Progress Update – January 16, 2018

Believe it or not, but I have beat my own record. I have been working extra hard on the scarves to make as many as I possibly can by the time I find out next month when my shoulder surgeries will begin. I know that once the surgeries begin, it could be up to three months before I can do very much. It all depends on how quickly I heal and how well I do with my physical therapy. All that being said, I just finished the True Grey scarf that I started only yesterday. So I finished it in a little over 27 hours. Wow! I have surprised myself with this one. But I also know not to expect to be able to finish the other scarves in just a little over a day. For one thing, I only have one skein of yarn left that makes only short scarves. The last short scarf will be Deep Forest. So after I finish with that one, I will have two each of 5 different colors and just 1 of the Cherry one that only had two skeins of it. The other skeins are being used to make hats to match the scarves. A friend is making them and I don’t know how many she has done so far. She is in the process of moving, so I know she probably has not been able to do very many, if any at all. I only found out the week before Christmas that she could make hats, and gave her three skeins then, and still have three more to give her, when she brings back the hats from the first three skeins. I didn’t want to overwhelm her with too many skeins at once.

The picture of the true Grey scarf is below:

this one looks pretty true to the color.

As usual, I will keep you posted as to my progress. And when the surgeries start, I will keep you posted as to my progress there too.

Progress Update – January 15, 2018

I finished the Claret scarf early this morning. The Picture is below:

this is pretty true to the actual color.

Now I will start on another True Grey scarf. Hopefully I will be able to finish it in three days also like I have the rest of the scarves this year so far.

As usual, I will keep you posted as to my progress. I am still using my friend’s laptop until mime can get fixed.

Progress Update – January 14, 2018

I have been having some problems with my computer these last few days. I finally decided that I would borrow my friend’s laptop so I could catch you up on my progress.

The Deep Forest scarf was finished on January 12, 2018. The picture is below:

to me it looks more grey than any shade of green, but to actually see it, it is a really dark off shade of green.

I started on another scarf right after I finished the Deep Forest one, and it is another Claret scarf. It looks more like maroon or oxblood to me, but the label says Claret. I am over half done with it. I hope to finish it by tomorrow. As usual, I will keep you posted as best as I can.

Informative Post – January 10, 2018

Well, tonight my friend and I finally were able to go out and deliver some of the scarves that I crocheted for last year. The temperature was in the mid to lower 50s, so we figured it was tonight or not until some time next week when it warms up again. My friend had already given one out, to a homeless person close to where we live, the other day. Tonight we passed out an additional 11 scarves, for a total of 12 scarves having been passed out for this winter.

For some reason, there were not as many homeless people this year as what there have been in the past few years. When we passed out the scarves in 2015, there were quite a few homeless people outside. After we were finished passing out the 7, that we had at that time, we wished that we had more. There could have very easily been 20 – 36 scarves passed out in 2015, if we had have had that many at the time. That was the reason why I had a goal of 36 scarves for this year.

The reason for this happening this winter could be because there was a renovation of a really good building in the past two years, and when it was complete, The Catholic Action Center moved into the building. The renovation was complete in the middle of the summer in 2017 I believe. From what I have heard, besides the two shelters that we already had, The Hope Center for men, and The Salvation Army for women and children, and families where there is a Mother, a Father, and one or more children, there was The Catholic Action Center for anybody that needed it, and The Lexington Mission for anybody that needed it. The last two were both small to medium sized. Other than that, there were only emergency places that the government would order to open up for the night(s) when the temperatures were dangerously low. With the newly renovated Catholic Action Center being so big, it is able to accommodate the rest of the homeless that can’t make it to the other three regular places before they stop accepting walk-ins. When you add all of these together, the number of homeless, being on the streets at night in the cold, is very low.

After my friend and I go out a time or two more, we are going to contact some churches that help out the homeless, and see if they want to team up with us. If they do, then we will give the scarves to them for them to hand out whenever they are handing out blankets, or wherever there is a need.

I’ll keep you informed as to what happens and when.

 

Informational Post – January 7, 2018

Today I was finally able to go shopping at Walmart for some yarn. I purchased 10 skeins, using some of the money that was donated to the MammaHen Foundation. Each skein was $2.94, for a total of $29.40, plus taxes of $1.76, for a grand total of $31.16. That leaves me with $68.84 in the checking account. It will be just enough to have a logo done for MammaHen Foundation, and to pay for business cards once the logo is finished. The logo is the picture that identifies the website or business, in case there are some readers and followers that don’t know what one is. Once it is finished, I will post a copy of it on this website so you can see it. Also when I order the business cards, I will post a copy of one of them, front and back, so you can see that too.

Thank you for following me. Hope you have a great day.

Progress Update – January 6, 2018

The last week has been a hard one and I have been going in super slow motion whenever I have had to do anything not sitting down. This post is late and there should have been another one besides this one. That being the case, I am just adding them both together.

I finished the Aqua scarf on January 3rd just before midnight. The picture is below:

the color looks pretty close to what it actually should be. I’m surprised.

I finished the Fern one today, January 6th. The picture is below:

  as you can see the color is not true to what it actually looks like. You can tell it’s some shade of green, and that’s about it. Obviously my camera is messing up again.

Now I am working on one called True Grey. I didn’t know that there was even such a thing as a false grey. I always thought that grey was grey, just a light or a dark version of it. Oh well, the color according to the yarn company is True Grey. I will try to have it finished within three days also.

As I am figuring that I will be having surgery as soon as the end of February to the first part of March, I am crocheting as fast as I possibly can trying to make as many scarves as possible before then. There is no way to know how long it will take for me to be able to crochet after the shoulder surgeries. Both shoulders have to be operated on and will be done one right after the other one heals.

The weather is still bitter cold, so the scarves still have not been handed out. My friend and I plan on handing them out the first day it gets above freezing. I’ll keep you informed.

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.