Saturday, January 24, 2015

CHALLENGE #3 - 2015

Challenge #2 of 2015 (for Turning Point in Wyoming) was posted on Facebook and completed before we were able to post it here on the blog. Kudos to all of our wonderful followers on our Facebook page for getting it finished so rapidly. Now, we are on to Challenge #3 (below). If you wish to jump in and make a pledge, just put your pledge in a comment below and we will receive it. Mailing directions for this shelter will be posted as soon as we have the information....probably early next week.

CIRCLE OF HOPE - GEORGIA

Circle of Hope is a small, 17-bed domestic violence shelter located in Georgia. (It is a confidential shelter - undisclosed location for safety.) In 2011, Circle of Hope was gifted a large home and, with a transitional housing grant, they now have 29 housing units for survivors leaving the shelter. These housing units include one for single women, women over 50 or those with handicaps.

Choose your favorite slipper and/or washcloth patterns (but, please, no bling or button attachments for babies or very young children due to choking hazard). If you are able to crochet or knit with two strands of yarn (one strand #4 plus one strand #3 works well, too), it makes a nice warm, cushioney slipper. Be sure ends are tied off and woven end securely! We want them to hold together and last for a long while.

For our new members, just comment with your pledge in a "Comment" below and then, when we post the mailing address, be sure to copy down the address and mailing deadline for your own reference. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

For Circle of Hope, we need the following number of slippers and washcloths:

25 women's - Still need 9
  5 preteen girls - Still need 5
  5 preteen boys - Still need 3
  5 youth girls - DONE!
  5 youth boys - Still need 1
  5 toddler girls - DONE!
  5 toddler boys - DONE!
  5 booties - girls - DONE!
  5 booties - boys - DONE!

65 washcloths - Still need 5

MAILING DEADLINE:   FEBRUARY 21, 2015

MAILING ADDRESS:    THIS IS A CONFIDENTIAL SHELTER AND CONTACT PERSON AND SPECIFIC MAILING ADDRESS WILL BE ADDED AS SOON AS IT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Well, we are on our way!   The first Challenge of 2015 has been completed!   Shouting out a big THANK YOU to everyone who pledged!   Our members are just SUPER!

It has been a little quiet around PSP for the last few days because Rachel, our fearless leader, has been down with a bit of the flu bug.  Get rested up, Rachel, and we hope you feel better real soon!

In the meantime, here is a list of some free patterns (mostly crochet) that Rachel found and thinks would be wonderful for PSP slippers:

Easy Slipper Patterns

http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/1-hour-booties---free-knitting/060532

http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bevs-slipper-squares.html


http://www.goldenbirdknits.com/2009/07/seed-stitch-baby-booties-knitting.html

http://www.knitwits-heaven.com/pocket_book_slippers.htm


http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/maggieslippers.html


www.ravelry.com/patterns/simplegarterstitchslippers

http://goodknits.com/blog/toddler-slippers/

http://archive.org/web/20080617203455/www.yarncat.com/tweed_family_slippers.html

www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/operation-christmas-box-slippers


If you find any links that aren't working, please let us know and we will check them out (or delete them from the list.

We hope to have another new Challenge before too long, so please be patient.   In the meantime, please keep on making slippers and washcloths to add to you stash so you will be ready when the next challenge gets posted.

Thank you all for your wonderful support in 2014......and let's make 2015 even better!

Hugs to everyone and hope you have a great day wherever you are!

  ~~~ Judy

Thursday, January 8, 2015

CHALLENGE #1 - 2015

     ****CHALLENGE COMPLETED!****
Crossroads Safehouse, Fort Collins, Colorado

Crossroads Safehouse was founded 34 years ago. Through the years they have had a name change and moved to a larger location. In 2011 they were gifted with a former nursing home that was renovated into a statewide domestic violence facility, making them the largest provider in the state. Up to 150 languages are spoken through a 3rd party interpreter service and is available 24/7. Their Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) is composed of highly trained volunteers and advocates available 24/7. They respond with the police to domestic violence incidents. Their Kid Domestic Abuse Response Team (K-DART) also responds with the police to support the children who may have been abused or witnessed domestic violence. These highly-trained teams are in more and more shelters in the past years. Due to lack of storage, we will not send as many slippers as we normally would.

Please use gender neutral colors for the children.

Slippers needed:

 35 women -- DONE
   2 teen boys -- DONE
   8 preteens -- DONE
 10 youth -- DONE
 15 toddler -- DONE
   5 baby/infant -- DONE

100 Washcloths -- DONE


Crossroads likes white washcloths; but, since they use so many, they will take what they can get. If you have white cotton, please use it. If not, use whatever cotton you have that is light in color. You do not need to go and buy white cotton! Something light is fine.

Mailing Deadline: February 9, 2015. All packages should be in the mail by that date.

For confidentiality reasons, PLEASE DO NOT ADD THE NAME OF THE SHELTER if not shown in the address. Thank you.


Send to:

   Pat Parker
   P.O. Box 993
   Fort Collins, CO 80522

Most pledges will be received on our Facebook page; however, you may also make a pledge here in a "comment" on this post and we will receive it.

If you have any questions, please ask. Thank you for helping us get our 2015 Challenges off to a good start!


Rachel and Judy

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

We will be posting the first challenge of 2015 tomorrow morning.   We have had a lot of new members join our Facebook page and we hope that you will want to join in on our upcoming challenges.  The first challenge will be for a fairly large domestic abuse shelter and we will be needing many handmade (knitted, crocheted, or sewn) slippers and washcloths for them.

In the meantime, here is a list of some free patterns (some knit, some crochet) that you might want to check out.   Hopefully, before too long, we will have lots of links to many other patterns listed in our links in the right-hand column.  




Don't forget to stop back here tomorrow morning around 10:00 AM for the FIRST CHALLENGE OF 2015!

Rachel and Judy

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

WELCOME and HAPPY NEW YEAR

With all of the special activities associated with our Fifth Anniversary from August through October and all of the Challenges going on at the same time, there didn't seem to be enough time to keep the blog updated as it should have been.  I am working on getting everything here updated with all of the Challenges we have completed (and there have been LOTS of them, including Helping Hands and Cozies for Pets challenges) in the last several months!

The current challenge for a repeat shelter in Alaska has just been completed and we will be posting another new challenge before too long and it will be posted here on the blog, too.  While our Challenges are posted and most of the pledges are received through our Facebook page, you can always make a pledge through the blog by posting it as a comment in the Challenge post and we will receive it.  Same with any questions you may have.

I apologize for our blog being out of date for a little while and hope to be back up to speed very shortly!

Rachel and I would like to welcome all of our new members who have joined the Pink Slipper Project recently and we wish everyone a very HAPPY NEW YEAR in 2015!!

JUDY

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME AGAIN!

Our Fifth Anniversary Month continues with our SECOND GIVEAWAY.  Entries for this giveaway are being accepted ONLY on our Facebook page.

Please check out our Facebook page at the following link for the rules for entering this giveaway:    
https://www.facebook.com/ThePinkSlipperProject




Photo: IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME AGAIN!

Our Fifth Anniversary Month continues with our SECOND GIVEAWAY!

As you can see in the picture, our 2nd giveaway package is another large Breast Cancer Awareness insulated tote full of all kinds of goodies that we hope the winner will enjoy! It contains an additional small tote (perfect for small take-along projects), one 7 oz. skein of Red Heart With Love yarn, two 7-oz. skeins of Red Heart Super Saver yarn, one 5 oz. skein of Red Heart Super Saver yarn, 3 skeins of Peaches & Crème cotton yarn, one pair of Clover Bamboo Size 8 knitting needles, two Susan Bates Luxite crochet hooks (sizes H & I), a Clover Chibi (case with 2 metal bent-tip jumbo darning needles), a pair of Ardennes small embroidery scissors (perfect for carrying in your purse), three magnetic note pads, a small notebook, a roll of ribbon (4 patterns), and a tube of “Wild Jasmine” hand lotion……with an approximate value of over $60.

Following are the rules for this week’s giveaway.   Please read them carefully.

(1) You must live in the continental USA to be eligible to enter.  
(2) You must “LIKE” this giveaway post AND answer the question in a “Comment” on this post.  Please be sure your answer is not in a reply box under someone else’s comment.   Here is the question:    HOW DID YOU FIRST LEARN/HEAR ABOUT THE PINK SLIPPER PROJECT?
(3) Entries will be accepted until 9:00 AM (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.
(4) As before, entrants’ names will be placed on a numbered spreadsheet and a random number generated using Random.org.   Barring any unforeseen problems, a name will be picked and announced at approximately 9:30 AM (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.   The winner will have until 6:00 PM (Eastern Time) on Thursday, August 14, 2014, to contact us by Facebook message with your mailing address.   If the winner fails to contact us in the allotted time, we will generate a new number and announce a new winner.
(5) REMEMBER:   YOU MUST “LIKE” AND “COMMENT” IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN.
GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!      Rachel and Judy

Sunday, August 10, 2014

WEEK TWO - 5th ANNIVERSARY MONTH

Our history and story of the first five years of The Pink Slipper Project continues.

In 2010, I joined AC4C (All Crafts 4 Charity) on Yahoo. The "List Mom" of AC4C prepares an annual calendar with one or two charities listed per month. I contacted her and asked if The Pink Slipper Project could be on the 2011 calendar. PSP was added and, in the spirit of AC4C, their members responded with over 400 pairs of slippers (PSP wasn't doing washcloths then). Everything was sent to Joyce and she sent them to shelters. Once each year since then, the members of AC4C have sent hundreds of pairs of slippers to us. There have been many shelters that received not only slippers, but everything that AC4C sent us, including hats, toys, baby hats, baby sweaters, scarves, and baby blankets.

Several weeks ago, I took a trunk load of AC4C goodies to a shelter near me. They were delighted with what I had brought and wanted everything! During the last few years, we also received washcloths and lots of soap. I still have a great many slippers, washcloths, hats and baby clothes that will be distributed in the next few months.

On August 18, 2011, PSP celebrated its’ 2nd birthday and, by September, had 2,300 friends. It was during 2011 that Joyce had her first spinal surgery. The Pink Slipper Project Signature Knit Slipper was published in 2010.

Revisiting the 2011 Facebook posts has been like a trip down memory lane. Joyce loved to put up pictures of all the slippers that arrived in her studio. I’ve seen the pictures and read the names of so many people. There are members who joined early and are still participating in our challenges or are still following our journey.

Joyce posted a lot of challenges during 2011. She “visited” Iowa, held a local Stitch-A-Thon with a group in New Orleans, “visited” the Hope Coalition in Red Wing, MN, and, in conjunction with the Compassion Fashion Project, warmed toes and hearts in seven shelters in Arkansas with our slippers!

In February, 2011, Joyce posted her “Hospital Doll”. The pattern for the cloth doll is here on the blog.  The Pink Slipper Signature Crochet Slipper designed by Judy Warehime was published in March, 2011.

In April of that year, the “Knit Teddy Bear”, designed by our friend, Carol Levesque, made its debut. Carol’s teddy has warmed so many hearts and made many friends as they were distributed to the children in our shelters. Carol has given this pattern to Pink Slipper and it is also listed on our blog.

You will notice that from time to time I refer to the shelters that have received slippers from us as “our shelters”. We send our love and, I believe, a piece of ourselves via our handmade slippers and washcloths…..and so, we call the shelters “ours”.

Next Monday, the story continues. Stay tuned.


Rachel