Saturday, January 30, 2010

Things are arriving!

You're not seeing extra images - three plain white bags with simple white tags, and the work of an industrious woman - 20 mittens, 20 toques and 20 slippers! Wonderful!

One very thoughtful knitter donated some space bags. These will be very handy for Anita and I as we pack up the boxes over the next short while - we are determined to get as much as we can in each box, and these will be great! Thank you for these, and the very cuddly warm blankets they came with.

I am sure a little one will love to play pirates with this sweater on! And, check out the socks!

Check out this great stuff! Hats, socks (oh my), scarves, blankets, slippers... wonderful talent out there, and such generosity!

Thank you, one and all.

These are from some talented women in Little Britain. I used to work near there, and learned a lot from some volunteers from Little Britain and Lindsay. A beautiful area, full of giving people!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Knitting Ladies

I know not all of you are on Ravelry, so I thought I'd add this note here as well:

More news: I talked to Lorraine, in Sheshasuit this morning. I have to say, its so nice now. When we first started the project, I think the community was a bit wary - they have been through this before, I get the sense. Now that we’ve got a couple of years worth of shipments under our belt, its like they kind of trust us. Lorraine (who is a woman of few words) just giggled when I said we get stuff for the Innu kids from the US and Japan now, as well as all over Canada. So the conversation went like this:

Anita: Hi, its Anita, the -
Lorraine: Knitting lady (laugh)
Anita: Hey, how did it go with the the last shipment we sent?
Lorraine: Oh its all gone. The kids are wearing it now. Everything is gone. We gave out most everything at the clinic, and we took some of the hats and mittens to the school, and they all went fast.
Anita: Great! So Lorraine, are we shipping too much? We don’t want to overwhelm you…

Lorraine: Its not too much. Its all used. I’ll tell you when its too much.
Anita: Okay so February? I’ll get it to Goose Bay - you get it the rest of the way.
Lorraine: Yep
Anita: And next September?
Lorraine: Yep
Anita: You rock, Lorraine. You are so awesome! Thanks for doing this!
Lorraine: Thank you, knitting lady (laugh laugh)! and hangs up.

So I don’t know if Lorraine has a camera, but next time I will ask her, and see if she can email a photo or two that I can post - not sure if it will work, but I’d love to see some of the stuff on the kiddies.
Thanks to all you “knitting (and crochet) ladies”!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

It Came from Japan - the Sequel

So Barbara is a Canadian who lives in Japan right now (so she can be close to the grand-babies) and also teaches English (correct me if I'm wrong, Barbara).

Last year, she did a bunch of hats, and my boy tried one on and loved it. Well this year, she did a bunch again (see below) and threw one in for my boy - check him out modelling the Senators' number. He's right now wearing it, even though he's inside.

Thanks again, Barbara, you rock!

Post #1 - Jeanine and the gang from Ottawa

I have not even posted a third of the stuff that we got here, but here's a bunch of stuff I picked up from Knit-Knackers and Yarn Forward.

My cute but shy cousin, Ritu, is putting out the socks of Aubergine's mommy, Jeanine the sheep lady. Jeanine has been in this with us since Day 1 - we love you, girl!
Okay there were so many amazing things that came in the mail last week. Check out the next 2 posts below for more.


Post #2 Corine and Chococupcakegirl

Hey, my cousin Ritu is here right now, helping me take pictures of this stage. Okay here are a bunch of pictures. The first two are from Michelle of Montreal, aka chococupcake girl. Cupcake (can I call you cupcake?), made these gorgeous sweaters. What yarn is it? Can you tell me where you got the pattern for the first one.

And below are some beauties from Corinne from Lachine. I took a separate picture of the mitties because they were so cute and warm (okay, I tried them on, I admit it).

Post #3 - Brandon and Scarborough

Above is something sweet I got in the mail from S Schira of Brandon MB. S, thanks for your note on the back of the package - it made me smile.

Lynne is our technical wizard - she redesigned our logo last year, and continuously fiddles with our graphics on Ravelry to make them brighter and better. Renaissance girl that she is, she also knits: so here are her socks and hats. Thanks, Lynn!

Monday, January 4, 2010

What do Fort Collins Colorado and Merritt BC have in Common?

You were going to say mountains, right? I'll tell you what they have in common: they are the homes of fabulous knitters. Check out these hats from Merritt.

And what about the beautiful blanket and vests from Joan Briar of Colorado? They are extra warm and cuddly. Joan, we got it, and there was no customs charge - very crafty of you to put a value of $5 on there, even though I know your stuff is priceless.

We also picked up a wack of stuff from Wool 'n' Things in Ottawa. I really love those guys. The lovely Gisele has also said that she's willing to keep on collecting after the January date. Yay Gisele!

Unfortunately, I see no nametags in the stuff dropped off to Wool 'n' Things, but I wanted to show you the amazing blanket that some beautiful, generous knitter put together, above.
So how were your holidays? We have fun in sunny California with the extended fandamily. We have a saying: "if nobody cries, it ain't Christmas". Christmas day went something like this:
Anita (to her 4 year old niece, Jasmine): Jasmine, please take that penny out of your mouth.
Jasmine: No.
Anita: Please, I don't want you to choke.
Jasmine: Why do I have to take it out?
Anita: Because if you swallow it, that's it. No more Jasmine.
Jasmine: AHHHHHHHHHHHHH! (then wets her pants).
New holiday saying: "If Anita doesn't clean pee off the floor, it ain't Christmas.".
Hope your holidays were swell. Best wishes to all of our Warm Hands partners in the New Year!