Sunday, December 5, 2010

Big Stitch University - January 8, 2011

Here is the schedule.
Class requirements and photographs will be up soon!

Thank you from the Salvation Army

Hi Deb,
Thank you so much for donating the scarfs, hats, gloves and baby blankets to our Salvation Army programs. All were such beautiful pieces of work!

The kids loved the gifts and they certainly made for a colorful picture to send you. I hope you can share with your group of ladies. All of the kids in our program have a photo release on file so you are covered if you distribute.

Thanks again!

Jennifer Eldridge
Director of Marketing
The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command
Office: 242-0411 x245
Cell: 416-4218

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Updates + More!

1. Received some thank you emails from a couple of places we recently donated to:

I want to thank you for the beautiful scarf sets I picked up Friday. We are wrapping them up next week and it will bless so many families!
KateTanis, CDVS
Director of Volunteer Services
Siloam Family Health Center
820 Gale Lane
Nashville, TN 37204
Phone: (615) 298-5406 x112
Fax: (615) 577- 4010

Dropped off with Peggy at Cedarcroft today and she was SO appreciative. "Our guys just love them" was what she said of all the handmade finery.

2. If you are working on items for Be A Santa to a Senior, please drop them by Knowles or a Local Yarn Shop by Wednesday, Dec 1. Knowles is open M-F from 8-5.

3. Earlier this week I found gloves at Walmart priced 2/$1.40.

4. Recent deliveries: 480 items!

- Salvation Army 190 pieces

- Cottage Cove 56 pieces

- LP Pencil Box 100 pieces

- The Next Door 69 Pieces

- Home Safe Sumner County 65 pieces **

**Need someone to deliver these

5. Last week I dropped off 650 dishcloths and towels to Hands On Nashville. For Christmas they are going to distribute them to local families who were affected by the May flood.

6. We still can use mens and boys hats! There will still be needs that come up as long as the weather stays cold! Also, see #7.

7. On Wednesday, December 8, FiftyForward Knowles will take part in Project Homeless Connect ( We will donate men's and women's hats at this event. Nearly 1000 individuals were helped last year (it was held at the Municipal Auditorium) about 2/3 men and 1/3 women (no children came last year). Additionally, there is a need for deodorant and antiseptic wash (showers are few and far between). If you would like to purchase one or both of these items, please have them at Knowles by Tuesday, Dec 7. Today in the newspaper I saw Suave deodorant on sale at Kroger for .88.

8. Scarves for Special Olympics. Tennessee needs 225 scarves, but they have to be a combination of two particular colors (Red Heart Super Saver 886-Blue, and Red Heart Super Saver 512-Turq). Dimension guidelines are 6 inches wide and 54-60 inches long. The only place that I have found both colors is Walmart. Joann's only has the turquoise and Michael's has neither -- have not checked Hobby Lobby. I have purchased some of this yarn and will be happy to share it with whoever is interested in helping with this project. Cost of the yarn will be $5 for the 2 skeins. Please let me know if you are interested -- if more yarn is needed I can always get more! I have pledged for Knit and Crochet TN to make 50 scarves. Deadline is Jan 21.

9. Thank you for everything that you do! Knit and Crochet Tennessee will celebrate our 2nd birthday at the January 8 Big Stitch. Look what we have done in only two years!!!! As of today we have donated 8732 items to our community!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Groups that we support

If you would like to find out more about the groups
we have been supporting this year,
click on the name of the organization.

1. Bridges of Williamson County
2. Big Brothers/Big Sisters
3. Cottage Cove
4. Salvation Army
5. Cedarcroft Home
6. Home Safe Sumner County
7. Mending Hearts
8. Mercy Children's Clinic
9. Parents Reaching Out
10. LP Pencil Box
11. Graceworks Ministries
12. Bordeaux NW Family Resource Center
13. Hope Clinic
14. The Next Door
15. Siloam Clinic
16. United Neightborhood Health Services

In addition to these groups, we also send lap blankets and helmet liners to the military through Major BJ Strickland who divides the donations between the VA Hospital and soldiers at Ft. Campbell. We send baby blankets and hats to Nashville General Hospital at Meharry and we will be sending items to a couple of Christmas toy stores sponsored by local church groups.

Be a Santa to a Senior

For this program, Knit and Crochet TN will provide
knit or crocheted hats and scarves
paired with purchased gloves
that will be given to local seniors in need.

If you picked up a Be a Santa to a Senior card
at the last Big Stitch,
your items need to be turned in by December 1.
Drop them by FiftyForward Knowles or any local yarn shop.

If you were not able to attend the last Big Stitch
but would like to support this cause,
please make as many sets as you can
by December 1 and deliver them.



Over 600 have been donated and will be distributed
by Hands on Nashville
as Christmas gifts to those who were affected by the May flood.

Thank you from Bridges Domestic Violence Center

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pumpkin Set

How cute is this?
pumpkinset pattern

How organized are you?

Or rather, how organized do you WANT to be?
Visit this link for some fabulous charts
that will get your projects and needles/hooks organized!

Sorted and Delivered Donations

Thanks to Katerine Locke, Debra Locke, Lori Burnett, Connie Crowell and Becky Clark who helped sort and pack donations last week. Fifty-five items for Bridges of Williamson County have been delivered as well as 100 for the Bordeaux NW Family Resource Center. More items will be delivered next week.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tunisian Crochet

We've had many requests for this class and finally have found an instructor, Reyna Lorele. to teach it! It will be offered from 1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Visit Reyna's website to get to know her, the wonderful work she has done and her patterns!

Knitted Cables

This class will be taught from 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Here is a sample of what you will learn!

Knitting with Circulars and Doublepoints

This hat will be taught from 10:00 a.m - 10:45 a.m.
Kit will include everything you need:
yarn, circular bamboo needles
and bamboo doublepoints.

Size Matters

Over the past several months we have received many wonderful hats!
However, some care needs to be made when determining the size of the hat.
Here are a few that we have not been able to donate because of the odd sizing.
If you are unsure, please let us know and we can help you with some guidelines!
We know that you spend a lot of time on these items
and that you would want them to fit correctly!

Crocheted Doll Dress Washcloth

Here is the Dishcloth that will be taught in the workshop
from 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Door Prizes

There will be 10 door prizes given out throughout the day.
Here is what Haus of Yarn donated!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Green Bag Lady at The Big Stitch

The Green Bag Lady (Teresa Van Hatten-Granath)
will make an appearance from 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
at The Big Stitch on Oct 16!

She will be giving out FREE bags and patterns while supplies last.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Beaded Christmas Ornament

12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
One project from the Leisure Arts book "12 Exquisite Beaded Ornaments to Knit" will be taught. FEE: $15, includes all supplies,(yarn, needles, beads, ornament) including the Leisure Arts book (courtesy of Leisure Arts), and instruction. Instructor: Wray Estes.

Crocheted Necklace

Lame yarn and bicone and faceted glass beads will be used to create this fabulous necklace. FEE: $15 which includes all supplies
(yarn - enough to make several, hook and beads) and instruction.
Instructor: Aziza Michael

Keyhole Scarf Class

Class is from 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Mutli-Strand Necklace Class

The class for this fabulous necklace,
designed by Sally Murphy,
will be taught from 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Nashville Spinsters at The Big Stitch

Wanna spin? Wanna see some in action?
Come to The Big Stitch at FiftyForward Knowles on Oct 16
and see them in action!
Knowles is located at 174 Rains Ave
near the entrance to the State Fairgrounds.

Sorting Day

Thanks goes out to Lila Griffin, Tina and James Waller, Reyna Lorele, Kay York, Erin McKee and Deb Locke who spent several hours sorting hat, scarf, afghans for the military and baby blanket donations. The military donations have been delivered and most of the baby items have been donated. The hats and scarves will start going out in early October. Needs will be particularly high this winter as more and more families are dealing with homelessness, the flood and an uncertain economy.
Time to get our needles going!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Recent Thank You letters

The Veterans Administration letters were received due to the two donations that we made: 40 blankets and 18 helmet liners in July and 69 blankets in August. Vanderbilt Childrens' Hospital thanked us for baby hats and chemo hats. In addition to these donations, we recently gave 45 baby blankets and hats to United Neighborhood Health Services.