Monday, November 24, 2008

Hi Everyone,

A few weeks ago I received a very nice e-mail from a knitting Guild asking my permission to use my free sweater pattern for charity work. They also asked if they could download the pattern, copy and distribute it to their guild members. This letter was special for a number of reasons. Designers usually put free patterns on their site to encourage people to visit and hopefully buy some of their future designs. Unfortunately it is an uphill battle trying to fight copy right infringement, so it was very refreshing to get an e-mail requesting permission. Not only were they asking me, but they also were going to do such good works with the pattern. I was so impressed, I not only gave my permission, but asked them to send me photos of their work.

Here's their letter and photo that I just received this afternoon.

Thank you again for allowing our knitting guild to use your Very Easy Child's Sweater pattern for a Guild KAL to support the Salvation Army. Last Thursday evening was our donation to the Salvation Army and there were lots of these little sweaters. The ladies loved knitting them and I believe will be making even more to donate. I am attaching a photo of the ladies who were present on Thursday evening who had finished sweaters or sweaters still on the needles from your wonderful pattern.
We are the Woolgatherer's Knitting Guild of Plymouth, Michigan. We meet in the Salvation Army building in Plymouth. While many of us knit for multiple charitable endeavors, the main charity knitting focus of our Guild is the Salvation Army. We knit to support many of their activities. These sweaters will go to their holiday distribution, where they allow pre-screened needy families come to "shop" for their families for the holidays. The sweaters and hats from your pattern will warm the bodies and hearts of many children this winter.
Thank you for sharing your pattern.
Mary Dixon

The Happily Hooked on Crochet Chapter of CGOA, the guild that I am a member
of, also does a lot of charity work, and we are collecting items right now to be
donated to the Salvation Army.

Great work all, I love it!


Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Hi Everyone,

I had the fun and pleasure of hosting the Happily Hooked on Crochet Chapter's
November meeting.

I love having everyone at my house, and as usual, we had a great time.
We were making
items to sell at our annual fundraiser.

Everyone is so busy working on their

Here's Nancy modeling her
beautiful shawlette.

We had fun, got a lot done too.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Scarves for charity etc

Hi again,

I managed to get some photos in. One may be a duplicate, but I am afraid to delete anything.
I don't want to have to start all over again.

Every day Marie receives scarves from people wanting to help the needy.
The fleece scarves
were made by students wanting to do their share.

Marie tells me that this is only some of the scarves donated, there are several more cartons full all packed up and ready to go.

Truly amazing and heartwarming.

Have a great day!


Scroll down to read a little more about the scarf project.

Scarves for charity etc

Hi Everyone.

I don't know why I am having a problem with the new blog, but I am. Every time that
I manage to get an entry in, it takes me forever to figure out how to do it again.
Google keeps telling me that I am submitting the wrong information, so I have
to start all over again. So frustrating!

I am having the monthly meeting of our group - Happily Hooked on Crochet, at my house on Sunday, perhaps Dee
will be able to help me out. Dee is one of my "go to people" when I have computer

A few months ago, my local yarn shop THE YARN AND CRAFT BOX, in Pawling, N.Y. started a drive to collect scarves to hand out to needy during the cold winter months. Marie, owner of the shop, put out the call to all her customers and told them that she had hoped to collect 500 scarves by December 1st.
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I was in the shop on Monday, and the piles of scarves had grown to 727 and still
coming in. Marie has each donor sign their name on a little tag and attaches them
to the scarves.

Word has spread about the program and Marie is collecting scarves from all over.
Some people make just one, others make many. This is a small town and the response has been overwhelming, it is very heart warming to see how much people care.

I have been trying to add photos, but its not working for me now.

Have a great day!