Saturday, March 9, 2019

A winter update

It's been awhile since there's been an update from Warm Hands Network HQ. Some knitters have been asking about what's up, so I thought I'd better provide an update. Packages have been trickling in the past few months, and I'm sure my local letter carrier is wondering what I'm up to! Lately he's getting a good workout navigating my skating rink of a driveway with large packages.

We were going to have a packing night in January, but a few members of Team Packing couldn't make it due to travel and illness. As well, because of the ice and snow that have accumulated here on my street, leaving a shortage of parking, and because my driveway is basically unsafe at this point (see above), we postponed packing night until later in March.

Back in December I brought a 25 lb box of items to a fellow who works in Iqaluit and who was in Ottawa over Christmas. He gave them to his colleague, one of our "runners", who then distributed the items to communities further north.

We missed the doctors' trip to Iqaluit in January, as I received last-minute notice that they were going up, and I was out of town at the time. With our packing night later this month, we will have boxes ready to go when transport opportunities present themselves.

I've made a couple of trips to Larga Baffin with blankets, slippers, a few baby things, donated fur coats, knitting and sewing supplies. These are always well received.

At this time, I'd like to mention a few things regarding the items being contributed. We appreciate the time, effort, and expense that go into creating items for the children and families up north. However, lately there have been some issues with some of the items that have been contributed. If you're not sure about sizing, try the item on yourself or a family member or friend. If it is something you or someone in your family would wear, then please send it. Please "think warm" with regards to yarn and pattern choices - natural fibres, and no decorative holes or lace patterns. Due to limited space on our shipments, we cannot ship items which are not new, have been used, are not suitable for very cold weather (ie. -35C), or preemie or small baby items. If you have friends who are knitting for the Warm Hands Network, please pass on this information to them. If you are unsure of something, please send me a message via the website main page or Ravelry. Thanks for your cooperation!

Without further ado, here are the items that will be going up north with the next shipments. We have received quite a number of packages and bags without names associated with them, so if you don't see your items it's because there was no name on or in the package. As well, sometimes I miss taking a photo of items, or I just take a photo of a sampling of your items. My apologies in advance if I missed something of yours.

Box ready to go!

From Kathy in Orleans, ON

 From Sandra in Nelson, BC

 From Mary in Indiana

 From Melanie in Burnaby, BC

 From Wendy in Ottawa

 From Jackie in Washington State

From Wendy in Smoky Lake, Alberta

 From Lynn in Selkirk, ON

From Beverly in Toronto (this is just a fraction of the mittens she sent)

 From Olive in New Brunswick

 From the Huntsville trio of knitters

 From Phyllis in Colorado

 From Anne in Victoria Harbour, ON

 From Shirley in London, ON

 From Karen in Brampton, ON

 From Jackie in Washington

 From Jan in Parksville, BC

 From Beverly in Toronto

 From Grace Sophia in California

 From Peggy in Midland, ON

 From Tracey in Burlington

 From Tracey in Burlington

 From Sharon in Illinois

 From Sabrina in Mississauga, ON

  From Maureen in Kamloops, BC

 From Maddy in Waterloo (there were other cute hats too)

From Marlene in Ottawa

(oops! lost my note re: this contributor)

Thanks everyone for your contributions! Once again, you can see that we have contributors from all over the place! 

- Suzanne (on behalf of the Warm Hands Network team)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A fall update

Well, we were planning on having a packing night on September 21st here at the Warm Hands Network HQ (aka my east-end Ottawa home) when we received word in the late afternoon that there were severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings. We decided to cancel since all the team were coming from the centre of town and the west end. It was a good call, because the tornadoes that whipped through here caused mayhem throughout the city.

In the meantime, I topped up a couple of boxes (totalling about 70 lbs) that were in progress from our last packing night and sent them off with two local pediatric physicians travelling to Iqaluit at the beginning of this month.

Next up was a trip to Larga Baffin, where I dropped off several bags of blankets, a small bag of slippers, a few fur coats, some wool, and some knitting and sewing supplies. The staff worker receiving the items was very grateful to receive everything.

This week Anita and I went to Canadian North Cargo where they received about 100 lbs of items for Jimmy Hikok School in Kugluktuk. It was very rewarding to see the boxes head into the cargo bay on their way north. When I contacted the principal at the school regarding sending items this year, she was very grateful to hear from us, as she had just given away the last hat from our last shipment.

With the closing of the two locations of Yarn Forward and Sew-On in Ottawa, we have lost one drop-off location. However, Louise at "Yarns Ewe'll Love", in the former Kanata location of Yarn Forward has agreed to be a drop-off location. Thanks Louise! 

All the items below have been sent off to Iqaluit, Kugluktuk, and locally to Larga Baffin.

My apologies if you don't see a photo of your items. I did my best to take photos before packing them up, but occasionally things get missed. Also, I hope I don't make you dizzy with the different floor angles! The room I use for "HQ" was getting crowded! Please excuse some of the differences in font size on the captions. Blogger was not cooperating with me. ;) 

For those new to the blog, the names in brackets refer to the nickname on Ravelry.

Our next shipment will be going with the doctors up north early in the new year. No set date as yet, but I'm happy to receive your parcels whenever you send them.

Finally, if you like to knit mittens or socks, we can really use those for our shipments, especially ones to fit school-aged children. Wool socks are nearly impossible to find, so they are much appreciated.

Thank you all for your contributions and keep them coming!

 A lovely collection of mittens from Christine in Rockport, Maine

 Hats, neck warmers and mittens from Barb in Hamilton (and her guide dog Lilac!)

Socks and mittens from Marie-Caroline (tineke358) in Ottawa 

Vest, hats and socks from Jeannine (DouceAubergine) in Ottawa

 Mittens, socks and neck warmers from Wendy (Wentheknitter) in Ottawa

 Hat and mittens from Christine (CraftyEllam) 

 Lots of warm socks and a pair of mittens from Edith in Stoneham, QC

 Neck warmers, mittens, and slippers from Donna (donilou2)

Blanket, neck warmers, and thrum mittens from local knitter Kathy in Orleans

Knitted mittens and colourful fleece hats from crafters in Huntsville. 
This is just a portion of what they sent! Thanks ladies!

 Hat and mittens from Carol Ann in St. Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia

A scrap nap blanket made by yours truly 

Blankets, shawls, hats and a neck warmer from Julie (Wabibrook)
in New Liskeard, Ontario

 Colourful socks and a pair of mittens from longtime contributor 
Jackie (JCL) in Washington State

Hat and neck warmers from Phyllis (NoCoMary) in Denver, CO

 A huge contribution of neck warmers from "Purls of Wisdom", 
a knitting group at "Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada"

 Slippers, hats, socks and a blanket from the "Faithful Fingers" knitting group 
at St. Paul and St. John's Anglican Church in Haileybury, Ontario 

Assorted items from the "Happy Hands Knit and Crochet Group" in Invermere, BC

 Hats, mittens and socks from the prolific Wendy (flowerman) 
in Smoky Lake, Alberta

Sweaters, vests, hats, and a sewn blanket from Anne in Victoria Harbour, Ontario

A sweet baby sweater and booties set, hats and slippers from 
Nancy in Beaconsfield, QC

Two lovely child-sized sweaters and a vest from Jan (Jangildart) in Parksville, BC

A heap of hats from knitters in Guelph and Cambridge, Ontario

 Hat and mittens from Jody (Bettysgirl) in South Carolina

 Neck warmers, hats, baby booties, and mittens from Susan in Massachusetts

 Hats and mittens from Stephanie in Illinois

 Blankets and hats from knitters in Alexandra, Ontario. 
This is just a portion of what they sent along!

 Hats and neck warmers from local knitter Claire in Orleans.

 Slippers, hats, and mittens and toys from Linda in BC 

Hats, shawls, balaclavas and blankets from Barbara (Obasaan) in Japan
(It was getting hard to find some clear floor space!)

Bag blankets for Larga Baffin sewn by Jeannine, with a blanket tucked inside

Socks and mittens from Anna (Atopbing) in Morrisburg, Ontario

 Two hats from Janet (busknitter) in New Brunswick

Mittens, neck warmer, and hats from Anne (libraryknitter6) In New Brunswick

 Hats from Sarah L. in New Brunswick

Hat and mittens from a knitter in PEI, via Janet

Blankets, slippers, fur coats, sewing and knitting supplies for Larga Baffin here in Ottawa

As you can see from this post, we have contributors from all over the place!

All the best to you all!
- Suzanne (on behalf of the Warm Hands Network team)