Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Boxes - They Don't Stop

Hey guys,

Every time I go to the post office, the workers there ask me what Warm Hands is. I'm considering telling them we're a cult. Why can't I freak out a postal worker, instead of it always being the other way around?
Okay, here are some pics. The stuff comes from lots of people, some who send in their stuff anonymously, and some who proudly display their names.

Our favorite sheep-lady, Jeanine, dropped off her stash of stuff, mucho stuff, including six hand-sewn baby quilts (sample above and below.

My former librarian, Daphne, went to town on the hats this year:

Then there is Kathleen of Bedford Nova Scotia, who I will now refer to as the sock lady. 18 warm knitted things - the box was bustin'

And what about Sheri of Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Um, can I ask what's the story with all of you prolific eastern knitters?

These mittens came from she who shall remain nameless (lady, if you're out there, please post a note so that I can enter you in the draw). I'll give you a hint, your box looked pregnant. If you tell me what colour it was, I'll know it was you!
Thanks to all, and I'll post more as they come in.
Anita and Amy

Thursday, November 20, 2008

We're filling boxes!

Our shipping deadline is coming up! We are hoping you can drop off your items by Nov. 30, and we'll take it from there. I am already amazed by what you have contributed, and know from the Ravellers that there are more items on the way.

Don't forget about our draw!

I have been converted to knitting on round needles now - the hats go pretty quickly, and no seaming which seems to slow me down a few weeks at least! I was able to make a few en route to Vancouver this week. A nod to the lovely yarn of Penny Stewart on Granville Island. Next time, I will note the closing time - I had to settle for handling someone else's.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Les Chapeaux D'Alix

Here are some hats created by the lovely and talented Alix who knits out of Haley Waxberg's store, Knitomatic. My favorite is the green stripey one - I had to try it on - a perfect fit for my watermelon! Alix, you are in the draw nine-fold.
Here is a note from our sheep-lady Jeanine, who dropped off stuff earlier this month:
I have delivered a bag of knitted items at Yarn Forward on Bank Street this morning. They are for the Innu children. I will have another load for them before the Nov. 30th deadline. From January I will knit for the Mongolians.
I have seen a 2-hour documentary on TV5, a French channel about Mongolia and a reality show on the same channel where participants had to travel through Mongolia with a Euro a day. What a challenge! The nomads are poor but willing to share. When they can't live on the steppe they move their yurt on the outskirts of the cities. These are the ones who really need help. I will be pleased to knit for them.

Also, here's a pattern called "Sell Your Sole" from the very cool Heather, a supporter from out West. She let us post it here because she knows that the socks and I do battle (I am at the toes on sock #2). Heather has been the Writer-in-Residence for the Banff Centre for the Arts 5 times running. Here's what her current work is about:
"identify and distinguish among four contemporary world views (positivist, interpretive, critical, and post-modern) and situate a range of contemporary theories (structuralism, new historicism, hermeneutics, critical theory, reception theory, feminist theory, Marxism, postcolonial and multicultural theory, postmodernism, etc) within those world views."
Damn, Heather, I was working on exactly the same thing. Thanks for letting me post your sock pattern anyway.
Stuff is coming in as the deadline approaches, and I can see the Ravellers are doing great - talk again soon,


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Julia and Cynthia and others

Here are a few photos of stuff that is coming in. The first one is of some items that Cynthia, who publishes Knit Together sent us - love the fact that you used our signature pattern from Mags Kandis.
The second set, including the one that my girl is wearing are from Julia of Davis, California. She makes the most incredible felted hats.
Ladies, I've put your names in the draw - good luck to ya!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Thanks for the Recent Arrivals!

Ok, Hallowe'en is over, so I have no more excuses for not posting photos! My littlest model helped out here. The cold weather is arriving, and so is the knitting! Jeannine B, and others, we salute you and your generous hearts and talented fingers. The socks are georgeous! And, I love the blanket, the hats, the baby blankets. The brown hat is even lined with fabric for an extra layer and softness.
And our continued thanks to our drop off partners, Knit-knackers and Yarn Forward for their support and storage.
Say, does anyone out there know if Afaloss Lopi will get softer in time? I'm keeping the hand lotion close while I am knitting with it and hoping for the best with this hat I am working on.