Hatathon 2019

IMG_2630_medium2We are gearing up for our next Hatathon! In years past, we’ve made over 100 hats for local organizations like Working Image, Dove House and the homeless shelter, as well as sending hats to refugees via KnitAid and 25,000 Toques in Canada.

Join us this year and help us get to 150 hats! We will be working on them from August to November, with our final deadline the Sunday before Thanksgiving. That will give us time to distribute them to local organizations before the holidays.

A handmade hat won’t change the world, but it might help keep someone warm in winter, and making one is a way we can share our skills, time, and resources with those who might be in need.

As always with Crafting for a Cause, you are welcome to come to our Sunday sessions (which will have snacks and company) or knit on your own and drop your donation by Bazaar Girls at any time.

We have a binder of free patterns for quick hats – just ask! And mention you are buying supplies for the Hatathon and receive 10% off your purchase.

If you don’t have yarn to spare, but would like to contribute, check out the free box at Bazaar Girls. There is usually a good stash of supplies. If you don’t have time to spare to make a hat, but plenty of yarn, please consider donating some to the free box!

  • Sun, Aug 25th, 10am-2pm
  • Sun, Sep 29th, 10am-2pm
  • Sun, Oct 27th, 10am-2pm
  • Sun, Nov 24th, 10am-2pm *Collection day!*

 

 

Bazaar Girls Crafting for a Cause Winter Holiday Projects

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After our last successful big project (we made over 100 hats for refugees!), we took a little break for the warmer months, but now as we enter fall, we’re ready to pick our needles and hooks back up for our next big crafting for a cause project.

We’re going to be working on projects for our neighbors for October, November and Decemeber. You can choose your own adventure:

  1. Make fidget mitts or blankets for people with memory issues (read more about those here)
  2. Make knitted or crocheted toys for kids in need
  3. Make warm items for folks staying at the shelter

Or make one (or more!) of each.

We will have more information and free patterns available at our first session – come by the store then or check back here.

We’ll be meeting twice a month for October-December. Schedule below. Come for one or all sessions, or just work on your own at home and bring by your items anytime before the final session.

All dates Sunday, all times 10am-2pm

  1. October 7 & 21
  2. November 4 & 18
  3. December 2 & 16

Hatathon 2018!

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Time for #hatathon2018!

Can we make more than 100 hats for refugees and beat our record from #hatathon2017 ?

Come knit (or crochet) with us on Sun, Jan 21 from 10am-2pm for our 1st charity craft session of 2018.

We will be working on making hats for refugees to be distributed by @knitaid. Any pattern, any size, but there are some restrictions on colors due to the limited cleaning facilities many of the refugees are dealing with.

Knitaid asks for adults: dark, unisex colours only; for children: all colours except very light colours.

Group knitting sessions will also happen on Sun, Feb 18 & Sun, Mar 18. We will collect all final hats at the March session, but we encourage you to turn in hats ASAP as the Knitaid deadline might be before our deadline. (We will be looking for another distribution channel for refugees for hats finished after their deadline.)

If you can’t knit on those days, you can still participate! Knit whenever you have time and drop off your hat to @bazaar_girls.

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Hey remember this? When we made 100 hats for folks in need this past Jan/Feb? The weather is cooling down & there are ppl in our community who could use a warm new hat or set of gloves or scarf for the winter. Our next charity craft will run Oct-Dec & you can make any warm item you’d like to be distributed locally. Did you miss our summer toy sessions? You could also make a toy for the holidays. We will meet the third Sunday and collect all the items in Dec. Come craft with @bazaar_girls Kerri (pictured) and me and I’ll have snacks and tea on deck for you. 10am-2pm Sun, Oct 15, Nov 20, & Dec 18.

August/September 2017 Bazaar Girls Charity Craft Project: Toys!

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Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Knitted Knockers Project!

We’re gearing up for our next project.

Join us August 20 & September 17 to make toys for children in need. Using whatever yarn you like, make a teddy bear for orphans in Africa using the Mother Bear Project pattern or a toy of your choice to be distributed locally to a child in need.

Check back on this site or stop by Bazaar Girls starting at the beginning of August for free pattern recommendations!

Update – here is a collection of free and highly rated patterns on Ravelry.

As always, below are the important details for our charity craft projects:

  • We’ll meet on the third Sunday of each month from 10am to 2pm.
  • Come for all or part of a session, come to any or all sessions for a project, or just work along at home.
  • The last date listed for the session is the due date for the finished object, but if you finish early, you can drop off at Bazaar Girls any time!
  • If you don’t have time to participate, you can donate yarn or needles/hooks.
  • If you have time, but not the resources to participate, check in with us! We’ll be collecting yarn and needles and might be able to connect you with the right materials so you can knit/crochet along!
  • If you’re not sure you have the skills, come anyway! Experienced knitters and crocheters will be on hand to help if you get stuck!
  • Any questions? Contact Leslie at fps.lqs@gmail.com.

Next project: Knitted Knockers!

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We just wrapped up our last project – blankets for Project Linus – and are gearing up for our next one: Knitted Knockers.

Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Traditional breast prosthetics are usually expensive, heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and can’t be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers on the other hand are soft, comfortable, beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast.

At the bottom of this post is a video about this project, but for those who are ready to get started, here are some very important logistical notes about this project:

  1. Due to the very specific post-surgical needs of the patients who will receive the finished knockers, they should only be made using the specific patterns and approved yarns.
  2. Bazaar Girls has one of the approved yarns in stock: the Tatamy yarn from Kraemer. It comes in a variety of colors, from neutrals to bright colors, both of which are welcome for the project. Let the Bazaar Girls know you are buying it for the project and receive 10% off the Tatamy yarn.
  3. Please only use the knit and crochet patterns from the Knitted Knocker website. They can be found here and there are video tutorials as well! 
  4. You can make them with or without a nipple. A recent video by the project notes that sometimes the nipples turn out too large, and so it’s ok to just omit them entirely or err on the side of the nipple being small.
  5. We will be sending them unstuffed to be finished by the Knitted Knocker team in Bellingham. In order to do this, leave a hole in your finished knocker and a long tail.
  6. Knitted knockers in all sizes and colors are always welcome but the biggest demand are for neutral, pastel colors or flesh colored. They also noted they sometimes have shortages of D-cup sizes. We encourage people to make a pair of each size and color because that is what is the most requested.
  7. We will meet from 10am-2pm on Sunday, June 18th and Sunday, July 16th. As always, you don’t have to come to the session to participate! You can work along at home, and just plan to drop off by July 16th. If you drop off, please include your name and email attached to your finished knocker so we can contact you if we have questions.
  8. As always, if you have any questions, email me, Leslie, at fps.lqs@gmail.com.

Here’s more about this project – check out the video!

Thanks to all our Project Linus volunteers!

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June’s super cool log cabin project

Thank you to everyone who participated in our last Charity Knit project! It was a true team effort.

Some folks made entire blankets, some made individual components like granny squares or knitted mitered squares, some wove in ends, some helped piece together components made by others.

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Charity from Project Linus shows Linda how to piece together granny squares.

Some of our knitters are also sewers, so our box of blankets included some lovely sewn projects as well. (Next time, we’re going to have a sheet to collect the names of those who participate, because we’d love to thank you each by name for your contributions!)

Thanks also to the Project Linus ladies who came out to join us on our final Sunday!

We ended up with 12 blankets completed on the day, and have a few more in the works that we’ll drop off when the Project Linus team is in town on the fourth Friday in June. (They meet here monthly, so if you would like to participate in Project Linus in the future, check out their website for more information.)

Thanks again to everyone! We are sure these warm blankets made with care will be welcome comfort to the kids who receive them.