Twelve days of Christmas, 12 Hats – NICU Charity Challenge!

Granny Squares of Love:

A worthy cause also. 12 days-12 preemie hats! The hats are so tiny, you can crochet them in no time flat!

Originally posted on the hooked haberdasher:

What a wonderful feeling to share this post with you all today. A very worthy cause is underway, starting today! The 4th Annual NICU Charity Challenge – 12 days of Christmas founded and hosted by Bonnie at Sunset Family Living – read all about what drives Bonnie to do the Challenge year after year here. Last year alone there were over 25,000 hats lovingly made and gifted to NICUs all over the world – this year it is expected there will be a great deal more – especially with your help!

Twenty incredible designers have each contributed patterns to this challenge that you’ll get simply for joining the challenge. These hats are adorable!! When you join the challenge, you’ll receive each of the patterns via email. You are welcome to use all of the patterns, only one of the patterns, or any combination of repeats (or your own…

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Granny Squares to Warm Others

“Can we really believe that we are living a good life, an ethically decent life if we don’t do anything serious to help reduce poverty around the world and help save the lives of children or adults who are likely to die if we don’t increase the amount of aid we are giving.” _ Peter Singer We were gifted with donations of granny squares again today from additional ladies who used their talents and resources to make someone warmer. We appreciate your support and your belief in us. We thank you from the bottom of our heart. As always, I like to show case the donations that come to us from all of the compassionate women all across the United States.  Fortunately, the following granny squares did eventually make their way to us after initially arriving at our old mailing address.  For future reference, please note our correct mailing address: GSOL ATT: Rita New PO BOX 64 Jackson, NC  27845

The wonderfully large and beautiful granny squares were crocheted and donated by Pat S.  of Highland, MI.  Pat also donated some much needed yarn. Thank you so much, Pat!

The wonderfully large and beautiful granny squares were crocheted and donated by Pat S. of Highland, MI. Pat also donated some much needed yarn. Thank you so much, Pat!

“Every act, every deed of justice and mercy and benevolence, makes heavenly music in Heaven.”_Ellen G. White

The many beautiful granny squares were crocheted and donated by" Terry H. of California, MD.  Terry also donated yarn, which we are always in need of. Thank you so very much, Terry!

The many beautiful granny squares were crocheted and donated by” Terry H. of California, MD. Terry also donated yarn, which we are always in need of. Thank you so very much, Terry!

Pat S. also added Michigan to our list of Benevolent States!

Pat S. also added Michigan to our list of Benevolent States!

“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.” _Jesse Jackson If you do not listen to another song today, I hope you will listen to this one. True but painful words. We do not need a “special call” to the mission field. God is not going to knock us in the head with a lightning bolt and send us to a mission field. The scriptures already tell us what we should do. We are ALL missionaries. We should ALL be busy about helping the less fortunate. We do NOT have to go to some foreign land to find the lost, the poor, and the dying. They exist in our own community. What have we accomplished if we save the whole world and do little, or nothing, for those suffering in our communities? Bloom where you are planted, meet the needs in your community, and if you still have more than what you need, reach out further. There are people right here in this Country that live in 3rd world country conditions. How can we not see them? How can we not help them? How will we answer for it?  Listen to the truth found in this song:  In the Shadow of the Steeple   I found the nicest surprise when I got home last night! The company I work with did a write up on GSOL!!!  I hope we will gain additional volunteers locally because of it. This article was such an honor!  Check it out by clicking on the article title:  REC employee, Rita New, is recognized for serving her community on & off the job.”   Don’t forget to “like their page” for showing us support. Thanks!       I have been thinking of ways the homeless might be rehabilitated. I am wondering too what type of jobs we might make easily available for them in the meantime. Any suggestions? I welcome your comments. Until next time, Be happy, healthy and well fed!

Another Gentle Soul to the Rescue

“Once poverty is gone, we’ll need to build museums to display its horrors to future generations. They’ll wonder why poverty continued so long in human society – how a few people could live in luxury while billions dwelt in misery, deprivation and despair.” _Unknown 

The very pretty granny squares that you see here were crocheted and donated by J.Kopsaftis of Jackson, New Jersey. Thank you so much for using your time, talent, and resources to help others.

The very pretty granny squares that you see here were crocheted and donated by J.Kopsaftis of Jackson, New Jersey. Thank you so much for using your time, talent, and resources to help others.

Kendra shared a song with me recently that I very much relate to in regard to those who struggle just to survive. I wanted to share it here for you to enjoy.  “Wolves” by Garth Brooks

It is supposed to get really cold tonight. So, I am leaving shortly to see where I may need to leave some blanket bundles.

I hope this post finds everyone well, warm, happy, and fed. Until next time…. God bless you all!

Yarn Bombing with Blanket Bundles

“Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! – I have as much soul as you, – and full as much heart!”_Charlotte Bronte

 

The blanket bundles we distributed. Each tied with a scarf and hat, and had a note attached.

The blanket bundles we distributed. Each tied with a scarf and hat, and had a note attached.

 

We did our own special kind of “yarn bombing” yesterday. We made blanket bundles tied together with a scarf and hat and got them to the street. The shelter in Ahoskie, N.C. is not due to open until January and already we are having some nights where the temperatures are miserably cold. It was time for us to take action and do what we could to help that area’s most vulnerable residents.  We also made a stop in Woodland, N.C. and left a blanket bundle at a location where a homeless man is reportedly seen often.  We request that those who are local to us, make us aware of any additional homeless that we may have overlooked. Please keep your eyes open. We don’t want them to freeze to death this winter.

 

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”  _Mother Teresa 

 

GSOL’s Ahoskie chapter met last night, and we had the best time dining together, showing and sharing granny squares that members of the group made, crocheting, and showing each other new crochet stitches. Such a great group of ladies! (Forgive the blurred photo. I was using a different camera, and as you can see, it doesn’t work as well.)

Ahoskie's GSOL in the house! It was nice to have Glema Demario join us too. Welcome!!!

Ahoskie’s GSOL in the house! It was nice to have Glema Demario join us too. Welcome!!!

 

“There is no Them. There are only facets of Us.”_ John Green

 

Trying again. Hope this one shows up better.

Trying again. Hope this one shows up better.

 

“There’s no way that Michael Jackson, or whoever Jackson, should have a million thousand droople billion dollars and then there’s people starving. There’s no way! There’s no way that these people should own planes and there people don’t have houses. Apartments. Shacks. Drawers. Pants! I know you’re rich. I know you got 40 billion dollars, but can you just keep it to one house? You only need ONE house. And if you only got two kids, can you just keep it to two rooms? I mean why have 52 rooms and you know there’s somebody with no room?! It just don’t make sense to me. It don’t.” _Tupac Shakur

 

Jen Meyers and Jen Richmond's spouses joined us for dinner too. We are grateful for the support our ladies have from those who are important in their lives. Thanks, fellas

Jen Meyers and Jen Richmond’s spouses joined us for dinner too. We are grateful for the support our ladies have from those who are important in their lives. Thanks, fellas

 

“If you’re in trouble, or hurt or need – go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help – the only ones.”   _John Steinbeck

 

I am disappointed that my camera did not do this blanket, crocheted by Nan, justice. It is beautiful! I also regret that I forgot to get all of the squares crocheted by Cherie photographed. Beautiful work, Ladies! Thank you for all that you do!

I am disappointed that my camera did not do this blanket, crocheted by Nan, justice. It is beautiful! I also regret that I forgot to get all of the squares crocheted by Cherie photographed. Beautiful work, Ladies! Thank you for all that you do!

“There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.”   _Victor Hugo

 

Before I close, I want to send out a “THANK YOU” to Cenia H. of Carrollton, Va. for her recent donation. Your support means so much!  Thank you, Cenia. God bless you!

 

Until next time…..

Be healthy, happy, and blessed!

 

 

Granny Square Ponchos For Those In Need

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. ~Norman Vincent Peale

We plan to hand out blankets this Monday to the homeless in Ahoskie, N.C.   There is a plan in place to have a homeless shelter operational in that town in January. As happy as I am that a solution is on the way, I am concerned about all the cold weather between now and then. So, we will do what we can, between now and then, to help the homeless.

I am so very grateful for the many donated granny squares that have been sent to us over the past many months. We have used them to make baby blankets, adult sized afghans, and lapghans.  I experimented yesterday on creating a poncho out of granny squares to give to the homeless. I think it turned out nice. I think you will agree that it would have looked better (on a man) if the squares were all dark colors and the all the squares were trimmed in black. Even so, we work with what we have, and it is still functional, will add warmth, and will be appreciated by someone sleeping on a cardboard box. Check out the granny square poncho created with your donated granny squares:

 

My dear husband modeled the poncho for us. :)

My dear husband modeled the poncho for us. :)

So, tell me, what do you think of our anti-poverty poncho? :)  ( I plan to work on creating a granny square coat next!)

 

Until next time….

Be happy, healthy and blessed!

GSOL’s Roanoke Rapids, N.C. Chapter Strikes Again!

Shirley Rozier donated these to our group tonight, also another very sweet lady who works at the Roanoke Rapids Public Library.

Shirley Rozier donated these to our group tonight, also another very sweet lady who works at the Roanoke Rapids Public Library.

I am having serious computer issues. I have tried for two days to get the pictures posted on this website for Roanoke Rapids GSOL Chapter. I am going to post what I have managed to move here. Once I get my computer problems resolved, I promise to do them justice. I am so proud of the work they are doing! Sherry Casey has a great group started. Keep up the good work!

 

Ali Alfonso joined us again working up squares and getting idea's to make blankets for the baby group we support!

Ali Alfonso joined us again working up squares and getting idea’s to make blankets for the baby group we support!

 

 

Please Welcome November's Newest Member in Roanoke Rapids for Granny Squares of Love is Ann Currin! (on the left)

Please Welcome November’s Newest Member in Roanoke Rapids for Granny Squares of Love is Ann Currin! (on the left)

 

Carol is getting pointers from Brandi Casey to add colors or just to start where a yarn roll has ended!

Carol is getting pointers from Brandi Casey to add colors or just to start where a yarn roll has ended!

One of our volunteers.....Cindy Lee donated her time to make these for us this month, she has really started off with a big bang from the start. Great Job Cindy

One of our volunteers…..Cindy Lee donated her time to make these for us this month, she has really started off with a big bang from the start. Great Job Cindy

Leslie Harder donated these to Granny Squares.....one of the nice ladies that works at our local city public library!

Leslie Harder donated these to Granny Squares…..one of the nice ladies that works at our local city public library!

Carol Guidry has been with us since our start with our Roanoke Rapids group.....these are her November contribution of squares to turn into blankets!

Carol Guidry has been with us since our start with our Roanoke Rapids group…..these are her November contribution of squares to turn into blankets!

 

 

 

 

Carol and Ann are sister trying to enjoy doing something they both said their mother enjoyed very much.

Carol and Ann are sister trying to enjoy doing something they both said their mother enjoyed very much.

 

Small Display at Logan's Roadhouse in Roanoke Rapids where had our November 2014 meeting thanks to Brandi Casey for setting that up and a special thanks to Logan's Roadhouse management. (Check out our pretty lapghan!)

Small Display at Logan’s Roadhouse in Roanoke Rapids where had our November 2014 meeting thanks to Brandi Casey for setting that up and a special thanks to Logan’s Roadhouse management. (Check out our pretty lapghan!)

 

 

 

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As you can see, everyone is learning, hard at work, and already creating numerous granny squares. :)  Sherry Casey and Brandi Casey are quite a team! Kudos to all of the ladies who have stepped up to help out.

Until next time,

Be happy, healthy, and blessed!

 

Another GSOL Success!

We were not sure how well an afternoon class might go over. Most of our meetings begin in the early evening. I was pleasantly surprised that we had FOUR today to attend our afternoon class!

Jasmine is catching on real quick! Check out her double crochet and this is only her second class! We are proud of you!

Jasmine is catching on real quick! Check out her double crochet and this is only her second class! We are proud of you!

“Try to something about everything, and everything about something”. _Thomas Huxley
Danny just had his first crochet lesson. I believe he has chain stitches and single crochet down pat. Good job, Danny!

Danny just had his first crochet lesson. I believe he has chain stitches and single crochet down pat. Good job, Danny!

“Every artist was at first an amateur.”_Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beverly cranked out that granny square in no time!  Way to go, Beverly!

Beverly cranked out that granny square in no time! Way to go, Beverly!

“Do not be too squeamish about your actions. All of life is an experiment!”_Ralph Waldo Emerson

That granny square looks great, Betty! Nice work!

That granny square looks great, Betty! Nice work!

I really enjoyed meeting with Jasmine again today, and meeting Betty, Danny, and Beverly! I look forward to seeing you in December. Keep up the good work

P.S. Does anyone  have a link that shows instructions for making ponchos out of 8 inch granny squares?