Current Projects

Current Needs – January 2020

Richmond and Surrounding areas have a need for:

  • White and solid colored hats for babies (brims need to be stretchy and must fit over a 5” Styrofoam ball)
  • Dialysis blankets (72”X36”)

Fredericksburg/King George has a need for: Please remember we need items for men as well as women.

  • Baby items – hats, sweaters & blankets
  • Hats for children & adults (male & female)
  • Blankets of all sizes
  • Port pillows
  • Totes – all sizes (book, walker & wheelchair)

We give you these needs in the event you want to create these items, but you don’t have to, as we prefer our volunteers create whatever makes them happy. We can find a new home for anything you care to make.

The patterns, this month, are for shawls to be used with the Mystery Shawl bags at the workshop.  Scroll down for all 6 patterns.


Mystery Shawl Bags are at the Workshop Now – Patterns Below

The much talked about and much awaited Mystery Shawl Bags are now available for you to pick up at the workshop.  Each bag contains sufficient yarn for you to complete 1 of 6 available patterns.

What do you need to do to start work on your shawl?

  1. Pick a bag from one of the two areas in the workshop where they are available
  2. Pick a pattern from the binder on the shelf on the rack in the front of the workshop and make a copy of it on the printer
  3. Take your bag home
  4. Open the bag, reach in and pick a ball of yarn at random
  5. When the ball is done, reach in and pick another ball at random
  6. Continue in this fashion until shawl is complete
  7. Attach From the Heart tag (included in the bag) to your shawl
  8. Return finished shawl to bag
  9. Seal bag and return to the workshop by February 29th, 2020

These shawls, when complete, will be given to wherever the need is greatest at the time we open the bags.  We don’t have a date yet but are thinking about having a “reveal” at the workshop in the early part of March.  It is always such fun to see what beautiful items are created by using leftover yarns of different colors and fibers, especially when the process of creating the item has been random to begin with.

Patterns:

Project Sizes, Supplies and Ongoing Projects

Project Sizes

As always anything you want to make we can really use to help fill the bins in the shop and warm the hearts and bodies of those in need.

  • Chemo Hats for Guys and Boys
  • Socks for the Homeless – prefer white, non – Wool socks. Tube socks work well (no heels to deal with!)
  • Chemo Blankets/Shawls 30″ x 48″
  • Blankets for Hospice/Palliative Care 27″ x 36″ (No fringe, no tie on’s if wheelchair blankets)
  • Baby Blankets
    •  32″ to 40″ square
    • Rectangles from 32″ X 30″ and up
  • Children’s blankets (for clutching or draggin’) 24″ sq up to 36″ or 40″ & not necessarily square
  • Bone Marrow Transplant Unit blankets Large and COLORFUL! (Just enough to cover the top of twin bed)
  • Dialysis blankets: 60″ long.  30-32″ wide.
  • Home Again (Battered Women and Children’s Shelter) large enough to wrap a small child in cold, drafty house
  • Chemo Hats Small, medium and large sizes for both adults and children
  • SPCA rounds or squares 15-18 inches up to 3 feet to fit crates using leftovers of mixed yarn, wool, blends, cotton or acrylics
  • Squares 12 inches to be stitched together into blankets
  • Infant Hats, Must be stretchy. Full term newborn needs to fit over a 5″ Styrofoam ball.
  • Layette Sets Used as “take me home” outfits for newborns.
  • Bears and Toys: New bears from Dollar stores, dressed with knitted or crocheted outfits. Given to sick, scared or needy children in ER, clinic, oncology, hospice and other areas.