Friday, May 20, 2011

A peek of the basement

Another Spring, another Spring campaign winding down. Here is a peek of two very packing sessions that took place a few days ago in the AFSC basement. Packages were opened, knitwear was admired and sorted, and finally, boxes were filled to the brim, taped shut and stacked up, ready for shipment. All in all, Ann estimates that about 40 big cartons will be sent to Afghanistan this time around.

Volunteers are happier when there are lots of knits to fill those boxes! From left to right, Ann, Amy, Teresa and Emily.

Measurements and guidelines matter! When Amy is not volunteering in the basement, she works for the costume department of the San Francisco Opera.

Among other duties, Annette is in charge of sending notes to those who write with questions.

Laura and Antje take a break from packing to admire two pretty items, a raglan pullover and a ripple afghan both in gorgeous shades of green.

The end result: neat towers of cartons, each holding enough to keep quite a few children and teens warmer next winter. Thank you to all who contribute!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

One mistake, two successes

Here are two mittens out of variegated yarn. They make a nice, colorful effect without actually changing yarns.

However, another skein took me by surprise and turned out to make a camouflage effect! Not appropriate for this purpose (in fact, prohibited by the guidelines). I'm not sure if it will end up as a cat toy or finished for some other purpose.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Headed your way

Hi, basement buddies! Here are my mittens and socks...nice and warm, with 100% Lion Brand Wool. I am still going to try to get my hat done...and I'll ship it fast next week. These go in the mail tomorrow.

It continues to be so nutritious to my heart and soul to do this work...thank you for your work, which allows me do do mine. Best.