It Is By Giving That We Receive

A little while back I was wanting to start crocheting again so that I could make and give sets of Christmas coasters to a few of my friends. After I got out my crocheting supplies, I realized that I had forgotten how to even cast on the yarn to start crocheting. I did what most people do today when they need to find out how to do something, I Googled it!

I found a website that had a video on how to begin to crochet. I proceeded to follow the instructions in the video and it came back to me after about three or four restarts on casting the yarn on the crochet hook. I read on further in the blog that went with the video and was intrigued by the section about being a part of something bigger than crocheting for myself and gifts for friends. The article mentioned crocheting a 9 inch by 7 inch block and sending it in to be part of a blanket for a needy person that doesn’t have even a blanket. I started on the block and realized that I didn’t have a ruler to measure the 9″ x 7″ to make the block. I made a makeshift pattern by doing the measurement out on a piece of paper. I soon realized that this would not even last through crocheting one block, let alone numerous blocks. That’s when I started trying to think about what types of material I needed to make a pattern that would last. I thought about just a regular piece of paper cut to the correct size and then laminating it so that it would last. I thought about doing the same thing with thin cardboard. Then I remembered a piece of Mylar that I had saved from a reusable refrigerated bag that medicine had been delivered to me in. Just read the explanation below, and look at the pictures.

With my artificial bladder, I have to put medication in my bladder daily VIA a 60 cc syringe. The syringes are delivered to me every two weeks in a reusable refrigerator bag. The bag has a piece of Mylar in the bottom of it, as well as freezer gel bricks that are also reusable.

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I have realized that the Mylar comes out of the bottom of the bag. As I crochet a few things, I decided to use some of it to make a pattern for a 9 inch by 7 inch rectangle piece for blankets. A pattern will also be made for a 6 inch square to use to measure for coasters. By using the patterns, I am assured that the blocks will all be of a uniform size. The first pattern I cut left a piece that measured 7 inches by 3 and 1/4 inches. I will find something that it can be used for I am sure.

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The block that I am working on now is going to be sent to a charity organization called warmupamerica.org  Their information is as follows,  just in case you are interested in making some blocks too.

Warm Up America! Foundation
3740 N. Josey Lane, Suite 102
Carrollton, TX 75007

Tel: 972-325-7232 | Fax: 972-215-7333

When I decided that I was going to crochet some blocks and donate them, I realized something very important, that giving to others and making a difference in their lives makes a difference in my life also. As I have heard it said before, “It is in the giving to others that we too receive.” This goes on the same premise as when you smile at someone, most of the time they will smile back. And the best part is that smiles are free. They don’t cost anything to give to someone. So too are hugs free, but with hugs you have to be more cautious than with smiles.

With the winter right here upon us, in some places, it feels good to know that I am going to help give others some warmth. I’m not usually one to do any shopping on Black Friday, but I may go and check out skeins of yarn just to see how much they cost. if they aren’t too much, I may buy some different colors of yarn, and start making blocks and sending them to Warm Up America, so that my blocks can be part of something bigger.

Doing good things for other people doesn’t have to be limited to crocheting blocks for blankets. One website that I landed on, http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2014/03/crocheting-and-knitting-for-charity/  has listed several ways to give back by crocheting and knitting different things and sending them to these different organizations. I have put links for the ones that I could find so that you can visit them if you want to. Here are the ways they listed:

1. Go national

     Project Linus  HTTPS://SEDO.COM/SEARCH/DETAILS.PHP4?DOMAIN=LINUSPROJECT.ORG&PARTNERID=49563&ORIGIN=PARTNER

Project Linus National Headquarters
PO Box 5621
Bloomington, IL 61702-5621

2. Warm Up America!

3. The Red Scarf Project   http://www.fc2success.org/programsmentoring-and-support/red-scarf-project/

Mail to: Foster Care to Success Red Scarf Project, 21351 Gentry Drive Suite 130, Sterling VA 20166.

I found out that the scarves need to be 60 inches long and 5 to 8 inches wide. The color should be some shade of red or burgundy if possible, but other colors may do. They need to be suitable for boys or girls.

4. Go local

Homeless shelters

Women’s shelters

Youth organizations

5. Nursing homes

6. When in doubt, just donate!

Try it. You just may find yourself feeling a whole lot different about life and just what is important in it.