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Subject: OT: Request
Date Posted: 3/28/2012 6:43 PM ET
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Ok....it was hard of me to post this, but I'm pulling up my big girl panties and jumping in.

I am crocheting some lapghans for the Alzheimer's Unit that just recently  opened here in my town.  I like to make crazy blankets out of remnant yarn.  This came about when I had all these little balls of yarn, but nothing to do with them.  So, long story short, I am asking if anyone would be willing to donate any remnant's or any other yarn that they no longer want, to shoot me a PM.

This is very dear to my heart as my grandmother fought Alzheimers for over 10 years before she passed.  Her brother also had Alzheimer's, but he was blessed to  not live a long time with it.  Both my father and his brother are in early stage alzheimer's, which has been very hard on my family.  I know most people have been touched by Alzheimer's, whether it is family or other's you know.

Thank you for letting me post this, and please don't think this to be something that would hurt me if cannot help.

Hugs!



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Date Posted: 3/28/2012 7:27 PM ET
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Lori, if I had any yarn remnants I'd be zapping them off to you as we speak. Good for you for starting such a great project.

Date Posted: 3/28/2012 7:57 PM ET
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Thanks Cathy!  When I was speaking with the Alzheimer's Unit talked about the critical care unit that holds over 100 patients for long term.  To me it sounded like a nursing home for the ones who are more critical in others.  Right now its just the Alzheimer's Unit....but who knows!  :D

Date Posted: 3/28/2012 8:22 PM ET
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What's the minimum size remnant you are using, Lori? Half-dollar diameter? Toothpick length diameter? 

I may have some odds & ends that I would be happy to send on for such a great project & Linda may have some also. 

Good on ya, Kid ... and Bless you!

 

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 3/28/2012 8:44 PM ET
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Kelly - to be honest it doesn't matter.  I have used very little balls, some big and sometimes a full skein (but those I break down to diferent lengths).  As far as weight, either sports yarn or worsted weight are preferred.  I hope that answers your questions. 

Date Posted: 3/28/2012 8:50 PM ET
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I will be starting my garage sale and church sale shopping I will keep an eye out for you. 

Date Posted: 3/28/2012 9:23 PM ET
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Thanks Letty!  Shockingly enough, our garage sales here have little to no yarn.  My friend who is AVID, has only found yarn on one occasion.

Date Posted: 3/28/2012 10:11 PM ET
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How very nice of you! I see yarn periodically on my thrift store runs, and I'll definitely keep an eye out for some for you.

Date Posted: 3/28/2012 10:15 PM ET
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Thanks Aimee!  I appreciate that. 

Date Posted: 3/28/2012 11:11 PM ET
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Oh I forgot to say I am willing to pay for the yarn either by money or a book off your WL.  Thanks!

Date Posted: 3/29/2012 2:34 AM ET
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What a great project, Lori! Five years ago, my daughter chose to make afghans for Project Linus as her bat mitzvah service project. She collected lots of yarn. Unfortunately, her intentions were far, far better than her execution. My mom and I each crocheted a couple afghans..as my daughter cheered us on. In retrospect, it was a rather ambitious project for a 13-year old to undertake. (If only she had a mother who offered better guidance.)  Anyway, about a year and a half ago, I finally cleared out the stock and sent a big box of yarn and crochet squares to April in the PBS Share and Care Forum for her tailyghan project. But I probably have some leftover yarn from a couple afghans I've since made, not to mention yarn for intended-but-never-realized projects -- so I'll start going through my storage closet.



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Date Posted: 3/29/2012 7:46 AM ET
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Thanks Deb.  Still, what a great project your daughter wanted to do!  She may decide later in life to do it again.  However, I found it very funny that she cheered you and your mom on with making the blankets.  Sounds like a kid to me. 

Date Posted: 3/29/2012 7:54 AM ET
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Will see what I have, too, Lori.  I think I have some small balls that came from my hubby's mother's home when we moved her to an apartment.

Date Posted: 3/29/2012 8:53 AM ET
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Lori, what a wonderful project!  I wish I had yarn to contribute!  I've never learned knitting, crocheting, tatting...whatever.  I'll ask around, though.  I do have a couple of friends who perhaps could donate some.

Date Posted: 3/29/2012 9:29 AM ET
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Perfect!  Thank you ladies.  I put my mom on a mission to ask around with her friends and church group down in Colorado.  She thinks I'm crazy....and I probably am....but dad thinks its a great idea.  Of course  I'll have to tell him again. lol  Always have to find the positive.  My sweet mother thinks us kids don't consider the seriousness of the issue....but we find it helps us and dad to laugh about it.

Date Posted: 3/29/2012 10:10 AM ET
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Lori - I think I have some yarn for you. Shoot me a PM and let me know how you want to do this...

Date Posted: 3/29/2012 12:20 PM ET
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Lori, I don't have any yarn or remnants to donate. I had to get rid of everything last year when I moved. But I applaud your project.

Hugs!

Date Posted: 3/29/2012 7:38 PM ET
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That is just fine Genie.  I almost have my first one done. :D  It was a blanket I was working on and it is just short of being a lapghan, so I changed it to one.  I'm excited. woot woot!

Date Posted: 3/29/2012 11:19 PM ET
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Lori, you must post pictures when you finish! When I go visit my mom I will see if she has any yarn she needs to get rid of.

I spent a couple hours one night looking at crochet bookmarks online. Most of them were made with the very thin cotton thread and looked difficult. I tried a few years ago to crochet but my stitches were way too tight. I finally gave up. I really admire what you are doing--a great cause.

Date Posted: 3/30/2012 12:05 AM ET
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I will do my best to post pics, Terri.  The only thing that holds me back is that dang moving from one place to another. lol  That's my kids job and alas they no longer are here to help me. lol  My crocheting is not the prettiest at all, but it helps me phsically so that is good. My DD on the other hand has beautiful stitches.  However she has had many teachers. My aunt, church members and the knitting club here in town.  They taught her a better way to knit and fixed her form and challenged her stitches in crochet.   I could never learn from a right handed person standing in front of me since i'm handed. lol  If your mom has some great, but if not, don't sweat it.  Just appreciate you reading my post. 

I could NEVER use that thin threat to tat with or make doilies, etc.  Bless those who can.  WOWZA!

 



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Date Posted: 3/30/2012 6:57 AM ET
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Lori:  A nice sized box of yarns will be headed out your way today.  There is a good assortment of ball sizes and colors, mostly worsted but some sport yarn weights too. heart

Date Posted: 3/30/2012 1:57 PM ET
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Thanks to all of you who have been willing to help me.  It will never go unnoticed by those who are kept warm from them.