Making great connections

What a busy day yesterday!!

While my husband was sleeping all day (he’s on night shift at present), I got out and about and did some crafty visiting.

I spent a couple of hours with the delightful (85 year old) Mini from Porirua – we chatted and crafted away quite merrily over a nice cuppa. Despite being in hospital for most of the last 3 months, Mini has been crafting away as much as she can, and she gave me 25 lovely home spun woollen jumpers. These will find their way to the Hospital and Little Sprouts before too long. I know you’re not on the computer Mini, but thank you so very much for your contribution.

Some of Mini's jumpers
Some of Mini’s jumpers
More of Mini's jumpers
More of Mini’s jumpers
Mini is a production machine...
Mini is a production machine…
We love all donations of yarn, fabric and crafting accessories!!
We love all donations of yarn, fabric and crafting accessories!!

Then I popped around to Barbara’s place quickly, to collect some goodies. She hosted the peggy square session at Porirua library for us the other week, which we are extremely grateful for. In addition to some squares, Barbara has collected a rather large bag of yarn (and some knitting needles and accessories) for us to continue using, which is awesome! It was lovely to meet you, and thanks for your assistance Barbara – I know you are also putting a lot of time and effort into crafting for the team at Little Sprouts too.

A quick visit in to Nancy’s Stitch Studio on Thorndon Quay, and a discussion with owner Mary, has confirmed a regular monthly crafting session. I’m very pleased to announce that we will be having Crafty Volunteers “craft and chat” nights at Nancy’s on the 2nd Monday of each month from 6.00-8.00pm – starting on October 12th. Thank you Mary (and your fabulous team!), your support of us is greatly appreciated.

Cuddly blanket and squares in wool from St Aidans Parish
Cuddly blanket and squares in wool from St Aidans Parish

Then it was out to Miramar to meet Melanie and Helen from Shop 89 – St Aidans Parish, who hosted peggy square sessions for the entire 10 days of Craftathon, and collected well over 200 squares!! The people in the community enjoyed it so much, that Shop 89 are looking at holding a weekly drop in crafting session (possibly on Tuesdays, but yet to be confirmed), as

Over 200 squares from St Aidans Parish - amazing!
Over 200 squares from St Aidans Parish – amazing!

well as a Saturday session once a month. We chatted at length about who and how we can support organisations in our community, and came up with a few new ideas that will be investigated in the coming weeks.

I’m in awe of all the amazing people that contribute so generously to their community – it fuels me into wanting to find ways to bring you all together, and to ensure your fantastic contributions get to the organisations and causes that need support of the crafty kind.

Thank you all – again – so very much!!

Yours – with love, compassion and hope


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