Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Last Post for 2010


I hope you all had a very merry Xmas and are gearing up for the New Year!!
Now what was I saying about not knitting for a couple of weeks?? I had to do something so I thought I would stick to small projects that were quick and easy so I could stop if I needed to. Well 19 toys later I decided it was time for a break lol
I got a copy of a book called "Knit a square, make a toy" Really simple! All you do is knit squares of different sizes and then sew them together to shape them into a toy! If anyone would like a copy just email me at needystitches@gmail.com and I will send it to you.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Baby items


I found some inspiration to make baby items for the Berry Street Carers. A lot of these babies are born heroin addicted so are very underweight and need smaller jackets than normal. I also made a couple of small blankets when I felt like some 'straight' knitting and then just went back to the jackets.
I think I am going to take a break from knitting this week (yeah right) while I try and get things ready for Xmas. If not I might just make simple and quick things before getting back into it after xmas is over.
I had a couple of people come around today to deliver things they have made. It always amazes me with people's generosity and even though they are busy with their own xmas plans and such they still find time to drop things off to make sure those less fortunate have something.
If I do not post again before Xmas I hope you all have a fantastic Xmas and a great New Year!!! This is a time for families and being thankful for what we each have in our lives.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Scarves & Beanies


I have been knitting beanies and scarves for the Homeless Day in March, but I am over them for now. I have just cast on a babies jacket to feed my 'creative urges' but with any luck once that is fed I will get back to scarves.
Things have quietened down a little as organisations begin to distribute what they have to needy families so now is the time I get to clean up, finish off unfinished projects, sew up squares and try some of the patterns I have collected throughout the year but never had the time to knit them. I am fairly focussed on the homeless day right now but also trying to make baby items because they are always needed. We gave the mini xmas stockings to a homeless organisation that was having a BBQ in a park and had over 1,000 people attend. We filled the xmas stockings with lollies and lollipops (which took hours) but the time spent was worth it when I saw the smile on the kid's (and adults) faces. To all of you who contributed to the xmas stocks a BIG thank you!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Homeless day in March

Well as I blogged last night there is a Homeless Day being held in Melbourne in March, 2011 so today I went through our "stash" of beanies, scarves, blankets and wrist warmers to see if we can reach our targets of 300 each scarves, beanies and wrist warmers and 100 blankets.

We have

22 Blankets (78 still needed)
25 Scarves (275 needed)
67 beanies (233 needed)
82 Wrist warmers (218 needed)

I will keep you updated as things come in!

Premmie jacket & Blanket


Today's offering, a tiny premmie jacket to fit 1 3lb baby and a matching blanket with ribbon trim. I love doing these kind of items as they always knit up quickly and they are so badly needed by all hospitals as well as Sids & Kids. Not sure where I am going to send these yet but I am sure someone will ask for them soon enough.
I had a phone call from R.D.N.S. who told me they are having a Homeless Day in early March and wanted to know if we would be able to help them with beanies, scarves, Blankets & wrist warmers (and anything else we can come up with) They are expecting a couple of thousand homeless so as many as we can do they will take. So get busy with those needles ladies and let's see how many we can make between now and mid to late February. I am wondering if we should set ourselves a goal, perhaps 100 blankets, 300 Beanies, Scarves & Wrist Warmers? That sounds like a good number that would be achievable.
I have just cast on yet another scarf so will be doing scarves over the next couple of days until I get bored again.
We received another lot of donations yesterday. Di came around with bags of beanies, toys, kids jumpers and amazing baby blankets that will be perfect for our baby bundles. I also received a parcel from Diane in S.A. containing beanies and squares to be sewn up into a nice, big blanket.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Baby Packs


We get a lot of baby things sent to us so a couple of months ago I decided to start making up baby packs because they appear mnore 'special' to give out to someone who has just had a baby and is in need of clothing. Usually I put a blanket of some description (knitted, crocheted, quilted etc) a baby jacket, singlet, face washer, bootees, bib or anything I can get my hands on really lol I wrap them in clear cello and sometimes I use curling ribbon around them. They come up really nice and proved to be very popular with various organisations. So keep those needles clacking away and we might be able to make twice as many as last year! (Ahh I am ever the optimist!)

December Madness













Well December is now upon us and talk about the silly season!!! Every organisation needs things ranging from toys to clothing to you just name it and it is needed. Of course they have just realised they needed these things or have run short as the need this year has grown significantly from last year. Luckily we have received a load of things from various places and members so I have been able to fill some of the holes.




The above pics are what I have been working on in the past week. Pretty mindless knitting, scarves and toys and while I am working on another scarf I think that will be my lot for awhile as I feel the need to try something a little more 'creative'




I went to Ballarat last Friday to visit with the Ballarat Quilt Grans (and to pick up their donations) I came home once again with a car full of bags and have busily been sorting through everything. The Ballarat ladies always come up with very creative things that they make throughout the month, I only wish I had one tenth of their talent.




I also received some large beautiful xmas stockings from Chris in Qld. which were gorgeous and a pile of blankets from Julie in Melbourne. It looks like we will have a nice little stockpile for the beginning of next year, of course that is depending on if I get an urgent phone call asking for things prior lol


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

More Toys


Well I am still trying to use up my bit balls of wool so still knitting toys! % baby bears and 2 Caterpillars which makes a total of 10 small toys this week. But I am sooo over them for now so about to move onto something else for a bit. Not sure what yet but I am sure I will get some inspiration tomorrow.
I got a great haul of new goodies today!! I had 2 ladies drop things off, Betty from Hampton Park dropped off 9 bags of baby clothing and Wilma from Traralgon dropped off a large bag of beanies, scarves and wrist warmers!! I also got 3 parcels in the mail .. 1 from Elaine with squares to sew into a blanket (which is what kept me busy tonight), 23 mini xmas stockings from Joan from Mt. Waverley and jumpers and beanies from Phyllis!
We are starting to get a nice little stash of beanies and scarves but come next year they will be snapped up and I will be hunting around for some more, so if you are looking for something to knit that would be it. Or if you are so inclined baby jackets! We can never get enough of them!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Toys


In an effort to reduce my stash of leftover bots and pieces of wool I thought some small toys would be in order. The red is leftover wool from mini xmas stockings and the pink caterpillar is leftovers fromthe baby blanket. Now I just have 2 LARGE bags of leftovers to work through lol

Friday, November 26, 2010

Scarves & Beanies


I got a lovely donation of some wool this week and it was just begging to be knitted up. It was a thick 12 ply wool, a pretty pink and a very vibrant orange that begged to be made into scarves. Using 6.5mm needles and the thick wool the scarves made up really quickly which was great. I also made a couple of beanies from some part balls that came with the donation. So now I have started on some of the needs to be ready for next year!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


With Xmas just around the corner I have been busily making little xmas stockings. These are filled with lollipops or lollies to give out to needy children so they get at least something at xmas time. A few of our members have also been making these and we will probably have around 500 finished by the end of the month, though I could easily have used literally thousands.
The pattern is easy so perhaps we can all start making a few each month throughout the year so it is not such a rush next xmas!
PATTERN:
Cast on 24 stitches
P 1 row
(K1 inc, in next stitch) to end 36 sts
Beg with purl row st.st. 7 rows
SHAPE FOOT
K14 (k2tog) 4 times K14 32sts
Purl
K12 (K2tog) 4 times k12 28sts
Purl
K10 (k2tog) 4 times K10 24sts
Purl
Beg with knit row st st 12 rows
TOP BORDER
Garter stitch 5 rows
Cast off.
I told you they were easy!! LOL

We don't seem to get many jumpers for adults so I try and make one each month. It takes a lot of wool and more importantly a lot of time but I keep in mind that it will keep an adult warm in the winter!

This is the extent of my crocheting skills. I can crochet granny squares but that is about it!! I made this baby blanket earlier this month

Caterpillar


Ahh one of my favorite scrap wool projects!! It takes very little wool and uses up all those annoying little balls of leftovers we all have in our stash. The pattern for this is on our website www.needystitches.com




Here is a ripple stitch scarf I finished last night. It is such an easy pattern that I made this scarf yesterday, sewed in the ends and woohoo done!!
The pattern is:
Cast on 29 stitches
Row 1. Purl
Row 2. Knit
Row 3. K2 *yo, K4, K2tog, k2tog, k4, yo, K1* repeat to end with K1
Continue pattern until desired length then cast off

The start of Needy Stitches

I started Needy Stitches in January, 2009 after looking around for somewhere to donate some knitting I had done. After an exhausting search I found many craft groups in the U.S.A. but nothing in Australia. I had to wonder about this because I had heard and seen on TV that there were many people homeless and with the economic crisis that was looming they were predicting that many more people would find themselves in crisis.

I have always been good at organising things so thought that if I had found a need in Australia for this kind of thing I would be able to start a group and help other 'crafters' to have somewhere to place their items to help those less fortunate. So Needy Stitches was born!!

I spent a lot of time setting the group up, attempting to get the name known to both crafters and organisations that could use our skills. In the first year we did fairly well considering we were a brand new group and still trying to let people know about us. The second year seemed to explode with many new crafters coming on board as well as many new organisations who had heard about us or found us on the net. So far this year we have donated over 25,000 items to various organisations around Australia and now we are becoming more well known and with more people finding themselves in some kind of crisis the need for our group is growing.

I decided to start this blog in an attempt to let members and helpers of our group know what we are up to, what is needed the most and also some of the reactions and nice things that are said about us. Also many people ask me what kind of craft I do so I thought this would be the pleace to add pics of what I am making or completed and also post a couple of easy patterns.

Feel free to add any comments and if you have any suggestions of what you would like to see on this blog please do not hesitate to email me at needystitches@gmail.com.

Our website address is www.needystitches.com