Episode 139: And YOU Win A Prize!
Thank you for joining us for episode 139 of Just One More Row! You can find Jessica on Instagram and Ravelry as pbjstokes (use @ on Instagram), and you can find Dana on Ravelry as DanaOfUnwind and on Instagram as @dana_of_unwind.
51 total entries!
Dana’s donation: $78.30
Jess’s donation: $80
Pattern download of $7: anastasiamw
Pattern download of $7: sauer-knits
Bag from Jess: kelle0302
Bag from Dana: operadiva
Skein of handspun from Jess: theprojectbag
Skein of handspun from Dana: jenknittingaround
12 in 16 KAL:
58 people knit all 12 months- hooray!
69 pairs in December: winner is post 49, kiwiria! PM Dana with your choice of a $7 or less pattern!
Total of 1320 pairs for the year turned in for this KAL! (including Dana’s and Jess’s that didn’t count for prizes)
The grand prize winner is… #10, anneofjulie!!! You win a project bag from Dana, $20 worth of pattern downloads, and a $60 gift certificate to Dana’s shop!
Sew You Say:
Dana: Pieced and quilted a table runner, started a new quilt out of scraps (making up my own pattern!), I’ve been on a bit of a fabric buying spree lately so I am going to have to get to sewing.
Jessica: project bags
Where The Wild Things Are:
Dana: Madelyn is back in PDO, and there’s a new girl in her class that’s SO tiny- M has taken on the job of being her protector and picks her up whenever she falls down.
Jessica: watched knitting students compete in competitive cheerleading- kinda crazy!
2017 Charity KAL: NICU Noggins
This year as our Charity KAL, we are going to be knitting NICU baby hats! These hats will be donated to TC Thompson Children’s Hospital NICU in Chattanooga TN (where Dana’s daughter and Jess’s son were treated right after they were born). This KAL will be in conjuction with the Into The Wool Fiber Retreat too, so we can get as many hats together as possible! Our goal is a whopping 2500 hats to donate on 9/25/17!
- Hats must be made from soft acrylic, since they will have to be washed by the hospital on a sanitize cycle and wool (even washable wool) might not hold up to that kind of wash.
- Hats must have little to no textured stitches. Preemie (and newborn) heads are extremely sensitive to texture and since they spend so much time lying on their backs, the hats must be smooth on the inside. So please, don’t use cables or lace in your hats; some stranding is ok, as long as the floats are fairly flat. It is actually pretty common for nurses to put the hats on the babies with stockinette on the inside, so consider using this as a design element for your hats!
- Please keep in mind that NICU babies come in a lot of different sizes- some are teeny-tiny but some are not. (My own daughter had a 13.5” head so preemie sizes wouldn’t have fit, and Jess’s son had a normal newborn sized head as well.) Any hat sized from teeny preemie to normal newborn to child sizes will be happily accepted. (the larger sizes will likely be passed on to the pediatric oncology unit at the same hospital- another worthy cause!)
- Crocheters, we don’t want to leave you out, but since your stitches’ texture makes preemie hats a no-go, we ask that you make larger sizes so we can pass them on to the pediatric oncology unit instead of the NICU. The hats will still need to be made from acrylic, but you can go wild with the stitch patterns if you wish!
- If you are a smoker or reside with one, please wash your hats in baby shampoo or low-scent wool wash and (after they’ve dried) seal them up in a bag prior to turning it in. I will not be able to wash the hats prior to donating them, and would prefer not to give the hospital hats that they’ll have to wash before handing them out. Thanks!
- Just a note about color choices… please keep in mind that a lot of preemie babies have issues with jaundice, so you might want to stay away from yellow or orange since it can make that condition even more obvious. The NICU strongly encourages parents to take lots of pictures of their baby, and you want the baby to look its best! 🙂
As was said, this KAL is in conjunction with Into The Wool Fiber Retreat, an annual knitting retreat Dana runs in Crossville TN. This year the retreat is taking place from September 21-24, 2017. If you’re considering attending, we encourage you to knit the hats for the retreat KAL and turn in your hats at registration; for those of you that cannot attend the retreat, we would like for you to mail the hats to Dana by September 15, 2017 so that she can get them tallied before the retreat starts. PM Dana for her address when you are ready to send off your hats!
For every hat you send in, you will get entered into a spreadsheet and awarded one entry into a prize drawing. We will have lots of prizes available, from project bags made by us, to handspun yarn, to handdyed yarn, to pattern downloads. (and if you’d like to donate a prize, please let us know!!) We will draw for prizes prior to our first episode after the retreat is over.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye:
- We are taking sponsors for 2017! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. 🙂
- Into The Wool attendee signups start on February 1. Vendors are all set and we will be announcing 1/20! Please consider joining us- we are going to have a blast!