Monday, May 30, 2011

My new blanket

A few months ago a lady donated 4 large plastic bags full of wool BUT each "ball" was only 8ft long!! I used them mostly to sew things up BUT after sewing those 293 squares together I came up with the idea of using 1 strand for the inner of a square and another strand for the outside! Well here it is, done and finished!! I know, I know, I am a glutton for punishment lol To be honest I barely made a dent in the bags but I feel better knowing that I have come up with an idea on how to use it all (when time allows)

With the winter months now upon us the demand is growing and growing. In the past 2 weeks I have had tons of parcels from members, at least two a day and some days up to 5!! But still I cannot keep up. We had a request from a Man who visits elderly homes/centres to give a sermon and he was telling me that the heat is being kept low because of the cost and the elderly are starting to feel the cold, so he asked if I had any blankets for him. I gave him a few but the need for more is great. I hate to think of the elderly sitting there shivering with the cold so that is why I seem to be concentrating on blankets right now.

Then I heard about a group in country Victoria who are setting up a group to help traumatised kids, kids who are sick, kids from abusive homes etc. They are requesting toys and kids jumpers and clothing.

Then I had a call from an organisation who house homeless men and while the men are given furniture and blankets etc. at the moment they are sleeping with only "hospital" blankets and with the nights being so cold they are having trouble sleeping.

Then I got an email from the kids camp we helped last year asking if we would help them out again as the kids were so appreciative of the new things we had made. Luckily Jan Mac (our wonderful lady who makes quilts for us) has agreed to make the 35 quilts we need by November. So now we need kids beanies, scarves, jumpers, stationary to make up stationary packs and toiletries to make up a toiletry pack for each of them. 35 does not sound like a lot but when you are trying to collect things together 35 is daunting. The saving grace is we have til November to do them so I know it is possible especially seeing we do not have to knit 35 blankets lol

These are just 4 of the organisations that need things along with the organisations we already help. I keep wondering if I can do more, knit more, stay up later and sew more blankets together. I try really hard to keep up but sometimes feel like it is overwhelming and I am playing catch up. But then someone will arrive with bags of things or I will receive parcels in the mail and suddenly I can fill a need somewhere. I do not know how some of these organisations deal with their clients day after day, hearing all kinds of sad stories and still manage to maintain some kind of sanity.

That is my whine for the day LOL

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

293 crochet squares finished !!!

Well they are finally done!! 293 small crocheted squares sewn up into 3 large size blankets. Now onto something a little more stimulating

Monday, May 9, 2011

Blanket 1 finished!!

Remember the 293 crochet squares I received last week? Well 100 squares down, made into a blanket and ready to go!! Now onto the next 193 squares lol

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sunday Ramblings

Every so often I get a phone call about someone who is in desperate need and it always sends me scurrying around to put something together soooo I thought I would try and get ahead! I made up two baby baskets, 1 for a girl and 1 for a boy and have them sitting on the table just waiting for the phone call to come!! Talk about cheating the system lol The baskets are put together from all the donations you send in, so are a compilation of various members donations and handiwork but they come together so nicely.

This well Kaye turned up with a bag FULL of small crocheted squares she had received from a lady from her Probus group. 293 of them in fact!!!  So today I have been sitting down and crocheting a black edge around them (which at the current rate will take me not days but weeks to get them together) I think I will get 3-4 blankets out of them once they are sewn together which is great because this week I heard from one of our Church friends who goes around to the elderly centres to visit and told me about the centres not turning the heat on during the day because of the cost. Well those of you in Melbourne know how cold it has been this past week and these elderly citizens are cold!! So I am now on a crusade to get as many lap blankets done that I am able, so these squares are a good start.

Please do not forget about our petition to the Legislative Council re" more affordable and sustainable housing for the homeless or thos at risk of homelessness. I am busy sending this to every group I can find, which is also going to take me weeks if not months but it is a cause I firmly believe in so thwe effort will be worth it!! Any help you can give, if you are a member of a sporting group, senior citizens group, any kind of group please consider taking this petition there and getting friends to sign it.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Homeless Petition

The world (and I) work in mysterious ways lol  We have started a petition for the Government to provide more affordable and sustainable housing for those in need. For this to be taken seriously we need at least 20,000 signatures and I am hoping that with the help of this group we can help achieve this.

We have 212 members and if each person gets their friends and family to sign the petition we will be well on the way to achieving our goal. Once you have it signed you can post it back to me and I will coordinate them and keep count of how many we have. If you are involved in a group or know anyone who will help please pass it on to them, the more the merrier!  Contact me at and I will email you the petition so you can print it out.

This is really important and I believe something that is long overdue so please any signatures you can help with would be greatly appreciated!!