Spring challenges starting SATURDAY 10th March

KateG
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March 10th, 2018, 12:00 am #1

Spring Challenges 10th March to 3rd June 2018
 
 
Here are the Spring challenges, I hope it doesn’t throw everyone out doing them on a Saturday but with tomorrow being Mothering Sunday we thought you may be otherwise busy!
 
1.       Knit or Crochet Hats, Scarves and Gloves / mittens – First off we are thinking ahead to Operation Orphan’s Big Pack, for once we are not thinking of blankets although these are always needed! What we would like is hats, scarves and gloves for older children and teenagers in darker colours. The Big Pack is in July in preparation for the next winter in Moldova so we are hoping to really be able to help with this.

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If you are sending gloves / mittens please can you loosely stitch them together so they don't get separated, thank you ☺

The scarves, hats and gloves / mittens can be sent to me as part of a mixed package or directly to the address below, if you remember to mention Loving Hands – or want to add a compliment slip to the box these can be found using this link https://docs.google.com/document/d/19Uz ... dXqrM/edit
 
Operation Orphan Ltd.
143 Attenborough Lane
Nottingham
NG9 6AA
 
2.       Knit or Crochet Lap Blankets – We were contacted recently by Faye Madden, Project Officer of the Supportive & Palliative Care Team of Manchester Royal Infirmary. Faye told me “We are looking for a crafting group who would be happy to produce lap sized blankets for our patients who are at or are approaching end of life.

We recently had a family who found great comfort from a blanket as they could have it on their relatives bed for comfort, they then used it to wrap a new born in to be held my their loved one at end of life and after they had passed away the family were able to take the blanket home with them, they told us of what a fantastic memory aid the blanket was and how much comfort it had brought them. They described how they could still "smell" their loved one within the blanket.”
 
I have already sent a box of blankets to Faye and she was delighted with them, I asked how many blankets she thought they could place and the answer was more than we can ever supply, they nurse around 2,000 people each year in the last stage of their lives. I thought this would be a wonderful outlet for Loving Hands – it fits exactly with our ethos.

The blankets can be knit or crochet and should be around 1 metre square or thereabouts.

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The blankets can be sent to me as part of a mixed package or directly to the address below, if you remember to mention Loving Hands – or want to add a compliment slip to the box these can be found using this link https://docs.google.com/document/d/19Uz ... dXqrM/edit
 
Faye Madden, Project Officer
Supportive & Palliative Care Team
Ground Floor, Purple Zone
Manchester Royal Infirmary
Oxford Road
Manchester
M13 9WL
 
3.       Knit or Crochet Little Hearts – a little reminder about the crochet hearts that we send to the charity in Bournemouth for the hospital Angel memory bags. They are always so delighted with these that it would be nice if we can keep supporting them.

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Here are some pattern links - 

Crochet
http://belladia.typepad.com/bella_dia/2 ... t-cro.html

http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/teeny ... earts.html

Knit
https://blog.loveknitting.com/knit-a-quick-heart/
 
Please pm me for the address to send them to
 
4.       Sewing – BAGS! BAGS! BAGS! We were going to ask for bags for Operation Christmas Child to go in the show boxes, but then I got a letter from NC TLC Trust who I sent some Hickman Line bags to a while ago, and then I remembered that we haven’t sent any memory bags to Coventry Hospital for a while so that is 3 sorts of bags that are needed!
 
Tote or draw string bags for OCC shoe boxes this can be for your local branch or Barton on Humber whichever you prefer. I spoke to Julia at BuH to ask what sort they would prefer, she said something about 12” x 16” with handles or draw string, she says that they don’t have to be fancy, just something simple. Last year her mum ended up making hundreds as they just didn’t have enough, but she is struggling with her arthritis now and won’t be able to do that again this year. It would be really great if we can get them plenty to go in the shoeboxes. I think they use them for stationery etc.
 
Please pm me for Julia’s address if you would like to send direct or add them to a mixed box to come to me.

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Hickman Line Bags / Wiggly Bags for Children’s and babies  A Hickman line is an intravenous catheter/tube most often used for the administration of chemotherapy or other medications, as well as for the withdrawal of blood for analysis. These Wiggly Bags keep the tubes clean and safe.

HOW TO MAKE WIGGLY BAGS 
tape/ribbon bags
*Get 2 bits of 10cm by 10 cm cut a little bigger to allow for sewing (i draw around a 10 by 10 template) then cut 4cm extra all the way around.
*fold over the tops to make them neat u can then sew them or just fold and when u sew up the sides it will hold it,
*sew ribbon or cotton tape to the back of the fabric (on the inside) they need to be ruffly 30cm by 30cm so the parent can tie them to the wright size i use 1 bit 60cm long and the parent can just cut it on one side and sew it back down at the right size so the child hasn't got a knot at the back of their neck or they can just cut it,
*then turn inside out and pin to help it stay still while sewing.
*sew the bottom and 2 sides together it doesn't matter if some are a little bigger or smaller as long as they are ruffly 10cm long by 9cm

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To download a pattern click here http://www.downsizer.net/gallery/25297/wiggly.pdf
For Velcro bags please see http://www.mediafire.com/?3e27w67elq7r7c0 
 
These can come to me in a mixed box or posted directly to –
NC TLC Trust
Suite 2 & 3, First Floor
18 Baron Avenue
Earls Barton, Northants
NN6 0JE
 
Coventry Hospital Memory Bags – we were asked by the Neonatal sister, University hospital Coventry and Warwick if we can make draw string bags about 18x20cm as they save memory items e.g. hats, name bracelets etc. currently these go in hospital paper bags. She is looking to find a source of sewn bags to use instead of paper bags to help parents feel valued and thought about at such a difficult time. These can be made of any suitable lightweight baby fabric.
 
As usual these can be sent to me with a mixed box and I will forward them to the hospital or pm me for the address.

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So there we are, another 3 months of ideas that we hope will keep needles, hooks and pins busy




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March 10th, 2018, 9:50 am #2

Brilliant challenges Kate. But count me out of the sewing ones.  But I have just finished my 3rd pair of dark mitts, made one hat, and a scarf is on needles. All dark so slightly ahead of you there. 
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March 10th, 2018, 1:01 pm #3

Sorry, the link to the crochet hearts did not work for me. I thought Linda had one on her blog, but I couldn't find it, has anyone got one to the pic above?
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March 10th, 2018, 1:12 pm #4

Another great assortment of challenges - the hearts will be a great way to use up scraps of wool.  Kate, just a suggestion maybe you could put the lap blankets size under the challenge.  I know there is a blanket size chart in the Wish List but I think you might get a few enquiries. xx
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March 10th, 2018, 1:52 pm #5

Izzy Wizzy wrote: Another great assortment of challenges - the hearts will be a great way to use up scraps of wool.  Kate, just a suggestion maybe you could put the lap blankets size under the challenge.  I know there is a blanket size chart in the Wish List but I think you might get a few enquiries. xx
Great idea Ann, I should have thought about that!




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March 10th, 2018, 1:56 pm #6

Great challenges, Kate - I tried to "like" this post, and to comment on it soon after you posted it (so in the early hours of the morning) but it was locked so my comments are on another thread somewhere. The challenges are still all really good ideas for us to make - wish there were more hours in the day.
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March 10th, 2018, 1:58 pm #7

ssPat wrote: Sorry, the link to the crochet hearts did not work for me. I thought Linda had one on her blog, but I couldn't find it, has anyone got one to the pic above?
Sony Pat, don't know what went wrong there, I've updated the links and they should be working OK now xx




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March 10th, 2018, 4:27 pm #8

Kate you have set us some wonderful Spring 🌷Challenges, lots of hard work gone into the layout and information you have gathered, I really appreciate the time and effort it takes to set all this up for us along with your right hand SM 🙋  x x      Loving the stitchers challenges, off to have a look for some fabric..... Had a bit of an avalanche in the fabric cupboard 😳 this week so it's a good time to sort it out 😋  x 


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March 10th, 2018, 5:55 pm #9

Sewing challenges are great for me, especially as I'm sorting through Childrens designs just now. Loz I have some fabric for you for Monday 
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March 11th, 2018, 9:52 am #10

Morning Kate,  Cannot get into the download about wiggly bags and have never done them before. You can just confirm to me that I only sew one end of the tape and leave the other one for the parents to do late on. Thanks, x
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March 11th, 2018, 10:40 am #11

Sandris wrote: Morning Kate,  Cannot get into the download about wiggly bags and have never done them before. You can just confirm to me that I only sew one end of the tape and leave the other one for the parents to do late on. Thanks, x
I can't open the first link either, will check it out and see if I can find out what is wrong with it when I get home. The second link to velcro bags seems to be OK, if you click on the link then on download the pdf file should open. Hopefully this will answer your question, I've never made one either! Let me know how you get on xxx




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March 11th, 2018, 1:14 pm #12

ssPat wrote: Sorry, the link to the crochet hearts did not work for me. I thought Linda had one on her blog, but I couldn't find it, has anyone got one to the pic above?
Mine is here Pat 
http://lindacraftycorner.blogspot.co.uk ... earts.html
http://lindacraftycorner.blogspot.co.uk ... heart.html
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March 11th, 2018, 2:48 pm #13

Sorry I missed the coffee morning, I was away from home all day. The challenges are great and especially for our wee group as we mostly knit hats,scarves and mitts anyway. 🙂  We have done some lap blankets in the past so this new outlet for these will be great and spur us on to do more of them. We don't have any sewing experts in our group as yet but we might have one joining us soon and these sewing ideas would be great for her to begin with. Thanks Kate and Helen for planning the challenges and the pictures are a great inspiration to "get on" with the crafting!!😄
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March 11th, 2018, 3:23 pm #14

All the links working for me both on laptop and iPad - my mind just went totally blank, I could not remember the word iPad; must be age 🙃 I had a form yesterday to renew my driving licence and these challenges end on my birthday- senior moment again
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March 11th, 2018, 8:08 pm #15

Well Ive made a start on the hearts, one of each. Not sure which I prefer doing but the one thing I hate is darning in the ends
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