Three Boxes Full

Big donation in … Diane, from Clifton, NJ dropped off three boxes of hats, scarves, and gloves!  Thank you so much!

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And she has also nicely matched and bundled them up, ready for giving.

And this is the best idea yet … Buy the gloves, and then knit or crochet a hat and scarf to match the gloves, and you’ve got an almost-instant set!

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Isn’t that a great idea?  I don’t know how to knit mittens and gloves … why didn’t I think of that before?  Those ‘magic’ one-size-fits-all gloves from the 99-cent stores are always good; I’ve seen some good ones on sale at Walmart’s too.

I’m getting all excited to start this up again, specially now that the cold winds are here.

Aren’t you?

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Fall is Here!

Fall is here!

Hope you’re all doing fine, and had a good summer!

The summer breezed by me so fast, it ended too soon.  And somewhere in between, none of the hats I was working on would work out … it was too big, it was too small, it had a weird shape, it wouldn’t take shape …

A friend said that it was still too hot to make hats, so maybe I should wait until the weather got cooler.

Well, it’s 20 degrees cooler here now … maybe the hats will take shape when I work on them?

Here’s what I managed to finish so far.  I wanted to try out Lion Brand’s new yarn, Unique.  That’s the two blue hats in front – the big one on the right, and the smaller one in the middle.  Then there’s the red-fuschia-orange-brown behind them.  I love variegated yarn … it makes for interesting colour patterns without the hustle of colour changes, when you don’t have time for that.  The pattern is a simple single crochet all around, or half double crochet around.   On the other hats, I started off with the ribbed pattern for the NYCHHI Hat, then finished off the body with the crochet seed stitch for a bit of texture.

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I’m also finally getting a chance to open up the packages received over the summer.  If you’ve sent something in, apologies that it’s taking so long to acknowledge and post photos of your items.  It’s been such a hectic summer, but I promise that I will be posting them.

Thanks for all your help and support of this cause!

Covenant House New York

Covenant House was started over 30 years ago in the lower east side of Manhattan, when six young runaways were given shelter during a snowstorm.  Today, there are programs in 21 U.S. cities and Latin America, and over 70,000 young people come to Covenant House for shelter.

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Covenant House New York is the largest adolescent care agency, serving the homeless, runaway and at-risk youth.  On average, 300 youth come through the doors of Covenant House New York each night for shelter and nourishment.  I imagine that perhaps more than that will enter through the doors during the cold months of winter.

This will be an ongoing need for the winter items, and I am aiming for 500 items to be donated to Covenant House New York by the end of the year.  But however many we can make will help keep one more youth warm.

Need:       hats, scarves, blankets
Size:         for 16-21 year olds
Amount:   500 (items)
Target:     October – November 2013

Please join us in helping the nation’s youth to keep warm during the winter months.