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March 9th, 2008

09:15 pm
Another stash donation opportunity from the With My Needle newsletter. If you could put together sock or scarf kits, that might be a nice thing for someone in this situation, don't you think?

From: Ellen ajgeaglescout@cox.net
In reply to the latest newsletter inquiry about what one can do with used needlework supplies... Walter Reed Medical Center, Washington, D.C. requested that people donate such items to them so that they can be given to patient's families to help them pass the time during long periods of waiting. It is best if you send self contained complete kits. For more details, go to http://www.west-point.org/family/support-our-troops/mending_spirits.html
Send your kits to:
Mending Spirits, One Stitch at a Time
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Deployment Health Clinical Center
ATTN: Dan Bullis
Bldg 2 Room 3G04
Washington D.C. 20307-5001
Mending Spirits, One Stitch at a Time
Family and Soldier Assistance Center
Army Community Services
2010 Stanley Road
Building 2797/ Suite 95
Fort Sam Houston, Texas 78234
ATTN: Judith Markelz

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February 24th, 2008

10:52 am - Stash donation opportunity
The following was posted on the With My Needle newsletter* this week:

What to Do With Your Unwanted Needlework Supplies
From: Nancy nlsturgeon@sbcglobal.net
Give away your guilt!!
Just read in the latest newsletter that someone suggested "throwing away" projects that you no longer want. Horrors! I have long been sending unwanted members of my stash to the Ohio Reformatory for Women. One of my friends sent probably $10,000 worth of needlework supplies when she cleaned out her house to move to retirement living. It is guilt-free giving to those who really need and want your stuff!
The Ohio Reformatory for women has a program called "The Community Stitching Post" which was started in 1996. This is a program in which those enrolled can give back to the community. It is a re-entry program which requires inmates to do a minimum of 30 hours of community service per month. The booklet says that staff have actually had to advise some inmates that they DO need sleep (sound familiar?) as they willingly donate countless hours. In August 2001 each inmate averaged over 100 hours per month! This program is now in every housing unit at the prison. Community donations support the program which is in operation 18 hours/day, 7 days a week.
Some of the numerous agencies that the Community Stitching Post has served are: Apalachia Help, Ronald McDonald House, Crayons to Computers, Warm Up America, Salvation Army, Helping Hearts, Take It to the Streets, American Cancer Society, etc.
The inmates make quilts, wall hangings, bears, cross stitch designs, afghans, pencil bags, clothing, toys, scarves, etc. They have a WISH LIST. It includes items such as floss, aida cloth, xs hand towels,
fabric, yarn, frames, silk flowers, irons, sewing machines, markers, colored pencils, felt, lace, ribbon, plastic canvas, latch hook kits, tissue paper --you get the picture, and I'm sure you've got the stuff. One thing they do not accept is macrame cord.
I put a large box in one of my bed rooms and add to the box as I go though closets and drawers. When I get it filled, I send it. The shipping via FedEx or UPS or USPS is not very much even for a large box. And you also get a tax write-off. This is a great way to get rid of your guilt so you can go on to your next project--in good mental health!
The address is:
The Community Stitching Post
Ohio Reformatory for Women
1479 Collins Ave
Marysville, OH 43040
I even called there when I though I had accidentally mailed my car & house keys in the box of needlework stuff. Talked to the guy in the admitting warehouse and he said they've received lots of weird stuff--but not my keys!! Haven't found them yet.
So consider this place or let us know about others that can use our unwanted needlework supplies. Your friends do not need another of your charts or books or fabric, but others do and it might improve their lives forever.

*This is not a knitting newsletter, but a stitching newsletter, with information about needlework events and exhibits across the US. If you want to subscribe, join the "withmyneedleandpen" Yahoo group.

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April 6th, 2007

09:55 am - Getting Yarn for a Service Project

I am working with the newman center, student catholic organization, at my university. We will be knitting for the The beanie brigade

Since I will be working with college students, many of them are tight on cash. It would help if I could get some yearn donated. And since we are knitting small items, a little bit does go a long way. HAs anyone ever approached yarn companies about donating yarns? approached people? etc. Any advise you can offer would be extremely helpful.
Current Mood: goodgood

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November 30th, 2006

01:34 pm - Hats

I thought I would post this here incase anyone had time to make a few hats to send off!!


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September 15th, 2006

10:19 am - Patternworks Challenge for Project Linus!
Patternworks, a positively darling yarn shop in Center Harbor, NH (and home company of the fabulous Patternworks knitting catalogue), is running a competition for donations to Project Linus, an organization that distributes handmade blankies to kids in need. This is such a wonderful cause, and the competition makes it a fun way to contribute. First place wins a $400 Patternworks shopping spree; second is $200, third $100, honorable mention $50, and staff's choice $150. Entries have to be made using Utopia and have to use two balls of Utopia #111 Cream, but otherwise, design decisions are up to the knitter. You can use an existing pattern if you have permission from the copyright holder. Allowable sizes are 36" x 36" to 40" x 60".

Patternworks has put together a Blanket Challenge Pack (#PW2006) for $7.99, which includes two balls of Utopia Cream and all the rules and forms. Their price on Utopia is $4.50/ball, so this is a little discount, too. Entries will either be donated to Project Linus or returned to you.

These are not all the rules, just the ones I thought were most important. For full rules, see the website and click on the image to read the catalogue page.

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September 14th, 2006

10:48 pm
I haven't posted in here in ages...in fact, no one has! Is anyone still interested in this community? I had some major things happen in the past year (inconveniences, but still they took up time and resources) but now I'm looking at getting back into the swing of really helping someone out this time.

Anyone else out there? Can we get some shout-outs from punk_knitters??

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August 19th, 2005

12:09 am - Iconnage.
Since there was a call for icons, etc, I made this one tonight. :)

Like? No like? Suggestions or ideas?

And hello! *waves* Nice to be here!

ETA: fixed link to image. :D
Current Mood: accomplished

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September 3rd, 2005

01:42 pm - Let's make this sad news happier for some needy kids.
Those of you who know pbhgirl know that she and her husband are in the process of adopting a baby girl from China, and she recently put out a call for knitted items--clothes, blankets, and toys--to be donated to the foster home where her daughter has been living. They have had a very unlucky setback in their travel plans this fall, and will not be going to China as soon as they thought they would. They were to have gone in two weeks, but now may not be able to get an appointment with the Chinese government (that they must have to finalize the adoption) for some time, until at least October and maybe longer. She's understandably upset and only wants to bring her daughter home as soon as possible.

But this means that we all have some more time to knit items for this cause, and I hope people who would like to try out a baby blanket or toy, if not an actual garment, will consider taking this setback and making it into an opportunity both for parents waiting for kids here, and for kids waiting for moms and dads in China. Email me if you have something you want to give, and we'll make arrangements.

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September 2nd, 2005

10:27 am - Katrina relief efforts
Dear charity knitters:

Although people suffering hunger and deprivation in 90+ temps hardly need sweaters and mittens to get by, we can still help.

I received the following email from the owner of Silkweaver, a small business in central Mississippi that makes and sells hand-dyed fabrics for cross-stitch. I have dealt with this business for many years and trust them implicitly. They are on the front lines and are doing all they can to help people directly, as there are shelters filled with refugees all across their area. Remember that charities thrive on the $5 and $10 donation. No amount of help is too little! If you can help them, please do:

Hurricane Katrina Relief
We need your help!

We will re-open Tuesday, September 6.
All of our staff is OK! Thank you for the numerous emails sending prayers and positive thoughts.
Our shop has electricity and internet once again and we should be back to the office as usual by next Tuesday. We do still have gasoline issues however, as there is simply none to buy in our area, so we may be a adjusting our schedules somewhat to conserve. We do have some "fabric goodies" in store for you - we'll be sending another email soon regarding that, but first, we ask for your help.

Being in central Mississippi, this horrible hurricane has hit very close to home. Many are saying that this is the worst natural disaster to ever hit the United States. Our homes and shop are about 180 miles inland and even this far away, we have seen a huge amount of damage. Seeing huge 7 foot diameter trees snapped in half only makes our minds wander further about just how extreme the devastation is on our Gulf Coast and in New Orleans. In our area, we have power outages, limited water supplies, phone outages, no cell-phone service, no cable/internet services - virtually no communication outside of our city area and only a slight few gas stations have any gasoline remaining, and the waits for that are several hours. But these things are minor and unimportant compared to what so many have lost. They have lost their homes, possessions, businesses and sadly, many have lost family members.

Many of the Gulf Coast and New Orleans refugees are here in our city in shelters. They came here, or were brought, with nothing. Our local television stations are asking - begging - for any help that local citizens can give. They are in desperate need of essential supplies such as diapers, baby items, hygeine items, clothes, food and so much more. Wednesday (Aug 31), my husband and I went to one of the stores that is back open and loaded up a shopping cart full of these items. My oldest son and I went that evening and took these items to the main shelter when so many of these victims are "living". I say "living" because they have nothing and no where to go back to and will be here for quite a while. It's one thing to see it on TV, but to actually see so many people, just lying on blankets on the floors, lined up in a row to conserve space... well, it's just heartbreaking! My son (almost 15) asked me what these people do next. I couldn't answer him. Where do they go? What do they do? Where are their family members? Are their family members alive? At this point, there aren't answers. While we were bringing in one armload, a lady walked up to the table and asked the Red Cross worker for a baby bottle. She had just arrived and had an 8month old baby and had no bottles. There were just so many people in need!

We need to help! My son, my mother and myself will be doing some volunteer work with the Red Cross, but will be somewhat limited, because frankly, we have very little gas and the prospect of being able to get any anytime soon is slight. I have tried to think of ways that I can help these people to the best of my ability. We would like to ask for your help. We have made it our plan to help out our local refugees as much as we can by providing these essential supplies. Although it was a car-trunk load full of items that we took yesterday, it was only a "teaspoon in the ocean". They need so much more. I would like to ask that if you have the ability and desire to help, please do so! We have several ways that you can help.

1. If you wish to send supplies for us to deliver personally, anything and in any amount is appreciated. Please do not feel that only $3-5 worth will not make a difference, because it WILL. Items that are most needed are baby items (wipes, diapers, formula) and hygeine items (toothpaste, shampoo, soap), but most any items are needed. On a regular basis, we will take these items personally to the shelter in Jackson so that we know that it is going straight to those in our area that are in such desperate need. Items can be sent to:
Silkweaver Fabrics
Attn: Hurricane Relief
801 E Northside Drive, Suite C
Clinton, MS 39056

2. If you wish to send us a monetary donation, we will be going regularly and purchasing these items and delivering them. If you wish for your donation to go for a particular need (ie baby items) please mention that and we will be sure and fill that wish accordingly. We will also be updating this page regularly with updates and pictures of the items we have been able to furnish. Rest assured that 100% of your donation will go to these items. We will be covering all delivery expenses (gas, etc) out of our own pockets. Silkweaver will also cover any credit card and/or PP charges incurred with your donation. Example: A typical $20 payment through PP costs the seller from $.80 to $1.00 in fees. If your donation is $20, then the full $20 will go to purchasing items, not $19 after the fees. If this is the method that you would like to help, you may either mail your donation to the address above or click the link below to donate through PP.

Give to Silkweaver via PayPal

3. If you are more comfortable donating through a major relief effort, there are numerous ways that can be done. We've listed 3 ways below, but as you will notice, there are countless ways that you can help. Please note that using one of the methods below does not come directly to us to help our local refugees, but will help the relief effort in ways that the agencies use the funds.

Paypal is working with the United Way collecting donations. Click the image below to donate:
Link to PayPal website for donations
(Nicole here: if you want to go through the website directly to be assured that this is not phishing, use www.paypal.com and click on "Donate for Katrina Relief." This applies for all of the following links--they are legitimate and can be verified through the charity's websites.)

Donate directly to the Red Cross by clicking the banner below:
American Red Cross Donation Site

Donate directly to the Salvation Army by clicking the image below:
Salvation Army Donation Site

We all at Silkweaver thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your help.

Silkweaver Fabrics
801 E Northside Drive
Suite C
Clinton, MS 39056
Hurricane Katrina Relief

This message was sent from Silkweaver Fabrics to etinterrapax @ aol.com. It was sent from: Silkweaver Fabrics, 801 E Northside Drive
Suite C, Clinton, MS 39056.

I also implore you to make an appointment or visit a local donation station to give blood. The emphasis now is on getting people out of the area, and finding them food, housing, and employment, but loss of power in hospitals and elsewhere equals loss of ability to store blood, and there will be many people who need it. It's easy to make an appointment through the Red Cross website, and it's a free way to give the literal gift of life, and it only takes an hour of your time.

I know that we all care about people here and will do everything in our power to help. Thank you very much for whatever you are able to give or do.

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August 19th, 2005

10:48 am - Hello! Welcome!
We've had a rush of new members in the last 24 hours, hello to everyone! I'm Michelle, and I wanted to post about my personal charity knitting opportunity, in case you're interested. We are adopting a baby girl from China, and are leaving in 4-5 weeks. I have a few people interested in donating things for me to give to the orphanage my daughter is being fostered through. There are children of all ages, so just about anything would be appreciated! Hats, booties, scarves, accessories for older children, etc. I will have my travel dates soon, and will know more. But if you are interested, please email me at PBH175 at aol dot com to let me know! Thanks.

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