Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Solstice!

I'm a few days early, I know. Happy Solstice in advance!

Although winter got a bit of a late start here in Maine, it has arrived. It's cold. If you have finished your holiday gifts and projects and find an extra skein in your basket, please consider knitting a hat or two for Nest. I would love to deliver a big bundle of hats and mittens to the clinic for the homeless in Portland. I stopped by the clinic today to drop off a bag of hats. They could certainly use more.

If you have other projects you would like to knit or crochet instead, please do. What does not go to the clinic will go to the family shelter. They take just about anything. The residents love hats, mittens, vests, socks, and small blankets.

Finally, I wish you a wonderful holiday season. Your generosity and talents make a significant difference. Thank you. I hope your winter nights are filled with peace and joy. And yarn, of course. Plenty of yarn.


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Nest :: 2011

We are enjoying a very (very) warm summer here in Maine. A few days ago the temperature topped out at about 102 in my neighborhood, which is quite rare here. Yes, it was so hot that I could not even....knit. Thankfully lovely, cool air blew in from Canada during the night and things are more Maine-ish today.

When we first started Nest there was a distinct beginning/middle/end to the season. There was a deadline for sending donations; most packages arrived within a few weeks of that date. Since then things have changed. We receive donations throughout the year. We deliver donations to a family shelter in Portland and a clinic for the homeless, also in Portland. Last year another batch went to a family shelter in Brunswick.

We are often asked what things are most in demand. In truth, we need it all. Small blankets for stroller and car rides, vests, sweaters, scarves, cowls, and warm socks, are all part of winter gear in Maine. But, the two things we really can't live without are hats and mittens. When winter winds are blowing and temperatures are low we need hats and mittens or gloves. These are the articles of clothing that so often get lost or go missing. If hats and mittens are not your favorite things to knit, feel free to knit whatever brings you joy, or whatever pattern you're eager to try. We can always find a home for your lovely creations.

Your kindness and generosity continue to make a positive difference, one stitch at a time. Send your donations at anytime. As always, the P.O. box is open.