Schnapps

Schnapps
My Very Best Friend!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Week 4 - Hats & Afghan Finished!

Finally, I have finished the Winter Lace Afghan. This is a Lion Brand pattern and it was great to knit.  I really enjoyed it and the detail is fantastic.  Knit in Wool Ease Thick and Quick, it's extra toasty.  This is headed out early in the week to a special person. 
My washing machine broke this week and flooded my basement........tons of fun.  Luckily, ALL hats, blankets and yarn were safely in plastic tubs and nothing was damaged.  Can't say the same for the rest of my basement, but the important things were saved! 

Schnapps was busy helping me this week.......


He likes to be included!  Together we got 4 hats finished for Delaware Head Huggers!  I did 2 roll brim loom hats, 1 Carolyn Rose cap and 1 woven top loom knit hat. 


I've got several hats and blankets that need to be tagged this week.  Now that the basement is dried out and the new washing machine is churning out clean clothes again, I will be able to sit down and get to that.  As always, I am simply amazed at the gorgeous items that are donated each and every week!
I'll be working on meeting my goal of at least 2 hats this week and I'm hoping to cast on for a blanket for Kozy Kovers for Kids too!

Join us if you can - all are welcome!

Delaware Head Huggers  

Kozy Kovers for Kids

Happy Knitting!


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Week 3 - Goal Met Again!

Well, even though I was a bit behind schedule this week, I have completed 2 hats for Delaware Head Huggers!  I have to tell you about this chance meeting in a doctor's office waiting room:  I was waiting for my Dad, knitting to pass the time, and a man told me that you can get hats like I was knitting at the hospital.  He told me how there is a group that does this wonderful thing of donating hats for patients undergoing chemo.  He's been going through chemo and even though they had a lot of pink and "girl" hats, they found him a nice masculine one to wear.  He was very impressed with this group........so I asked if it was Delaware Head Huggers, and it was!  So, I introduced myself and gave him a card so he can call me if he needs any other hats in masculine colors!  Made me feel wonderful to just randomly run into someone who we were helping.

And it made me think that I really have to at least split the hats I make between male and female designs and colors.  So frequently I knit something I think of as "pretty" that I forget that men need these caps too.  So, I am going to try to be sure at least half of what I make is suitable for men.  Because honestly, women might like to wear hats in more masculine colors, but not too many men want to wear pink hats!

With that in mind, and since the pink one (a Carolyn Rose cap) was the one I was knitting when I met this man, the second one I did this week is in navy and gray.



Other spectacular news is that Charity Chix of Pittsburgh has officially started their own Kozy Kovers for Kids chapter.  Now anyone in the Pittsburgh area can donate directly to them!  Contact info is on the website at www.kozykoversforkids.org

82 hats and 7 blankets came in this week!  It's amazing that so many people are willing to use their talents to help.  Remember to spread the word - we can use all the help we can get - from moral support, to supplies, to hats and blankets.




I'm off to watch football and knit........my afghan is almost finished and I have at least 2 hats to make this week.

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

2012 Week 2 - Goal Met!

Well, the second week of 2012 is drawing to a close and I managed to make 2 more hats this week.  Simple caps specially made for an individual who needs to keep her head warm in the cold weather. I shipped out a box of hats to her and a box of lighter weight hats to a little one in Hawaii who is undergoing treatment as well.


Delaware Head Huggers received about 51 hats this week!  So many people are willing to help that it's incredible.  I'm so lucky to have dedicated people who send in hats in groups of 15, 20 or even more at a time.  We're definitely making a difference.........I just wish we had enough hats to send to everyone who requests some.  I've got a waiting list, but we're getting there.  And I just might manage to get another hat finished this weekend............we'll see.

So many kind comments are still coming in about the Carolyn Rose cap pattern.  It makes me happy to see how much good is being done and how many people now know about the wonderful person I lost.  I hope to design some more hat patterns in the near future.........but right now I'm working fast to get as many chemo caps finished as possible to send to these people in need.

Kozy Kovers for Kids received 6 more blankets this week too!  Again, I am amazed at how generous people are with their time, talents and skills.  Beautiful blankets hopefully help these poor children.  Exciting news is that the Charity Chix of Pittsburgh, PA are teaming up with us to start the PA chapter of Kozy Kovers for Kids!!  They will be working with Pressley Ridge to start with and who knows where we can go from here..................  My dream is that someday every child in foster care, and any child who is suffering from abuse or neglect, will have a handmade blanket to show that someone cares.  I hope that it won't matter what state the child is in, we will be able to give them a hug and a blanket.

I'm still working on my afghan...........not very much has been done I'm sorry to say.  I keep focusing on hats and not spending enough time on the afghan.  Schnapps managed to sprain his toe playing ball this week - he's feeling just about all better now, but that definitely took time away from knitting.  He loves to snuggle while I knit, but he needed undivided snuggling for a few days.....  :)  But, I hope to spend at least a few hours this weekend adding more rows to it.  I adore the pattern and plan on making one for Kozy Kovers for Kids once I have finished this gift.

Spread the word if you would about Delaware Head Huggers and Kozy Kovers for Kids! 




Sunday, January 8, 2012

Week 1 - Goal Met!

Well, the first week of 2012 and I have met my goal of knitting at least 2 hats.  I've got a special order for someone that I am working on, so I am well on my way through hat number 4, but 3 are finished and ready for this week.  Simple, but effective chemo caps, they will help keep someone warm this winter.


This week has been slow for Delaware Head Huggers (www.delawareheadhuggers.org) and Kozy Kovers for Kids (www.kozykoversforkids.org), but I know that many hats and blankets are making their way to me.  My aunt in Virginia has shipped a box, Ann has dropped off hats and blankets at her local library and many more people are helping.  I hope that we are able to help more people in 2012 than we did in 2011.........a good goal, I think. 

Thank you again for all of you who have written about the Carolyn Rose cap.  I'm touched by everyone's kindness and by the sheer amount of people who are busy helping others.  I received a memorial card in the mail this week for Carolyn and this quote was on the front.  The simplicity and beauty of it made me cry.... I have to get a copy of the book to keep. "In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night . . . You--only you--will have stars that can laugh!" And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me. You will always be my friend. " - The Little Prince ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
What a wonderful thought - "you will content that you have known me".  I will miss her forever and I so wish that I had been able to talk to her and help her through things, but I will always be so grateful to have known her.  I'm trying to find comfort in that and to keep her spirit alive by doing good things.  I hope that any of you who have lost a loved one can find comfort in it as well.
Now I'm off to knit more hats - I've got someone waiting for some to be delivered this week and I do not want to let her down.
Happy Knitting Everyone.  Make beautiful things and share them!