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post #41 of 110
You all rock!
post #42 of 110
Let me know if I can help, I crochet. I can whip out 2 fun, warm and funky kid-sized elf hats a night or 1 warm and conservative adult hats (unless they want a funky one). Make scarves as well. Haven't got a hang of thumbs yet so no mittens, maybe next year. Could probably squeeze in a lapgan or baby blankie, but that would be tight.
post #43 of 110
I got my matches! I'm making three Waldorf dolls. If anyone has any blonde looking or brown wool yarn they could donate (for hair) I would really appreciate it. Otherwise I have black and red that I can use.
post #44 of 110
Glad I popped into the forum!

I pm'd both ladies earlier. I have a few gently used things I offered...however, I can also volunteer to crochet some baby hats (newborn size). If I hear back from Gemini re: the list I gave her, I'll let her know I can do these as well.
post #45 of 110
You are all wonderful.
post #46 of 110
I made my first diaper for a needy mama....it turned out to be one of the best I've ever made!! Yay, I can't wait to make more.
post #47 of 110
Please LMK if I can help as well

I can knit but I really am lost with that other thread of 10+ pages :LOL

I can do a roll brim type hat that would probably fit a 5 yr old (made two for my son recently). Here is the picture too.......
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...RainbowHat.jpg

Or if someone could get a smaller pattern I could do that for younger babies

As well I probably could knit up mittens but there I don't have any patterns for those and not sure about yarn either

OH and I can make up wool balls too~Okay off to PM Tracy!
post #48 of 110
I'd love to knit some soakers or something, but I don't think I have enough yarn for more than one or two. If anyone wants to send yarn and/or patterns to me, I'd be more than happy to knit them up. I like to knit while I'm nursing, so you can imagine that I do it all the time. :LOL
post #49 of 110
I am sewing some AI2s for a little boy. Probably not by serger anymore b/c I found out this morning exactly how many layers of flannel, hemp knit, and burly knit terry it takes to turn a slightly dull upper blade into a completely useless upper blade. OOps. It takes weeks to order a new one too. Maybe my mom will let me borrow her serger. :LOL
post #50 of 110
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eilonwy, you should PM pamelamama, cassdarrow and/or Knittin' in the Shade - they can hook you up with patterns (and even wool, I bet - if you ask really really nicely.)

I have been knitting wool balls from one of Theresa's patterns - I can knit one per Ranma OAV. Here's a pic: http://www3.sympatico.ca/debbie_b/images/balls.jpg

As you can see, I have major pooling going on. And I think that I'm overstuffing the poor things. Oh well - it's a learning curve.

mamaofthreeboys - that hat is *so* cute! Seriously, I would want one of those for myself - except that I can't wear hats without looking like the littlest mushroom from Fantasia. :LOL

boingo - I feel for ya - I'm seriously considering boycotting my serger. Just a tip - I found that my serger worked best when the blade just grazed the edge of the fabric, cutting off threads rather than chunks of fabric. Does your blade retract?

Is anyone making items for the mommies and daddies too? I'm putting in a small container of truffles in each of the packages I'm sending out, but I'm wondering if maybe I should make something like scarves or moccasins...
post #51 of 110
Yay! I got my list from Gemini!
Bluenail, I do plan on making things for the Mommie's and Daddie's if I get all of the Kiddie stuff done early enough. I definitely think they deserve a little something too! (but I know they all want their children to be the priority). Off to the craft store today for inspiration...and NOT to spend money
post #52 of 110
I've crocheted 3 hats for two of the families that I have been matched up with. I'm trying to make some mittens now but the pattern I have is very confusing--might anyone have an easy mitten pattern? So far I have been matched up with a 6 year old girl and then 2 and 5 year old boys.

Any other crochet patterns that would be quick to make for them?? I'm still waiting to hear back from my 3rd family so don't know what age their kiddos are.

Or does anyone have any adult crocheted hat patterns that are fast but nice--or something else for the parents??

Holly
post #53 of 110
bluenail: I haven't watched Ranma in years, but I was wearing a Ranma t-shirt just yesterday. :LOL That show was hilarious! I miss anime. *sigh*

Crochet mitten patterns online:

Mittens
More mittens
this is a hat which goes with...
these mittens.
This page has a whole bunch of crochet patterns for kids clothing. I've also got a really cute crib blanket that I used to crochet all the time, because it took me about a day and a half and looks so cute!

Now... does anyone here have any wool they could send me? I don't think I've got enough to make a large, and that's what I need to do....
post #54 of 110
I was going to crochet up some little hemp washcloths for my mamma. They are the best exfoliators. I'm also thinking of making up a nice batch of lavender, comfrey and beeswax salve and throwing that in with some nice soap or something. And of course, chocolate covered macadamia nuts!!! I can't send anyone a package with out these, lol.
post #55 of 110
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Originally Posted by eilonwy
Now... does anyone here have any wool they could send me? I don't think I've got enough to make a large, and that's what I need to do....
Large what? I mean, how much wool do you need?
post #56 of 110
Oops! :LOL A large (18-24mos) pair of longies.
post #57 of 110
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Originally Posted by mamamaya
I was going to crochet up some little hemp washcloths for my mamma. They are the best exfoliators. I'm also thinking of making up a nice batch of lavender, comfrey and beeswax salve and throwing that in .
Wanna share directions for these? That sounds like something I'd love to do for my family!

I've never heard of Ranma. What in the world is that?
post #58 of 110
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Originally Posted by bluenail
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boingo - I feel for ya - I'm seriously considering boycotting my serger. Just a tip - I found that my serger worked best when the blade just grazed the edge of the fabric, cutting off threads rather than chunks of fabric. Does your blade retract? ...
Hmmm...I don't think it does. My serger is nearly 20 years old and doesn't have many features. Do you mean, adjust it so it cuts less at one time? I will look into it. Regardless the poor thing needs a new blade. It still cuts - kinda - but it only cuts on part of the blade so the edge is horrible and jagged. The top blade was iffy anyhow- previous owner had hit a few pins and it was nicked. Now it is done for.

I am working around it though. I basted all around the edge of the diaper, then I rotary cut it to 1/4" from the basting. Then I just serged over the basting. It worked! One diaper down, more to go. I made a white PUL outer lined in blue plaid flannel. Dipe has 4 layers flannel and the PUL. The SUPER-soaker has 3 layers flannel, 2 hemp jersey, and a strip of burly knit terry. No wonder my serger cut out, huh? And it folds into thirds for the diaper, so I think this one will be a nighttime dipe for my needy family.

I am going to make some more diapers, and a little stuffed car for the older boy.
post #59 of 110
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Originally Posted by eilonwy
Now... does anyone here have any wool they could send me? I don't think I've got enough to make a large, and that's what I need to do....
I mentioned (way up on the thread) that I have some yarn lying around, but it's not wool. It's acrylic, so I don't know if you can do anything with that. Let me know whether you can use it and I'll go see exactly what I've got!

mamamaya, are the hemp washcloths made from heavy hemp twine or some other form of hemp string/yarn? This sounds like a great idea.

Also...just a little suggestion for anyone who'se making homemade chocolates or cookies--if you can spare an extra minute--include the ingredients in case anybody is allergic to specific stuff.
post #60 of 110
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Originally Posted by mamamaya
I was going to crochet up some little hemp washcloths for my mamma. They are the best exfoliators. I'm also thinking of making up a nice batch of lavender, comfrey and beeswax salve and throwing that in .

Wanna share directions for these? That sounds like something I'd love to do for my family!
Sure! The little hemp washcloths are made of hemp twine, but you could use hemp wool, or dishcloth cotton, either would work fine. I would give instructions on how to crochet, but I really suck at it, so I'm not even gonna try. You can also knit them, just like you would a dishcloth

Here's my salve recipe:

Gather the following herbs:
lavender
peppermint
calendula
lemon balm
comfrey....or whatever...its your salve, so you decide!

Put them in a saucepan, and add enough olive oil so that its just covering the herbs. Slow cook (under 200 dergrees for about for 3 hours. Once they are done cooking, strain and add 1-2 ounces of melted beeswax. Add the oil slowly to the beeswax, checking to see if its the consistency you like. At this point you can also add essential oils if , no more than 10-20 drops total. Tea tree is always a nice one. Allow to cool, and voila- you have salve! Makes a great diaper rash cream, lip balm, excema treatment, foot rub, ect.

Now, you ask, what do I store all this salve in?? Little baby food jars make great salve holders. You can also get little plastic pots at the herb or craft store.
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