Showing posts with label charity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label charity. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Blankets For Foster Children

I love making items and there is nothing more satisfying than creating something that you know someone is going to love and appreciate. That’s why when I heard of My Very Own Blanket I just knew I had to share it with you.

“My Very Own Blanket is an organization of volunteers dedicated to helping children in foster care feel valued and comforted.” They do this by delivering personalized handmade blankets to foster children. Imagine my surprise when I found out that they are a local organization, right here in Ohio!

I love that they make sure every blanket is personalized with the child’s name. How awesome. I know that most of these kids don’t get to take much with them when they leave home, so to have something handmade with love especially for them has to be amazing!

They accept blankets no smaller than 36 x 36 and no larger than 42 x 60. Don’t crochet? Don’t sew? Well, no worries, just visit their website to get instructions on how to make a No Sew Blanket!

This gives me so many ideas. One of them … Wouldn’t it be great to have a group of people make crocheted or knitted squares and put them together to make a blanket to donate? You can do this with your church group, Girl Scout troops, or just as a special project.

I am going to use this as motivation to finish my granny square blanket that has been sitting on my night stand for over a year!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Beanies for our Service Members

For a while now I have wanted to do something to “give back”. I have been very blessed with my family, my job and my business. I feel as if I need to share this blessing with others. Time never seems to be on my side. Many of you can relate, with family, work, school, etc it’s hard to find time to sleep, let alone time to volunteer. But let’s face it that’s not really a good excuse. Each of us can find time to do something, even if it’s from our home.

So how excited was I when I was doing my morning reading and came across this website: Operation Beanies.  This is an organization founded by Miki Sessle to honor her late husband Bertram Sessler. Her goal is “to provide one million (1,000,000) beanies for our service members in the U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans in hospitals and convalescent facilities.” How wonderful is that!

This is my plan… make beanies to donate! My goal is to make at least two beanies a month. Not a bad goal! I will ship beanies on a monthly basis and keep you updated on how many I’ve completed. If you crochet or knit you should join me in this goal/challenge!

I am so excited to get started on this!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mud Volleyball 2011

Its not very often my hubby and I get to spend adult time together. This year I decided to tag along to watch him play mud volleyball along with some of his co-workers. The event was hosted by The Epilepsy Foundation of Central Ohio at Beulah Park in Grove City, Ohio benefitting the programs and services of the Epilepsy Foundation.

The day started out cloudy but soon turned out to be sunny and hot. A great day to take a swim in the nice cool muddy water. Even if it was by accident!

It was great to see so many people come out for such a great cause. They had over thirty five courts of volleyball games going at one time.

Although I didn't play mud volleyball, I had a wonderful time hanging out with my husband and cheering on his team the "Mudder Fockers"!

Monday, June 13, 2011

PATTERN: Prayer Squares

About a year ago I crocheted a few prayer squares and donated it to a fellow CreateCrochet team member. She then sold them at a Relay for Life event to raise money. The items that she did not sell were donated to a local hospital.

Prayer Squares - pink

Prayer Squares

This is a fantastic way to use up your scrap yarn. Have fun with combining colors. If you make enough squares you can attach them to make a scrap happy afghan.

The idea behind these squares is that the person making them is praying while working on them. So the person receiving the square can be touched and blessed by your prayers.

Prayer Squares - 1

Small amount of worsted weight yarn
Crochet Hook Size 5 (H) - or whatever size your comfortable with

Abbreviations/ Special Stitches:
Hook = HK
Chain = CH
Stitch = ST
Single Crochet  = SC
Puff Stitch = PS: YO, insert hook in next stitch, yo, pull through and bring yarn up to height of rest of stitches (3 loops on hook), YO, insert hook in SAME stitch, yo, pull through and bring yarn up to height of rest of stitches (5 loops on hook), YO, insert hook once again into the SAME stitch, yo, pull through and bring yarn up to height of rest of stitches (7 loops on hook).

Chain 12
Row 1: sc in second ch from hk and in each ch across. ch 1, turn (11sc)
Row 2: sc in each of next 3 sc, puff st in next sc, sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 1, turn
Row 3: sc across, ch 1, turn
Row 4-9: repeat rows 2 &3
Row 10: *sc in 1st sc, puff st in next sc, sc in next sc*, repeat to end
Row 11: sc across, ch 1, turn
Row 12-14: repeat rows 2 & 3
Row 15: sc in each sc across

Once your square is done you can use a single crochet stitch around to create a neat border.
If you have any questions regarding this pattern please let me know.

If you try this pattern I would love to see how it came out. Feel free to share your pictures with me.

Other Stuff:
I would very much like it if this pattern is used for charity and personal use only.
Please do not sell my pattern in part or whole.
If you post your creations on your blog, facebook, flickr or any other social networking site, please provide a link back to this page so others might be able to find this pattern.

Enjoy :-)

edited 8/13/13
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