Early in 2016 I committed to sending 200 items to Pine Ridge. It was that commitment which initially inspired me to learn to crochet. I started with cotton dishcloths and then went to winter scarves and then to hats. After about 30 hats I got a bit bored with hats and needed a bit of a break so I decided to make a baby blanket. The first blanket I made using Lion Brand’s Lemon Swirl Big Scoop Ice Cream Yarn. This one is made using Lion Brand’s Cotton Candy Big Scoop Ice Cream Yarn.
I got a bit bored making hats so decided to take a break and do something else for a while. I found some gorgeous blue, yellow, white, and aqua baby yarn and decided it would make a beautiful baby blanket. I decided it was time to learn a new crochet stitch…having only known single crochet up to that point. So I watched some YouTube videos and learned how to do the half double stitch. This baby blanket/afghan is done totally in half double crochet. There is no pattern…just half double crochet and variegated yarn.
This quilt first began to come to life a couple of years ago thanks to Christian romance author Autumn Macarthur. Autumn gifted me with a surprise gift of money to buy fabric for the charity quilts I make as a thank you for some editing I had done for her.
It’s been a little while since I posted pictures of crocheted items. Last week I finished making 15 rectangles (10 of the light camel color and 5 of the pretty variegated). These will be sent to the Happy Stitchers Afghan Project where they will be joined with rectangles made by others from around the world to form afghans. The finished afghans are then sent to Landstuhl Hospital in Germany.
Finally, at long last, the blue butterfly quilt is finished! I decided to quilt it with a bright pink all over stipple design. I backed it in a blue print and used the same blue print for the binding. The binding is machine stitched with a decorative stitch.
Last week was a busy week with items going to both Warm the Homeless in Canada and these items going to Bridge and Beyond, an organization that provides warm blankets, socks, hats, gloves, mittens and other items to the homeless in Ohio. There were two hats, four cotton washcloths, and a winter scarf in this shipment.
It’s always fun when the time comes to send off the things I’ve made for organizations that distribute items to those less fortunate. These squares (52 of them) are currently making their way to the Canadian based Warm The Homeless, a group that makes and distributes quilts, afghans, blankets and mittens to the homeless.
A short freebies list isn’t always a bad thing. This week there are a lot of great finds in inexpensive embroidery as well as several neat projects in the free sewing patterns section. Enjoy!
I have a very short Sunday Freebies post for you today. This week I spent more time sourcing materials for projects that I’m thinking about making than searching out new patterns. The results of those searches will make their way into upcoming posts on places to buy apparel fabric, places to buy lace and other trim, places to buy fabric by the pound, and places to buy yarn.
This week I’ve finally finished my first group of hats that will go to Pine Ridge. These are items 1-6. I thought it’d be fun to share the images as the year progresses.
These hats don’t really use a pattern…I used a tutorial from YouTube to get the basic idea and have followed my own muse since then.
There are tons of organizations worldwide which welcome quilted, crocheted, and other handmade items. This page includes a growing list of organizations accepting and distributing quilted and crocheted items. If you know of an organization that accepts handmade items which is not on this list please leave a comment and I will add it to the list.