Thankful Thursday #7: How to Help a Knitter

What I did to help others this week:

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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!

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Thankful Thursday #6: Salvation Army Kettle Bags

What I did to help others this week:

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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!

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Thankful Thursday #3: Project Pouch

What I did to help others this week:

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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:

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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:

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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!