Monday, March 18, 2013

Project #38: North Carolina, From Ewe to You

From March 15 to April 15, 2013, we will be creating items for those who need them in North Carolina.

This month, we are partnering with Hannah Moyles of Wake Forest, North Carolina. Hannah started From Ewe to You and delivers items to various agencies in her area, including rescue mission and shelters.

What they need:

9”x9” crocheted/knitted squares (which will later be joined into blankets)
afghans
scarves
hats
mittens
booties

All sizes (men, women, children).

Where to mail:
Hannah Moyles
5609 Thornburg Drive
Wake Forest, North Carolina 27587

Hannah has agreed to keep a count for us, so please remember to tag your items with the Sharing Our Gifts tag. Happy Creating!

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Project #37: Arkansas, Warming Families

It is time to spread the warmth to the state of Arkansas. From February 15 to March 15, we will be making items for the Compassion Center: Hats and scarves. Sweaters and sweater vests would also be appreciated, but not required for this project. All sizes are needed. Dark colors preferred. Most of the people receiving items live on the streets and in the woods, so items that don’t need special laundry care are best. This means that the best fibers for these items will be acrylic, acrylic blends, and super wash wool. If an abundance of children’s sizes are received, some might be held back for later in the year for their Christmas party. Last year, they had over 300 children for the party, and were happy to have the warm clothing. If other items such as lap throws, afghans, and shawls are donated, there are other local locations that could use those also. I am told the the only thing that they don’t have a use for is mittens and gloves. This project has officially ended, but items are always accepted. Email me for mailing information if you wish to contribute. Please remember to tag items with the Sharing Our Gifts tag. Thank you for participating! Happy Creating! Photobucket

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Project #36: Nebraska, Hats For Hope

This project officially runs from Jan. 15, 2013 to Feb. 15, 2013 (I am posting early so you can begin early if you like…)

 This month, we are joining with Nebraska Hats for Hope initiative. From their group: “The inspiration for this group stems from Emily’s Hats For Hope Initiative located in Morristown, New Jersey. Emily’s Hats For Hope Initiative is an organization that was founded by a 17 year old from New Jersey. This is how Emily wanted her project to evolve. She wanted her concept to be duplicated by people all over the world so that more people could benefit from a warm hat, mittens, gloves, scarf or afghan. Emily set out to show the world that teens can make a difference in the world.”

So, for this project, we will be making items for the VA Hospital in southern midtown Omaha, which serves over 200 homeless vets year-round, providing them with a place to do laundry, receive a hot meal, as well as receive other services as needed. They are always in need of warm WASHABLE hats for the vets.

For this challenge, there are just a few things to keep in mind: Please use acrylic yarns that are washer/dryer safe. Most of these vets are men, so gender-neutral colors are preferred.

You can mail items to: Nebraska Hats For Hope Initiative PO Box 6093 Omaha, NE 68106 - 6093 Please remember to attach the Sharing Our Gifts tag to each item sent. You can find them in the top left sidebar where it says: Printable Tags to attach to donations.

Happy creating!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season. I was remiss in keeping this blog updated for a majority of 2012, so I have now updated all the monthly project threads that were missing. I plan to be more diligent this year.

This blog lists project information, but it is not the main site for the Gifts Across America: 50 Projects for 50 States effort. The main activity takes place in our forum on Ravelry.com. If you are a knitter/crocheter and you haven't yet joined Ravelry, I highly recommend joining. It is free. You can find us there. You can find more knitters and crocheters, and even spinners and designers there. You can find all manner of discussion there.

As we move into 2013, we will be working first on Project #36: Nebraska. This means that we are getting closer and closer to completing our first tour of these United States of America. We will be on target to complete Project #50 in 2014. We have yet to visit: Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming.

I hope you will continue with us on this journey.  It has been a wonderful ride so far.  If you haven't yet worked on one of our monthly projects, hop aboard and have a seat.  Needles and yarn at the ready...

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Project #35: California, Modesto charities

This project will run from November 15 - December 15, 2012.

There are two charities that are working together this fall/winter. They are supporting the local non-sectarian homeless shelter, which is mainly adult men and women. Caps/hats, scarves and mittens are the most requested as well as socks. The second charity is a Domestic Violence/Women’s shelter, where children and teens are the ones in the most need. Mittens, scarves, and hats are the main requests, but they are happy to take washcloths, shawls, anything that would help someone, “with very little self esteem, confidence, or happiness” in their life. (Quotation from the director). Modesto has extremely high unemployment, and is one of the lowest income areas in the state of California.

This project has ended.  If you would still like to donate, please email me for address information.


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Monday, October 15, 2012

Project #34: New Mexico, Silver Horizons

Project runs from October 15 to November 15, 2012. This month, we are knitting for low-income and disabled Seniors in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Silver horizons is serving about 9 low-income facilities and 9 care homes for Seniors.

They do a program where people can sponsor holiday parties so the Seniors have a wonderful holiday season. I am told there will be 425 Seniors in the program this year, so my goal (that is going to also be posted in the Charity Knitting group on Ravelry) is to have one item for each of them.

The items we have been asked to create are: Hats, scarves, lap blankets, small shawls, slippers, sweater vests, cardigans, socks, mittens, or gloves. Also ok: washcloths, walker caddy pouches, items that are sewn, eyeglass cases, etc.  This pretty much runs the gamut, so there should be something for everybody’s knitting/crochet style. In general, we will need soft, warm, washable, colors for male and female, and a variety of sizes.

Goal: 425 items.

This project has ended, but if you would like to donate for 2013, email me for address information.
Thanks to all the generous participants, WE DONATED 538 ITEMS TO THIS PROJECT!!!

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Project #33, Texas: Purple Stitch Project

From September 15 to October 15, 2012:

 Another Purple Project to follow a purple project…it just happens that way sometimes! Rev up the needles and hooks to knit purple fuzzies, cuddlies, and cozies for the Purple Stitch Project of Texas. This project was founded by Vickie Howell to bring more awareness to childhood epilepsy/seizure disorders.

The items made go to babies, children, and teens suffering these disorders as a way to remind them that they are not alone. Craftsy has some super cute free patterns specifically for the Purple Stitch Project, like this Ninja  
who is the official mascot to “give seizures the chop.” Items can be knitted, crocheted, or sewn. As far as I know, any yarn fiber can be used. The color of the finished objects must be purple, or predominantly purple. They can be mailed to:
 Purple Stitch Project 9901 Brodie Ln, Ste 160 #268 Austin, TX 78748 USA

All items should have the Purple Stitch "made by" tag on them, and should say "from Sharing Our Gifts" as well.  Have fun! Purple Power!

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