Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Garage Saga Almost Over ...

Here is my garage at 10am yesterday morning. After another marathon effort of sorting and pairing up shoes Carol and I were able to get the bulk of them done!! Now what to do with them all. One quick phone call and a very eager organisation who wanted them all arrangements were made to us to deliver them today!! Youth Projects hired us a truck so we ciould take a whole load of things in at once (and I could make room in my garage )

A quick trip to Budget to pick up a moving van and we were in our element filling it up with boxes and boxes of shoes, blankets, beanies, jackets, clothing, you name it and we were packing it! We filled the truck up it was amazing to see all the boxes and bags stacked up and ready, now all we had to do was drive it into town. Wait!! I was going to be a truckie?? Not only a truckie but one who drives a moving truck into town? What was I thinking??
After a long night of plotting and replotting a route, working out which streets were one way and which weren't, wondering if the smaller streets were big enough to drive the truck down it was finally morning and we set off. I can honestly say that I have never driven so carefully nor so far under the speed limit in my life LOL But we made it!!  There were heaps of people to unload it for us (well after the shock of seeing how much there was) we finally got 5,265 items delivered!!
I drove home much easier than I drove there and the roads were not so busy. After tidying up the garage and rearranging a few things I can now see some garage floor!! I have concrete!! And only about 10 boxes of shoes left to sort. What a day!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Bits Blanket

I always seem to have leftover wool afetr finishing off an item so I keep them in a box thinking they will come in handy sometime. Well finally the box was full (read overflowing) so I thought I would crochet it into a blanket. If you look closely you will see a row of this and that colour that I have recently finished an item with. I started this blanket a few weeks ago and just kept using the ends of the ball of wool and then the past 2 days I decided to finish it with what I had in "the box" so here is the finished product! I hate throwing out even the smallest amounts so I think I have now come up with an idea what to do with it all.

Tomorrow is the Homeless day in Melbourne and while it is going to be cool they are not predicting rain (Thank goodness) I am really interested in how it all will come together after so much work has been put into it.

Carolyn and I went down and picked up more shoes on Wednesday and tomorrow we are going down to pick up the last of them. I am sooo sick of pairing up shoes, checking sizes and pulling off price tags, I think I can do it in my sleep now. But there are some gorgeous shoes in the mix, all good quality and all brand new, even some name brands and every organisation that has received some up to now are really excited about them as they do not receive shoes very often.

We are still working on the baby items for the end of the month and after receiving a few parcels and a few of our ladies delivering things I think we will have plenty to keep them going for a bit. Of course as soon as I think we have finished along comes another organisation that has run out, and with so many babies being born right now they are desperate for things. Margaret, the nurse from Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies said there was so many young girls right now delivering that their reserve stock of items are already depleted so keep those needles clicking away lol

We also have the normal cry out for yet more beanies, scarves, blankets, jumpers and wrist warmers (which seems never ending) so if you are not into knitting baby jackets there is an option lol I really have no idea right now what I will start on but I am sure something will spring to mind.

Thank you to each and everyone of you who have contributed to our totals, only 3 months into the year and we have donated over 30,000 items which is really amazing. 

Monday, March 7, 2011

March Already

Whew! What a busy couple of months we have had. What with floods, fires and earthquakes one has to wonder what the heck is going on with so much devastation which has created so much need and so many people finding themselves homeless or worse.

I delivered the last of the items for the Melbourne Homeless Day yesterday which was great. So many people are going to be comforted with everything we made and collected. It is days like this that make it all seem worthwhile and you should all be proud of what we can chieve as a group.

I heard a saying the other day that has struck a chord in me. "One voice is a whisper but many voices are a roar" Each one of us when banded together in a group make a dent in the need out there and while it appears to be constantly growing we are making a dent in it.

The project we are concentrating on right now is baby clothing for a new centre opening up at the beginning of April. I got a couple of gorgeous baby quilts from Jan Mac on Friday and have received quite a few baby jackets so we are well on the way.  Of course with winter fast approaching there are so many places needing scarves, beanies, fingerless gloves and blankets which seem to be a never ending saga. The good thing is that so many of our members are so creative the beanies and scarves are gorgeous. I have also received quite a lot of wool donations this month so have quite a good stash of wool if anyone needs it. All you need to do is send me a pre paid post pack and I will fill it up and send it back to you. Address it with your name and address and let me know what kind of wool you want.

We are still sorting shoes into pairs at the moment. My goodness so many pairs of shoes, all new, some high heels, some flats, runners, baby shoes, all kinds. Now if only I could get the shoe fetish thing happeningit would be great!

I managed to make another dozen mini xmas stockings but other than a crocheted blanket have done very little else. My time is taken up with sorting things out, organising pick ups, TRYING to clear the garage (which seems to be constantly filling up after I create some space) but this month I am determined to make more. I have a family member int he hospital right now so that is taking up a lot of my time but today when I go in there I will take my knitting and perhaps get some done while sitting around.