Such Generousity...

This post is actually from Figaro blogger didn't want to cooperate with her so I am posting it for her

I know it seems like not much is happening here but there are great things going on back in California where my mom lives. She has been receiving more packages AND as a result of all this...pregnant moms are coming in and asking for the meetings where they receive the knitted items!! That was the whole purpose of this blog, was to find a way to inspire these ladies to come into the clinic and start up with prenatal care...and its working!

Now I am going to try and explain what the program does but there is a chance I will be incorrect, I will do my best and will let you all know more as my mom sends my stuff. The program name is NaAs (long a in the middle, like "ahh" and a little bit of a pause), it means "baby basket" in the Yurok language. The moms meet with the person in charge of the program in each clinic (there are 5 I think throughout the county) and in the meeting, they talk about what will be going on with the mom's bodies, the babies growth, any programs they might qualify for, I am sure there is more but that is what I remember my mom saying and of course any and all questions the moms and dads might have. Its a long meeting too, about 1 1/2 hours or so. And at the end of the meeting, the parents to be get to pick a bag for the new baby. This is where our knit hats come in and this is what they look like ~

And this is a example of what is in the bags, the items here are from the yellow bag in the back ~

As you can see, they put a nice selection of donated items in the bags to help out the moms with the little ones. The matching socks and hat were knit by my friend who lives in Florida, don’t they look adorable! (Hi Auburnchick!)

She has also received 2 more packages from you knitters out there. This is one that was sent by another friend of mine who lives up in Vermont, I LOVE that she sent in 2 Entrelac hats! I have yet to even think about trying to knit Entrelac.

This is the second package she received, they are from another knitter who lives in New Castle, CA.

Look at all the great items she included! The crayons, the toys, the clothes and blanket…just love it!

Now for a email that mom sent me about the affect our knitting is starting to have with the people up there :

“I just wanted you to know how much we appreciate what is turning up on our doorstep. I have sent some pictures. But there is more. We are able to give the gift bags to our NaAs patients. (I enclosed photos of them) And they are such a hit, that for the first time, we have Moms to be, actually asking for the interview.

Then there are the wonderful things that cannot fit in the Moms bags. Along with the newborns, come siblings, and even Moms who could use unexpected gifts. I have always thought that we love the newborns, but those sisters and brothers need fussing over too, so we can do that. Even the Moms can be fussed over.

And the clothes, I keep them for the ones that just have nothing. Or just need something.

So, your friends who have so warmly responded to our needs have done more then they know. Just means a lot.”

So, as you all can see, the items that you send in, whether they be handknit, machine knit or something other than a knit item, they are having the exact effect we were going for. The moms to be are asking for the NaAs meetings! That gets them in the door for prenatal care, and that gives those babies a much better chance of being born healthy!

She has been receiving items from all over the place, there is a box on its way from Hawaii right now. From Hawaii! Not to mention the beautiful scarf from Scotland! When I stop and think about all these strangers are helping out the Yurok Tribe, well it just makes me tear up some…thank you all so much!!


Now With Prizes...

In the interest of keeping things interesting Debbie & I have decided to start having some contests. The basic idea is we will have say a 2 month period where we will focus on sending specific items ie: baby hats or hats/mittens/scarves for certain age groups, socks, well you get the idea. Winners will be picked by putting names into a bowl & drawing them out since for any number of reasons some people are able to contribute more than others but since everyone is contributing everyone should have a chance to win something. Prizes will be things like gift cards to Michaels/Joann/etc or a package with yarn & chocolate (yumm). All you have to do to be entered into the contests is post a comment saying "I mailed a package" or you can email Rae whatever you feel more comfortable doing

Also if the items being focused on for the contest are something you can't knit (let's face it not everyone likes to or can knit socks) you can either knit whatever makes you happy which is what we're all already doing, buy said items, or Debbie just told me the other day books for young children are needed on the reservation so feel free to send some books. This is just a way to make things fun & to say thanks for all you do so please don't feel pressured to make things you don't enjoy making. This also helps those who need things like deadlines & structure *raises hand & admits to being a scatterbrain who needs structure* I also set up a spreadsheet so everyone can see all the progress. I broke it up into age groups as well as items so that if say 10 people want to knit hats we can look at the sheet & hopefully spread it out a bit more. Again these are just ideas running through my head & not a way to pressure anyone. Spreadsheet can be found here: http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0An7i_e_r_hyhdGtGbzZ4cHM5ZFdtSHpVNFRySXktTlE&hl=en

My plan is to have the first contest run Jan/Feb with the prize going out in March. If anyone has any thoughts on what to focus on for those months feel free to share. And I will post what the prize will be since I'm in charge of first contest once I figure that out myself since I'm still in brainstorm mode ;) If anyone has any thoughts/suggestions on this post feel free to share.



These are the 2 scarves I have made so far the pattern is called Scrunchable Scarf. I made these on size 10 needles with Premier Yarns(Deborah Norville) in Chunky Weight Yarn. The brown color is Chocolate & the red is Berry Burst.