Annual report time!
This started out as the Cat Blanket Project. The Lovely Georg, Ceiling Cat Remember Her With Fishy Treats, asked friends to knit or crochet blankets for animal shelters, which I did. But then people from all over – possibly including you – send me yarn in large boxes; other agencies/organizations ask for yarny help. So! You trusted me with art supplies. This is what I did with them in 2014, in 2015, and in 2016:
cat blankets These go to Georg or to a shelter with which Georg is in contact. In 2017, I added crocheted cat toys.
baby blankets A nearby hospital has a baby blanket project. I try to make blankets early in the year or during long car trips. I sometimes buy special yarn for this.
scarves There are a number of projects that ask for scarves. I send or deliver them all over the place. Mostly, I buy yarn for this that I think will be fun and soft to wear.
hats Several agencies ask for hats for infants, children and adults. Infant hats are quick to crochet.
lap blankets There’s a chemo facility nearby that asks for lap blankets for patients. I send these through a friend. She feels they are greatly appreciated. In 2017, lap blankets also went to veterans near the Shore.
In 2017, I stitched my fingers off!
Early in the year, I sent out 15 cat blankets and a friend donated an additional blanket. Later, 45 + 45 cat toys went to the same place. That’s 10 more blankets than I produced last year, yay!
Three baby blankets went to the hospital project. Four scarves and three hats went to a community project. I made a thick, giant rug for a very large dog belonging to a very elderly lady.
Seven lap blankets went to veterans, through new friends. Two large blankets went to the Welcome Blanket Project. Finally, early in the year, I made 36 pussy hats for the Women’s March On Washington. I totally bought out my local yarn store’s pink yarn supply!
Sometimes, when donated boxes of yarn arrive at my door, the skeins look like random leftovers from dozens of projects, but sometimes they don’t. This year, I spread out the contents of one box on the floor of my craft lair and discovered unfinished sweaters, Alpine lace, knitting needles, bobbins, threaded tapestry needles. Many things were individually wrapped in plastic bags and labeled. My impression was that a knitter’s projects stopped suddenly, and everything ended up in the box.
Thank you, you, you for trusting me.
Did you see the last package was finally picked up at the post office? http://owlhousecats.blogspot.com/ She says thank you! She cannot find you on the book of faces, so I assume you have abandoned that hive of scum and villany. If you are still on the squeaker of birds, you can DM so I can pass info along so you to reach out and touch me as you wish.
My mudroom is full of yarn from someone’s gramma who can’t any more. She is happy it’s being used for Something Good and there is hope for that it’s being passed on and not being tossed inna landfill or worse.
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