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12 October 2005 @ 06:30 am
Don't forget that tonight at 7 pm is our charity craft meeting at Java Vivace.

The address is:
2287 NW Pettygrove St
Portland, OR 97210-2607
(503) 228-3667

If you need a refresher course, if you want to be taught the basics on knitting or crochet, please feel free to come. I will be bringing yarn, lirrin will be bringing needles and hooks, but bring your own if you have some to use!

Hope to see you there!
10 October 2005 @ 09:21 am
(Reposted with permission from zinger's post on damnportlanders)

i work at transition projects, a community service center for the homeless. with the cold season upon us (and it's only going to get worse) we are in desperate need of your leftovers and throwaways: sweaters, coats, hats, mittens, wet-weather shoes, ponchos, and especially blankets. if you have ANYTHING that is still usable, please bring it to:
475 NW Glisan St, on the corner of 5th and Glisan, just off the Steel Bridge.

we also hand out hygiene kits on a constant basis and will welcome things like bars of soap, sample packets of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, travel sized toothpaste and deoderant, dental floss, toothbrushes, and packages of tampons and pads, even aspirin, bandaids, and anti-septic wipes.

who wants a tax write-off?
07 October 2005 @ 05:17 pm
I have yarn and a few crochet hooks and many knitting needles to donate to the cause. If you have none of the above and want to come, there ya go! Yours to take home, and the needles and hooks you can keep. (Of course the yarn will become something fabulous to give away to charity!)
07 October 2005 @ 01:47 pm
Our next meeting will be Wednesday night at 7, at Java Vivace in Northwest Portland. They have couches and chairs, so we'll give the place a try and see if it works out. They also have good crepes. :~)

Come on out and show us what crafts you work on, do some knitting/crocheting and chatting, learn simple patterns, and help out homeless kids!
05 October 2005 @ 01:18 pm
Hello all...
This is a charity run by a woman in Vancouver who I knew vaguely when I worked for the same company. It's a small, grassroots charity with little in the way of grant support or money, they just do it out of love and because they saw a need. They make up bags for homeless teens in Vancouver (and any who come over from Portland of course) and give them out. They advertise amongst the teens primarily by word of mouth. Just a plug to say we have at least one good outlet for crafted charity items. And even if you can't make many of the crafting sessions, if you happen to craft these things at home and want to donate, let me or Tamyranev or Jaimie Ann know, I'm sure we could arrange to pick up or meet you somewhere.

This charity's bags usually include things like toiletries, socks, and maybe vouchers for food. Here's the exchange I had with the woman via email (edited for inane content and to cut phone numbers.)

Hello Carol,

Do you still do the "Bags of Love" charity in Vancouver? If so, I'd love to chat with you about what kinds of things you might need, particularly for winter. We're starting up a charity crafting group, and we're looking for ideas for craft projects as well as people to receive our crafts.

Right now, we're thinking along the lines of fleece hats/scarves, or crocheted or knitted hats, scarves, mittens, and socks. We're also looking at small crocheted animals and things along those lines.

If you're still doing that work and have any use for these kinds of items, or if you have another suggestion for us either on who might want items or on what items might be useful to you, please let me know!

Hi Lisa,

Yes, we would love to have your help. Most of the items you mentioned are things that we do put in our bags, even the little animals. We give them to the teens so that they feel they do have a friend,(even if they don’t feel they do!)

If you would like to give me a call at home or call me here at work! We can use all the help we can get. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
25 September 2005 @ 09:58 pm
Our next meeting is tomorrow at 2 pm, at the Tanasbourne Coffee People near Target. We're still looking for a more craft-friendly location, but Coffee People should be ok for this meeting. If you have ideas, patterns, or just want to meet us and talk about what we're doing, come on over!
19 September 2005 @ 10:25 am
After talking to various people at the YWCA, I just spoke to someone at Yolanda House, a domestic violence shelter for women and their children. They said they can definitely use hats, scarves and blankets. The children are usually under ten years old. I'm sure they could use something cute and comfy after having their lives uprooted. We can keep them in mind as we consider where to make donations.
18 September 2005 @ 07:50 pm
Just wanted to let y'all know, in case anyone was wondering "Um, where are we going to get supplies for this? Bring our own? What? Do we have to knit or crochet or both or sew or what?" It's great if you can bring yarn, hooks, needles, and supplies. At this point, it's not required because we have some stuff to start. And enthusiasm is more important than knowing how, too. :-)

I can teach people to crochet. (Lefties, you're on your own for figuring out backwards instructions if you don't want to learn right handed. *heh* I'm not smart enough to teach backwards, unfortunately.) I can also teach you to read a pattern if you don't know how. It looks like a mess, but it isn't hard once you get going. I think most charity patterns are the simpler ones that don't require much in the way of reading patterns anyway. You can always make a scarf or a simple hat with just basic stitches.

I can't teach people to knit. I am a barely competent knitter. I would love to have someone teach me to make socks with the little three-needle routine, if anyone is that patient.

I went to an estate sale and scored 21 skeins of yarn for about $5.00. Some have enough to make a hat and scarf set, some just one or the other, and I have 6 skeins of burgundy that could be made into an afghan or something. I also picked up a handful of crochet hooks, some of which I'm happy to donate to the cause if you lack a hook for crocheting and want to learn. I will probably be garage-saleing and estate-saleing with my Mother in Law in the next couple of weeks, so I'll keep my eyes open for more deals.

My latest suggestion for a place to meet was a knitting/crocheting coffee shop. Anyone have a favorite that you think might be open to having a handful of us doing this in their shop in the afternoon or evening? I'm happy to call the shop to talk to them if anyone has any recommendations, otherwise I'll just try finding them at random. :)

If we want to venture into sewing, like fleece goods or quilts, we'll need a place to meet where we can set up machines. Haven't scored one of those yet...
18 September 2005 @ 05:02 pm
I noticed that we had several new members. I just wanted to say hi and I hope that even if you don't join us for our crafty time that you will get some use out of the link patterns I have been posting and do some charity crafting on your own!

If you have any ideas or patterns or anything else to share or add, please feel free to do so.
15 September 2005 @ 08:04 am
Added p2 Designs Charity Patterns and Ray of Hope Premature Babywear to the list of charity patterns in this post.

Please keep in mind that you could really use any pattern for charity crafting, I just believe that these charity pattern sites have more basic type patterns.