Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wentheknitter and the Schools of Iqaluit & North Dundas High School

Wen the Knitter dropped by tonight and got me chatting, which was fun - she reminded me (without actually reminding me) that I hadn't posted in a long long time.  So here we are!  I have to mention that about 90% of the items below are sitting boxed and shrink-wrapped at my front door.  They are going to Iqaluit this weekend to be distributed through a contact there at the four schools.  I know what you're thinking: 50 pounds between 4 schools?  I'm thinking we might do another box soon.

In between: I think we are sending a box up in early May that will go Ottawa to Iqaluit and Iqaluit to Cambridge Bay - it will be kind of an intro box to see if there is any interest in a little community partnership.

Have I mentioned that we have doctors going up to Iqaluit in June?  Please keep that in the back of your mind - how about a deadline of June 1st?  Please don't worry if you can't make that deadline - we'll do something for September as well.

If I haven't said it lately, you guys are the absolute best.  Not a day goes by that I don't think of you all, and thank my lucky stars that we found each-other.



Janet Wright of Fredricton is a great friend of WHN and contributor.  Thanks as usual!

Thank you, Nicole Sweeting of Toronto

Joanne Lacroix of Taylor's, SC - those mittens are peachy!

Dr Peg of Oakville Ontario, your items are always beautiful and thanks for the needles - I will give them to Larga.

Dr Peg also made the buzzy neck warmer above.

Lisa Bablor of Madison Wisconsin is excellent at hats!

Deborah Hajzak of Cleveland Ohio, thank you - we always love socks.

S Thompson (Knitphomaniac) of Mississauga, Ontario.  Thank you for your contributions.

Jackie Lambert of West Richland Washington is the sock queen.  We love her for many reasons, one of which is that she knits thick. 

Lori Mahar (nannylor) of Kensington, PE, thank you!

A. Saint of Victoria Harbour, ON sent a massive box of stuff.  My picture does not do justice to these sweaters - truly lovely.

And more from A. Saint!

Nicole Sweeting of Toronto ON, sent a separate package.  Thank you!

OK, I am not sure who sent this in, but the label on the box was from Scotland.   Our first Scottish contribution - yay!

Atopbing of Merrickville, ON dropped off these beautiful socks.  Thank you!

Beverley of Toronto, ON sent in these items.

These came from Andrea (aclark4) of Ottawa, ON contributed these items.

Kathy Kihle of Sarnia, ON, thank you!

Khamc sent in these hats and booties.  Thanks!

Okay this is pretty neat - This blanket came from the kids of North Dundas High School.  A teacher at the school had her kids knit the squares, which were later assembled by Audrey Green of Ogdensburg NY.  We always love it when kids contribute, and this blanket was truly beautiful and will be very loved at Larga Baffin.

These pictures came from some items that I picked up at Yarn Forward - no names but much appreciated.

Nancy Martel of Beaconsfield dropped off these items - I particularly love the hat that you see on the bottom left.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Tenth Anniversary Virtual Celebrations

So packing night was big fun for lots of reasons.  One of them, though, was we filmed a "one-minute movie" which we will post, as a tenth anniversary present to all of you.  Often, we get messages from you lovely contributors saying that you wish you could be at packing night - so guess what?  You all came last Friday!  I won't say much more - suspense.

So we have two other tenth anniversary virtual celebrations:

1. We are going to keep a rav thread for contributors to the project this year, and have a draw later this year for some knitting-related prizes.  More on that soon!

2. This winter, we are challenging all of you fab knitters and crocheters to incorporate a sky-blue (WHN logo colour) stripe in one of the items you make - doesn't matter what it is, doesn't matter how big the stripe is.  A cool and cheery way to create some unity in what we ship!

Of course we packed and packed and packed on Friday.  6 HEAVY boxes ready for Cape Dorset.  In addition I dropped off 5 MASSIVE bags of your stuff to Baffin Larga this weekend.  I will let you know when I hear back.

So our next shipping dates:  Unfortunately the doctors are not going up again until very early may so our next shipping deadline will be about mid-April.  Can we agree on April 15th?  The good news is that they will go up again in June so we'll be able to get a bunch done at that time.

Here are some pics of your beautiful stuff (given the sheer volume, I'm just going to say thank you all you amazing people, up front, and provide creds below.  BTW, if you dropped off at Yarn Forward recently, I will get to your photos soon, but I'm thanking you in advance):

Marie Paul, Burnaby Public Library Knitters, Burnaby, BC

Janet Wright, Fredricton, NB

Veronica MacDonald, Thunder Bay, ON

Olive Wade (OmaW on rav), Moncton, NB

Tobin (Barb and Kathy) in Montreal, QC

Jackie Lambert, West Richland, WA

Orlena Gilmore, Belton, MO

Deborah of Ottawa

Veronica MacDonald, Thunder Bay, ON

Margaret Bradford, Ottawa ON

More from Margaret Bradford!

Atopbing (Anna Bing) of Morrisburg, ON

Jennifer Hayden (rav name pedestrianwolf), Hebron, IL

Janet Smith, Gravenhurst, ON (the Huntsville gang).

Purls of Wisdom - the Innovation Science queens

wentheknitter of Ottawa

more from the lovely ladies of Purls of Wisdom

Mary Liechty of Goshen, IN

Christine Ellam of Ottawa

Wentheknitter of Ottawa

Rebecca of Ottawa

the amazing Carlene of Ottawa

Anne Saint of Victoria Harbour, ON

the amazing Claudette's blankets

The wonderfully prolific Claudette of Ottawa

More by Claudette of Ottawa

Rita, who also provided a fur coat.  Thanks, Rita for this and the packing help!

My darling Suzanne Atkinson

Claire Sheen

Thanks Kathy!

Catriona blucanoe of Ottawa