Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Link Share

It's link sharing time!

I found this post with large pictures and instructions on how to work an invisible join at Wool n Hook.

Then I ran across a tutorial demonstrating one method of making a ripple at Attic 24. I've been there before and I think I've even seen this particular tutorial before so I may have shared it previously. If so, I'm doing it again. :-)

I also discovered the Crochet Happy blog which I spent quite a bit of time perusing. You might like to also have a look. I particularly enjoyed her article on copyrights.

If you're one to plan your decorations ahead or you just know someone for whom this would make an appropriate gift, you might consider this Halloweenish skull and bones by Sarah London. It's for sale not free.

It's football season so perhaps you or someone you know is having a wee one who could use a football hat. Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me has this one. She also demonstrates a different method of joining rounds which you might like to try.

If you are into Tunisian crochet (afghan stitch) and bothered by that curling thing, you might like to check out Kim Guzman's tips to help with that problem.

Since this is the season of giving, I'll share a few charity links that might touch you.

First Sandy at the Bridge and Beyond helps the homeless. It's pretty cold in Ohio so I know they'd appreciate a hat and scarf or a pair of warm socks.

Christmas at Sea keeps mariners warm and shares a bit of cheer during the holiday season. Their main office and storage facility was flooded during Hurricane Sandy but almost all of the donations were saved. You can read about it on their blog.

Let's show a little love to our veterans by donating a scarf to Knit Your Bit. They even have both knit and crochet patterns you can use though any pattern is accepted.

Of course we still have troops in harm's way and also those serving in spots that are not now in conflict. Operation Gratitude makes care packages to send to these troops. They include in these packages handmade scarves and hats. What is good about this particular effort as far as handmade items go, is that their requirement is for a shorter scarf (to fit in their boxes) so you can make more! 5-6" x 48".

Also I just learned of Give 2 the Troops which has some great lists if you want to make your own package or send items to them to send on where it's needed. I was particularly impressed with their page on items needed by the female soldiers. Mostly one hears to send what would be useful to men - colors and styles - as the females don't want to be set apart from the men. They have enough trouble fitting in. But there are some things that women can use that are used privately and don't affect their working time. Good list.

Native Americans need help particularly during the cold winter months. Crafting for a Cause (a yahoogroup) gives one the opportunity to help by sending scarves, hats and other items directly to the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota.

Another group that helps the Native Americans is Love Afghans for PRR (yahoogroup). Pam collects squares of all sizes and assembles them into warm afghans which are then sent to the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. Finished afghans are also accepted. There is also a Ravelry group for this program.

I also have to include SIBOL, a charity effort run by Sue across the pond. I had to include it because I just love Sue! She does such a fabulous job on her blog and in assembly of the afghans for her local nursing homes.

There are so many other worthy charities that you can donate to. I have a list on the sidebar here and I'm sure you have your own efforts - feel free to share in the comments if you know another worthy charity that you have personal experience with.

Myself I was just talking to a friend who works at a hospital oncology unit and she said they use lapghans there. So there ya go. If you have lapghans made (new) with no place to send them or you want to make lapghans, send 'em over and I'll pass to my friend. I haven't set anything up with her officially but will be talking to her again about this soon.

That's all for now!

Happy crocheting!

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