Saturday, February 26, 2011

Update


I finally finished the crocheted blanket that I started a couple of weeks ago (thank goodness!) I needed something that I could pick up and put down whenever I needed to because February has been so busy so I thought this was the perfect project.

February has been busy as you can see by the number of items donated on our website. I am absolutely stunned not only by how generous people are but also by the amount of need out there in the community. I have calls or emails at least once a week from a random organisation asking if we can help and with the winter fast approaching I think the need will be even more demanding. That being said we are making a dent in the need and there are many people walking around a little warmer and feeling a little better about themselves.

I had 3 ladies delivering things today, Kaye, Leslie from Northcliffe Lodge and Heather so I ended up with quite a haul by the end of the day lol  I always thought things slowed down over summer but boy was I wrong this year! Some days I wish there was just another couple of hours so I can finish doing something and other days I wonder how people do it so tough, how do they manage, how scarey it must be to not be able to provide all that their kids need. You should all be proud of what you do, whether that is knitting 1 items or 100. I heard something on the radio this week, "If you cannot feed 100, feed 1" I thought about it and realised that it is such a wise saying. Every bit helps so keep up the great work and let's make 2011 an awesome year!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

It has been awhile ....

It has been a week since I have blogged because I have been so busy sorting and organising that my brain is fuzzy and i am exhausted by the end of the day that I totally forget. At the moment I am waiting for 2 organisations to arrive to pick up loads of boxes and bags so I can have a piece of my garage back .. again

We have started picking up trailer loads of shoes. These shoes are all new, still price marked and a part of the deal is I remove the price stickers which I am sure you can imagine is very time consuming but on the upside all the shoes are new and some are really nice. If I had a show fetish I would be in 7th heaven by now lol  Carolyn's husband Graeme goes down to the shop on a Wednesday, loads up his trailer and delivers them to my house, without him I have no idea how I would be picking the shoes up, so I want to take a minute to thank him. He has made it so effortless for me, he goes down with Carolyn, they load the trailer and they drop them off and load them into the garage, no fuss, no mess, just how I like it, so a big thank you to both of them.

Last week Anna's daughter dropped off 300 packets of playing cards!! At first I thought 300 packs?? what will I do with them but as usual as soon as I mentioned them to a couple of organisations they were really excited about receiving them. So it ended up I did not have enough (which always seems to be the case) 

We have finished with the Homeless connect day in Melbourne. I have delivered everything and they were very excited and appreciative of what we were able to do for them. BUT of course now we have the other organisations that we usually keep supplied with blankets, beanies, scarves, fingerless gloves etc wanting to know if we can help them out again this year so keep knitting!!

Hmm what else ... There is a new pregnancy centre opening in Dandenong in April and they contacted me and asked if it was possible for us to help them out with baby items for them to start off with. I committed to 50 jackets and beanies sets to be delivered by the end of March and then we will continue to keep them supplied.

I think that is all the news for the past week and I will attempt to be a better blogger in the future lol

Sunday, February 6, 2011

February Update


I think I worked on this teedy longer than I have worked on anything!! I had to pull the face out 3 times and try again because each time it either came out looking scarey, or lopsided and even downright weird!! She has a dress and panties and of course her headband which makes her look cute but I think she might be waiting awhile for a partner lol

I have not blogged for a few days because things have been really hectic. What with sorting and repacking and doing deliveries as well as picking up donations of wool my days (and some evenings) have been full and I am exhausted by the evening. The good thing is I am sleeping better, usually after falling into bed, so there is the silver lining. If anyone needs wool to knit with I picked up a ton of it yesterday so email me and I will send you some!

Speaking of wool, I had to go to a few suburbs about an hour away and got lost driving home so I followed the signs into the city knowing that eventually I would find something familiar and would be able to make my way home. Anyway I ended up in Carnegie (a suburb I had never been before and lo and behold I found a Spotlight!!) So even with a car load of wool even covering the front passenger seat I pulled over and parked, just to have a look around.  I went into Spotlight with my wool radar in full flight and found the wool section. There was a lady there marking down all the wool to $1 a ball!! Yes every ball was $1!! I got baby wool, Cupcake, Moda Vera varigated wool. I was practically hyperventilating with excitement as I rushed to get a basket from the front of the store as I had not picked one up as I went in because I was not going to buy anything. So after filling the basket and carrying as much in my arms as I possibly could I walked out with 3 Spotlight bags filled with 50 balls of wool!  I had to stuff it into the car loading it even further. LOL I am admitting now I have a very serious wool addiction and am thinking of starting a Knitaholics Anonymous complete with a 12 step program!!

I have just update the Donations page of the website and as at 7th. February we have donated a total of 20,903 items! WOW that is really awesome and something you should all be proud of!! Every single one of you are responsible for that total, your hard work and dedication have kept so many people warm and comforted. Keep up the good work!! Not only with all the devastation that is happening around Australia at the moment do we have so many people and organisations requesting things but we still have the usual organisations that need things along with the Homeless Day in March.

I do not have the words to thank each and every one who supports Needy Stitches, from the people who make things, to those who spread the word amongst their friends and work colleagues, to those who cannot knit who buy toiletries and such and the list just keeps on going on. I would espcially like to thank Margie and Carolyn who support me when things become overwhelming or intimidating. The listen to me, offer support and inspire me to not only continue but give me ideas on how to do more.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mini Xmas Stocking Pattern

Well you asked for it ... lol

Cast on 24 stitches

(K1, inc in next st) to end  36 sts

Beg with purl row st st 7 rows

K14 (K2 tog) 4 times K14  32 sts

Purl

K12 (K2 tog) 4 times K14  28sts

Purl

K10 (K2 tog) 4 times K10  24 sts

Purl

Beg with knit row st st 12 rows

Garter stitch 5 rows

Cast off