Well, 2011 has been a productive year for Handmade Hope! The tally is in, and as of 11/18/2011, we have made and distributed 1778 hats, 12 fleece blankets, 48 lap robes, and 5 prayer shawls to local cancer centers, hospitals, and nursing homes.
We've gotten countless emails and notes from patients and providers thanking us for what we do. It is truly heartwarming; however, it's a bittersweet experience, as many of our own group members and/or close family members are currently battling cancer as well.
This may sound like a cliche but I know it's true for all of us: We hold every one of these patients; friends, family, and strangers alike; close to our hearts and send them love. I personally count my blessings every day that I am healthy and happy, and also that we have found a way provide some love and comfort to those who are not as fortunate right now.
On a lighter note - I found a few super fun cute patterns to share:
For some fun right in time for Thanksgiving, check out this link: http://goingcrafty.com/?p=86
How cute is that little turkey hat?!?
Or maybe some adorable elf hats for Christmas? http://www.polarknitpatterns.com/Elf-Hats.pdf
Thanks again to everyone who has made this such an amazing year. I am so proud and so thankful for every single person that has taken up the call to help.
Have a blessed holiday season everyone...and keep crafting!