanket so my goal of 50 is not so far fetched. I have decided I will not be putting them together. I think she can best use them for filler squares on other blankets she is making. Then she can theme them with the color considering mine are all different colors.

I set SIBOL as the February iYarny charitable giving group so if you want to craft for SIBOL, check out the iYarny group on Ravelry and the chat module schedule listed at the top of the right column.
(over there >>>)

Squares Made 21 / Squares Donated 0

4. Hooked on a Cause
Website Link
This cause is still looking for hat and yarn donations! I am hoping to put together a hat donation by the end of the month and get it shipped out as soon as I can. I will most likely be putting some yarn in the donation mailing as well to help the core people keep crocheting.

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

5. Local Animal Shelter(s)
Several animal rescue shelters exist in my city and in the small surrounding towns. I’m hoping to donate 4 or 5 pet beds for cats and small dogs (1 skein projects). Perhaps if they can get more donations for smaller beds, the money spent on those can be consolidated to buy the beds for bigger dogs so every critter wins. I created my own pattern I’m working from (linked here).

I was able to head out to PetSmart today and drop off my first donation. There were three local shelters there hosting pet adoptions so I gave the beds to the first that I saw. This was the APL. I did pick up a flyer for a second group and will be mailing them my next donation. It felt pretty good to give today although I wish I had more. It is not often that more than one organization is at PetSmart on any given day.

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]

 

Charitable Crochet: 12 for 12 Post #2

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.


Alright – pretty good week as far as the 12 for 12 project goes for me. Below is an update (where available) for my progress on each of the charitable causes selected.

1. Knitted Knockers
Website Link
My Pattern
I have not made anymore knockers to date. I want a couple of things to happen before I continue to make more.

1) I need to get my arse to Walmart with my bag-o-boobs so I can see how they look in the bra for the cup size made. I need to make sure my pattern is somewhat accurate and considering I do not have 4 different bra sizes myself, I need to use some else’s bra – and Walmart seems like a good choice.

2) I want to have a sit down with some local organizations that may want the faux boobs. I have sent an email to a local hospital and a local women’s health center. Both are known for treating cancer so I’m sure they have women who have had their breast (or breasts) removed. I want to sit down with them, show them what I have made, and figure out if it is something they are interested in. If it is, great! We can figure out a donation method (make and drop off, wait for an order, etc). If they are not interested, then I will ship what I have made off to the knitted knockers project since I know they have places they can give them.

So that’s my update. I don’t think I’ll be getting to a donation this month, but we shall see.

Made 4 / Donated 0

2. Special Olympics Scarf Project
Website Link
My intentions to get to work on scarves for this project have been twarted (yea, I found use of the word YAY) multiple times over the last couple weeks. I am not giving up hope though! I have one scarf about halfway done and bought yarn for 2 more.

Made 0 / Donated 0

3. Sunshine International Blankets of Love (SIBOL)
Website Link
OK – plugging right along on my SIBOL squares. I do have a little bit of an update though. I originally thought I was going to do the 25 joined squares and make the blanket. But now I’m seeing other squares being donated and am wondering if a blanket made of all the same squares is really what they are looking for – I’m thinking no.

So what I planning on doing now is making a bunch of the square I am making (cabled heart pattern) in all sorts of colors. I’m going to box them up, not joined together, and send them off. I’m sure I’ll be sending off way more squares then what is needed for 1 blanket. Then I’ll drop a note in to say she can join them to make a single blanket or use them as filler squares for the other blankets she has. Either way – I’m sure she’ll get use out of them.

So far so good!

Squares Made 13 / Squares Donated 0

4. Hooked on a Cause
Website Link
I’ve made another decision in who I will be donating to this year. This is a new project brought to me by a fellow YouTuber named bamagirl1582. She felt a conviction to start a charitable giving program for children being treated at the Children’s hospital in her local area. While I tend to try and keep my charitable projects local first, I understand the importance of the hospital in her area. According to the blog, this hospital is the 10th busiest children’s hospital in the United States. It is Alabama’s only level one children’s pediatric trauma hospital and is the largest pediatric burn center for children in the Southeastern United States. The number of children this hospital treats has to be high.

So I will be making some squares and some hats to donate. I really look forward to seeing this new project grow.

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

5. [to be determined]

6. [to be determined]

7. [to be determined]

8. [to be determined]

9. [to be determined]

10. [to be determined]

 

Charitable Crochet: 12 for 12 Post #1

Today is my first 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….. is my update.

I know that I have yet to pick all 12 and I also think I’ll be donating more than once to each of my chosen charities. I am also looking at more well-known charities for crocheted items and seeing if I cannot make a local counterpart. Such as instead of giving to a known chemo cap organization for mass distribution, visit my local cancer center and see if they’d prefer the donation instead. I am still being inspired by the larger project efforts and may, in fact, donate to them too.

As I go along you will see charities added (with links to websites where available) and my response to them be it a local alternative or a donation to the project. 

This… is my 12 for 12.

My overall goal is to have the same or more organizations/projects listed with a progress report than the number of the month we are in. Example: right now I have 3 projects listed – that would equate to March, the third month of the year. If I go passed March and have not added any, then my guess is that I am falling behind a little in my charitable giving project.

I’d like to point out as well that if you have a charitable project suitable for crochet items, shoot me a message. I would love to hear from you. I could add you to the list. If anything, I can add you to my charity giving list (tab at the top of the page).

I would also like to say that I do feel a little awkward putting this out there. I feel donating and giving of oneself is most treasured if it is altruistic. I am not looking for any sort of recognition – I actually contemplated against participating. But – in the end, I figured if others see it being done, it may catch on like a virus. A little bug you want to catch and pass along because in the end, it makes the world a better place.

So…. here we go!

1. Knitted Knockers
Website Link
My Pattern
This is one of the first programs that came to mind when I decided to join the 12 for 12 Project. I read about it months ago and thought it was a very clever idea, but I knew I was not an experienced enough knitter to take on the challenge. I am not quite sure why I didn’t think about crocheting a knocker back then, but I have now. I had trouble with the crochet pattern listed on the website which is why I decided to create my own.

As of January 8th, I have made 4 knockers. It takes approximately 2 hours for a D cup knocker, which isn’t too bad. I was lucky that someone had given me some poly-fill last year so I’m totally prepared with supplies to crochet knockers.

This is one of those charitable projects where I want to look local first. I have sent an email to a local hospital that houses a prominent cancer treatment facility along with a women’s center that has a focus on women’s breast health. Hopefully I will hear back and be able to set up a meeting time with someone from the facilities to show them the crochet knocker and to find out if it is something they would be interested in. If they are not, I will be shipping my crocheted knockers off and have them distributed by Knitted Knockers.

Made 4 / Donated 0

2. Special Olympics Scarf Project
Website Link
This is a project that I was already participating in so I figured I should add it to the list. I have not been able to get crackin’ on a lot of scarves so I’m hoping the 12 for 12 Project will help me kick it into high gear. My goal is to make at least one scarf a week, perhaps make that my focus when in the iYarny group. Then, by mid February, have several to send off to one of the states’ offices for Special Olympics. I would contribute to my home state of Illinois; however, the deadline has passed and the state made goal. (yay)

I figure when I am ready to donate, I will go and find a state that needs them most with a deadline after the current date.

Made 0 / Donated 0

3. Sunshine International Blankets of Love (SIBOL)
Website Link
If you blog, then chances are you have heard of Sunshine International Blankets of Love, or SIBOL for short. The purpose of SIBOL is to put together blankets and donate them to nursing homes and charities for the elderly. The reason Sue, the founder of SIBOL, decided this was her charitable project is written out in a lovely story about her grandmother. It is touching and hits home with many of us.

My goal is to send Sue 25 squares to make a blanket. Heck, maybe 50 to donate. I don’t know. I have found my first square pattern and will be crocheting it tonight. I look forward to assisting with the wonderful and touching mission to show someone that we do care.

Squares Made 0 / Squares Donated 0

4. [to be determined]

5. [to be determined]

6. [to be determined]

7. [to be determined]

8. [to be determined]

9. [to be determined]

10. [to be determined]

 

Faux Boob (Breast Prothesis) [Pattern]

I have been looking to donate to the Knitted Knockers cause – only locally. I know I’m not a great knitter so a knitted pattern really wasn’t going to work for me. I turned to my trusty friend crochet.

I found one pattern on the internet by the Happy Hooker (link to that pattern here) – and while it was good enough to give me an idea of what I was needing to do, the instructions did not do much for me or what I was trying to do. I knew that I would have to come up with something on my own. Inspired by that pattern, I bring you my version of the faux boob, or foobs as Teresa Fee calls them.

Read the rest of this entry »

 

Charitable Crochet: Sleeping Mats for the Homeless

What?
While I’m sure everyone would like there to be no homelessness, the truth is that it exists and only so much can be done to fight this war on a daily basis. What we can do in between is to make life tolerable for those without. This is where the plan mats come into play.

The idea is simple – crochet plarn sleeping mats for the homeless.


Who?
A lot of groups are coming together making plarn sleeping mats their top priority project to ensure that while an individual is homeless or down on their luck, they have a sleeping mat they can call their own. Many of the groups I found online were church groups; however, I did find articles about established yarn groups and university students.

The best part of the “who” is that anyone can volunteer their time to this type of volunteer project.

Crocheters do the obvious – crochet.

Non-crocheters have a role in this type of group because they can spend their time organizing the bags by color, cutting the bags into strips, and joining the strips to make plarn.

Where?
It doesn’t take much to find out this is happening across the United States and in other countries.

Why?
Sadly, many cities have shelters but those shelters fill up quick. There are also cities and towns without shelters.

Mats made of cloth may be soft but they are not resistant to the rain and bugs. Plarn mats are water resistant, light, and somewhat soft. Plarn sleeping mats are also great for temperature control which means they can be used in all seasons.

The greatest benefit of this type of project is that it is helps two-fold: each mat prevents around 700-900 plastic bags from ending up in a landfill AND each mat lets someone out there know they are important, regardless of what their living situation is.

It would be nice if we all had thousands or millions of dollars to donate each year to end homelessness and hunger – unfortunately, that’s not a reality. Making plarn sleeping mats allows the average person who wants to help a means of doing so and showing someone else they care.

When?
Now.

That’s right – now is as good a time as any.

The plarn mats can be used year round and are appreciated by those who receive them.

There is no set time for this type of donation. It may be difficult to find a local group if they haven’t had any sort of media coverage, but if a group exists, you could find out by contacting your local shelter(s). If they are already receiving this type of donation, then they would most likely put you in contact with the organizer already sending plarn mats their way. If there is no group in your area – start one. If you do not want to start a group, then feel free to make the mats one by one and donate them as you complete each.

There is no timeline for this type of donation. Each one donated is timely as far as the recipient is concerned.

How?
Finding a tutorial on how to make the plarn sleeping mats took a little digging but I found a video tutorial on the Lutheran Church Ministries Website. The tutorial can be found by clicking here. The video tutorial is really good and walks you through making plarn from various plastic bags and how to make the sleeping mat with a handle (for carrying during the day).

Unfortunately, the tutorial does not show how a “pillow” area can be made; however, I believe if you make the mat longer than suggested and fold over the edge, you could stitch it down one side and across the sleeping area of the mat, ending up with an open-ended “pillow area” that would hold items when the mat is rolled up.

Articles and Websites Referenced:
http://www.dentonrc.com/sharedcontent/dws/drc/localnews/stories/DRC_mats_1227.378f389a6.html

http://www.greatbridgebaptist.org/matsforthehomeless

http://www.catholicsun.org/2011/july/26/homeless-sleeping-mat-project.html

http://kanawha.ext.wvu.edu/families_and_health/plasticmat

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10210/1075909-55.stm

 
 

12 for 12 Charity Project

12 for 12 Charitable Giving Project
As many of you could figure, I am a huge fan of the blog and website Crochet Concupiscence. Kathryn is very knowledgable in crochet and crochet happenings and is always willing to share what she knows with the rest of the crochet community. If you haven’t already, I highly suggest you follow her blog.

Another fun fact many of you are aware of is that I am a major supporter of charitable giving. Crochet is one of those ways that one can create and donate to local organizations in need or even those halfway across the world thanks to the power of the postal service.


I was very pleased to log into Google Reader and find a wonderful post by Kathryn called Join Me: 12 in ’12 Charity Crochet Project.

I am hoping to be able to join Kathryn in this project as I am one to really advocate for charitable giving, especially with crochet and knit. I encourage you to read more of the details on Kathryn’s post (linked above); however, to sum it up – she will be donating to 12 different charities – one a month – in the year 2012 and she is inviting you to do the same. What a wonderful idea!

In her introductory post to the project, she invites anyone else interested in participating on over to to join in on the fun. She has listed out her 12 charities (I’ll leave that for your discovery). I definitely will be signing up for this project – now to figure out what charities I’ll be donating to!

Per the project, I will be posting twice a month, on Sundays, talking about my charitable project progress. Unlike Kathryn, I’m going to announce what charity I am crocheting for in the first post of that month and then give a progress report in my second post for the month. Each month will contain the information/links from any previous months giving. This Sunday coming will be the 2nd Sunday of the month and I will be deciding who I will be crocheting for at that time.

Thank you, Kathryn, for a wonderful project that inspires the human spirit.

~ Cris