Tuesday, June 17, 2008

NH CONFERENCE AND HELPING HANDS FOUNDATION, ETC

Good Morning Everyone,

The time is flying by and soon knitters and crocheters from all over the country, and some from other countries, will be meeting for our National Conference.  The conference is held in Manchester NH, from July 23 through the 27th.  Many of us will be arriving on Tuesday the 22nd in preparation of attending Professional Development day on the 23rd.

I will be teaching  4 classes, Crochet Intermeshing, Free Form Knit and Crochet Combination, Crochet Embellishment, and Knit and Crochet Beyond Scarves.  I have been very busy getting my handouts ready for my classes and finishing my fashion show and contest entries.  Still lots to do on my fashion show garment.

Attendees will be arriving at different times, getting ready to attend classes, visit the market, and participate in the festivities.  In addition to the fashion show and dinner on Saturday evening, many groups plan individual meetings and dinners.  Impromptu gatherings in the lobby are such fun.  I am so looking forward to seeing lots of old friends and meeting lots more new ones.

For quite a few years, Knitters and Crocheters have been putting their hands and hearts into projects designed to help others.  Groups, such as Warm up America, collect items to help victims the nation over.  Our chapter, The Happily Hooked on Crochet group in CT, have donated hundreds of Chemo Caps, preemie hats, scarves, hats, and gloves to Danbury Hospital and the Salvation Army. 

My local yarn shop, The Yarn and Craft Box in Pawling, NY http://yarnandcraftbox.com, is collecting scarves for the homeless, to be distributed by our own Resource Center in Pawling and to shelters in New York City.  Marie Stewart, shop owner, just put out the call a short time ago, and has already received more than 150 scarves. 

It is a wonderful thing to be using our skills to help others less fortunate.

The Helpful Hands Foundation is devoted to passing on these skills to the younger generation.  Conference attendees have been asked to donate gloves and mittens to be auctioned off at the conference.  The monies raised will go to help further this effort.

The Happily Hooked on Crochet Chapter is cooking up a surprise entry.  Its still under wraps, but Dee http://crochetwithdee.com
Has asked us all to crochet lots of faces.


At the meeting last Sunday, I was able to
complete two faces.  I love my curly top!


The imagination of our members is mind
boggling!



Starry eyes and smiles.


Don't you love the masked beauty?

Be sure to look for our entry at the auction.
I'm sure it will be a standout.

Wild weather, storms and power outages
seem to be over for now.  As bad as its
been, we have been lucky compared to other
parts of the country.

Have a great day!

Margaret

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