Six of our eight grandchildren were at our home for a sleep-over this past weekend, and between movies and treats and brushing their hair and getting everyone ready for bed, it was very hectic....BUT it made me stop and realize how very lucky we are. They are all warm and happy and healthy and have pretty much everything they need to keep them that way.
And I got to thinking of all the children who don't have even the basics..good food, fresh water, miniumum healthcare or even a little toy or doll...so, in that vein...here is my latest idea!
Georgian College's Nursing students do a stint each year in the Dominican Republic as part of their program. They have to pay to get themselves there, pay for the supplies they know they will need there, and this requires a lot of fund-raising and support from friends and family.. In addition, these "Izzy" dolls are always part of the travelling group, as while they travel to the Dominican stuffed in between medical supplies, as soon as they get there, they are free to go out and "play with the kids!"
So, here is what I propose....let's all get together and make Izzy dolls for these kids who have probably never had a toy. Next Thursday, February 24th at The Purple Sock from7-9PM, we will be knitting up Izzy Dolls! I will have lots of small balls of acrylic yarns available for you, the pattern is free, the stuffing is here, and we will have a great time! You will need 3mm needles, so if you have those, bring 'em along, as well as any extra acrylic or novelty yarns that you have.
BUT, if for some reason you cannot come on Thursday, but still want to be involved, here are some other options:
1. I can send you the pattern and you can get started at home.
2. If you are not a knitter, you can donate a Loonie or a Twoonie towards the purchasing of supplies or more stuffing.
3. You can drop off your extra acrylic yarns to make room for more yarn that you will actually use, lol! or stuffing that you are not going to use.
4. You could even pick up the dolls and help embroider the faces if embroidery is your thing.....
So, all in all, this is an exciting project and I wanted to email and tell you about it...please feel free to give me a call or email if you have any questions!
Hopefully, we will see you at 7PM on Thursday, the 24th at The Purple Sock.
p.s. If you would like to see more about this project at Georgian College, go to:
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Here is a photo of a great scarf called Molly. This one was knit by Georgetown Yarns. she kindly sent me this photo of it.
It is out of Liberty the yarn I talked about in my last post. I have started to knit one but mine is not done yet. I sure like the look of it!!
Saturday, February 5, 2011
One of the most wonderful things about owning a yarn shop is the sheer joy of opening parcels filled with new, delicious, soft, delectable yarns.
I love having the opportunity to share them with you, and this one is so special I just couldn't wait for you to see it in the shop, so here it is!
From Classic Elite Yarns, this Liberty Wool is 100 % machine washable ...the touch, the feel, the hand of it, is so soft and "squishy" and the colours..wow, don't get me started on the colours! Check them out ...the variations in colour, how one slides into the other with such gentle transition...simply gorgeous. In addition to the colours below, there will be two new colours coming out each month for the next 4 months.
This yarn is fabulous for kids and babies, and has terrific stitch definition ~ all this and it is only 10.00 a ball! There is a great pattern book which includes a stunning ruffled edge scarf created by short rows, a mitered square scarf, several amazing sweaters, hats, and a darling kids sweater as well. So, as a special treat, if you come in and purchase the yarn for one of the projects in the booklet, I will discount the pattern book by 40%. This offer is good till the end of Feburary.
Hope to see you soon..the shop is warm and the tea is on...