Operation Preemie!

So two weeks ago I was thinking about what I could do with my crochet skills for charity or some kind of donation, since I have SO MUCH stash yarn that’s just sitting there doing nothing (extra skeins from projects, random yarn people gave me that I can’t do anything with, etc). The first thing that came to mind was making baby hats for the hospitals NicU. I spent 2.5 months in the NicU as a newborn because I was 2.5 months early, same with my sister she was 2 months early. We’re proud preemie baby-adults now but we know what a struggle it was for my parents to go through 2 sill births then having to have your newborns in the hospital for the first bit of their lives.

So I talked to my friend Rachel who volunteers at the hospital to see who I had to talk to to get this hats donated. I hadn’t started crocheting anything yet because I wanted to make sure there was a need for them first. She said to just give them to her since she volunteers in that ward and that preemie hats are the ones that are most needed right now, that a group of ladies does the regular newborn hats already. Perfect! I started that day! I’m up to 29 hats right now and I plan on getting as many done by my birthday (July 23) as possible. I might also make a few blankets and angel gowns (for stillborn & miscarried babies), although I’m not sure, depends on how much yarn I have left over after I have a significant number of hats done.

I went through my stash and came up with a rubber maid tub full of yarn. I still have TONS of yarn left in my stash but I didn’t want to use up project yarn unless I had to. I’m always willing to buy more yarn πŸ˜› so it’s not really an issue for me. I will probably have to buy the baby soft yarn from Red heart or Bernat but that’s fine. There’s always sales at Michaels and these hats are going to a good place. The angel gowns will use a different weight of yarn (hats are using worsted), so I’ll definitely have to buy yarn for those if I get to making them.

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I put it out on my Facebook that I’m willing to accept any stash yarn leftovers people have, but so far no donations. I don’t need the donated yarn, I just wanted to put it out there in case anyone had some. I’m just looking for worsted weight for the hats and DK/Fingering weight for the gowns. I probably will only make 10-20 gowns, depending on the pattern I find to use and how easy it is.

Here are the hats I’ve done so far:

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Crochet Updates

Since I haven’t updated this blog in forever with any of my crafting updates I’m going to do one big image heavy post πŸ˜› I’ve been doing A TON of crochet since mid last year (mostly CALs) and I didn’t really feel like updating my site at all. I need to work on that. So here goes!

BAM CAL 2015

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Other Projects

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Mermaid Blankets

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BAM CAL 2016

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Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year everyone πŸ™‚ I have a new domain name and I’ve started fresh for the new year!! Carla got me this domain for Christmas and I am so happy!! I love it πŸ™‚ I still have the fractured-beauty.com domain but it’s just housing files right now until I move everything over. I wasn’t able to move the database over so all of my posts are gone but I did save all my uploads and pages in a text file so I got all of those switched over.

I’m going to a movie with my aunt tonight but I’m hoping to get some crafting done on my day off tomorrow. I started my parents anniversary cross stitch last week and I really like it so far. I have until May to finish it to get it framed in time but I think I can do it! Here is a picture of what it will look like when it’s done and what I have completed so far:

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Everyone remember the kitties I did for my mom? Well I got it framed at Michaels and I LOVE the job they did on it and my mom really really liked it!! My dad hung it up a few days ago in the living room and I just LOVE having my work up!! I feel so proud.

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Now I have so many crafts I need to finish in 2015…I have all the CALs and WIPs I had going in 2014 to finish and I want to start SO MANY. I am still wanting to work on the “Operation Toque” charity project that I came up with last year but I haven’t heard back from the military yet and I don’t want to start it until I get an answer from them. I might have to call someone at the base in town to get some answers. I also want to make a few afghans for donation but I know those will take forever to do. Unless I make it a square project for people to send in squares to me for it…hmmm maybe.

Well I hope everyone had a great holiday, I sure did! I got my hair done, read A LOT, and started my new cross stitch project. It was productive yet relaxing at the same time! I leave you with these pictures πŸ™‚

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