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I love to sew, but I am just now getting into the knitting and crocheting craze. I have no clue how to do either, and my friend Brenda is going to teach me-But I have this kit that I inherited from my grandma, and it's supposed to be rather easy, so if you guys might could help me with it, I'd be very thankful.

You see, my grandma had alzheimers and dementia during the last few years of her life, and she somehow thought it would be a good idea to remove the instructions from this box and now I can't find them. It's a circle loom afghan kit that you can make pretty flowers with and turn them into a blanket of sorts.

I truthfully do not even know if this is considered knitting, crocheting or loom weaving, but I'd like to know if anyone could give me a quick tutorial on how to get started.

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Looking for your input

Dear All,

I have been contemplating for the last month or so whether or not I should dismantle Homespun Helpers. There are a lot of reasons for this, the uppermost being that I feel like I can't designate the time that this cause really needs. This has been an amazing experience, but all wonderful things must come to an end. I have seen the use of livejournal slip in my own life and overall, it's difficult for me to find the time to grow the organization on blogspot, and Ravelry seems to be more active in groups that are not about crafting but are about things crafters have in common.

Because this is a community, I wanted to let you all know I was thinking this way to get your input. I have created a page on Facebook called "Making crafts for charity" that I would like to use to spread the word that there are millions of charities that depend on us crafters, and I'll be focusing some efforts there regardless.

Let me know what you think when you have a chance. And thank you!!

How would you feel about a captain contest?

Hi there everybody,

As I sit buried in my house under a pile of snow, I am thinking about our Regional Summer Contest. Coincidence? :)

Anyway, I was thinking it might be fun to have a contest before the contest. It would be kind of like the individual contest we did a couple of years ago, but this time, the top 4 winners would get to be captains for the Regional Summer Contest. This would give you the power to a) Choose your region b) Name your team and c) Recruit! The contest would run from March 1st to April 1st.

I know that some may feel that 2 contests in a row would be tough, so if you don't this this is a good idea, just let me know. Just wanted to toss it out there :)

Afghans for Afghans Needs Our Help!

Hey everybody,

I got an email from Afghans for Afghans. Their donations are way low so far, and Jan/Feb is usually their best time. They are trying to collect vests, sweaters, mittens, and socks for kids. They don't get to make shipments very often anymore, so this is super duper important.

Items should be made of at least 80% wool. No light colors. You can visit afghansforafghans.org to learn more. This is a truly remarkable organization. Let's see if we can help them out when they really need it!

Items 2-5 for me :)

Because one project is nevah enough!!

These are bags that I am going to fill with 5 items each and then send on to God's Littlest Angels, an orphanage in Haiti that has requested goods in addition to money. Because the bags will be sent to Colorado first rather than straight to Haiti, I am not worried about adding to the current "traffic" problem in and around Haiti. I figure they will send things over when it's easier to do so.

I'm going to fill the bags with: a bar of soap, a small container of hand sanitizer, infant tylenol, infant vitamins, and a small toy. Hopefully the kids will be able to keep the bags too, or maybe they could come in handy for the caregivers. Im trying to make them in the colors of the Haiti flag.