Friday, October 23, 2009

Yarn Bowl Challenge ends...and we won!!!

Well, the results from the Yarn Bowl Challenge are in and the UT team won the challenge by knitting & crocheting 3,171 preemie caps! The Alabama team made 1,738 preemie caps for their area hospitals. Needless to say, we are excited and pleased to have so many folks join us in this challenge.

I wasn't able to put up on the internet a picture of our "Wall of Caps" before because I didn't want to give away how many caps we had made to the Bama Team. But now that the challenge is over, here's our famous "Wall of Caps". As you can see the caps overflowed even the portacrib we set up.
And we were very excited this week to have been both in the newspaper and on television! We were in the Shoppers News on Monday with an article. Then today, the Live at Five cameraman showed up to take some pictures of our "Wall of Caps". If you missed the newscast this afternoon, here's the video.
Thank you to everyone who made one of our preemie caps. I tell everyone all the time that I have the best customers in the world. You all are a giving group of people. Blessings to you all!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Show and Tell Saturday

Last night was so much fun as we gathered on our last Preemie Cap Day to have a final push on making preemie caps for our Yarn Bowl Challenge. Kori's son's girlfriend made us this darling cake to celebrate. The caps are still coming in today, so we should know by the end of the day whether UT fans or Alabama fans have won this challenge. Either way, it's been great to see so many people get involved in helping those little guys and gals that are coming into this world just a little bit smaller than most. They usually have a long road ahead of them. Hopefully our prayers and thoughts of them while we made the caps will sustain them as they start their journey.

I remembered to download my photos this week, so I have finished projects to show you. First of all, Leedra made a "Wonderful Wallaby" for herself and also two smaller ones. She used Plymouth Encore yarn. Great job, Leedra!

Melissa loves to make clothes for her Harry Potter dolls. Here is Professor Snake in a cape she made for him out of Brown Sheep Wildfoote sock yarn. It's amazing that she can make such small garments!

Phyllis made her Shapely Tank Top out of the wonderfully soft Malabrigo yarn. Very nice!

And Amanda finished her crocheted shrug in record time. She used Berroco Pure Merino to make this fabulous garment that I'm sure she has been wearing on these chilly days we've had lately.

Great work on your projects, everyone! Well, as soon as the results are in I'll let you know who won the Yarn Bowl Challenge and how many caps each team made for the NICUs at their local hospitals. GO VOLS!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Show and Tell Friday...

I'm enjoying this beautiful Fall weather we're having! I love a little crispness in the early morning. Many of you have asked recently about my back. I thought I would give you a little update today. I'm still in physical therapy 3 times a week. My upper and middle back are better, so we're mainly just dealing with my lower back at this point. It's taking a long time to get better and I do get discouraged a lot. But I appreciate all the well wishes I receive from you. You'll never know how much that little bit of kindness encourages me. Thank you!

I only have a couple of projects to share with you today because I have forgotten to download the other photos to my computer. I'll get those downloaded for next Friday's Show and Tell.

Judy brought in her Every Way Wrap from Interweave Knits magazine. She made it out of Malabrigo yarn.

She's also working on a scarf using Malabrigo yarn.

Thanks for sharing with us, Judy! Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Show and Tell Friday...

Today's Show and Tell items are...

Pam brought in her lacy kerchief scarf/shawl. This was an Interweave pattern she made out of Classic Elite Provence.

Esther brought in this adorable butterfly dress she made for her daughter. She used Berroco Comfort and Classic Elite Bella yarns.

Patti's wrap me up shawl by Knitting at KNoon was made out of the Malabrigo yarn.

And Jan brought in her vest made of Sirdar Baby Bamboo yarn. She used a pattern out of Creative Knitting magazine.

Thanks, everyone, for sharing your projects with us. Hope you enjoy this beautiful weekend we have ahead of us. My daughter and son-in-law will be coming to town for the weekend to celebrate 3 family birthdays. Melissa gave me Saturday off to spend time with them. And Kori will be helping her teach the Block of the Month class. Thanks, gals, for filling in for me. I appreciate you!