Sunday, January 14, 2018

Boxes to Iqaluit

This weekend, I packed another 90 pounds worth of your stuff and dropped them off.  By now, they should be winging their way to Iqaluit.  Just before Christmas, I did a drop off with a partner who carried items to Iqaluit to be shipped onwards.  She sent me a note telling me that the baby things went to the new moms, the adult hats went to shelters, and she sent the remaining items to Arviat, and will send a few more to Cambridge Bay.

The photos below are of single items from the boxes and bags that you shipped.  Have I mentioned that you're all great?  I have reverted to taking photos of just one or two things from each box (in the interest of time!) but rest assured that all are opened, admired and appreciated.

Jackie Lambert (thanks for the sweet note, as usual, J).

WentheKnitter, Ottawa

Bernice or Janet Smith and Karen McCaskill (our favourite ladies of the Hunt)

Sabrina (Knitphomaniac of Mississauga) and her hand dyed yarn (thank you!)

Beverley Stevens (Toronto ON).  B, they came too late for Jimmy Hikok, but I have sent them on to Iqaluit.

Jeanine McQueen of Fredricton, NB

Rita Pilon of Ottawa

Wendy Genge of Smoky Lake, AB (W thank you for the school's worth of stuff, and for addressing us as "GIRLS!!!!").

Ottawa Knitting Guild

Happy Hands Knitters of Invermere, BC

Lauretta Barber (Cozy Hands)

Shirley Milligan, Nanimo, BC

The knitters of Alexandria, ON



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

What you Did (And Happy Holidays!)


So this is what you did after my last post:  you sent in so much stuff that we were able to:

1. Send three boxes (170 pounds) up to Jimmy Hikok School in Kugluktuk.  The principal emailed me that she received the items and has already distributed them.  Here is an excerpt from her note to me when I asked if she had received the boxes:

Yes we did and the children are using them regularly. On Friday each child received an early present  - a warm hat and socks. The mittens we go through very quickly but all are greatly appreciated and will go to good use.

2. Dropped off blankets and crafting tools to Larga - as you know, they are very much appreciated.  They will be distributed close to Christmas.

3. Dropped many many children's sweaters to the Inuit Children's Centre.  This one was very special. I talked to the young women who work there and then told me that they will be distributed to families during the holidays.  One of the young women expressed to me again how there is an appreciation for hand-made - this is something that binds all of us together, isn't it?

4. Tomorrow I will be dropping another 50 pounds with one of our contacts who will carry a box to Iqaluit this week.

All that to say, collectively, your contributions were gifts to about 200 people (I am likely underestimating)...I am so grateful to know all of you.

Our next shipment will be going out through the doctors in very early Jan - the last date to get items would be Jan 7.  If you can't make it, fear not, there will be other shipments around March.

Okay, once again, I'm just going to put names beside photos but please know that on packing night (thank you Rebecca, Ruth, Carlene, Catriona and Suzanne) we loved and commented on everything.  


Kirstine Krupp, Toronto ON

Rita Pilon, Ottawa ON

The lovely Jackie Lambert of West Richland

Anne Goodwin of Russell ON

Atopbing - Morrisburg ON (I think!) 

A beautiful blanket made by Jeanine (DouceAubergine) in memory of our wonderful Claudette

Our anonymous Waterloo ON contributor who we always love

The Huntsville gang!  Bernice or Janet Smith or Karen McKaskill of Huntsville ON.  Ladies, your beautiful blankets went to the Children's Centre.  

Fran Brown of Ottawa ON (Fran are you new?  We love socks!).


Shaela Forbes

Janet of New Brunswick (one of our lovely regulars)


Kathy of Montreal QC

Tracey Robbins, Hammonds Plains, NS

Jeanine (douceaubergine) of Ottawa and Texas

Rav name apenny

Tamara Gooderman of Houston, TX

Leslie Yedon of Calgary AB

Catriona (Blucanoe) of Ottawa ON

Anne Saint of Victoria Harbour, ON

Beverley Stevens (Toronto ON)

Joan Strack 

The amazing Suzanne who we love on packing night

Swoboda of Edmonton (I think!)

Lynda and Donna (the Ferguson Lake Knitters)

Vivienne Shiskaley (Montreal QC)

Wentheknitter of Ottawa

Mary Ballantine of Almonte ON

Claudette who we love and miss

Claire Sheen

Kathy Gerolami

Joan Strack

Rebecca

Some bags as they come into the house...

More and more stuff before we sort!

These are the vacuum pack bags before we suck them up.  I love these bags - basically stuff shrinks to a third the size which is so helpful for us and our sponsors.

Sealing boxes at the end of the night!
And this selection comes from the Knoxville Knitters