Special Guests at our Work Day

We’re excited to announce 2 special guests who are planning to visit our Work Day this coming Sunday, April 2nd.

Kim Moyer, State Director of Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma will be sharing with us a bit about Marsy’s Law and it’s current state here in Oklahoma.

Kari Littlejohn of LuLaRoe Kari Littlejohn will be sharing with us about a cool opportunity to bless some of the ladies that the YWCA serves here in Oklahoma City.

Our event lasts from 2-4:45 PM, both guests are planning to arrive at 3 PM, we hope you’ll be able to come meet them and hear about the work they’re doing.

Do you have a favorite pattern?

Over the years we’ve been doing this Threads of Compassion project we’ve seen a lot of different scarves. Some seem very simple while others seem very complex. The beautiful thing about it is that they all serve the same purpose, offering a bit of comfort to someone at a terrible time.

So, we’re wondering: do you have a favorite pattern? You know, the go-to one that you use time and again, maybe with different colors, but the same pattern. This is the one that you’ve done so many times it doesn’t require much concentration once you get going. It’s familiar and comfortable to create.

Some of us may be feeling a bit stuck in a rut with doing our familiar one over and over again. And, though there are lots of resources available that have great patterns, hearing from other people about their favorites would be great.

So, if you have a favorite, or just one you enjoy making, please share in the comments, a link to the pattern would be great if you have it 🙂 Let’s all see if we can benefit from trying something new in the next few months.

To get us started I’ll share one: it’s called the corner to corner pattern and you can see instructions including a video at The Crochet Crowd. This is one that took me a bit to learn at first, but once I got the hang of it I found that I loved it. I even used it for a scarf that went to the fair this year and brought home a ribbon.

photo of 2 scarves photo of scarf with ribbon

All right, I shared one, now you can too…

 

 

Thanks for going to the fair with us

photo of scarves at OK State Fair
2016 Oklahoma State Fair Entries

It was pretty cool to visit the Oklahoma State Fair last week and see the scarves to be donated to Threads of Compassion. As you can see from the photo we had a great turn out for this first year.

You can still swing by and see them until the fair closes on September 25th. The display is in the Creative Arts Building. There are lots of other cool things to look at in there, too.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this effort. We really appreciate it!

Send a scarf to Oklahoma State Fair

Whether or not you plan to make it out to the Oklahoma State Fair this September, we hope you’ll send a scarf. Yes, we want your scarf, whether or not you can come 🙂

For the first time, Threads of Compassion OKC has been included as a charity in the creative arts competition. It’s pretty cool: participants register, knit or crochet a scarf, deliver the scarf to be displayed, and then at the end of the fair all the scarves to go to Threads OKC. So cool, right?

It’s time to register to join us at the Oklahoma State Fair! The creative arts competition has opened online registration and they are ready for submissions. You have from now until August 15th to register.

It’s pretty simple, registration all happens online, there is no fee, and you drop off your scarf September 1oth or 11th. If dropping off is a problem, contact Jessica and she’ll help make arrangements to get the scarf dropped off for you.

You can see the instructions in the Needlecraft Guide, along with our listing on page 13.

For a bit more info, check out our post from last month: Let’s Go to the Fair!

Hope you can join us

We’ve planned our work days for the rest of the year and hope you’ll join us!

These are Sunday afternoons from 2-4:45pm in Edmond.

  • June 5, 2016
  • July – no meeting
  • August 7, 2016
  • September 11, 2016
  • October 2, 2016
  • November 6, 2016
  • December 4, 2016

Check out our Events page for more information.

2016 Work Days Planned!

Happy new year! We’ve been getting ready for 2016 and have scheduled the first part of the year. We hope you can join us for all or part of some of the following work days.

These are all Sundays and we meet from 2-5 p.m. You’re welcome to come for all or any part of the meeting.

  • January 10, 2016 (bring a new pattern to work on and share)
  • February 7, 2016
  • March 6, 2016
  • April 3, 2016
  • May 1, 2016
  • June 5, 2016
  • July – no meeting
  • August 7, 2016

We meet each month at Memorial Road Church of Christ, 2221 E. Memorial Rd., Edmond, OK 73013, in room A123, which is between the east entrance and the main auditorium (Door 5 entrance). Here’s a map of the building you can download if you need directions to the room. Email Jessica for more information.

Why 5″ by 65″?

Have you ever tried to wear something that’s too small for you? Maybe you’ve worn it in the past, but your size has changed and you put it on to find that what used to make you comfortable and confident-feeling is no longer a good fit at all. Maybe you grabbed the wrong size at the store and got home to find that there’s no hope of it fitting. Or, maybe over time and use your favorite item has shrunk. Frustrating, huh?

So, with these scarves that we are donating to survivors we want a moment of “yay, I feel good wearing this”, not a moment of “this sure is pretty, but how in the world am I supposed to wear it?”

Threads will take scarves of any color or pattern. We don’t specify how they have to look. But, we do have one requirement for our scarves. You may have noticed that they need to be at least 5″ by 65″, and you could be wondering why…

There is a reason.  We want something that anyone can wear. Since we all are different sizes and have different style tastes, we wanted something that anyone can use if they want to after receiving it. So, while there may not be anything magical about those exact numbers, there is something important in having a standard. The work we are doing is important, it’s impacting people at a significant moment and we want to add something good and useful, not just beautiful but unable to be worn.

As we package scarves and find ourselves struggling about what to do with one that doesn’t come close to meeting that guideline we take a moment and try to put ourselves in the place of the recipient.

Imagine sitting in the hospital following a traumatic event and being offered an item of comfort. Great, right? Now imagine you open it and it’s a well-made beautiful piece of work that is 2 1/2 feet long and 3 inches wide. What started as an uplifting moment turned into a moment of wondering what in the world am I supposed to do with this item?

So, let’s keep working together to offer comfort. Let’s put our creativity to work to knit and crochet beautiful items that survivors will enjoy. Let’s keep making them at least 5″ by 65″.

Making Scarves in the Summer

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Yes, I’m working on a scarf on a day that it has been hot, hot, hot. The high today was 97, making it the kind of day that I try to be outside as little as possible. Yet, I continue to work on scarves for this project.

In some ways a scarf is a perfect summer project – it’s easy to move around, very portable, and doesn’t grow to a size that is uncomfortably warm to work on. It can easily be carried along on a trip and worked on when a few free moments present themselves.

In addition to being easy to work on in the summer, our scarves are needed in the summer! Last year two of the summer months saw a need for at least 50 scarves per month. Yep, 50 lives changed in less time than it takes to gather the supplies and choose a pattern for a scarf.

And, just when I wonder – should I keep crocheting scarves, should we keep packaging them and getting them to the YWCA…I come across someone who has received one or knows a recipient and they tell me how meaningful it is to receive a scarf following such a traumatic event. Knowing someone has gone before you and cares that you know you’re not alone can make a huge impact at a really tough time.

So, yes, let’s keep making scarves in the summer! They are needed now as much as anytime during the year.

Meetings in 2015

We have scheduled our meetings for the rest of 2015. They’re listed on the Events page, but also listed below in case you want a quick reference.

Everyone is welcome to join us, no matter your skill level. You can come for a few minutes or for the whole time. For details about the location, check out the Events page.

  • July 19, 2015
  • August 9, 2015
  • September 13, 2015
  • October 4, 2015
  • November 1, 2015
  • December 13, 2015