When Chris was here in September, we talked about some place we could donate the crocheted blankets I was testing for her. I knew of a woman's shelter outside of Howell, as when I moved here, I applied for a job there. I didn't know if they took these kinds of donations.
Last night, I posted a photo of the blanket and asked everyone in this area if they knew of a place that took these kinds of donations. Many commented that a lot of churches takes these kinds of gifts and use them for fund raisers.
Well--Chris and I didn't necessarily want it to go to something like that. Back in the 1990's when I left my abusive husband, I had to stay in a woman's shelter for a couple of nights. I really wanted this gorgeous blanket to go somewhere like that. A place where a battered woman might run to safety and upon entering her room, she would see this beautiful blanket on the bed and it might make her feel a bit better. Plus, being made of yarn, it will absorb a lot of tears and still look grand.
This morning, I got a FB message from one of my "friends" (that I've never met) that her friend sometimes worked at the woman's shelter and YES, they did accept donations of this sort.
I had to go to Howell to pick up a prescription. The Shelter is on the other side of Howell and I decided to take it up there this afternoon. I had laundered it and dried it and it was soft and smelled fresh. I put it in one of those large plastic/cloth, zippered bags you get when you buy a bedspread. It looked so nice.
The woman at the front desk was ecstatic!!!! She said she knew exactly the room it was going in. A room with a Queen Size bed, that housed women who had children with them. The room also had a crib and a two twin beds for the children.
It made my heart so happy that Chris and I could use this gift to bless someone else. Someone who would really use it.
So our blanket will "live" at the shelter for awhile and maybe---someday--it just might leave with a woman who is going on to her new home and needs a bedspread.
Home Sweet Home
Did I tell you, I finished the LapGhan? It is the kind that works with a wheel chair or just someone sitting in a chair to keep their legs and middle warm. I have started another one, using this same pattern. A bit bigger--a Throw. I see it for a gentleman who is in a VA hospital or somewhere like that.
I buy the Caron Pound yarn for the blankets. Red Heart is also a good yarn to use. Worsted Weight. These are done with a K hook. They wash up and dry like a dream.
Plus, I am testing a knitted shawl pattern for Chris.
I thought you'd like to see my exercise program. Jane Fonda it ain't, but I can feel it working already.