Progress Update – October 30, 2017

I’m sorry, but I was not able to post on the 28th when I actually finished the Teal scarf. The picture is below:

In the last post, I said that I would show a picture of the Minty Green scarf and the Teal Blue scarf side by side. The picture is below:

This is how my camera took the picture of the Minty Green one.

This is how my camera took the picture of the Teal Blue one. As you can see, they look like they are the same color, but they are not.

Below I have a picture of the two scarves actually side by side on the table. When you look at them side by side, you can definitely see the difference.

The Minty Green one is on the left and the Teal Blue one is on the right. When you look at the pictures of the individual scarves, they look like the same color. When you look at the picture of the two of them side by side, they are different colors, and don’t look like the same scarves as the individual ones. I don’t know why my camera does the colors the way it does, but you can at least see why I said, when I first told you the colors, that they looked just a little different, but not too  much.

The color of the scarf that I am working on now is Dark Orchid. The purple is so dark that at times it almost looks like a dark brown in some lights. I hope it won’t take me as long to make this one as it has to make the last ones I made in October.

I can’t believe that I fell from 9 or 10 scarves in a month to only three scarves in October.. Hopefully I can make at least 5 or 6 this month. If I can make 6, then I will have made 30 this year. When I think that I had only 7 made for last year period, the 24 I have right now isn’t too bad, and when I add what I make this month to it, it will be even better. I will let you know how many total scarves I end up with, to actually hand out to the homeless. My goal is to end up with 6 more for a total of 30 scarves.

As always, I will take a picture of each scarf as I complete it. Now to get to doing the next scarf.

Progress Update October 27, 2017

Here lately it is taking me quite a bit longer to crochet the scarves. I’m afraid that unfortunately, until I have my rotator-cuff surgery it is only going to get worse. But I am still making myself do the crochet as best as I can. True, I may not be able to make as many scarves as I had hoped to, but at least I have more than tripled how many I made last year. Last year I was only able to make 7 scarves, and so far this year I have completed 23 and am a little over half way done with the one I am doing now. I thought I already had 22 scarves, but I actually only had 20. I am sure that I will be able to complete a few more, but there is no way to know how many that will be. Just rest assured that I am doing the best that I can, and I will keep you up to date on my progress and include pictures of all finished scarves.

Even though the scarf I am making now says on the band around the yarn that the scarf is Teal, it looks more like the Minty Green one that I finished a few days ago. I will show you both scarves when I get done with this one, and you can see just how close the colors are to each other.

Better stop for now and get back to crocheting the scarf.

Progress Update – October 23, 2017

I finally finished the minty green scarf on the 21st, and I’m just getting around to taking the picture and posting that the scarf is finished.The picture is below:

It really doesn’t look too minty green, but it is a bright minty green color. It looks just like the mint green ice cream to me. I am starting on a teal scarf. I just hope I am able to finish it as quickly as I finished them just a couple of months ago.

The whole top part of my body has been giving me a fit with pain. So I’m sorry that I haven’t been up to going on the website and posting anything. I will be glad when I am  finally able to have the rotator cuff surgery and can get back to do things like I used to do them. It upsets me that I can’t crochet the scarves as quickly as when I was doing them in August.

Progress Update – October 18, 2017

I finally finished the Shocking Pink scarf I told you that I was starting on October 5th. I finished it on October 12th. The picture is below:

I am currently working on a Minty green scarf. I hope to be done with it by tomorrow. I will post a picture of it as soon as I can after I finish it.

My shoulders are hurting quite a bit, so it is taking me longer to make each scarf. I started out with it taking 10 days to make one scarf, and with the table shortened the time down to 3  to 4 days. Unfortunately with my shoulders giving me trouble now, the time is up to a week for each scarf. If I can get the pain under control, hopefully I can cut the time back down to 3 to 4 days like I had it before I started making the items that I am selling for donations.

I have 12 of each item that is for sale for donations. They are holiday colors of red – white – and green. Like I posted before, I have a sets of 4 coasters each set size 4X4 inches for $5, a pot holder size 6X6 inches for $5, and a trivet size 7X9 inches for $10. Shipping and handling has to be added to each item or set of items. If you want all three items at one time, the donation will be $15. Please email with with your request. I will need your email, name, address, and phone number if you want me to call you. The site is secure, so you don’t have to worry about security when contacting me. Once I receive your request, I will contact you with the total amount due and then you can use your credit/debit card and select the donation button on the donate page and it will take you to a pay pal link where you can pay for the item(s). Once payment is received, the item(s) will be shipped.

As posted, all donations received will go back into purchasing more yarn and supplies to make and distribute the scarves. Each scarf if placed in a plastic storage bag to be distributed to the homeless. That way, when they are not wearing the scarf they will be able to keep it dry. Nothing worse than having on something wet around your neck and being cold besides.

Description Of Little DIY Table That I Made

Back when I was in college, May 1993 until December 1999, I made a small 24 inch square table to do my homework on while in my lift-chair. The idea came to me when I found a nice sturdy piece of wood sitting by the dumpster at school. I inquired at the maintenance office as to whether or not the wood was actually being thrown away or if it just happened to be by the dumpster. They told me that it was indeed being thrown away and that I could take it if I wanted it. Obviously, I took it. I used it as the main support in the middle of the table. As I would be putting sort of heave books on the table, I needed something very sturdy, and that piece of wood was it. It’s the white piece that is off center.

The next place I went was to the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store near me. I needed a piece of wood that was bigger than the piece that I had brought home from school. They had many different sizes of “scrap” plywood. These were pieces that were left when a customer needed a piece of wood to be cut to a certain size and didn’t want to have to worry about taking the left over piece home. To my surprise, I found a piece that was 24 inches square and 3/8 inch thick. This was perfect for me to make a table top with. next I bought some 2×2 inch square pieces of wood that were 8 feet long. I had them cut onto 24 inch long pieces for the legs. To make the table be more portable, I also put wheels on it. You can see two of the 2X2 in legs in the second picture below.

        

Before actually putting the table together, I covered the piece of wood with wood grain looking contact paper. This was to prevent me from getting splinters in my fingers and hands from the edges of the table. I bought some very long screws to attach the top of the table to the legs. I put the two front legs back a little bit so that I could pull the table over my lap while I was in my chair. You can see that in the very first picture shown and in the second picture above, on the right hand side of the picture. I drilled holes in the bottom of the legs to be able to put the wheels on them. I used carpet casters so that the table would roll smoother. To be sure to get the center of the legs, I drew two lines that made an X, connecting top left corner to bottom right corner and top right corner to bottom left corner, and then drilled a hole in each of the four legs. After that, all I had to do to put the wheels on was to hammer them into the holes that I had just drilled. I was proud of myself for being able to make the table. As you can see, the legs are taped with black Gorilla tape. That’s because when I had to change out the wheels after one of them broke, the legs started cracking up from the wheels. I didn’t want them to crack all the way up, so I taped them to stop the crack from going any further up the legs.

My pride didn’t last too long. The first time a friend’s husband saw the table, he sort of laughed at it. He said that what I had done so far was correct, but that I wasn’t finished with it yet. He asked me if I minded him taking it home for a couple of days and then bringing it back when he was finished with it. I told him that he could take the table. When he brought it back to me, I was surprised at how much better it was. The table had small finishing boards that looked like really skinny woodwork boards around the four sides of it, and little triangular pieces in all of the corners where the legs joined the table. These were to stabilize the legs so that they wouldn’t get wobbly. It looked so much better, I almost cried. I had to give hum a hug and thank him vehemently for how much better he had made the table be. The little table ended up being my dining table as well as my study table, and now it is serving as my crocheting table. Needless to say, this is one of my better DIY projects after my friend’s husband finished with it.

   

I need to put some new contact paper on it because the old contact paper is starting to come off in spots. I had to replace the wheels a few months ago because the old ones started coming out whenever I rolled it from room to room and over a bump. This was true especially where the little piece of metal is at the end of carpeting going into a room with a tiled floor.

I took a picture of the little table I made. Hopefully, you can see the little black lines on the right side of the table. I marked the table, with a permanent black Sharpe, every inch up to one foot. Doing this helps me to know how much area I have done on each scarf. Every time I crochet a foot on the scarf, I mark it with a large safety pen. This process makes it easier for me to know how close I am to the five foot mark on the scarf. I try to make each scarf be 7 inches wide, and 60 inches long.

These are the measurements that the Red Scarf Project uses to have people crochet red scarves for children that are in Foster Care when they go off to college. Their project is called, “Red Scarf Project – Foster Care to Success”. I crocheted a scarf for them, and that was what got me started on crocheting scarves for the homeless.

Sorry for going off on a tangent, but I just thought that every once in a while you might like to read about something else besides the scarves that I have made, and see pictures of other things too, such as the table I made, and received help to finish it up properly. Hope you enjoyed reading about it and seeing the pictures. If you have any questions, please let me know. You can contact me by email at Bonnie@mammahen.org. If there are ony pictures you would like a close up of, let me know what picture you want me to take and I will take it and post it ASAP for you.

Crocheting Of Scarves To Start Back Up on October 5, 2017

As I have just completed crocheting the items that are going to be sold for donation amounts, I will once again be crocheting scarves. This will start on October 5, 2017. I hope to have between 40 and 50 scarves to hand out this year. At the current time I have 22 scarves already finished. I am hoping to hand them out on Thanksgiving Day.

It all depends on when I will have my rotator cuff surgery, and how long the recuperation time will be. Both of my rotator cuffs are torn and need to have surgery on them. I have been working through the pain, but they are starting to lock up on me. That being the case, I don’ think that I can put it off much longer.

I have not had anybody contact me about helping me with this project. I was hoping that I would have at least a few people respond to it and help me with the project. I am a little bit sad that nobody responded to my post about helping. I don’t know how to do hats or mittens, and I was hoping that there would be some people that wanted to make hats at least. That would have enabled me to hand out hats with the scarves.

The first scarf that I am going to do is shocking pink. As usual, I will post a picture when I am finished with it.

 

 

Update On Items For Sale For A Donation

As of today, October 4, 2017, I have finished doing the first batch of items available for sale for different donations. I have twelve of each item, meaning 12 sets of coasters – 4X4 (4 to a pack), 12 pot holders – 6X6, and 12 trivets – 7X9. See picture below for sample of each:

The donation amounts for these items are:

Coasters are $5 per set of 4.

Pot holders are $5 each.

Trivets are $10 each.

If someone wants a total set, that includes all three items, the cost will be $15. Shipping and handling will be added to each order.

At the current time, if anyone wants to order anything, they will need to email me and give me the information on what they want along with their name, address, and email address. I will contact them and let them know how to pay for them. A donation button is available that will take them to the PayPal that is attached to the website. There they can make a credit card payment. This site, and therefore the payment process, is totally secure. The reason that I need the person to email me about what they want is that the selection process to add amounts together and come up with a total amount for donation has not been set up yet. My website designer has been very busy with other clients and does not have my new website ready yet. That being the case it will be necessary for me to add the items together and the S&H, and let the person know the total that they will need to donate to receive their order.

As soon as my website designer completes the websites that he is currently working on, he will do the donation process part of the new website and temporarily put it on this website until my whole new website is ready. At that time everything from this website will be moved over to the new website and this one will be deleted. The name will remain the same for the new website as it is on this website. Only the logo and the working of the donation process will be changed. All of the blogs and pictures will be carried over to the new website.