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Giving Back – Knit and Crochet Ideas To Support Your Favorite Charity

Giving Back – Knit and Crochet Ideas To Support Your Favorite Charity


Good morning, this is Kelley with Alpaca Direct and I’m so happy to be here with you today. We are going to be talking about giving back and projects that we love to Invest our time in and give back to our community, and we also want to talk about a few acts of random kindness So the first thing I wanted to go over is I wanted to talk about the winner from last week who has won this bamboo cup number 306 and that’s Juneau Atkins and So we will be contacting her for her shipping information and This week we are going to be Our price for this week is some Raja it’s called perfect and what’s neat about this is if you see the striping on the yarn and has yellow striping and If you start with that yellow strand you get a perfectly Symmetrical pair of socks out of it and so this is the price for this week And it’s a wool sock cap it’s quite lovely and it has if you see it, it’s sort of a fade find your fade in there and So that’s the price for this week and the way that you enter to win is you post? comments in the comment section you tell us what you’re working on and You tell us where you’re from or anything that you want to tell us or share with our Alpaca direct friends is great, and then you’ll be entered to win so Debbie Barker says good morning from, Oklahoma Hi, good morning, Debbie Walker. It’s so nice to have you with us It’s wonderful being able to share time with all of you, and I also wanted to thank our facebook guess There are a few people that I wanted to mention Debbie dr. Is get working on her Michelle hunter, and this is our middle arm? I’m a little bit behind on and this is what I’m talking about Debbie doctors working on her And she has the gray color way and hers and that looks quite lovely I wanted to thank her for sharing with us And this is a great noodle um from Michelle hunter, and the pattern will be on her website You can get it for free through May 31st So if you’re interested in doing the net along you can do the knit along or you can Go ahead and just download the pattern and do it on your own time or what-have-you but she has great video tutorials And I would highly recommend her Using her patterns because her instructions are great learning material, so that’s that and this Knit mom is using the concentric – start to fall apart a little bit even though. I’ve kept it in a ziploc bag and It’s made out of a hundred percent baby alpaca And it’s a gradient yarn quite beautiful and use four strands to knit together and that’s how they do the fade colorway of it But that’s really fun also I wanted to mention to you that Susan came back from vacation, and we’re so happy to have her back We just love Susan, and we missed her while she was gone, but she did have a good time on vacation So we are happy to have her back, and she has these necklaces I had talked about these on a previous Facebook life, and she makes these for us and Susan is quite talented, and we’ve sold out of these immediately and these are great gifts for Mother’s Day So she has made more for us and brought them back into stock, so if you would like to purchase a necklace They’re now back in stock and let me see if I can see this goes at the top here But what they are is they’re lovely little stitch markers, and I think they go up to a number 10 needle So you can wear this around your neck and give it to your knitting buddies, and they will always have a stitch marker Handy for their projects even when they go on the airplane or what have you so these are make great Mother’s Day gifts So I can’t highly recommend that enough and I’ll show you the little box that she makes for them. It’s quite cute So see she hand makes all these for us And that’s from Susan who works here in our shop, and she’s a fantastic meter And she’s so completely talented, and so I wanted to show those to you The groups that we’re gonna be talking about today that we love to donate to is One of them is called Project Linus And I know it’s not meaning it is our quilting buddies that are making these quilts and so I wanted to show them to you and Tell you a little bit about Project Linus and the thing about Project Linus that I love so much is it helps children that have been through tragic events and these Quilts and what have you you can even knit some of this stuff and the way you find out more about these projects is they? Will be posted on our blog right Jim and they will also You can even search and Ravelry if for some reason you can’t find it on our blog You can search and robbery or you can just check the blog out, but let me just show you a few examples of what our Community has done to help Project Linus These are all handmade by quilters and They’re donated for children. Do you see how big it is it’s huge, and it’s beautiful And it’s quilted see the back of it. How it’s all finished That’s what our community does for those in need Just a few little things that they do I’m gonna show you a few more because these are worth looking at and You know in your community you guys can do They have project blindness So you can do the research and see where the local chapter in your area is here’s another one Isn’t that beautiful and see how it’s quilted differently on the back it has like Beautiful stitching on the back and front as well No, we’re a drop off that you might mention – yes, we’re also a drop off and then we send them in for the people and yeah, so you can come in and drop your quilts off here and Haydn or You know you can find your local chapter. Just chapter cuz it’s not only just here in Haven. It’s in different areas Here’s one last one. I’m going to show you But do you see how beautiful that Was a lot of work that went into that the person who did this did this with love in their hearts? And I think it really helps people the kids can keep them for years and years, so And then when you’re sending in your projects It’s nice if you write a note and you can write on the note the care instructions and maybe a little thought of what you Were thinking about when you are doing the project? People really enjoy that then they enjoy it almost as much as the hard work that you’ve invested into your projects So yeah, I would definitely consider contributing to that Also, there’s another program, and it’s called the red scarf project program and what it is It is when foster children They time out when they turn 18 And then when they’re 18 the support and the resources that they had that would help them is gone It’s totally gone so the red scarf project gives red scarves to both Girls and boys that are young adults, and they also help with food gas Tire change maybe getting into an apartment, and they will also help with schooling for these kids So they have that support system as if they were in a normal family, and they get that extra support I can remember our daughter Lauren when she had moved out on her own. She was young she was about 17 and She went with us on vacation and she got back home, and she called us up and she was in tears she was crying she’s like mom I Didn’t realize that when I went on vacation and I came back that I wouldn’t have any money And she didn’t have enough money for her bills. Well. She only did that one time she learned quickly I guess we took good care of her, but anyway I can’t imagine leaving Brandon and Lauren when they were youngsters without a little extra support when they needed it and so for these foster children being able to have the Red Star project is really a neat thing And I also wanted to talk to you about these projects when you’re doing a project and you’re doing it for charity You don’t have to get the million dollar in yarn Because the kids aren’t going to know the difference between the really good yarn And the yarn that is maybe Totally machine washable with just a little bit of wool in it what have you so you don’t have to break the bank to do charity scarves I would say that the highest end of yarn that I have used for the Red scarf project is called Rios And it’s a superwash merino wool that you can throw in the wash machine And so when you’re doing these charity projects you want to make sure that is Easy care because the kids aren’t gonna know how to take care of it, and they’ll throw it in the dryer and They’ll felt it If it can be felt in and so anyways and they’ll probably lose the note that you put on it They may remember some of it, but they may not know how to take care of the scars, so this is Rios And it’s by Mallory go and it’s a super Wash which means it’s the machine washable yarn, and it’s quite lovely But you can also use the vintage chunky and the reason why I wanted to bring up the chunky yarn is Because if you’re doing a bunch of scarves you can get your work done more quickly So this vintage chunky, chunky is also a machine washable Yarn, really good quality nice and soft no itch next to your skin, and it’s great for your projects for charity and but easy care as well a Couple of other project you say you could use is Encore and this is the dynamo. It’s a very popular colorway It’s kind of fun to knit because you can see it’s striping as you’re going and so even if you’re doing simple ribbing Watching how it’s gonna pattern out is pretty cool, and this yarn is quite economical Also, not itchy also machine washable, so it’s another thought Completely acrylic yarn is Uptown worsted and this yarn is completely machine washable sturdy as can be completely comfortable And the kids will also like to wear it around their neck because there’s no itch So that’s another yarn that you can use for your charity project. They had a question. What was that again? They sure put the name of that was which one the one neither should this one. It’s called uptown worsted Yeah, so you guys when when you’re I’m talking about all of this I’m really interested in hearing about what projects you’re working on and What charities that you like to donate to because maybe there are some that I don’t know about yet? And you can teach me So that we can donate to them as well because we’re always looking at ways to give back to our community also, if you want to post in comments what you’re working on and let us know where you’re from and You can enter to where the to for the contest for this week, and it’s called this Reggie a perfect pair And what it does is it makes you two socks that are exactly alike the yarn is made to make it easy for you so you don’t have You know completely? Oddball socks, so if you like your stuff uniform this yarn is for you And you can enter to win and all you have to do is post in comments what you’re working on So you try and work um post those so that you can enter another yarn? To do to your projects out of for your charity knitting is on Cormega And this is an acrylic wool blend by Plymouth and it might take two skeins for your Scarf but it is really nice for those kids who like really chunky scars which is kind of the in thing this is a great yarn for that so I This is another option for you, and see we have the pretty color red for the knit red scarves Also, I wanted to take a moment and talk about our knitted knockers program And what it is is it’s for those women out there who have had to go undergo radical mastectomies either Bilaterally, or you know what have you one or both, but this fits inside their their bra After surgery, and it’s completely comfortable comfortable for them to wear While they’re recovering from their surgery you can imagine the surgical site is tender what have you so this knitted knockers is another way to contribute and Give back to your community and help those women that are undergoing Surgery for breast cancer and so we like to donate to them Also, I wanted to tell you about a story about officer Moore officer Moore I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but he was an officer in our area And it made a huge impact on the community that we live in Officer Moore had stopped a person on a random traffic site and he was shot in the face, and he died, and he had a young family and He want he It was just a huge thing in our community Everyone was really just devastated by the loss and so we wanted to put together a memorial in our Park in our community and so we did a blanket and it’s called The Thin Blue Line blanket, and you can find it on our website at wwlp.com But we we put that together so we can help raise funds to put a memorial in the park So that no one would forget his service to our community and he had gave up his life for us, and so anyways we did that thin blue line blanket and We’re able to Raise funds for that memorial. Also if you wanted to do that in your community for a police officer Or a firefighter or someone that you know That has maybe given their life in there with the line of duty Or just show your appreciation for those firefighters or police officers. You know maybe you’re gonna Make a blanket and put it in the firehouse for the men to keep warm. You can use this vintage and it is machine washable yarn, and it comes in full bags and Morocco has helped us to give you a 25% off discount if you buy the Kits for the blanket and on alpaca direct comm so if you wanted to do that and you wanted to do that thin blue line You know where to go go to a pocket direct calm, and we’ll also have it listed on our Facebook live post or to Push the link for it as well oh So don’t forget Sign up to win your sock yarn today This is called regia perfect pair and the reason why they call it that is you’ll have a perfect pair of socks the lines will completely line up, so why not put your comments in the comment section post your likes or Share with others and help us out here as we’re doing our Facebook life, so that we can get to as many people as possible So that we can help you all grow and we can share our ideas together. There’s a comment from Debbie Spann I’m not sure where she’s from but she says in her community. They make hats for the peace greeters It’s an organization that welcomes our troops home and abroad for every person who goes overseas they receive a new knitting or crocheted hat oh Isn’t that so lovely yeah? I’m so honored I have family members that are in the Armed Services And I so appreciate our soldiers said to go out there daily and put their lives out on the line for us, and yeah So that’s important to tell them. Thank you I’m a great fan of the jhaqo podcast and and That’s a great podcast that I listened to every day as I’ve been working out at the gym anyway, okay, so We’re back to our projects here And one more thing that I wanted to talk to you about was random acts of kindness And I did this was a perfect example. I’m sitting here thinking about this morning What kind of random acts of kindness have I seen right around me and I wanted to show you this little thing here We have one of our neighbors Chris and she also happens to be a quilter and so she comes to our open knit groups and We have coffee and tea for our knitters to enjoy when they’re here working on their knitting projects well she noticed that people were picking up the cups, and if they didn’t have the cardboard sleeve They that coffee was hot and so she came back one day, and she had taken all of her quilting scraps And I don’t know if you could see these little cup holders She just made this cup holder all these cup holders for our knitters to enjoy and it’s out of scraps that she uses from her quilting and They’re all little different Though I asked her this last week. I said you know a couple of our cup holders have gone missing Do you think you can make mark and she said of course I could so here it is less than a week later she’s probably made us 20 of these and they’re just so that our customers here at alpaca direct can enjoy their cup of coffee and not have to worry about a Burning their hands, so I wanted to show you how cute these little things And that was so sweet of Chris to do that for her But that’s just the kind of community that we have we have wonderful people here, and I am very blessed But you see how that isn’t that darling That’s what Chris did for us, and she is So kind she is such a wonderful person, and I really appreciate having her in our knitting community So I wanted to make sure and remind you that if you wanted to get this work on the concentric cowl Go ahead and download the pattern of the patterns for free and it’s on knit purl hunter comm and it uses the lovely concentric yarn hundred percent baby alpaca and You guys make sure and post and let us know what? Charities you like to donate to and maybe some random acts of kindness that you’ve seen in your community And you can be entered to win our prize for today, which is Reggie a perfect pair and so go ahead and post your comments if you like what’s going on push the like button and let us know what you’re working on so that you can be entered to win the contest and I hope that you all have a Great day today, and I hope that you enjoy giving back to others in your community and try and find ways to help others be the best that they can be and You take care have a great day, and thanks for watching

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