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Lots of updates to share today.

The first of which is that KNITTERS ARE AMAZING PEOPLE.

They are right up there with nuns and first responders.

Thanks to knitters all over the world, we were able raise and donate $10,000 in a short time period to the Sandy Hook Family Fund.

I just sent in the second half of our donation today. Here are the screen caps of our two donation amounts:


I post these to demonstrate that the money we raised is not languishing in an account somewhere, it's already in the hand of fund administrators, who can put it to use. And, while I believe that most of you trust me (or you wouldn't have decided to donate through my site), it's important that trust be maintained.

In an era of scammers and absconders, I want to be the opposite. You are more than free to check the Sandy Hook Family Fund site for our donations or contact them for confirmation.

For those of you wondering, the donation amounts say $5200.25, and the site says $5000. That's because of credit card processing fees. The Family Fund does not want to incur any costs, and its administration is made up of professional accountants, attorneys, and social workers donating their time. They ask donors to cover the credit card processing fees, which I personally paid for.  So in order to send in $10,000 and not $9599.50, we needed to donate more than $10K.

I'm so grateful to you for making this possible.


2. The next order of business is about our blanket squares. We've received quite a few already -- it's so fun to get them and see where they're coming from!

I've received a lot of questions about whether or not we're still going to be making the blankets given that the city of Newtown is overrun with toys and gifts.

The answer is yes, for a couple of reasons.

We're not going to randomly send these addressed to "Newtown, CT" and hope they end up in the right hands. I have a contact who has promised to help make sure they're delivered exactly where they need to go -- NOT a warehouse.

And it's going to take knitters (and us) a while to make all of these. By the time we're done, the donations will have stopped, the media attention will have died down, and the families will be left to deal with the quiet of their homes. People who have lost a loved one often find that the hard work of grieving comes months after the actual death occurs -- long after people have stopped receiving cards in the mail and meals on their doorstep, they're still left with the weight of loss.  And they often start feeling forgotten.

We're aiming to get these blankets done in time for Mother's Day, and hope that they will bring even a tiny amount of comfort to the families who need them.

We still need a LOT more 8x8 squares. As a reminder, you can send them to:

Three Irish Girls

Attn: Knitters for Newtown

PO Box 161165

Duluth, MN 55816

We don't have a retail location for you to drop them off at yet (I would love it if a local store owner reading this would be willing to help us with this!), but I will be happy to pick them up from your house if you are local and can't mail them for whatever reason.

3. The next thing is unrelated to Newtown, it's about my travel and teaching schedule.

This Monday, January 7th, I'm going to be speaking to the Duluth Fiber and Handcrafters Guild at 6:30. It's free and open to the public -- come by if you like! It's in the Ruth Maney Room at the Duluth Art Institute. More information here.

Sunday, February 10th, I'm going to be teaching Knitting with Hand Dyed Yarn at The Cat and Crow in Mt. Horeb, WI. There is limited space, so you should contact them to register.

Monday, February 11th, I'm going to be the keynote speaker at the Madison Knitters Guild.

Saturday, March 16th, I'm going to be teaching Intro to Yarn Dyeing at the Duluth Art Institute. Space is quite limited in this workshop!

I can't wait to see all of you!

4. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. Ours was perfect, in part because first Christmases are the bestest.

Rosie Horsedog is very patient and kind to her Bald Puppy. (That's what Rosie believes Shamrock to be.)

Bald Puppy is 5-3/4 months (I refuse to round up! Refuse!) of sweet, snuggly, adorableness.

May your 2013 be filled with nothing but brown paper packages and warm woolen mittens.

-- Sharon

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Reader Comments (7)

Oh my goodness. Is she the most beautiful little girl ever? ( Well, second after my little sweetness ) :-)

I'm still working on my blanket squares, I'll be sending them end of this month. :-)

January 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

I so wish you lived closer!! It would be so fun to get Lucy and Shamrock together so we could prop them up side by side and giggle!! They could be BFFs and complain about how their mothers and Aunties have too much yarn and are always trying to teach them to knit. SIGH! 8-)

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy A

Your grandbaby and her "horse" are both adorable. I have three squares so far, and am waiting for delivery of my order of "Love Wins" Springvale DK to make some more. I want to mail all of the squares at once.

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHelene

Your bald puppy comment made me giggle! And I think your blanket idea is wonderful.

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha

I'm so glad the donation made it so quickly. I do wonder what will happen to the money above $10,000 and after your fees are covered, which seems reasonable to me. How much more was donated and is being generated by the sale of the special colors for Newtown? I'm sure it will be used wisely but wondering.

You know, Sharon, you should set up an organization for the disbursement of money you collect and the cool ideas you have. I see you being able to do it. Maybe not right now, with a baby and all, but in the probably near future. You've done charitable work a few times now...

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterloraine

Loraine, any additional money we collect from the sale of the colorways will be sent in at the end of January. :)

January 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterYarnista

They're in for some money, then. I'm thinking there is a lot of yarn being sold. I contributed even though I'm trying to sell my yarn for rent money, not buy it. I usu. do so well, too.

Now to put on the brakes and get this skirt I'm doing for my niece done. Not TIG yarn so that must be why I'm having such a problem with the yarn. I chose the wrong yarn. I have to do everything in superwash for this sister as she puts everything in the washer and dryer. My lovely 5 yr old niece loves wearing dresses and my sister will buy the special, dressy ones (on sale, of course- I wish she'd buy my wardrobe) and put them in the washer and dryer. The hold up surprisingly well. My niece plays just like every other kid, too. She's not shy of getting dirty.

This is all so exciting and heartwarming.

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterloraine

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