Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sara, Ann, Cathie, Tina and Barbara are planting trees

Nelson Henderson said 'The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.'  There's something that I love about that quote.  I got it mailed to me via the Happiness Project (they send me a morning quote each day which kind of sets my compass most days). 

Ahhhh September.  The month in which you are so grateful for every hot day because you can see them disappearing soon.  The month when asking "how was your summer?" is the greeting instead of "I cannot believe its so cold out here?  It was minus 30 this morning for (*&$ sake.  When is this freaking winter going to be over?  What's it going to go down to tonight?"

Or is that just the standard Ottawa greeting? 

In September, the letter-carrier and I also get to be girlfriends.  I see her a lot more, as she's dropping off your fabulous boxes.  And without further ado...

SO Sarah (aka camrosegirl), Ann (aka hockeyfleck) and Cathie of Camrose Alberta sent in a lovely box of items.  Above are 3 blankets by them.

And here are a bunch of itty-bitty socks.  Ladies, I can't tell you how much I appreciate you adding the labels.  You are saving the Warm Hands army lots of legwork (fingerwork?) on packing night.

And another blanket and hats by the same gang, with a pair of mitties thrown in for good luck.

This hat a mittens comes from Knits Yours, Knot Mine.  Her zibbet shop can be found here.  Sabrina, I love your stuff, and thank you so much for sending in the spinny hat and beautiful baby sweater.

Tina is from Greenfield Park, QC.Tina Martin, what is your rav name?    At any rate, we looove your hats.  The sizes are great, and you are a gifted pom-pom maker.  How come my pom-poms always turn our scraggly, and yours are a poofy work of art?

Barbara Dreher is our longest-distance knitter.  She lives in Takasuki City, Osaka, Japan.  Barbara, my boy (the one you knit the sens hat for) took this picture of your stuff.  He wanted it to be arty, so he grabbed a flower from our garden and threw it in there.

And Barbara also made these gorgeous two-ply hats.  They are larger sizes, which is always lovely for the older kids.  I can just see some kids in Moosonee and Gjoa Haven turned out in Barbara designs.

On a final note, we got an email from Vogue Knitting recently - looks like we're going to be featured in their Canada Gives column at Christmas time (Carlene, our VEEP communications will fill you in a bit more).  Did you ever think when we started this journey together, that we would be here?  Remember when the goal was 50 items to ship in total?  We've got more than that in this blog post alone. 

Thanks to all of you WarmHanders for planting those trees.

xxxooo ab


Anonymous said...

It is so heart warming to read this blog. Makes you want to be with your needles and yarn all the time.
Thanks Anita and all of you WH Knitters. Jeannine

Anonymous said...

We knitters love to share our love around. And personally, I love to use up my leftovers in such a useful and worthwhile way. I'm glad they will be enjoyed.


Knits Yours, Knot Mine said...

I'm a month late, but I wanted to thank you for featuring my stuff on your blog. :) I love knitting for charitable causes when I can, and it's supporting Canadians in need to boot. :D Great work, guys! I'll be sure to send more stuff soon!