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Always something new...

Posted by Pamela on 7 March, 2009 at 15:06

This week I spent quite some time with a new friend who has battled breast and other forms of cancer for 21 years.  It was amazing the information I gained from her regarding headwear and prosthesis.

If you've read my blog you will know that knit4charities has recently been knitting titbits (breast prosthesis) for mastectomy survivors.  Until this week I had never seen an actual proper prosthetic!  Now I have seen one I have realised that our knitted or crochet varities could be designed better.  This I am taking up as my next challange!  I already have an idea for a crochet version so watch this space ______  as the saying goes  

It has been a busy time, lots of knitting and crocheting done, packed and sent off to hopefully help people in crisis.  My spare bed is still covered with items but they will be going out in the very near future.  I get a lot of donations from friends these days so it's great to be able to send off a big parcel to all of our Charity of the Month projects each month.

I am away from home for most of April so now have to make a list of what I would like to make and what I need to take for the April CotM's.  One good thing is that I wont be far away from Yarn Shops if I run out   Lincraft, Spotlight --- Oh Heaven!!!  Not much variety to be found in Big W which is all I normally have to shop at.

Our Bushfire Survivors appeal has been well supported.  Lots of squares sent in to be made into rugs/blankets as well as beanies and animal pouches.  Thanks to everyone who has helped with an item or two.  Our Beanies are being distributed to people in the Whittlesea area and the pouches etc. for wildlife rescue are being used by North East Victoria Wildlife Rescue who are also sharing extras with other similar organisations.  We have yet to sort out how to get our finished rugs to the right people.  There are lots of stories of items not making it to where they are needed (e.g. just being put into warehouses etc.) so until we have someone definate in the affected areas we will wait a while.  The blankets all take time to make up anyway and will be needed as the weather gets colder.

Until next time.....

Happy knitting/crocheting

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Reply Dawn
15:42 on 29 May, 2009 
Hi Pam, Congratulations!! the group is going ahead in leaps and bounds isn't it. Who would believe our conversations only a couple of years ago, I get a real buzz watching from the side lines. I have just delivered my 2009 winter donations to the Soup Van here in Melbourne, from memory something like 100 beanies, 53 scarves and heaps of other items. Moving on to SIDS items now for a while. Am noticing the rising cost of yarn so I have been recycling jumpers etc in good condition from the op shop, absolutely a big money stretcher!!
Take care and I wish you continued success in your venture. Luv Dawnie
Reply Pamela
20:02 on 29 May, 2009 
Thanks Dawniedear,
You are often in my thoughts and it is great to hear from you. Wonderful that you have found a great cause to donate to as well. Thanks for your wishes and I also wish you all the best. Love, Pam
Reply Kim
3:15 on 30 December, 2009 
Did you ever come up with a crochet version? I would love to make some of these to donate, but I only crochet.
Reply Pam
8:36 on 30 December, 2009 
Hi Kim.
I did design a crochet version. Can you email me and I will send you a copy of the pattern.