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Views and perspectives from Carding, Vermont

20 Quilts

I don’t usually interrupt the news and images flowing in from Carding, Vermont but today I’m going to make an exception. I hope you’ll enjoy this.

In 2011, I started a project called the Parkinson’s Comfort Quilt Project to bring handmade quilts to people with Parkinson’s disease. I did this to honor my parents, both of whom died of complications of Parkinson’s.

Over five years, with the generous help of so many people in the quilting universe, we brought over 500 quilts to folks with Parkinson’s.

Life moved on as life does and that nonprofit is now closed. But I’ve maintained my relationship with the Parkinson’s Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center so that they have a supply of quilts to use as needed.

Earlier this year, I discovered that the Center has expanded its support to include folks with Huntington’s corea. They hosted the first conference in our area on October 26 and I donated twenty quilts to be given out at that time.

I made sure to take pictures of them all (photos are much easier to store than quilts, don’t you think?) and I’m taking a moment to share that effort with you.

Hope you enjoy. Here’s the role of 20 quilts.



Haven Hats

Red and white Haven Hat for webHere in the area of Vermont known as the Upper Valley, we are blessed with a fleet of amazing non-profits that serve our community in a wide variety of ways.

One of the best known is a homeless shelter/food shelf (and so much more) known as the Upper Valley Haven.

I was teaching a sewing class there a few years ago when I got into a conversation with an administrator about clothing needs in the winter time. And she remarked that the Haven was always in need of warm hats, scarves and mittens because kids without them cannot go out at recess. It is just that cold.

Now I’ve crocheted (and knit some) for years and I’d been dubbing around with adapting a pattern that was simple (so I could work on it while watching TV) and versatile enough to use up smaller amounts of yarn, of which I always seem to have an abundance.

Candy Cane hatAfter a bit of trial and error, I created the Haven Hat.

Simple, great for beginning crocheters and that bit of froth on the top—that’s not a pompom, it’s a top knot created by loops of chain stitches.

(I actually don’t like pompoms because they fall apart.)

Every year at this time, I put my Haven Hat pattern on my website to encourage all of you who crochet to use your skills to keep others warm. Here’s the pattern: Haven Hat pattern.

And if you don’t crochet, how about donating some warm hats or mittens to folks in need.

After all, we should be able to play in the snow, right?

Haven hat collection-1 for web