Welcome to Holy Needles!
Our main focus is contributing beanies, booties, and blankets to the disadvantaged newborns in the Tucson region. Some of these infants have nothing, yes, NOTHING to go home with... they are that indigent! We provide at least a new, fresh soft covering for their precious newborn bodies.
Holy Needles started with 8 members, and we have grown to scores of members, and welcome anyone who would like to share in our joyous giving!
As of June 2010, Holy Needles expanded its ministry to also create scarves for children & adults for Samaritan's Purse worldwide programs, and we created lap blankets and shawl/blankets for homebound! Come join us!
As of September 2010, we again expanded our ministry to create blankets for cancer patients at local oncology treatment centers, and blankets for homeless in the region.
Holy Needles is open to anyone of any age... anyone willing to create items for those in need.
We meet twice a month... the 3rd Monday 1-4, and the last Saturday 9am-noon, in the Ocotillo bldg, on Casas Church campus. Join us!!
Friday, December 7, 2012
This pattern is a new challenge, as it uses the front post dbl crochet (FPDC) and the back post dbl crochet (BPDC). Using these two stitches creates a beautiful basket weave.
I promise it isn't as hard as it looks. If you know how to use the dbl crochet, you can pick this up. The pattern I used came from a blogger, Diamond Crochet and Crafts. Here is the link to her post with details on this hat HERE.
I personally watched THIS video on YouTube to help me "get" the FPDC and BPDC down.
Good Luck and be sure to share if you try this! Any questions, I am learning right along with you, but will be happy to help.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Cut yarn (leave a
14" tail of yarn).
Run threaded needle through
remaining stitches on knitting needle, while removing knitting needle. Pull to draw closed.
Sew side seam, or crochet with slip stitch. Add pompom or other decor to top if desired.
Weave in ends.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
R1: ch 2; 15 dc in 2nd chain from hook. (15)
R2-4: ch 2, 1 dc into each st. Join with sl st into 1st dc. (15)
R5: ch 2, dc into next 12 st, leaving last 3 sts undone. Ch 2, turn. (12)
R6: dc into each st. ch 2, turn. (12)
R7: dc in each st. (12)
With right sides together, sl st back seam. Pull long loop along seam (or you can sl st 1/2 way up the back to decrease loop length, and decrease tension). Remove hook and turn bootie right side out.
Cuff: Insert hook into top of bootie just to left of back seam.
R1: pull loop through, and ch 2. Work 16 dc evenly around top edge. Join with sl st into 1st dc. (16)
R2: ch 2, dc (or ch 1, sc or hdc) in each st around. (16)
Edging: ch 1 and sc in each st. Join with sl st. (or use any stitches you desire!) Fasten off and securely weave in ends. Do NOT knot your work… weave back and forth inconspicuously instead.
Lacing: ch 70 to make ‘shoelace’ to weave in and out of the first cuff row created.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Group gives comfort to ill, needy
John Kuells For The Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2012 12:00 am
Through the efforts of a local volunteer group, infants born into needy families as well as chemo patients and the homeless are getting covered.
Members of the organization, called Holy Needles, crochet and knit beanies, blankets and booties for impoverished newborns. They also supply snuggly stuff to ailing kids and adults who have no place to live.
And we're not talking just a few items. A few weeks ago Holy Needles distributed 1,294 items to Northwest Medical Center, Crisis Pregnancy Center, and to the nursery and pediatrics oncology department at University of Arizona Medical Center. That represents Holy Needles' largest single donation ever for its quarterly distribution.
"There seems to be an increase in the volume of people who are active - they seem to be desiring to do more," Donna Bishop, the group's founder and coordinator, said of volunteers.
Founded in March 2009, Holy Needles has donated more than 8,700 homemade items, mostly to newborns, in the Tucson area.
Bishop, who says she puts in around 60 hours a month volunteering for the group, began Holy Needles after she picked up crocheting.
"It really started eating at me that I needed to start a group to find out what to make for the community … there was an enormous need to make baby items and it just made sense that this group was going to focus on newborns," she said.
Bishop, 56, used her network from Casas Church on North La Cholla Boulevard to get more people to join her ranks and get startup money and supplies such as yarn and fleece.
The group has grown from eight original members to around 50 current members, said group member Pam Halbert. She attributes a lot of the group's success to its bimonthly meetings at Casas Church.
"The meetings are just busy. People bring in items and supplies and they sit and work," Halbert said. "It's a fun time to share ideas and all are crafty ladies with a lot of chatter and high energy."
The large amount of items Holy Needles makes requires lots of supplies. The group receives materials through donations, often after posting ads on Craigslist or after people visit the Holy Needles Facebook page.
"We're always looking for donations with supplies such as yarn. Our ladies are very busy and we have very limited supplies," Halbert said.
In early 2010, Holy Needles received a donation of 750 yards of high-quality black fleece from Polartec. So the group expanded its efforts to making blankets for the homeless as well as for chemo patients in oncology centers.
"When we get something like that, it just opens up the need to give our items to someone else," Bishop said.
Going forward, Holy Needles will continue to make items for newborns. Bishop is anticipating the possibility of moving away this summer, which will likely leave the group under the leadership of a committee with divided responsibilities. Bishop's absence will be felt across the organization.
"She's the primary leader and it wouldn't have been started without her. She's put in countless hours," said Holy Needles member Pat Thompson.
Despite Bishop's impending departure, her leadership has helped the group grow in size and diversity, with volunteers ranging from women in their early 20s to women in their 80s.
"We are just thrilled to be able to make a little something for these families so that they get a little bit of comfort," Bishop said.
For Thompson, getting recognition from the families makes her efforts worth it.
"Those notes from the little girls at the hospital make me cry," she said of thank-you notes she receives from children in the oncology ward or parents of newborns. "It's great to feel their gratefulness and surprise."
Find out more
Holy Needles meets from 1 to 4 p.m. the third Monday of each month and 9 a.m. to noon the last Saturday of each month in the Ocotillo building at Casas Church, 10801 N. La Cholla Blvd. Go to holyneedles.blogspot.com for more information.
John Kuells is a University of Arizona student who is an apprentice at the Star. Contact him at email@example.com or 573-4117.
Read more: http://azstarnet.com/news/local/northwest/group-gives-comfort-to-ill-needy/article_c4b2f44a-a959-54dd-b494-0294681a09d8.html#ixzz1rDVRmctQ
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Today, 3/21, we distributed 1294 items to local hospitals (our largest delivery ever!).
To the U of A Medical Center nursery, we delievered 150 newborn beanies. Crisis Pregnancy Center received 238 items, consisting of 30 beanies, 30 blankets, and 178 sets of booties!
Northwest Medical Center is received a total of 826 items... 299 blankets, 424 beanies, and 103 booties.
We also delivered a special project of 80 blankets to the U of A Medical Center, for children who are receiving chemo treatments.
THANK YOU to all who have made this possible!
Be sure to keep up to date... "LIKE" Holy Needles on Facebook.
Delivery to Northwest Medical Center filled Kim's car!:
Loaded into the car with other deliveries... Kim, Terry, and Pat are packed in:
Hauling Newborn Items into Crisis Pregnancy Center:
Unloading Items for U of A Medical Center: