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Quickie Question: Sweet Charity Projects?

Monday, June 27th, 2011
By Twistie

Mmfmnfmm?…wha…?

Mmm… sorry. Long weekend. American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Legs in searing pain… brain fuzzy… but at least I used enough sunscreen to avoid burning, so hopefully I won’t need the ACS’s services for skin cancer.

So I spent twenty-four hours on and around the track, walking, helping shlep campsite gear and equipment for the stage (Mr. Twistie was entertainment chairman for our town) and that after spending days baking delicious, fudgey brownies to sell.

Last year I made cookies and was the only person on the site selling home baked goodies. Another team member was the only person doing face painting. This year, half the teams were selling baked goods (the team next to ours was selling entire loaves of banana bread for a buck!) and while the Redhead was still painting Harry Potter scars and rainbows on kids’ cheeks, there was another team down the track doing outrageously ornate face painting with sparkles. Plus there was one team doing massages for five bucks! Free for cancer survivors.

Yeah, we didn’t really set the world on fire with our goodies this year. Sigh. At least I have some tasty brownies to enjoy… and we did exchange some brownies for some free barbeque at dinner time on saturday.

Anyway.

If there’s one thing I know about crafty people, it’s that we tend to be generous. Every time there’s a big charity event, I see my fellow crafters selling their goods for the cause.

So I’m wondering… all of you out there, have you ever donated your time, talent, and craftiness to a Worthy Cause? What did you do? Did it raise much money? If you were doing something like the Relay, what would you make?

And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go soak my sore feet in epsom salts.


Knock(er), Knock(er)!

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
By Twistie

What, you may well ask, are those?

They are, not to put too fine a point on it, boobies.

Not the natural ones that women grow as they hit the brick wall of puberty, but prosthetic ones. Knitted prosthetic ones. In fact, they are the work of a charity called Knitted Knockers. They knit these… well… knockers, and provide them to women who have had mastectomies.

Why knitted ones? Aren’t there already options for women who have had mastectomies? Aren’t these kind of… silly?

Yes, they are silly. Gloriously silly. Joyfully silly. Silly in a life-affirming and surprisingly practical way. In fact, here are a couple of the advantages as listed on the website:

Knitted prosthetic breasts for mastectomy patients. Sounds silly, doesn’t it? Yet, when placed in a bra, these knitted breasts take the shape and feel of a real breast. They are lighter and more comfortable than silicone prosthetic breasts. The knitted fabric breathes and prevents the heat rash experienced by many women wearing the silicone ones.

They also note that the silicone prosthetics are quite expensive, which means they’re beyond the means of some cancer survivors, and, when covered by insurance,  will usually only be available one at a time every couple of years. That means if one gets damaged or destroyed, it’s going to be a long time before another is available.

The site features links to patterns for both knitted and crocheted boobies, as well as information on how to start your own Knitted Knockers group.

Come on, let crafting bring out the breast in you.


Support a Crafter, Help Japan

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
By Twistie

Sometimes you can do good by buying something fun, practical, pretty, or all of the above. I love it when that happens.

Etsy artist Eat Green is making these fun, funky belt pockets by upcycling guayaberas (aka Mexican wedding shirts) and donating 20% of the sales to disaster relief in Japan. And at the price of $25.00, they’re quite affordable, too.

Not into belt pockets? That’s okay. Eat Green is also donating portions of sales on a variety of baskets, pockets, and other upcycled goods.

Oh, and if you like these pretty journals:

They run just $9.00 each and all proceeds go to Japan relief.

Beautify your life, support a fellow crafter, be kind to Mother Earth, and help people who have been through unimaginable horrors all at once. That’s what I call a good act.


Necessity is a Mother

Thursday, November 4th, 2010
By Twistie

Look, it’s getting to be the cold, dark time of year and there are a lot of people in need. Actually, there are a lot of people in need all year ’round. That’s the bad news. The good news is that we can use our hands to help make life a little better for someone in need.

If you’d like to take part in helping someone in a time of need, here are a few charities that would love your hand made work:

Care Wear Patterns and Volunteers. A nationwide volunteer group that creates hand knitted, crocheted, and sewn clothes to babies in hospitals. All these items are given for free to babies who need them. Hats, bibs, booties, jackets, blankets, toys, and, sadly, burial gowns are all welcome and needed.

Teddies for Tragedies. This is a Canadian group that sends hand knitted teddy bears to children in desperate situations around the world. Imagine using your knitting skills to put a smile on the face of a child in an orphanage in Romania, Costa Rica, or Lebonon.

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