Archive for the ‘Charity’ Category

Brrr…Hot Chocolate Run

Thursday, December 1st, 2011
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We’ve raised funds. We’ve ordered T-shirts. We are 40 strong and counting.

Yes, I’m talking about the WEBS Hot Chocolate Run team! We will think of you all as we walk for Safe Passage on Sunday, so add a little comment of support. I’ll print them all up and share them with the staff as we shiver on Sunday morning!

We are lagging behind as the lead team and with a staff like ours and generous loyal customers like you I know that can’t last for long. If you were meaning to give make sure to pledge before Sunday, December 4th, either in the store or at www.PledgeReg.com under the WEBS team.

We’ve been so touched by the support of our customers at every charity effort we’ve ever endeavored, and this is no different. Thanks for being a community that we can be proud of!

Cara

Helping the Homeless

Monday, November 21st, 2011
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There are a million ways to give back during the winter months and the holiday season. If you have been looking for a crafty way to give back look no further! Lise, a long time employee, has been organizing a collection of knitted/crocheted/woven items for donation to the area homeless.

A word from Lise, “With all the crazy weather we have experienced this past year, most of us still will not experience what it is like to live on the streets.  There is not a night where all the shelters do not have a waiting list of people to get in. Even though we didn’t have electricity we did have plenty of clothes to warm us up in those cold homes.”

Last year we received an overwhelming response and were told that there was still need. Maybe this season we can break our record! A local man who works with people living on the streets will use these items to make sure those without shelter are warm and safe.

We are always thankful for the generosity of our customers and cannot wait to see what lovely things come our way. Feel free to donate in person or mail to the store.

Last year our customers mailed and dropped off the following items: 105 hats, 81 scarves ( woven, crocheted & knit), 5 hat/scarf sets, 6 blankets, 12 pairs of gloves, 1 knit slippers, 2 baby sweater and 6 Christmas stockings.  There was also a bag left with wrapped presents to be given to the homeless.

Thanks to everyone for their many generous offerings!

Cara

The 8th Annual HOT CHOCOLATE RUN

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
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WEBS is a yearly sponsor of the Hot Chocolate Run and this year the staff wanted to get involved personally. Although this event has been regularly attended by employees we wanted to go as a team this year, complete with t-shirts! What better way to fuel our love of charitable events and team building than to pool our resources and do it together?! I’m hoping we can convince a large contingent to train to walk and knit, how fun would that be?

The Hot Chocolate Run raises funds for Safe Passage, the Hampshire County organization providing shelter, counseling, and advocacy services to women and children who have experienced domestic violence.  This event is Safe Passage’s largest fundraising event.

Want to get involved? We will have a team fundraising page available at  www.PledgeReg.com, listed under team WEBS. Learn a little bit about where your money will be going by following this link http://safepass.org/HCR/.

I hope you’ll consider offering support to such a worthwhile organization and helping us meet our fundraising goal. All money raised goes to support Safe Passage’s counseling, advocacy and shelter services, and all contributions are tax deductible. Donations will be collected until Sunday, December 4, which is race day.

Thanks for all your support!

Cara

8th Annual Knit/Crochet for the Cure

Monday, September 26th, 2011
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We are once again partnering with the Cancer Connection for our annual Knit and Crochet for the Cure to help bring attention and support during Breast Cancer Awareness month. The event will be taking place on Sunday, October 2 from 1-4pm.

        

A couple of snapshots from Knit for the Cure 2010!  We had lots of fun!

This is an event that we feel honored to be a part of. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful community of knitters and crocheters to join together in this cause. The staff here has a great time getting to know our customers, and customers getting to know each other. In the past we have made afghan squares, chemo caps and scarves and in speaking with the Cancer Connection, the items we create and donate to this group all end up with a story attached to them. The kindness you all show by helping this cause means such a great deal to every individual that is a recipient of a cap, or a scarf.

I have included some links to the projects that we are going to be doing this year. If you have some stash to use up, what a great way to do so. If you would like to join us for the event, we will have yarn available for these projects. Please be sure to register for this event by contacting customer service or stopping by the store. Or if you do not live near WEBS, why not create one of these and give it to your local Hospice shop or other non-profit affiliates that would cherish the donation you make.

Here are just a couple of the projects we will have going this year:

We hope you will be able to join us,  we always have a good time, have  delicious snacks, and good conversation.  And you know how we like to raffle off some great door prizes!

– Karen

Pink Hats, Bracelets & Scarves

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
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Hi Everyone

As you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  During each of the last 4 or 5 Octobers we’ve held a Knit for a Cure Event in partnership with Cancer Connection.  This year we included our Bead Store in the mix and had a lovely event.  I wasn’t able to make it down to the store – too many boys going in too many different directions all at the same time.  Yet the importance of this event is not lost on me – especially this year.

A good friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of last year.   For those of you who read this blog regularly, you will remember that I was in a very dark place back then.  My friend’s news simply validate my view that the world was completely upside down and backwards.  Why were bad things continuing to happen to good people?

Yet, over the coming months I watched my friend work her way through chemo and radiation with strength and grace.  As worried as I was about her and despite still being overwhelmed by the tragic death of a dear friend in December, I started taking great comfort in her ability to face her situation head on and just decide that this was not going to define her.  She’s always quick to point out that I helped her from afar during this time but what I don’t think she realizes is how much she helped me.

We had a lovely turnout for our event.

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We knit hats for the folks who rely on Cancer Connection to help them through their difficult days.

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A staff member from Cancer Connection was on hand to remind everyone how much they appreciate the event but to also emphasize the importance of self-checks and mammograms.

WEBS Beads designed bracelets that we offered as kits.  I don’t care how badly you feel, everyone deserves a little bling:

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It seems like the folks at Classic Elite were on the same wavelength.  This week’s e-newsletter featured a lovely write-up from the owner Betsy Perry and a wonderful set of scarves – all knit with someone in mind they themselves loved and cherished and had battled this terrible disease.

Thanks to everyone who made it to our event and contributed a hat.  My heartfelt thanks to Linda Pratt of Westminster Fibers for donating some of the yarn that we used for the hats.

As Oprah would say – what I know for sure is this:  I’d love to eliminate this event from our annual schedule because it was no longer needed.

Kathy

Haiti

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
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Hi Everyone

I’m sure most of you are like me and have been stunned by the devastation in Haiti.  It’s almost too much to bear when watching the news coverage.

There are many efforts underway, both within the fiber community and beyond to raise money for the victims.  I am not going to make a hard pitch or emotional plea.  Just know that if you have some items on your wishlist or have been thinking about yarn for your next project, now is the time to place your order.

From 1/25 through 2/1 we will contribute 5% of sales to Doctors Without Borders.  Doesn’t matter if you shop in the store, on-line, over the phone.  If you make a purchase in this time frame, 5% will be donated.

Steve & I thank you all in advance for supporting this effort.

Kathy

Show 104: Great Knitted Gifts

Saturday, November 8th, 2008
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Knitalong with Pixie: We finish up the charity knitalong.
Pine Tree Pattern
Now that the squares are done, Pixie stitched together the top row squares and then single crocheted along the bottom edges of these stitched together squares. This evened out the squares. She did the same to the tops and bottoms of the other rows to even them all out, then seamed them together.

The holidays are upon us!
Pixie has come up with some great holiday KALs!
Inside Outside Scarf www.knittinguniverse.com/downloads
Suggested Yarns:
Jojoland Rhythm
Nashua Vignette
Noro Silk Garden
Noro Kureyon
Nashua Wooly Stripes
Berroco Geode
Plymouth Boku

Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2008
Ribby Slipper Socks – come in 5 different sizes
Blue Sky Alpaca Bulky for foot
Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted for cuff
Pixie suggests Berkshire Bulky and Berkshire Worsted

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Show 103: Interview with Kristin Nicholas

Saturday, November 1st, 2008
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Guest: Kristin Nicholas talks to Kathy about how she began knitting and designing.

Knitalong with Pixie: The last square in our Charity KAL
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Show 102: Charity KAL

Saturday, October 25th, 2008
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Knitalong with Pixie: We continue working on our squares.
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Show 100: Charity KAL

Saturday, October 11th, 2008
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Knitalong with Pixie: We begin our knitalong!
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