And now, it’s all worth it.

April 24, 2006 at 11:52 am (Crochet & Crafts, Teaching)

I got to work this morning, and was a little nervous about giving my student her blanket. After I settled into my office, I popped my head outside where the children were waiting for the school to open. I spotted Amanda with her signature head-band, and called her over.

“I made you something over vacation. I figured you’d have a new room at Grandma and Grandpa’s that needs decorating. Come check it out.”

We walked inside the building, and chit-chatted about vacation while we headed down my hallway. I opened the door to my room, and her eyes fixed on the blanket that I had folded over a chair.

“Oh my God! Hogwarts! Oh my GOD! I love it! OH MY GOD! Thank you!”

We walked upstairs to her locker so that it could be kept safe for the day. Along the way she showed off her new blanket that “Miss C” made her to every staff member we passed.


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Ravenclaw, done – Blanket Completed!!

April 23, 2006 at 5:32 pm (Crochet & Crafts, Teaching)

Marathon crochet is tough on your fingers, that’s for sure. Last night I started with two skeins of Red Heart Super Saver, and this afternoon, this is what came of it. I had to finish it today – I NEEDED to finish it today. I see my student for the first time since the wake tomorrow, and I wanted to be able to give it to her on her first day back at school. So this quad had to get done, no matter what.

And, it did.

I took a breather after I finished my last quad for my Harry Potter comfortghan, then began stitching the sections together. Again, keeping in my head that no matter the eye strain and knuckle pain I might be experiencing, my student’s gone through a lot more pain. So on this rainy sunday, two weeks to the day after my student’s mother selfishly took her life in front of her daughter, I completed the afghan.

I hope you like it, Amanda.

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Hufflepuff, Done!

April 22, 2006 at 2:24 pm (Crochet & Crafts, Teaching)

On to Ravenclaw!

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Crochet Donations – The Real Deal

April 20, 2006 at 10:43 am (Crochet & Crafts, Forum Dramatics)

do·na·tion n.()

  1. The act of giving to a fund or cause.
  2. A gift or grant.

Here are a list of crochet-related causes that need either funds, or crocheted goods for their cause. This is just a google-type list, and I don’t really know a whole lot about these places. But, at the very least, I know that they are indeed places that have a real and true need for your talents and funds.

Squares 4 SurvivorsWe accept 12″ crocheted or knitted squares of 4 ply worsted weight acrylic yarn which are assembled into afghans for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and any future hurricane victims who require assistance. All information is available at the web site including sign-up for our yahoo list. We will also accept completed afghans or quilts.

Threads of Compassion: a loosely connected group of survivors of sexual violence who desire to offer comfort and support to recent victims. The idea is simple. Anyone whose life has been affected by sexual assault or abuse is welcome to knit or crochet a scarf which in turn will be given to a victim of sexual violence when they enter the hospital for emergency treatment.

Warm Hearts Warm Babies: We are a group of kind-hearted volunteers that help to make life easier for Colorado’s tiniest citizens. We sew, knit, crochet, and quilt for premature infants and babies in need. We donate to hospitals, crisis pregnancy centers, shelters, law enforcement agencies, foster care, WIC offices, and individuals across much of the state of Colorado. All of our gifts are donated free of charge and 100% of what we receive in donations goes to help the babies. Please visit the links on the left to learn more about us and what you can do to help.

Afghans for Afghnas: A humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the beleaguered people of Afghanistan.

Angels for Hope: We crochet angels, butterflies, and smiley faces (for children) that are sent out all over the world upon request to those who are severely injured, chronically ill, and their caregivers free of charge.

These are only a few of the charities I found. There are tons of websites out there, looking for donations.

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Slytherin, done!

April 18, 2006 at 1:46 pm (Crochet & Crafts, Teaching)

I just finished the Slytherin section of the comfortghan. I set a time limit of 1:30 before I switched over to working on buisness crochet, but with only a small section left to do to complete it, I stretched to 1:40 and finished up. After a nap, I’ll start on some more wrist bands.

I’ve decided to post back up my Amineko Pattern for free. I had a sort of conversation with myself about crochet, and what it means to me, and this was part of the result. It’s in the original Free Amineko Patern Translation post.

Allergies suck, btw.

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Gryffindor, done!

April 17, 2006 at 8:44 pm (Crochet & Crafts, Teaching)

I completed the first quarter of the Harry Potter comfortghan I’m making for my student. When my SIL’s camera is done charging, I’ll be sure to take a pic and post it up here. I’m working on the Slytherin section now.

I’m using Red Heart Super Saver yarn for this, like most my projects. Gryffindor colors are maroon and gold; Slytherine is dark green and silver; Hufflepuff is black and yellow; Ravenclaw is light blue and bronze. Each quadrant is taking less than a skein of each color to do – which is a lot less than I thought. I bought 2 skeins of each color I needed, even though I had at least one skein of each color at home already.

I got the student’s mailing address from the school before I left for break this week. I’m hoping that I can have it done before the week is up, and in the mail on Saturday.

On the business front, I got done three pairs of wrist warmers done today with help from the Girlfriend. We went out this weekend and spend another load of cash on supplies for the sale in 2 weeks – a cash box, some lights, display stuff, etc. We also saw a sale on flip-flops, so I’m crocheting some add-ons to those and selling them off at the sale as well.

I got a RAOK today from one of my buddies at DoD. I highly reccommend you go and buy some of your own shea buttah from Deneen ASAP. The jasmine kind is lovely. For some reason, the smell of jasmine always reminds me of going to EPCOT Center with my family years and years ago.

…but I digress.

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Burning the Crochet Candle

April 13, 2006 at 1:02 pm (Uncategorized)

I need to get down to some serious crocheting in the next 10 days. I have them off of work, thank God.

Not only do I want to finish the comfortghan I’m working on, I need to add some more stock for my sale in 2 weeks.

I’m wagering that if I get a good 8-10 hours in a day, I can do it.

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Comfortghan for a Pre-Teen

April 11, 2006 at 7:03 am (Uncategorized)

I got to work yesterday morning, and found out that a student of mine had a mother that ODed in front of her last night and died. Bare in mind that I am a special needs teacher, so generally, my students have issues-a-bound to deal with already.

This was a Mom who had a stomach stapling surgery last year. Staff was worried then that Mom wouldn’t make it through the surgery, since it was so dangerous. We were upset that she was putting her own vanity above her daughter’s needs. Mom wasn’t dangerously obese – maybe around 200lbs. We could see if the doc said “have this surgery because you might die from the weight”, but she was no where near that. It was totally for looks.

Since she had the surgery and lost 90lbs, her priorities had been all about her looks and getting a boyfriend and living like a teenager. She was always out, and kept canceling meetings on us when the staff wanted to talk about her daughter’s struggles. She got her and her daughter evicted from their home (not sure why…) and hooked up with this boyfriend who the daughter HATED. Boyfriend got arrested, went to jail, then recently came back.

This 8th grader has serious emotional issues to begin with. I can just imagine what this is going to do to her.

She is one of the girls I crochet with here at work. After spending the day in a daze, pondering what to make her that would at least put a small smile on her face, I settled on a comfortghan. It might be hard to picture in your head, but I’ll do my best to describe my “idea”.

Since this student is Harry Potter obsessed, I’m taking the colors of the different “houses” and incorperating them into granny squares. I’ve divided the blanket into 4 sections, each one for the house. Because the Gryffindor colors are gold and maroon, all of the granny squares in the Gryffindor section will be gold and maroon, or mixed. In the center of this section I have a solid gold sc’ed square, with a “G” stitched on. I’ll do the same for the other three houses in the other three quadrants.

I’m trying to do this project as fast as I can. Last night I hoped to get 10 squares done, but with trying to figure out the design, I only got 8 done. Tonight, I’m hoping to do at least 8 more. Folks have emailed me and asked me how they can help. All I ask is for positive thoughts / prayers for this young girl…she certainly needs it.

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April 6, 2006 at 10:34 am (Uncategorized)

Blackmail is the act of threatening to reveal information about a person unless the blackmailee meets certain demands. This information is usually of an embarrassing or socially damaging nature.

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