Progress Update – December 31, 2017

I finished the Claret colored scarf early this morning. The Picture is below: It turned out pretty good considering that I had to take out around a foot or more and then had to take out another eight inches later in the scarf.

I am working on the Aqua scarf, but don’t think that I will be able to finish it before midnight. That being the case, it will be the first scarf finished in the new year.

So far, because of the weather being so cold, only one scarf has been handed out. A homeless  man was seen in a gas station. He was cold and didn’t have a scar, so he was given one of the ones that my friend and I were trying to hand out earlier in the week. Needless to say, the scarves that have been made to hand out in 2017 won’t be handed out until 2018. As soon as the weather gets warmer, my friend and I will hand them out.

Hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year.

New Yarn Donation – December 30, 2017

I have been having a few medical problems that have slowed me down slightly. As a result I had to take out over half of the Claret scarf that I was working on. Since the yarn was in a heap on my little table, I started on another Aqua scarf on Thursday, when I had a doctor’s appointment. I have almost two feet on that scarf done and have crocheted the yarn back up that I had to take out because of my mistake. That being the case, I will be done with both of them probably tomorrow, New Years Eve.

Last evening, a friend brought me some more yarn. There are six small skeins that say they are for sport socks, and one giant skein that will probably make at least three scarves and some hats. I’m not sure, because I have never seen a skein so big.

I am so thankful for the yarn. Since I don’t know how to make anything except for square or rectangular items, I am going to add all of the skeins together to make one regular size multi color scarf.

Just an update on the scarf delivery. So far it has continued to be too cold to deliver the scarves. When it gets up to the mid twenties instead of the teens, then we will go out and try to deliver the scarves once again.

Also, since I have found someone that is going to make hats to match the donated yarn I am not going to deliver those scarves next year. I am going to keep them until the hats are made that will match them. When the yarn was donated to me I was told the the three skeins of each color would allow me to make two scarves and hats to match of each color. Since I couldn’t make hats, I was just going to make short scarves out of all of the skeins of yarn. Now that someone has contacted me about making hats, I have decided to purchase only black or grey yarn for the hats. Black and grey will match any color of scarf, and the dark colors hold in the heat better.

Another great announcement. The other day when I had to go for some blood tests, I found out that one of the check in receptionists has so many hats  that she has already made, that she doesn’t know what to do with them. She likes making multi color hats in her spare time. Once she found out that I make scarves, she told me that she will donate all of her extra hats to me so I can deliver them with the scarves.

It is so exciting that things are finally beginning to come together for the homeless people to be a little bit warmer than what they have been. It has taken a year, but it is finally happening, and that’s all that matters. My God sure is an awesome God.

Next year is shaping up to be a great year for MammaHen Foundation and what we are going to try to do for the homeless. Pleas continue to pray for a favorable outcome, and for more people to volunteer to get involved with this project. Thank you in advance for for your prayers and help if any of you want to volunteer to help with making scarves, hats or mittens. So far, I have not found anybody that can make mittens.

Until next time, be safe and have a wonderful New Year.

 

Update On December 26, 2017 Scarf Distribution – December 27, 2017

The temperature today was even lower than what the temperature was last night when we tried to hand out the scarves. My friend and I made the decision not to go out today, but to wait until the weather gets a little bit warmer. There are announcements from shelters that they are open to anybody that needs to get in out of the cold, and apparently the homeless are heeding the announcements.

We will let you know when we do distribute the scarves. In the meantime, I will continue to crochet on more scarves. Today, I have continued to crochet on the Claret scarf. Hopefully I will be able to finish it tomorrow or the next day. This last month I have concentrated on crocheting as many scarves as I could, so that I would have as many scarves as possible, before when we went to deliver them. My shoulders are hurting so bad that the crocheting is going very slowly. However, I am sticking with it, because like I have said before, I am not a quitter.

I hope every one of my readers and followers had a very good holiday season. I will let you know tomorrow if we try again to distribute the scarves. It all depends on how much it warms up, and whether or not we think that there will be any homeless outside.

Informational Post – December 26, 2017

7:00 PM, my friend and I getting ready to deliver the scarves. Here is a picture of my friend with the big container of scarves ready to go:

As you can see, it is a big container. The container had 39 scarves in it when we left. Obviously by me saying that there were 39 scarves, I was not able to complete the Claret colored scarf before we left. Unfortunately, it didn’t matter, because we came back with the same 39 scarves we left with.

It was so cold outside that there weren’t any of the homeless people where they usually congregate. We looked in several areas where they usually go, but were unable to find any. Many times when it is bitter cold, some places that don’t usually let homeless people stay there, will open their doors for the homeless to come out of the bitter cold. My friend and I can only imagine that that is what happened tonight.

We checked in with the local library and we were told that we should come back tomorrow when it is still daylight. By the time that it is getting dark and cold outside, most, if not all, of the homeless are heading to the shelters to get warm beds. The shelters are on a first come first served basis here. I think that’s how it is most places. So far as I know, the lines start forming around 5:30 – 6:00 PM. The doors open at 7:00PM. I will keep you posted as to how the delivery of the scarves goes.

 

A Post Of Thanks And Gratitude – December 26, 2017

I have great news. After our sponsor made that post on Christmas Eve, and it showed up on Christmas day, about my dedication to the “Scarves For The Homeless” project, on his own website, I have started receiving donations to my PayPal. When I went to my email for mammahen.org and saw it, I couldn’t help but to cry. Every time a donation is made to a website through PayPal, PayPal sends an email to the website email. My mammahen.org website email is bonnie@mammahen.org. Ever since I started this website, the only emails I got were spam. That being the case, I stopped checking it every day and only checked it once or twice a week. I hadn’t checked it since last Thursday. From around 4:00 PM Friday until around 2:00 AM Saturday, I was in the ER, Sunday was Christmas Eve, and Monday was Christmas day.

My first donation came from a nurse at the hospital, the same night that I was there, in the ER, Friday the 22nd. I could hardly believe that a donation had been made before I even left the hospital on Saturday the 23rd. And it’s my biggest donation to date.

Many of the doctors and nurses saw me crocheting the whole time that I was there. I actually got a foot and a half of a four foot scarf done while I was there. Apparently the story about me started circulating around the hospital, right after I was put into a room, and the doctors and nurses saw me crocheting and asked what I was crocheting. I told anybody that asked me, about what I was doing, about the “Scarves For The Homeless”  project through the MammaHen Foundation.

I received three other donations from people that either heard about me or read the post from our sponsor.

I have some great news though. I have found someone that is willing to knit hats to match the scarves. Since I have 3 skeins of each of 5 colors, and  2 skeins of a sixth color, I gave he the other skein of the color that had only 2 skeins. That is the Cherry color. She is going to see how many hats she can make out of that one skein. Once we find out how many hats one small skein will make, we will know how to efficiently plan out our colors from here on out. Say the skein will make 2 hats, I will have to make sure I have 3 skeins of yarn of whatever color I buy. With the Cherry skein that’s left, we will just have to make what we can make, and maybe I will be able to find a red that is close to the Cherry color to make however many scarves I need to. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about the yarn that the Sunday School gave me. Whenever there is a donation of yarn, I will make however many scarves and/or hats I can. After talking it over with my friend, he told me that I should buy black or grey yarn to make hats for whatever colors I can’t match the scarves that have already been made. I think that’s a great idea, because black and grey will go with anything. But in the future, whenever I buy yarn, I will buy enough skeins of each color to make scarves and hats to match without having a lot of left over yarn. With whatever yarn is left over, I will do what I did this year, make multi colored scarves, and now hats too.

After we finish with the small skeins, we will go back to the regular size skeins and see how many hats a regular skein of yarn will make. If a regular skein will make 3 or 4 hats, then I will buy 4 or 5 skeins of each color of yarn when I buy it.

 

Progress Update – December 26, 2017

I finished the Aqua scarf last night around midnight. It is number 39. The scarf that I am working on today, and hope to finish before my friend and I deliver the scarves tonight, is Claret. If I finish it, I will have crocheted 40 scarves this year. The picture of the Aqua scarf is below:

here is the Aqua one.                                                                                                                                                                                    I’ve started on the  Claret one, but don’t think I’m going to be able to finish it before delivery time. So I’m only going to be able to deliver 39. That’s great when you compare it to the 7 I did last year. I started crocheting the scarves around the middle of October last year, and didn’t really have very much rhythm when crocheting them. My stitches were not precise and some of the scarves ended up being crocheted very tightly, while some were crocheted very loosely. This year I have finally gotten to the point that my stitches are very precise and I have a rhythm to my crocheting.

A Special Post From Our Sponsor – Staffords Enterprises, LLC

To my readers and followers, below you will find excerpts from a post, that our sponsor, Vladimir Stafford, the owner of Staffords Enterprises, LLC did on Christmas Eve. I was so surprised. It was so nice of him to do it.

It has been my pleasure to know Bonnie for many years. Right now I want to tell you about her dedication, but first I want you to see two pictures that will show you just how dedicated Bonnie is. This goes for whatever job she is doing. The first picture is of her when she was out in the workforce. She worked until she was deemed to be too disabled to work, because of her absences.

The absences were due to her many. Continue Reading….

Progress Update – December 25, 2017 (Updated Version)

I finished the Fern scarf yesterday, it was the 38th scarf. I have discovered that one of the smaller skeins of yarn will make a four foot scarf. The Fern scarf is a short scarf, as was the Cherry scarf. I was not able to post yesterday as I have been sick and was crocheting in bed. Also my phone would not sync to my cloud. My friend has set me up on another cloud, so things should be OK from here on out. Here is the picture:

  it is the actual color because my friend took it with his camera.

With having made the discovery about the smaller skeins of yarn, I have decided that I will make short scarves out of each skein of the yarn donated to me by the Sunday School class, instead of using two skeins and part of a third to make two usual length scarves.   That way I will be able to make 17 short scarves. If I use the three skeins for two scarves, I will have a lot of the third skein of yarn left over, but not enough to make much of anything else for the homeless. That being the case I would only be able to make 6 scarves with six partial skeins left over. It just makes more sense to me to make the short scarves, so more homeless people will be able to receive scarves. And besides that, I hate to waste so much of a third skein to make the regular length scarves,

I started on another scarf right after I finished the Fern one, an Aqua one. It will be number 39. I only have 18 inches left to finish it, and will be finished later today. Then I am going to try to finish another one before Tuesday night, when my friend and I are going to deliver the scarves. We were going to deliver them on Saturday, but between my being sick and it raining, we couldn’t do it. Both of us are in wheelchairs, and his is a power chair. If you are in the rain in a power chair, it could short it out and ruin it.

I will let you know if I succeed in finishing the one that I’m starting after I finish the Aqua one. Also, I will let you know how the delivering of the scarves tomorrow night goes.

Progress Update – December 23, 2017

I finished the Cherry scarf today. I would have finished it on Friday the 22nd, but I ended up in the ER. The picture is below:

  unlike my pictures, this one is true to color. My friend let me use his camera again, for some reason mine won’t upload to my cloud.

When I arrived at the ER, they thought I either had bronchitis or pneumonia. Since my chest was hurting every time I coughed (duh, whose chest doesn’t hurt when they are coughing like crazy?), they did an EKG on me. I have some heart issues and for some reason they felt that they had to rule out a heart attack, They asked me about the pain, and I specifically told them that it was no where near the pain that I have when I take the nitroglycerine. They did the EKG anyway. Needless to say I was shocked when they came to my room and had to do a second EKG, because there was something wrong with the first one. That was when I really got scared. I was concerned with whether or not I had pneumonia or bronchitis, I wasn’t scared about it. They also did heart enzyme blood tests and had to repeat them every three hours. I did question why they had to do an urine analysis though. They told me that an UTI could cause strange problems. After several hours at the hospital,  I was informed that all the tests came back negative except for the urine analysis. They also told me that since the chest x-ray did not show any pneumonia or bronchitis, I have a winter cold. They gave me a prescription for an antibiotic for the UTI. I was finally released and left the hospital around 2:00AM today. I sure am glad that that ordeal is over. I was upset that I wasn’t going to get to finish the Cherry scarf, but did think far enough in advance to take another skein of yarn with me to start on another scarf. The color for the next scarf is Fern green. Believe it or not, I crocheted 18 inches on the scarf. That’s a foot and a half. Now I only have to do 30 inches, or two and a half feet. I can’t decide which way sounds more impressive, the inches or the feet. At any rate I am well on my way with the next scarf. The picture is below:

Needless to say, as always I will post a picture when I am finished with the scarf.

Informative Post – December 22, 2017

Just thought you might like to see how I package the scarves to hand them out. The pictures of the last two scarves that I finished are below:

 

The little note that is inside each scarf reads:

MammaHen Foundation

This item was made by MammaHen and friends,

To help keep you warm,

When you are wrapped within.

With Love,

MammaHen and Friends

 

mammahen.org

bonnie@mammahen.org

 

One of these notes is put inside each plastic bag with the scarf. My feelings about it are that the note will let the homeless person that received the scarf know that they are cared about. Nothing says that you are cared about better than something that is handmade for you.

My friend and I were going to give the scarves out tonight and tomorrow, but it is supposed to rain both days. We will probably end up giving them out Sunday sometime. That way they will have them for Christmas.