I'm storing my straight needles now in an adorable "wintery white" ceramic cabled vase.
I found my cabled vase in the holiday section at Target. As you can see, the 8" vase is perfect for holding straights. They also have a larger 10" vase and photo frames in this "wintery white" cable design perfect for knitters who love cables! They are selling out fast in stores but are still currently available at Target online.
Hats off to Knitting Fever for their donation drive collecting warm goods for Hurricane Sandy victims!
After Hurricane Sandy my husband and I gave a donation immediately to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief. As a knitter though, one can't help but want to send warmth like a nice warm hat. As I said before, I have to limit my knitting time due to hand surgery earlier this year but I can certainly shop for hats!
Yesterday I went shopping for mens hats to send back East for Knitting Fever's donation drive. I found 13 cool beanies at Tuesday Morning. They were $15.00 hats for only a $1.99 each! They are easy-care acrylic which is best for this type of donation. I am packing them up today and shipping them off to New York. I hope they bring warmth to those in need.
If you want to help, you can take donations to participating yarn stores for Knitting Fever's drive and Knitting Fever will pick up the shipping costs. (Yay, to Knitting Fever!) Or you can ship them directly (like me) to:
They gave a shout-out to fellow crafters to knit, crochet or sew warm hats, socks, blankets, scarves, sweaters and mittens and they will deliver them to those in need.
I wanted to knit hats but due to having hand surgery earlier in the year, I have to limit my knitting. I still wanted to help. So the other day I went thrifting and found 13 gently used (even new) hats to send to the craftalong. Of the 13 hats, four were actually hand-made by someone else's loving hands. I have hand laundered them and they are now on their way to New York City.
My hope is that the hats bring warmth, comfort and a smile to some young girls and ladies who could use a warm winter hat as they recover from Hurricane Sandy.
Brett and Natalie have received over 2,700 items (and still counting) from fellow crafters. They are now busy delivering the warm goods to various shelters in the Rockaways area of New York. The deadline for their drive has ended but there are still many other groups collecting goods to help those in need.
One of my favorite companies Knitting Fever in Amityville, New York (home of my favorite designer's yarns) is accepting donations of warm clothes and goods and are delivering them around Long Island which was hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. They hope to continue to accept donations and distribute them for as long as there is a need. Please visit the Knitting Fever Facebook page or their blog for more information and ways that you can help.
I have several of her wool scarves and flower brooches and always receive compliments when I wear them.
Nicky has developed a unique way of gently felting her wool designs and is a supporter of the UK's Campaign for Wool. I love that she recycles and donates her wool scraps to local schools for children's arts and crafts projects.
When I contacted Nicky about a donation she told me:
"I have actually always supported Macmillan Cancer Support. My mum runs quite a
number of events here in the UK. It is such a good cause."
(Louisa Harding and Debbie Bliss' American Yarn/Book Distributor)
generously donated the Louisa Harding Thistle Yarn for my charity event also sent two Debbie Bliss books for my Silent Auction. Debbie told me in an e-mail, that she wished she was in the US so she could sign the books for us!
Another fabulous British Designer, Emma Bridgewater donated an adorable 2pc Polka Dot 1/2 Pint Mug Set all the way from the Potteries in England. The Emma Bridgewater company is a strong supporter of Macmillan Cancer Support and has regular events at their factory and retail stores to raise money for Macmillan.
You can even help raise funds at the auction even if you're not a knitter! I have donated my Sardi hat that I knit as a sample for my Himalayan Hiking Hat Kit fund raiser.
The Sardi hat is Louisa's pretty heart cable design and it's knit in Louisa's Thistle yarn which is a luxurious blend of Merino Wool and Baby Suri Alpaca.
I wonder who the lucky winning bidder will be?
Kim Hargreaves Books
(Autographed by Kim!) &
Nicky Thomson Flower Brooch
Louisa and Designer Kim Hargreaves have been wonderful friends for over 20 years. Kim graciously sent her two latest books, Quirky and Enchanted, from Yorkshire England and even autographed them for the auction. This is such a treat for Kim's American fans because I don't believe Kim makes many (if any) public appearances in America.
My Louisa Harding Charity Event
all started with an idea I had and a big box of yarn.
I'm still pinching myself that my little idea has now raised over $1,600.00
for Macmillan Cancer Support.
I have to say, this was all made possible thanks to
some very generous companies and people
that really, truly care.
I would like to take this time to thank the companies
that embraced my fund raising ideas to help raise money for
Louisa Harding's effort for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Louisa Harding Yarn
I owe a huge thank you to Louisa's American yarn distributor,
I took a chance and wrote them a letter about my fund raising idea. To my surprise and delight, a week later, a huge box of Louisa Harding Thistle yarn arrived
and my idea of a fund raiser became a reality.
"Thank you" Knitting Fever for your Thistle yarn donation
Once I was making up my Himalayan Hiking Hat Kits,
I wrote to Soak Wash to see if they could kindly donate a Soak Sample for each kit.
Soak is my personal favorite wool wash of choice and my
knitting teacher Danielle Bowen of Knitique, A Yarn Boutique
taught me to always soak my knits because the stitches will settle down and look so much nicer. Years ago I was so afraid to soak my knits...now I can't wait to soak my projects and watch them come to life!
"Thank you" Soak Wash for generously donating a
Soak Sample for each of my Himalayan Hiking Hat kits!
I have just about every Louisa Harding book ever published
in my personal knitting library.
The books were a big hit and the Raffle Prize Drawing alone
raised $168.00 at the event!
Owner of Knitique, A Yarn Boutique
It was one thing to have an idea but another to find the right venue for my event to be a success.
I turned to my knitting teacher and friend Danielle Bowen, the owner of Knitique, A Yarn Boutique. It seemed quite fitting to have the event at Knitique because the first Louisa Harding books I ever saw, led me to Knitique and Danielle for knitting lessons. An added bonus is that Knitique is the cutest and "hippest" yarn boutique around.
Danielle also donated some fabulous prizes for the Raffle Drawing. She is also graciously hosting my upcoming Silent Auction at Knitique while Louisa is on her Nepal Hike from November 1-11, 2012
to raise even more funds for Macmillan.
My "heart felt" thanks to all these wonderful companies that truly care. Together with their help and donations,
we have all made a difference.
Please patronize these wonderful companies
and support them whenever you can!
Thanks to Danielle Bowen and her Knitique customers,
the hat kits sold-out and I exceeded my personal fund raising goal for Macmillan! The Knitique ladies embraced the Himalayan Hiking Hat kits and Louisa's story.
The evening was filled with fun, prizes, cupcakes and my heart-felt talk about Louisa Harding and her Himalayan Hiking Hat story. Louisa wrote a personal letter for me to read that evening and I would like to share this excerpt:
"And to those of you attending this evening...
I would like to thank all you amazing knitters for supporting this event and helping me toward my fundraising goal with your very generous donations.
As most of you will know by now about my fundraising trip to Nepal and the reason behind it, but I just wanted to add that until cancer touches your family in a very immediate way you have no idea of the support network you need to help you. When my husband Stephen was diagnosed with Lymphoma, Macmillan Cancer Support played a very important and vital educational role for me alongside the comfort that came from family and friends.
A few months ago I was talking with my really lovely friend Debbie (Bliss), asking her if she would write a little piece in her magazine about my fundraising. "Of course", she replied and added, "I think it is so important that knitters realize that we are real women with real life situations, juggling our family and working lives just as they do."
And we are real women juggling just as you do, that is why I appreciate your support tonight." Louisa Harding
I also shared my personal story, connecting my favorite designer Louisa Harding to Danielle (and Knitique) and how cancer has touched my immediate family as well. The evening was so much more than just raising an incredible amount of money for Macmillan Cancer Support. It was also about supporting and honoring the women in our lives who inspire us and make a difference in our lives.
There are a limited number of Louisa's autographed book plates for her books at the event. Knitique will offer mail order for Louisa's books they carry and include a signed book plate by Louisa until they run out. If you'd like to purchase one of Louisa's books with a pretty Louisa Harding signed book plate
Please contact: Knitique, A Yarn Boutique for mail order (916) 714-7719
Knitique even has some of Louisa's early Miss Bea Collection books
with her adorable childrens patterns!
Okay, that's some of the latest news...
more exciting things are happening but I have to run
now and put some more hat kits together for tomorrow night!
and a group of knitters can make a huge difference!
My plans are in full swing now for my Louisa Harding Charity Event. I could not be doing this event without a little help from my friends and the kindness of strangers whom I have never met.
I have received fabulous support from the knitting industry, local knitters and even a few famous British ladies. Mum's the word for now...but I will be revealing some exciting details for the fabulous prizes and silent auction very soon!
I have shared the event details with Louisa and she told me,
"When I decided in January to take on this trek, I had the idea that I could raise funds by asking my knitting friends to help. I really had no idea that they would be sooooo supportive.
It really has been over whelming."
So like Louisa, I am enlisting a little help from my friends
and fellow knitters to embrace
Louisa's Himalayan Hiking Hats
a Louisa Harding book. It was actually two books, Louisa's 2007 Venezia Felice Mai Dopo and Venezia Una Volta pattern books. Page after page, Louisa's gorgeous designs and her husband Stephen's beautiful photographs (he's the photographer for her books) transported me to a magical place. I never knew hand-knitting could be so beautiful!
After discovering Louisa's books and yarns, I signed up for knitting lessons. The first Louisa Harding pattern I ever knit was Louisa's Scala Wrap from that Venezia, Felice Mai Dopo book. I even wore my Scala Wrap when I met Louisa in person back in 2009 when she visited Northern California from the UK.
Louisa's designs, yarns and books have given me such knitting pleasure and I have made treasured friendships all around the world with fellow Louisa Harding admirers. So when I found out that Louisa was climbing mountains...I just had to help.
In January, 2011, Louisa's husband was diagnosed with
Lymphoma. She and her family received exceptional care from
Macmillan Cancer Support. As you can imagine, Macmillan Cancer Support can not give their vital services to families facing cancer without people supporting them. So Louisa is now supporting them by joining Team Macmillan on their fund raising Nepal Hiking Challenge in November and by raising donations with her Himalayan Hiking Hat patterns she designed for her incredible endeavor.
Last May, I organized a Himalayan Hiking Hat knit-a-long in the Louisa Harding group on Ravelry to help create support and awareness for Louisa's Himalayan Hiking Hats and fund raising effort. In my heart, I have yearned to do so much more. So a week ago I wrote to Louisa's American yarn distributor, KnittingFever, and they are now generously helping me so I can raise more funds for Louisa.
Thanks to Knitting Fever, I am organizing a local Louisa Harding Charity Night where I will be offering Louisa Harding hat kits for donations to raise funds for Louisa's charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. All proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support, Charity Registration No. 261017 and will be donated on Louisa's Just Giving page. To date, Louisa is at 60% of her personal fund raising goal of raising 5,000 GBP's for Macmillan Cancer Support. My personal goal is to raise $1,000 US Dollars for Louisa and Macmillan Cancer Support.
So, if you're a knitter who has been touched by Louisa Harding as I have or if you or a loved one have been dealt the C-word cancer (as my family has, as well), I hope you will help me support Louisa to reach her fund raising goal.
It's easy to help. If you're a knitter, simply go to Louisa's Himalayan Hiking Hats page and download her hat patterns and then make a donation for them on her Just Giving page. I've knit the Annapurna and Karuwa hats so far and they are a delight to knit. There are hat designs for every skill level and naturally, they all have Louisa's signature look.
Perhaps the simplest and single greatest thing you can do is to help me spread the word to fellow knitters of Louisa's Hiking Hats and their story. There will be seven total Himalayan Hiking hat patterns in all. Currently there are three patterns to download and according to Louisa, three more patterns will be released next week. The seventh hat pattern, Louisa, will actually be knitting on the Nepal hike. Louisa's aim is to have her photograph taken wearing a different Himalayan Hiking Hat on each day of her seven day hike. I can't wait to see the photos of Louisa wearing each of her hats!
As for my Louisa Harding Charity Night,
I will be releasing more details over the next week.
I always have my camera with me.
I love my new camera, my Canon Rebel T2i.
Prior to May 2011 I shot with a compact Sony Cyber Shot and still use it sometimes. All photos and text on this blog are the property of me.
Please do not copy, reproduce, or use without permission. Merci.