GSOL has a Chapter Full of Busy Bees in Ahoskie, N.C.!

“Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love…She gives most who gives with joy.” _Mother Teresa

Just look at what Ahoskie’s GSOL has accomplished in April already:

This beautiful shawl was crocheted and donated by the talented Wanda Bowser!

This beautiful shawl was crocheted and donated by the talented Wanda Bowser!

 

Beautiful blanket Sandy White made using her own squares. Gorgeous!

Beautiful blanket Sandy White made using her own squares. Gorgeous!

“There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.”_Henry Ford

 

Blanket Jen M whip stitched together from volunteer Sqs and some she made! Awesome work!

Blanket Jen M whip stitched together from volunteer Sqs and some she made! Awesome work!

“Lead yourself. If you must follow someone, follow the genuinely joyful. Joy is evidence that something is working.”_Eileen Lighthawk 

Scarf made by Jen M! Attention getter! :)

Scarf made by Jen M! Attention getter! :)

Yarn purchased from the donations of the Woodland Restaurant and Lounge! Thank you, Ken!

Yarn purchased from the donations of the Woodland Restaurant and Lounge! Thank you, Ken!

“When I give I give myself.”_Walt Whitman

Beautiful Granny Sq blanket crochet and donated by Sandy White. WOW! It is lovely!

Beautiful Granny Sq blanket crochet and donated by Sandy White. WOW! It is lovely!

Jen Myers is modeling this nice hooded scarf crocheted and donated by Wanda Bowser. Fancy!!!! I love it!

Jen Myers is modeling this nice hooded scarf crocheted and donated by Wanda Bowser. Fancy!!!! I love it!

“Love never claims, it ever gives.”_ Mahatma Gandhi

And then there was snack time. :) We  have to keep up our strength! LOL Thank you for the donuts, Wanda! :)

And then there was snack time. :) We have to keep up our strength! LOL The donuts were donated by “THE TABLESPOON” in Ahoskie, NC.  HOW SWEET! THANK YOU!  :)

Check out this baby cocoon crocheted and donated by Wanda Bowser. Isn't this just the cutest thing?!

Check out this baby cocoon crocheted and donated by Wanda Bowser. Isn’t this just the cutest thing?!

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more. _Anthony Robbins

Jen Richmond crocheted and donated these lovely granny squares!

Jen Richmond crocheted and donated these lovely granny squares!

Jen Myers is teaching Tammy how to crochet. We offer our beginner crochet classes at no cost.

Jen Myers is teaching Tammy how to crochet.  (Newbies are always welcome.We offer our beginner crochet classes at no cost.)

If you want love and abundance in your life, give it away. _ Mark Twain

Jen Myers is whip stitching up a storm to get another blanket completed.

Jen Myers is whip stitching up a storm to get another blanket completed.

Beautiful blanket made by Sandy White with her own squares using yarn her friend donated to use for the group!

Beautiful blanket made by Sandy White with her own squares using yarn her friend donated to use for the group!

Giving is the highest expression of power.” _Vivian Greene

Love the mocha squares crocheted and donated by Wanda Bowser.

Love the mocha squares crocheted and donated by Wanda Bowser.

GSOL also received donations from long distance volunteers:

Beautiful granny squares crocheted and donated by "Giving Angels": Theresa Lindsey! Thank you so much, Theresa!

Beautiful granny squares crocheted and donated by “Giving Angels”: Theresa Lindsey of PA! Thank you so much, Theresa!

“If we try hard to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also. To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it.”_ John Templeton

These gorgeous granny squares were crocheted and donated by "Giving Angels": Toniann Sallade of PA

These gorgeous granny squares were crocheted and donated by “Giving Angels”: Toniann Sallade of PA! Thank you for helping us, Toniann!

Local  Donations:

This very pretty blanket was donated by Brenda Piland of North Carolina. Thank you so much,Brenda! It sure is pretty!

This very pretty blanket was donated by Brenda Piland of North Carolina. Thank you so much,Brenda! It sure is pretty!

 

The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have. _ Leonard Nimoy

 

We appreciate the yarn donated by Ken Guynn of the Woodland Restaurant and Lounge. You are the best! Thank You!

We appreciate the yarn donated by Ken Guynn of the Woodland Restaurant and Lounge. You are the best! Thank You!

 

Until next time….

Be happy, healthy, and blessed!

 

GSOL is Going FULL SPEED AHEAD in Aulander, N.C.!

“We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.”_Stevie Wonder

GSOL, of Aulander, N.C., had their second meeting and it was well attended. The goal of this chapter is to make scarves and hats for those in need this coming winter. It takes MANY months to meet that need. So, we start now and continue until winter returns. Last Christmas, we were short a couple hundred, or so, hat and scarf sets at Christmas time for those in need. We hope to do better this year.  This year, our goal is 300 hat and scarf sets.

Glema Demario is the Meeting Coordinator for this Chapter is she is doing an amazing job with heading this up. The meetings are always pleasant and the volunteers are a joy to know.  There is a real camaraderie in this chapter. Everyone pitches in to help,  to share what they are working on, and what they are learning along the way.  Check out the photos from this meeting:

Full house! This was taken before two more arrived.

Full house! This was taken before two more arrived.

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”_Marian Wright Edelman

Kara models a hat and scarf that Glema Demario crocheted.

Kara models a hat and scarf that Glema Demario crocheted.

Another scarf crocheted by Glema Demario.

Another scarf crocheted by Glema Demario.

Crocheted by Glema Demario. Such pretty scarves!

Crocheted by Glema Demario. Such pretty scarves!

“Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.”_ Ayn Rand

Jeanette Tinkham is crocheting some very pretty granny squares.  We so appreciate her hard work.

Jeanette Tinkham is crocheting some very pretty granny squares. We so appreciate her hard work.

Victoria Parker whipstitches a scarf together and does a fabulous job! We love love love our Jr. volunteers!

Victoria Parker whipstitches a scarf together and does a fabulous job! We love love love our Jr. volunteers!

Kara also whipstitches a scarf together. Excellent work, Kara!

Kara also whipstitches a scarf together. Excellent work, Kara!

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ~William James

 

They did it! Two scarves completed! A bit bag on them, but tossed over the shoulder on a grown person , they would be just right!  Kara and Victoria almost had their second scarf made before the end of t he meeting.

They did it! Two scarves completed! A bit bag on them, but tossed over the shoulder on a grown person , they would be just right! Kara and Victoria almost had their second scarf made before the end of t he meeting.

Agnes Bracey displays the beautiful corner to corner blanket she made. Good job, Agnes!

Agnes Bracey displays the beautiful corner to corner blanket she made. Good job, Agnes!

“I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” ~Mother Teresa

We were happy to have Nancy Daughtry join us tonight. Agnes had her learning stitches in no time.

We were happy to have Nancy Daughtry join us tonight. Agnes had her learning stitches in no time.

“In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy.” ~Karl Reiland

(Left to Right) Victoria , Nancy, Cassie models a scarf she stitched together, Agnes and Glema.

(Left to Right) Victoria , Nancy, Cassie models a scarf she stitched together, Agnes and Glema.

 

Thank you to all who helped out tonight locally. Thank you to all of our long distance volunteers as well!

 

Until next time…..

Be healthy, happy, and blessed!

GSOL HARD at Work in Roanoke Rapids, NC

“Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.”
Danny Thomas

“Our April meeting for Granny Squares of Love Roanoke Rapids Chapter went off with a bang. New members walking through the door with smiling faces and another member finished off her first completed baby blanket. I’m so proud. It’s wonderful to know we are teaching them how to make a completed blanket from start to finish in our group. They feel so accomplished knowing they can do it by themselves. Squares, squares and more squares! We had two ladies bring in  a total of 102 squares!!! Check out our April photos.” _Sherry Casey, Meeting Coordinator for Roanoke Rapids GSOL

Lee Cranford first completed project, I love the shades of Yellow!

Lee Cranford first completed project, I love the shades of Yellow!

Lee Cranford grabbed some of the squares that Leslie donated this month and started whip stitching them together. Thanks to Brandi giving her a refresher course. Lee said she needs to practice putting another together! She is doing wonderful!

Lee Cranford grabbed some of the squares that Leslie donated this month and started whip stitching them together. Thanks to Brandi giving her a refresher course. Lee said she needs to practice putting another together! She is doing wonderful!

Beverly learned to add another color and decided on a teal to go with her multi centers. We will teach her to whip stitch next month!

Beverly learned to add another color and decided on a teal to go with her multi centers. We will teach her to whip stitch next month!

Brandi Grabbed some of the squares Virginia Garner brought in this month and started whip stitching them together!  We have got some ladies working the needles and hooks in this group!

Brandi Grabbed some of the squares Virginia Garner brought in this month and started whip stitching them together! We have got some ladies working the needles and hooks in this group!

Evie Jeffries is our newest member. Aunt Brandi showed her how to whip stitch the squares together she liked. I trimmed them for her last week. She is going to be a great whip stitcher like Brandi. We are going to teach how to make granny squares too.

Evie Jeffries is our newest member. Aunt Brandi showed her how to whip stitch the squares together she liked. I trimmed them for her last week. She is going to be a great whip stitcher like Brandi. We are going to teach how to make granny squares too.

Sherry Casey is working on the last of the tight stitched squares. This one is gonna be colorful  It reminds me of Lego's!

Sherry Casey is working on the last of the tight stitched squares. This one is gonna be colorful It reminds me of Lego’s!

Virginia Garner is a pro at granny squares already. She wanted to learn to make a simple baby hat. I talked her thru the pattern  and she had that hat made before meeting was over! Then went back to her squares! Glad to have her as a new member. We actually went to school together in the same class!

Virginia Garner is a pro at granny squares already. She wanted to learn to make a simple baby hat. I talked her thru the pattern and she had that hat made before meeting was over! Then went back to her squares! Glad to have her as a new member. We actually went to school together in the same class!

These black and white squares were donated by our newest member, who already knows how to crochet. I think she had 56 squares in the bag! Thank you so much, Virginia Garner!

These black and white squares were donated by our newest member, who already knows how to crochet. I think she had 56 squares in the bag! Thank you so much, Virginia Garner!

Sherry has another lapghan ready. It was made with donated squares.

Sherry has another lapghan ready. It was made with donated squares.

Navy Blue and Yellow squares that Leslie donated a few months ago. I had to figure a better way for these to be attached. She was using a much smaller hook and it was hard to try and whip stitch them, but a change up and they turned out great! Made the Baby Blue squares from Carol Guidry into a preemie blanket and added a hat!

Navy Blue and Yellow squares that Leslie donated a few months ago. I had to figure a better way for these to be attached. She was using a much smaller hook and it was hard to try and whip stitch them, but a change up and they turned out great! Made the Baby Blue squares from Carol Guidry into a preemie blanket and added a hat!

More of the squares Virginia Garner made to donate in April!

More of the squares Virginia Garner made to donate in April!

A crib blanket Sherry Casey whip stitched out of squares Leslie Harder donated! Pretty colors!

A crib blanket Sherry Casey whip stitched out of squares Leslie Harder donated! Pretty colors!

There is a table full of Granny Squares made this month by Leslie Harder. We sure appreciate all that she makes month to month for our group! These are all going to be beautiful blankets.

There is a table full of Granny Squares made this month by Leslie Harder. We sure appreciate all that she makes month to month for our group! These are all going to be beautiful blankets!

Can you say  WOW!?  Roanoke Rapids GSOL is cranking out those squares and making a lot of pretty blankets for those in need.  I appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you for making a beautiful difference.

Much love,

_Rita

With a Little Love We Work Can It Out

“To give and not expect anything in return; to give for no special time or season; to give, not for any particular recognition; to give, not for a substantial tax refund; to give for the sake of giving — often just between giver and receiver — has a life of its own — an elevated one.”Glaceta Honeyghan

Our Jackson meeting had few in attendance, but we had a great time and accomplished a lot! We also had a surprise visitor, Rev. Warren Heitzenrator,  who came to learn all about GSOL. We were happy to work and chat while sharing our vision and accomplishments with him. (Even so, if he shows up again, I am putting a crochet hook in his hand. *laughs*)

Present: Warren, Johanna, Pam, Cassie, and your photographer, Rita. :)

Present: Warren, Johanna, Pam, Cassie, and your photographer, Rita. :)

“Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.”Pindar

Johanna is one of our newbies, but look at what she is already accomplishing! Good work, Johanna! Thank you!

Johanna is one of our newbies, but look at what she is already accomplishing! Good work, Johanna! Thank you!

“It’s not what we SAY about our blessings, but HOW WE USE them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”W. T. Parker

An April delivery of baby blankets and beanies for first time mothers in need to the Nurse and Family Partnership. They are always so appreciative of your gifts.

An April delivery of baby blankets and beanies for first time mothers in need to the Nurse and Family Partnership. They are always so appreciative of your gifts.

“There are two primary choices in life; to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”—Denis Waitley

Just as pretty as they are perfect. These granny squares come to us from Chuckey, Tenn. by one of our crochet angels. Thank you, Angel. What a blessing you are!

Just as pretty as they are perfect. These granny squares come to us from Chuckey, Tenn. by one of our crochet angels. Thank you, Angel. What a blessing you are!

Special thanks to:  Ken Guynn of the Woodland Restaurant and Lounge in Woodland, N.C. who has gifted us with another donation of yarn. Your thoughtfulness is amazing! Thank you again!

We have other news to share soon. Several other meetings to update you on as the Meeting Coordinators submit photos/news to me.

Stay tuned!…..

It’s Blooming Granny Squares in Spring time!

“Self-sacrifice is the real miracle out of which all the reported miracles grow.”_Ralph Waldo Emerson

In all of my “busy-ness”, I am sometimes a bit slow getting to email, the post office, and posting to this site, and writing my sincere “thank you.”  I am better some weeks than at others. I do try to check our PO box at least once a week. I appreciate each of you and all that you do to help us help others. I also appreciate your patience during the times I am having trouble keeping up with my usual pace. :)

We are blessed with more granny squares from “Giving Angels” Kathy C. of Wilmington, Ma once again!  Thank you, Kathy, for thinking of us as you prepare for your son’s wedding. Such happy news! We wish him many years of happiness.

Many thanks to Kathy C. of Wilmington, Ma for the beautiful granny squares pictures here and also the donated yarn. Kathy really is a "Giving Angel!"

Many thanks to Kathy C. of Wilmington, Ma for the beautiful granny squares pictures here and also the donated yarn. Kathy really is a “Giving Angel!”

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”_Albert Pike

Theresa B., of North Bergen, NJ, called me to alert me of her packages she had mailed. I had wanted to call her back to let her know that her packages made it to their intended destination, but realized after we spoke, that she had called from a restricted number, and I was unable to follow through with a return call. Hopefully, Theresa will see this post and know that her packages made it. I was blown away at her donation! Theresa sent us 207 granny squares!!! I believe that’s the most we have ever received at one time! They are all VERY pretty and perfectly made. Theresa stated that her sister, Rose, wove in all the tails. Thank you so very much, Theresa and Rose, for sharing your time, talent, and resources with us. Keep  your eyes peeled to this site to see if you can spot your squares in our future blankets.

Part of the 207 gorgeous granny squares crocheted and donated by Theresa B, of North Bergen, NJ!!!  Thank you so very much!

Part of the 207 gorgeous granny squares crocheted and donated by Theresa B, of North Bergen, NJ!!! Thank you so very much!

“The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.”
Leo Buscaglia

The rest of the 207 beautiful granny squares that Theresa crocheted and donated. Theresa, you are a very generous soul. Such beautiful work. Thank you!

The rest of the 207 beautiful granny squares that Theresa crocheted and donated. Theresa, you are a very generous soul. Such beautiful work. Thank you!

We are gearing up for all of April meetings. I will share the squares with all the chapters and we will all work on getting the blankets made. Stay tuned for photos and April’s news.

Until next time….

Be happy, healthy, and blessed!

Crochet Gifts in March

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”   _John Holmes

The very pretty baby blankets, beanies and yarn were all donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY!  Nora has been a long time volunteer for GSOL. We certainly appreciate you, Nora! Thank you so much!

The very pretty baby blankets, beanies and yarn were all donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY! Nora has been a long time volunteer for GSOL. We certainly appreciate you, Nora! Thank you so much!

“The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.”  _ Gordon B. Hinckley 

"Giving Angels" has graciously adopted GSOL by gifting us with their donations of granny squares. "Giving Angels" is a small group of 7 women who pack quite a punch with all the squares they crochet and donate. Thank you so much, Giving Angels, and Thank you, Kathy C. of Wilmington, MA!!!

“Giving Angels” has graciously adopted GSOL by gifting us with their donations of granny squares. “Giving Angels” is a small group of 7 women who pack quite a punch with all the squares they crochet and donate. Thank you so much, Giving Angels, and Thank you, Kathy C. of Wilmington, MA!!!

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”_Steve Maraboli

Betty Stanley crocheted and donated all of the granny squares put together in these two afghans, along with instructions  of what order to stitch them in. We did as she instructed and they turned out lovely! Wouldn't you agree? Thanks again, Betty!

Betty Stanley crocheted and donated all of the granny squares put together in these two afghans, along with instructions of what order to stitch them in. We did as she instructed and they turned out lovely! Wouldn’t you agree? Thanks again, Betty!

“Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.”_ Horace Mann

More "corner to corner" baby blankets for first time mothers in need.

More “corner to corner” baby blankets for first time mothers in need.

Before I close, I want to thank Lasker Baptist Church of Lasker, N.C. for their donation of pop top canned food to distribute to those in need. We appreciate your thoughtfulness. Winter is over but the poor are still hungry. Thank you again for being mindful of them.  God bless you!

Until next time….

Be happy, healthy and blessed!

More March Crochet News

“Life has taught me that respect, love, and caring must be shared, for its only through sharing that friendships are born.”_ Donna A. Favors Happy Birthday to our Aulander, N.C. GSOL Chapter! Glema Demario, the meeting coordinator for this group, held her first meeting last night. What a great turn out she had. Already she has a great group started! I enjoyed witnessing the camaraderie within the group, and the willingness to make a difference in the lives of those around them. Some of the ladies are experienced in crochet and others were there to learn. We even had a Jr. GSOL volunteer present. We are always happy to see young people step in to help us. We took a few pictures to show you the successful night we had.

I teased the ladies about their "bear hug" teaching technique. First time I have ever witnessed it and I smile when I look at these photos.

I teased the ladies about their “bear hug” teaching technique. ((Agnes Bracey helps Barbara Pittman learn how to chain stitch.) First time I have ever witnessed it and I smile when I look at these photos.

Our Jr. volunteer gets a bear hug too while learning a stitch. :) You will not leave feeling unloved in this Chapter. :) :)

Our Jr. volunteer, Victoria, gets a bear hug too, from Glema,  while learning a stitch. :) You will not leave feeling unloved in this Chapter. :) :)

“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.”_ Audrey Hepburn
Glema had everything set up so nice and had a vast rainbow of yarn colors  for volunteer to choose from.

Glema had everything set up so nice and had a vast rainbow of yarn colors for volunteer to choose from.

“Caring – about people, about things, about life – is an act of maturity.”_ Tracey Mcmillan
The "About Us" GSOL book on display for new volunteers.

The “About Us” GSOL book on display for new volunteers.

“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.” _ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Lo, and behold, right in the middle of the meeting. A HUGE bag of yarn was donated to the Aulander Chapter!

Lo, and behold, right in the middle of the meeting. Shirley Garris (far left) donated A HUGE bag of yarn  to the Aulander Chapter! (Standing in the middle -Glema Demario, and to the far right- Nancy Parker. Seated- Victoria Parker.

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”_ Margaret Mead
GSOL of Aulander had a full house. Looking forward to seeing all of their good works in the future.

GSOL of Aulander had a full house. Looking forward to seeing all of their good works in the future. (Left to right around the table: Barbara Pittman, Nancy Parker, Glema Demario, Victoria Parker, and Jeanette Tinkham.

“We had people of all backgrounds coming together – all races, all creeds, all colors, all status in life. And coming together there was a kind of quiet dignity and a kind of sense of caring and a feeling of joint responsibility.”_ Dorothy Height
Glema Demario is a good teacher.  Her Jr. Volunteer was making a granny square before she left that night!

Glema Demario is a good teacher. Her Jr. Volunteer, Victoria, was making a granny square before she left that night.

Last, but certainly not least, I found these blessings in our mail box today:

Long time volunteer, Joan S. of Staten Island, NY sent us these beautiful squares. Joan, we appreciate your dedication and support. Thank you so very much!!!

Long time volunteer, Joan S. of Staten Island, NY sent us these beautiful squares. Joan, we appreciate your dedication and support. Thank you so very much!!!

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” _Buddha

We welcome Alabama as one of our benevolent States. Thanks to Sandra Allen!

We welcome Alabama as one of our benevolent States. Thanks to Sandra Allen!

All the gorgeous granny squares were crocheted and donated by "Giving Angels" Sandra Allen of Alabama! Thank you so much for reaching out to help us. We appreciate you!

All the gorgeous granny squares were crocheted and donated by “Giving Angels” Sandra Allen of Alabama! Thank you so much for reaching out to help us. We appreciate you!

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.” _George Bernard Shaw

The heavens opened and a yarn blessing fell out! Thanks so much to Nicky B. of Brooklyn, NY!!! God bless you for sharing your stash. We will put it to good use.

The heavens opened and a yarn blessing fell out! Thanks so much to Nicky B. of Brooklyn, NY!!! God bless you for sharing your stash. We will put it to good use!

We appreciate each and every one of you. We couldn’t do so much without your kindness and your help.   Be happy, healthy, and blessed!