Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Sewing Box is Filling Up

So I am behind on opening, tagging and uploading all of the amazing stuff you've been sending in, both knitted and sewn for our Larga crafting project.  I didn't take pictures of all of the sewing materials but let me give you a huge thank you!  We have received so many amazing things.  In fact, if we have more beads, thread, sewing wallets and bags than we need for Larga, I will ship them to the Iqaluit sewing project - I will be lunching with the head of the project tomorrow, and promise to share more info.

Also, I got a lovely email from our contact in Cape Dorset - he got the stuff.  Most of our shipment last month went to the Jimmy Hikok school, so I'm hoping we can provide a bigger shipment to Cape Dorset around the end of January - they have lots of kids there, with 2 schools - all of your beautiful things will get well-used.

Just a caveat before looking at the photos below: I still have some boxes left to open, but here we go with what I opened so far:

M Rosamond of Waterloo ON sent us these super warm hats.  Each one is different and lovely.

The two booties came in a box labelled Streetsville ON.  The purple blanket came from a mystery contributor.  

I love the ladies of Huntsville!  Karen McCaskill, Bernice Smith and Janet Smith made these amazing quilts.  They are beautiful - ladies, they will be so loved and appreciated!  The Ladies Who Quilt also sent us the beautiful sewing and knitting bags below.  The bags will be so appreciated at Larga Baffin!
Tracy in Burlington sent us these great hats and socks.  Tracy, are you on revelry?  Would love to give you credit!

This pretty blue sweater came from Goshen Indiana - there was no name attached.  Goshen, let me know who you are, because you're our first contribution from the land of the Indy500 and I want to give you cred.

Oma Wade (Olive) in Moncton NB - is this your first contribution?  I think it is, and you knocked it out of the park!  I didn't want to take everything out of the packaging - the blue sweater is beautiful though!

Sandra MacDonald of Stirling ON sent in these great patterned hats and socks.  Thank you!

Helga Koros of Germany sent in these great green booties.  Her blog is at

My girl Jeanine (DouceAubergine) dropped off these great sewing bags as well as the needle wallets above - they are perfect, Douce!

Lancie Chochinov of Ottawa dropped off these great mittens and hats

....And more from the Ladies who Quilt of Huntsville!  Karen, Janet and Bernice - these neck warmers are amazing!  And the socks and hats below - wow!

So these neck warmers came from Joanne Lacroix, aka Jody in Virginia, aka ravname Bettysgirl.  They are so cozy - I couldn't resist trying one on.

Lynn Walma has been with us for almost forever.  I have a real soft spot for her socks - each one is perfect.  Thank you for the sewing stuff as well, Lynn!

And these beautiful sewing bags came from B Stevens of Toronto ON (quilter28 on revelry).  Bev, thank you for the bags above, the booties below, and the other bags, also pictured!

And finally, these hats and mittens came simply addressed "For Northern Kids".  Whoever you are, thank you for thinking of Northern kids!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Packing Night #2

Packing night was as usual, a wonderful and chaotic hoot.  Thanks so much to Rita, Claire, Suzanne, Jeanine, Catriona and Carlene for everything you do to make this fun.  This time, I'm just going to add names - doesn't mean I love you any less - you are all the absolute best.  Roll tape:

Claire Sheen

No name but appreciated

Beautiful blankets, no name

Claudette - thank you - we know we can always count on you to deliver!

Our own sweet Suzanne Atkinson


…and more Claudette...

…and more Claudette!...

Jeanine (Douce Aubergine), great contribution!

Thank you Ottawa Knitting Guild

….And more Claudette...

…and even more Claudette...

blankets from Unravelled

Hats by Rebecca, and a Carlene neck warmer

many socks from Jeanine, along with a beautiful sweater.

Thank you very much to Peigi and Mary Ballantyne - these are 50 pairs of socks created by our incredible 83 year old contributor.  Mary, each pair was so special.  You did a phenomenal job!

Here is Claire stuffing a shrinky-dink bag.  Claire is the best boxer and shrinker you've ever met.  Every time I think "nope, not going to fit", she gets double the amount in.

The next few photos are pics of piles that are distributed throughout the house on packing night, as we sort like crazy

Jeanine attaching care tags to socks

These are from our Catriona.  We used to be able to say she was new to the packing team - not so much anymore.

Carol in Kanata - thank you!

Debbie in Cleveland, OH, the rest of your stuff is on the next post - welcome to the tribe.

Thank you Canadian North and Packing Night Part 1

So nobody is here right now but I am busily photographing, sorting and prepping for the big night.  Here are some photos that I took.  In the interest of time, I'm just going to post photos and credits, but that doesn't mean that I don't love each and every one of you any less

Tonight the team will ooh and ahhh as we pack.

Second note:  Canadian North is in for another year!   I just thank all that is good for them every week, and of course you: without you, the knitters, and our community partners as well as the airline, none of this would be possible.

Love to all of you.
Jackie Lambert, West Richland WA 

Kristine Krupp Toronto

Also Kristine

New Glasgow, NS

Impeccable Knits  London ON

K Thomas, Thorndike, Maine

Purls of Wisdom (we love these guys - they are a team from  Innovation, Science and Economic Development in Ottawa.  Thank you!

Purls of Wisdom (Micheline, Sabine, Anne, Catherine, Melanie, Santina (age 9!) and Joanne)

Karen Zorn of Bredenbury SK (hi Karen!)

So Carolyn Hendrycks made these amazing sewing bags for the Larga kit project.  Carolyn, I love them.

And Carolyn is also a gifted knitter.

Deborah Hajzak of Cleveland Ohio, are you new?  I didn't want to open the bags, but love the stuff

Karen Zorn (again!) is a gifted sock knitter.  I swear she makes them with SK winters in mind.

Lois Manton, great to hear from you again!  I didn't open the bags because they were so needly packed.  Thank you, Lois of Montreal.

Deborah Hajzak of Cleveland again - thank you!

Nancy Murdock of Lindsay ON made these three blankets.  Thank you, Nancy!

Another box from Sabine and the gang at Purls of Wisdom - you are prolific AND scientific.

Sabrina (Knitphomaniac) of Mississauga made these - thanks Sabrina!

Atopbing:  I thick you joined us just last year.  Anna, I really like your stuff.

Anna's sweaters for Jimmy Hikok

Kathy is the best - not only did she give us yarn and fur, but also made a special trip from Montreal to drop off stuff.  Love her!

WentheKnitter, you are now a veteran WHNer - solid.

Panther (Bonnie Belanger) made the stuff above and below - Bonnie, we can always count on you for every shipment - your stuff is all over the North.

Crafty Ellan, very pretty!

Donna of Ottawa, thank you!

Marilyn Campbell of Guelph, much appreciated.

Check out the cute neck warmers (top right) from Nancy Martel of Beaconsfield QC.  Thanks again!

So much for not commenting on your stuff.  I just love you guys so much.