Thankful Thursday #7: How to Help a Knitter

What I did to help others this week:


This week was both a “decrapifying” activity and a way to help a fellow Ravelry knitter. For those not familiar, Ravelry is a website for knitters that has patterns and forums for knitters to connect.

For Downton Abbey lovers, there is a group knitting activity that coincides with the latest season of Downton Abbey. The designer specifies the yarn and releases a pattern clue each week during the season. At the end of the Downton Abbey season, all the knitters then showcase the final product on Ravelry.

I finished my shawl with about 30 yards of yarn to spare and sent my extras to a knitter in Pittsburgh who had run short and didn’t want to spend another $40 to buy an entire new skein.

This week I am most thankful for:

My husband, Eric, who puts up with my crazy ideas and always does Valentine’s Day up right!




Thankful Thursday #6: Salvation Army Kettle Bags

What I did to help others this week:

salvation army

The Salvation Army works with communities around the world to provide disaster relief and aid. Each year, many retailers allow the Salvation Army to collect monetary donations in front of their businesses during the Christmas season by having a person with a red kettle ringing a bell. These workers need a place to stow their personal items and paperwork during their shifts so the Salvation Army sent a request on Volunteer Match for help sewing the bags.

The division I’m working with needs 18 bags so this week I’m working to get them stitched up and sent!

This week I am most thankful for:

My best friend, MJ, who turned 60 on Monday. We’ve been friends for twenty years and I’m looking forward to another twenty!


Thankful Thursday #5: Knit a Square

What I did to help others this week:

Knit a square

I read about the Knit a square organization in the January issue of All You magazine and immediately thought this would be a perfect way to help others AND get rid of my bits of yarn. The Knit a square organization takes 8 inch knitted squares and sews them into blankets for orphans in South Africa.

I pretty much always have a couple of knitting projects in the works and as any knitter knows, there are always partial skeins leftover at the end of a project. Instead of these partial skeins languishing in my stash taking up space, I instead knit 6 squares. I still have about 10 partial skeins and will be using those to complete additional squares. I expect send at least 20 squares by the time my stash is depleted!

This week I am most thankful for:

My sweet daddy who is turning 70 on Monday!


Thankful Thursday #4: Volunteer Match

What I did to help others this week:volunteer match

I discovered the organization, Volunteer Match, which connects volunteers with organizations that need help. Using Volunteer Match is super easy. You simply sign up (which is free) then filter the thousands of opportunities by either zip code if you want to volunteer locally or by category.

My first project was to make cheerful pillowcases for Hospice patients with CareCHOICES.

For this opportunity, I used the keyword “sewing” to find this need in California. The organization displays a short paragraph outlining their need and you click the “I want to volunteer button”. Volunteer Match then sends the organization a message confirming there is an interested volunteer and the organization will contact you via email.

The lady I corresponded with at CareCHOICES was lovely and I was able to whip up 8 pillowcases in no time!

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This week I am most thankful for:

Living in the south where the weather is somewhat warmer! Much of the US is under blizzard conditions and while it isn’t summer weather, we do have 50+ degree weather right now. I think that is a heat wave compared to the northeast!

Thankful Thursday #3: Project Pouch

What I did to help others this week:

ifaw pouch

The International Fund for Animal Welfare got such an outpouring of support from the recent request for koala mittens that they also requested pouch liners for animal babies orphaned from the same wildfires that affected the koalas.  The Australian division of IFAW works with care givers to treat all sorts of animals so this week I made and sent 12 liners to help with the recovery effort.

This week I am most thankful for:

downton abbey

The PBS show Downton Abbey. I know it may seem strange to be thankful for a television show but with so much trashy reality shows on these days, it is nice to look forward to an interesting show that is still tasteful. The costumes are wonderful and the writing is excellent. If only more shows were like Downton Abbey, I might actually watch more tv!

Thankful Thursday #2: Koala Mittens

What I did to help others this week:

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The International Fund for Animal Welfare sent out a plea for mittens to assist in the koala’s recovery from recent wildfires in Australia.  The IFAW works to protect animals around the world and is specifically working with doctors and care givers to provide cotton mittens that will be used over the dressings on koala’s injured paws. Since one of my hobbies is sewing, I had lots of scraps from previous projects available to use. I made and sent 22 mittens to help with their healing effort and to honor my daughter, Caitlin, who turned 22 on Tuesday. If you would like to help, check out this article for details and a pattern.

This week I am most thankful for:


My sweet daughter Caitlin. I’m so grateful to see what a beautiful person she turned into. Caitlin was a preemie and only weighed 2.1lbs at birth. After 73 days in the NICU she was able to come home and has been a ball of energy ever since!

Thankful Thursday #1: St Jude’s Ranch

As part of my 2015 goal of transforming my life, I intend to find ways to help others and make a concerted effort to be thankful for what I have.

What I did to help others this week:

St Judes

St. Jude’s Ranch has a recycled card program that uses the fronts of old cards to create new cards for sale. I found out about this program a few years ago and have been sending in my old holiday cards ever since. This year I sent 14 card fronts that would have been tossed in the trash otherwise. The program accepts all types of cards (not just holiday) and currently has a need for Birthday and Thank You. If you would like to help too, that would be excellent!

This week I am most thankful for:


My dog Cooper being found alive and well. He went out New Year’s Eve and bolted when all the fireworks started going off. I called him for 2 hours with help from my neighbor to no avail. After a sleepless night (for him and me), I found him cold and wet by the front porch. It’s crazy how much I love this little stinker!

Please share what you are thankful for and any ideas for giving back. I would love to hear from you!