Tuesday, June 30, 2009

And Then Came Bob

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Bob is a blessing to our group! We see him around every other week with a handful of crocheted hats. Thank you, Bob, for all of your hard work.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Old Sweaters Become New Yarn

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Phew! Because of the heat I'm parched. Before I continue to write this, better get an ice cold lemon-aide. Yum!

Ah, much better. . . .

Around two months ago, Sharon brought in all of those yummy colors you are viewing. Aren't they wonderful? I've managed to forget the technical name with the process in creating the new color. I'll do my best to describe what took place.

Bee-line-your-body to the sweater section of your local second hand store. Check the labels for such fiber as; cashmere, wool, merino or any natural fiber. After your purchase you do the ripp-it thingy. Yep, rip out the entire sweater. You'll now have a pile of yarn.

Depending on the color of the old yarn you can re-dye it with a color of today. This allows you to create a new color with good quality fiber. After you've finished, you can then knit yourself a new item.

Cool, huh?

Gloria Showing Off Her Yellow Scarf

Hello Everyone,

Many moons ago, Gloria showed up with her yellow yarn and size 9 knitting needle. Through her continued knitting she has managed to get the scarf longer than her first showing. We are proud of her determination to help those in need.

. . . . just love her smile.

Enjoy your creative day.

Sharon's Knitted Work

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Monday morning has slipped through my fingers faster than a fish. In between bites of my apple I'm typing this out. Gotta keep my strength. . . a salmon salad has my name written all over it. Moving along. . . .

Sharon was a one time participated to our group. Anna convinced her to join us one evening. She brought in her extra hand crafted items for our community. She was kind to give five head-bands.

Don't you just love these vibrant colored mittens?

Even though Sharon is in her new home, she will be remembered for her generosity. Thank you, Sharon.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Keep Your Body Warm

The community appreciates these warm donations. Thank you.

Hats With Lace

Thank you mysterious woman. We appreciate all you've done for the needy in Boise. Don't you just love the lace (not sure of the correct name), for the forehead?

Ribbon Scarf

Hats For Toddlers

Diane! We appreciate you.

Scarves of Many Colors

Hats O'Rama

Thank you for your donation and help, Diane.

Small Afghans

Many thanks to the woman who made these and donated them.

Spring yarn special from ADHD

"I have tons and tons of spring yarns and colors. The special can be buy 4 get one more at the lowest price of yarn. Check out Cotton Twist and Softwist. I also have Icycle which is fab for spring." Gail


3 More Hats For the Cause

As you all know I'm still learning the ins and outs with the digital camera. There are three knitted hats in the picture. These are more items the woman dropped off who was in a hurry.

We haven't seen her since them. I'm hoping to meet her one day and learn her name.

My multi varigated scarf is about half way completed. Then there is the hat to aide me with the contential stitch. Yep, old dogs can learn new things, lol.

Wee Ones Knitted Hats

There were numerous people in and out of the classroom.

Two women walked in with several large bags. I began to thank the one woman. She stopped me in mid-sentence, stated, "I didn't make these." Her finger pointed to a woman who had dashed out of the room. There was mention she made them and they'll be back.
I replied "thank you. Come back."

More postings will follow with the other knitted items that were brought in.

"Do you know Rosie Grier? No, you're too young."

"Do you know Rosie Grier?" Tim glanced to the left.

"I know of him." I replied.

"No you're too young."

"He's the football player that knitted?" Or was that needle point?" I stated.
How did you know that? You're too young.

The above conversation is the beginning of mine and Tim's friendship. He continued on with the fact he had 30 - 40 hats at home which needed sewn shut. His wife confirmed this statement. The following week they donated the hats which he knitted.
Thank you, Tim

Buried in the Closet

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All of these pictures are of my work that I did a long time ago. The items got completed and stuffed into a sealed bag. Then tossed into the darkness of the closet. This way they will remain clean. Every been there? Or done this?

Problem was they got forgotten until now. They've been distrupted to those that needed them.

Found The Hour Scarf at Ravelry

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If you look real hard you can see the pretty purple crochet hook in the background. This is how we got Sarah the knitter to crochet. teehee, teehee. We also love to work with the blends or mixed fibers too.

Moving along. . . .

Tami has broaden her horizons by learning to crochet. She found "The Hour Scarf" on Ravelry. (This is a community where you must join to view anything.) Tami used four strands of worsted weight yarn and the P hook. A pattern you can play with by increasing your chain stitch. Oh, and the possibilities with chunky yarn or the fun fur.

Have fun creating.

C Crochets From Home

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The pale blue scarf is in the beginning stages. C's other scarf is completed and went to a friend in need. I'm proud of her making the effort by working from home too.

Twenty-Cents Per Skein

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Anna is at it once again. She found her yarn at the local "Idaho Youth Ranch". I think she told me the pretty pink yarn cost twenty cents per skein.

Next week some of the girls will be working with Anna in learning the basics about sewing. They'll be stitching french knitted scarves together to make them thicker.

Also in the picture are new faces to our group.

Thank you all for coming. I look forward in working with all of you.

D., Worked At Home

Hello Everybody,

There's nothing more exciting than a fellow crafter wearing their own work. D had on a black scarf with her outfit at the library. She took it off and with pride told me she made it at home. This is very cool. Look forward in posting her other work.

Keep Growing & New Faces

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Gloria is at it again with the yellow scarf. She is sure and steady with this one. No tearing out or the rippit thingy. She is almost half way finished by using size 9 knitting needles.

I'm very thankful to all the new faces we accured last night. The article that Tim Woodward created helped our cause. I'd list everyone's name for you but, there were around 30 new faces last night. Then the phone calls. . . . might need to get roller skates?

There will be more blogs that will show you the donations which were brought in last night. We have around three men working with us also. One man made around 30 hats. Another man will be sending hats and scarves next week. These two are very serious when it comes to their knitting and crocheting.

The Green Realtors Donation

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I'm thankful for the generosity of Laurie's box of yarn. Most of it was used last night with the thirty or so new members to the class. More about this in another blog.

Besides her yarn donation Laurie has the talent to knit. She makes the cutest neck scarves. One of these days we'll be posting pictures of them.

Lauries main talent falls in her knowledge about the real estate industry. Or as her homepage states an "adventure."

Up And Coming Star

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H is such a cutie. . . . she is doesn't mind posing for the camera. Her willingness to learn is like that of a spounge mopping up water. She is learning to knit even though her age holds her back a tad.

Knitting For Fun and Charity

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On February 10, 2009 I volunteered myself to a new adventure. What was I thinking? See, in the past I'm known for the "behind the scenes." On this particular day I met with Tim Woodward. He is well known in the community for his marvelous stories for the local paper. My nerves were rattling so bad that I had to let him know how nervous I was.

Within minutes, his natural peace aided in me being as calm as a cucumber. Included is the wonderful people who participate every Thursday evening. [The Idaho Statesman has removed this article from their website, June of 2010. Below is the hand typed version from the original article.]

Thank you Tim for making this an enjoyable experience for me all the way around.

Cindy ;)

Cindy Williams, center, instructs a knitting and crocheting class that includes Landon Hooker, 6, Justice Lorance, 12, and Jade Hooker, 11, at Hillcrest Library in south Boise every Thursday evening. The class also learns to spin and weave. Most of the hats, scarves and other clothes they make are given to the Boise Rescue Mission and the Interfaith Sanctuary. When asked how the idea to make clothes for the needy came about, Williams said, "You've seen the Blues Brothers movie right? In a funny way it's kind of like that: I'm on a mission from God." The library was happy to let Williams use the community room for the class as long as it is free and open to the public. "Working with Cindy is like working with an act of nature. You just stand back and let it happen," said library branch supervisor Diane Broom.

SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2009
Knitting for fun & charity - (title of article)

A Boise woman got into knitting and crocheting when she was sick. Now she leads a free class that teaches new skills to kids and adults and provides warm clothing to the needy.


Cindy Williams quit making clothes for the poor in other countries when she realized it was all she could do to help the poor in her own backyard. She knits and crochets woolen hats, scarves and other clothing to give to the needy.
"I learned out of necessity when I was pregnant 25 years ago," she said.

Today, what began as a one-woman effort to provide warm clothing to those who can't afford it has become a weekly class and an Internet presence that has generated interest as far away as Asia.

Williams is the founder of Hand in Hand, a program that provides warm, hand made clothing for those who need it most -- especially young children. Its participants gather at a free knitting and crocheting class she teaches Thursday evenings in the library at Hillcrest Plaza mall. Class members have to be 7 or older. About 15 prospective needleworkers met at a recent class where 10-year-old Doryhan Harris got some tips from retired tailor Anna Ricks, 87. Ricks, who once made men's suits, hasn't missed a class since they began in September.

"I don't waste anything," the onetime Rosie the Riveter said. "I'm using one end of an old sweater to make gloves and the other end to make a scarf."

Harris likes "learning new things from Anna and the other teachers. I learned to knit and have gotten better at crocheting. When I'm finished, I donate the things I make to family and friends."

Some of the work is given as gifts, especially at Christmas, but the majority is donated to the Boise Rescue Mission and the Interfaith Sanctuary.

Some of it doesn't even make it that far. Last summer, a visitor left with five hats and three scarves for a needy family in the neighborhood. Two weeks later, six hats and four scarves were donated to schoolkids. "There's a neighborhood near Hillcrest where kids are warm because of Hand in Hand," Williams said. "To help them and know we'll continue to help them is very rewarding."

Some class members case to the library for other things and joined after getting hooked on the flashing needles. Sarah Qualls has become "a knitting machine."

"I've made 10 hats, 20 scarves, a bag and a sweater," she said. "I like the class because it gives me someone besides my husband to talk to about knitting."

Gloria Ryan spent several months crocheting an afghan. When it was finished, she donated it to a new mother at St. Luke's so her baby would have a warm blanket.

Williams started Hand in Hand as a result of being ill.

"I was wasting most of the day sleeping. Then I met a woman online who started a charity group after she got sick, and with my passion for the arts, this made sense. I started out making hats for babies."

The need surprised her.

"We've made and given away 75 hats, 25 blankets and six scarves since August," she said. "And we still have a neighborhood with four families we haven't been able to get to. We need all the help we can get."

The benefits extend to those who make the clothes as well as those who get them. One student said knitting helped her manage her anger.

Williams is "after three things -- socializing, community and prevention. The class is a good way to socialize, it helps the community and I really believe it prevents problems. I think a day will come when a kid tells me that instead of trying drugs she picked up a knitting needle and a ball of yarn."

Though most of the students are girls or younger women, the class also is becoming popular with retired women looking for ways to spend their time.

"Even if you only knit one hat a month, that's 12 people you've helped in a year," Williams said.

The class's offerings are gradually expanding. Instructors are in the process of adding spinning to the mix, and farmers and ranchers are scheduled to lecture on the care and handling of sheep, alpacas and other wool-bearing animals.

Library page Angela Bradbury said what she's learned in the class helped her relieve stress:"It's really relaxing -- except when my cat gets in the yarn. . . It's something you can do with your hands, and I like making warm things for people. It's nice for them to have something made with tender loving care."

Tim Woodward: 377-6409

More Than One Project

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Gloria, has been with our group since, its beginning. She has the willingness to learn new things while she helps others. Her yellow scarf has been a tad shy to have its picture taken. Her new scarf is a baby verigated color. Unfortunate the colors of the yarn blended in with her shirt.

A love of babies is no stranger of Gloria's. She's made numerous baby blocks. Her ever wanting to learn how to make other items. At this time we are looking for a super easy crochet baby bootie pattern.

We are proud of Gloria because on her own she took a completed afghan/blanket to the local hospital and donated it.

Learned On Her Break

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I have the gift of gab. This talent proceeds me while I'm in the library. Of course I used my indoor voice, soft. I've been blessed to meet most of the staff and have become friends.

One afternoon Angelia and I were conversing. Nothing new here. Until she asked if she could come into the class during her break. On Thursday evenings she is scheduled to work. Sure! I stated.

During her first night, Angelia, made the comment, "This is suppose to be relaxing?"

We all chuckled since, this seems to be the comment during ones first try. Angelia has tackled the single crochet and has moved right along with her first scarf.

Bless her heart with willingness to help out during her dinner break.

Steady As She Goes

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J is one determined young lady that will finish her first crochet scarf no matter what. She also helps anyone that needs help with chaining or single crochet while her project waits. I think this scarf is for her mom.

French Knitting on Her Own

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D is a young lady that is willing to tackle new projects on her own. She even took the time to show her classmates french knitting.

The Blurred Purse

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One of the girls made this purse on her on during the holidays. I'd post her name but, my hand writing is worse than a doctors. Not saying that these professional have terrible handwriting. Anywho, to add more insult to injury took a fuzzy picture too. Must have gotten distracted from taking the normal two pictures of everything.

Aren't digital cameras great?

Just 'Cause Pictures