Informative Post For August 29, 2017

Today has been an awesome and very informative day. When this website depends on myself and anybody else that is willing to help out with the project, to have 4 prospective sources for others to participate in the project, all on the same day, is unheard of.

While I was waiting for my physical therapy to start, I was busy making coasters to sell, so that I can earn more money for yarn to make scarves. The multi color yarn that I am using is what was left over after making scarves. I am making holiday coasters out of red-green-and white yarn, and patriotic coasters out of red-white-and blue yarn, for that purpose. Since I cannot find any holiday yarn yet for this year, I am making patriotic coasters. Unfortunately I cannot find any more patriotic yarn either. That means that I will only have a limited amount of patriotic coaster sets to sell this year, as the yarn I am using is what was left over after making a patriotic scarf.

There is no way to tell when each color will show up, so each coaster is different from the others. The measurement sizes are approximate since the tension in the stitches can vary from item to item*. All donation amounts need to have shipping and handling added to them.  The coasters are 4X4 inches and I am going to let them go in packages of 4 each for a $5 donation. I am also going to make a 6X6 inch pot holder for a $5 donation, and a 7X9 inch size trivet to set hot bowls and platters on, for a $10 donation . If someone wants the trivet and pot holder with the 4 coasters, the donation will be $15, a savings of $5.

Now to tell you about the prospective sources for people to make scarves. I ended up giving three different people information about the website. Since I didn’t have any business cards to hand out, I simply wrote the information about the website, and my email for the website, on a small sheet of note paper. There is no way that I can express how surprised I was when one of the ladies gave me a donation so that I could buy some more yarn.

After leaving physical therapy I went to the store to purchase some more yarn, with the donation that I received while I was at physical therapy. I was able to pick out three different colors that I haven’t made yet. I am trying to make as many different colors as I can so that when I hand them out the profusion of colors will be inviting. That way maybe I will be able to reach others that will help with the project in the future. At any rate, the homeless people will be able to keep up with their scarf better, if it is a different color from their neighbor, when they go to the places that help feed the homeless.

Once again, my web hosting ” tinkerhost.com” and website designer is coming to my aid to make sure that the donation button, the pay-pal link, and the email are all working properly. He just recently upgraded to a better and larger server, and he is still making sure that all of the different websites are working properly with each of the different things that the individual websites were made for. I don’t know what I would do without such an understanding and caring web host and web designer.

 

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*Sizes are approximate, as the tension in the stitches will vary from item to item. This happens due to several people crocheting the items. I do have templates cut out for each size, and hold each item up to whatever template applies to that item, to make sure that the item is as close as possible to the correct size.

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Miscellaneous About Future Scarf Pictures, August 27, 2017

In my post of August 23, I told you about my little crochet table. Up until now I have taken all of the pictures of my scarves on the table in my extra room. Now that I have the little table I made as my crochet table, I have decided to start taking the pictures of the completed scarves on the crochet table. I have been using it since June of this year.

If anybody would like to know how I made the table, please let me know, and I will do a post about it. Also I will try to take close up pictures of the different parts of the table as I explain how I made it. I will even see if my friend can help to do a video about how to make it.

 

New Contact Info

My contact information is below:

If you are interested in helping out, Please see below:

If you have a question please email me at: bonnie@mammahen.org

If you would like to send scarves or/and material please send it to

MammaHen.org C/O Staffords Enterprises, LLC 3070 Lakecrest Circle, Suite 301 Lexington, KY 40513

Web Hosting Sponsor:

I am so excited right now. Great news. When I contacted my website provider about doing a contact page when the website first comes up, he really surprised me. We had talked when I first had him to design the website, and I let him know that I have plans to make the website a Not For Profit website. The website was done for me Pro-Bono. He knows that it will take a while for me to come up with the $500 necessary to register the website as such. The surprise is that he is going to do the contact page for me, and I don’t have to pay him extra to add it. The grace period for making changes to the website has long past. Once that period has passed, it is customary to pay the provider to make any significant changes to the website. Adding another page to the website is a significant change to say the least.

My hosting and website company is TinkerHost.com.

They are a great company to do business with.

 

 

Update For August 24 Thru August 27, 2017

I finished the yellow scarf on August 24th. The official color is daffodil. See picture below:

I have also completed another scarf on August 27. The color is tea leaf, and it is a strange shade of green. I guess maybe it’s the green tea where the leaf comes from. I have no real idea, it is just a thought. The picture is below:

I am currently working on a cherry red scarf. I should have it finished in a couple of days. As usual, I will post a picture as soon as I can after it is finished.

If any of my readers would like to contact me about crocheting some scarves and hats if there is anybody out there interested in doing hats, I would also do hats, but I don’t know how. Please go to the about page, and it will let you know how to contact me by mail, and where to mail the crocheted items if you do any of them. You can also Contact me for my address. It’s starting to get cooler, so I would like to have as many scarves as possible this year to hand out to the homeless.

It was so late last year when I came up with the idea of crocheting scarves that I was only able to make 7 to hand out. So far this year, I have already handed out 5 scarves, and currently have 19 finished and am working on the 20th one. It would be great if other people could and would help me with this project. I would be so thankful.

My Crochet Table And Work Space

Back when I was in college, I made myself a small study table. I sat at the table in my lift-chair every night to study. The table has been in my storage unit since I finished college. Well, I got to thinking about the table and how handy it could be for many things. The table has carpet caster rollers on it, so I could roll it anyplace in my apartment that I needed it. That being the case, I brought it home from the storage unit the last part of June last year. I had to get my big suitcases out for a trip that I was going on, so I decided to go ahead and bring the table home too. I have used the table for many things since then, but have found it to be the most useful as a crochet table. It is just the perfect height to eliminate most of the strain on my arms and on my back.

Before I brought the table home, it took me from 7-10 days to crochet a scarf. Now with the table, I can make one in 2-4 days, usually 3 days. I would have to say that is quite a big improvement in the amount of time necessary to make a scarf. Using the table will obviously be done as much as possible. About the only time that I won’t be able to use the table is when I have taken my crochet with me to take full advantage of my waiting time in doctor’s offices.

Here is a picture of the crochet table:

Now to explain what is on the table. In the back right you can see a sort of tall plastic container. This container acts as my little trash can for the small pieces of yarn that I have to cut off, both when I first start a scarf or any other crocheted item, and when I finish the item off. The container comes with Walmart’s Great Value brand drink mixes in it.

I use the lid as a little tray to hold my safety pins and my finishing needle. The finishing needle has an extra big opening that the yarn will fit through so that it can be fed back through the item so that the item won’t come undone.

 

You can also see a small pair of scissors, and a push button winding tape measure. Most scarves are 60 inches (five feet) long and 6 to 8 inches wide. I try to make mine 7 inches wide. To help me know how long the scarf is, I use a safety pin to mark every 12 inches so that I won’t end up with a scarf that is too short or too long.

 

I just thought that you might enjoy seeing my supplies, in case you are not a person that does things with your hands and yarn and such.

Update From May 4 until August 21, 2017

I know that it has been months since I last did an update, and I am very sorry about that. I have been having a lot of medical issues as well as computer issues. The combination of the two makes for a very bad combination and my readers not getting any information about the scarves that have been made since May, and there are quite a few.

To keep with the way that I have been doing things, I will give the date that a scarf was finished and then show a picture of it. Just be ready to see a very long post, as there have been 15 scarves total made since May, and I am currently working on the 16th one. Three of the scarves were made with the yarn that was left over from the scarves that have been made so far. These scarves are going to be kept by other members in my family and myself, as they are special to us.

Now to start the list of scarves and the date of each completion along with the picture of it.

June 15, 2017 I finished a charcoal grey scarf, shown below:

The next scarf was finished June 23, 2017. It was baby pink. The picture is below:

Next was a light blue scarf that was finished on June 27, 2017. The picture is below:

Now we come to July. I was very busy in July. I finished a total of 8 scarves in July. The first was a navy blue scarf on July 2, 2017. The picture is below:

Then comes a patriotic scarf made with red-white and blue colored yarn. I had never made a scarf with triple color yarn before, but it didn’t turn out too bad. It was definitely different from what I thought it was going to be. It was finished on July 9, 2017. The picture is below:

Then on July 11, 2017, I finished a burgundy scarf. The picture is below:

On July 15, 2017 The scarf I finished was spring green. The picture is below:

I was finishing scarves at a rate of one every 3 or 4 days. The next scarf I finished was a delft blue one on July 18, 2017. The picture is below:

On July 22, 2017, I finished an amethyst scarf. This one goes to a friend for help she has given the family. The picture is below:

As you can tell, I am trying to make scarves of as many different colors as I can. Some people have given me skeins of yarn, so there may be a few scarves of the same color, such as black and navy blue. I know I have two of each one of those.

After the amethyst scarf, I finished one that was the color real teal. It was on July 24, 2017.  The picture is below:

Two black ones were finished next. One was on July 27, 2017, and one was on July 29, 2017. Since they were both the same color, I am only going to show one picture of a black scarf. One of the black scarves goes to a friend for help that he has given the family. The picture is below:

Between the end of July and August 12, I made the three scarves of multiple colors. The first one was a scarf of different shades of blue. The picture is below:

The second one was of different shades of green. The picture is below:

The last one was of the colors that were left. The picture is below:

On July 16, 2017, I finished a scarf of royal blue. This one was at the request of a friend. I forgot to take a picture of it before I gave it to her. If I can remember sometime when I am with her, I will take a picture of it and put it in a future post.

There will only be a few times that I will make scarves for friends, and the yarn is, and will continue to be, purchased with different money from the yarn that is being used to make scarves for the homeless.  I am very careful not to mix it up. As soon as I can get the money together, I am going to make the organization a Nor For Profit Organization. That is why I am making sure not to use any of the money or yarn that friends have given me for the project to make any scarves for friends.

On July 21, I finished a papaya colored scarf. The picture is below:

I am currently working on a daffodil colored scarf. There is a picture of the scarf in progress below, and as usual, I will also have a picture of the finished scarf as soon as I finish it:

I hope you enjoyed see all of the scarves I have done so far for the homeless. I was only able to make 7 last year, but the people that received them cried when they got them. I should have quite a lot more by the last of October and into November when it starts to get cold. I will probably give them out at Thanksgiving. I put each scarf in a plastic storage bag and include a little verse that I wrote in each one. The verse goes like this, “This scarf was made by MammaHen and friends, to help keep you warm when you’re wrapped within.  With Love, MammaHen and Friends.”  mammahen.org. I included the “and friends” just in case any of my readers also crochet or knit scarves and send them to me. That way they will be receiving credit for making them the same as I do.

If you are interested in helping out, Please see below:

If you have a question please email me at: bonnie@mammahen.org

If you would like to send scarves or/and material please send it to

MammaHen.org                                                                                                                  C/O Staffords Enterprises, LLC                                                                                        3070 Lakecrest Circle, Suite 301                                                                                   Lexington, KY 40513