One of the things that I showed everyone last night was the no-sew fleece blankets. I am including a link to a video that shows all of the steps again. They are VERY EASY to make and the fabric selections are beautiful. It is fun to come up with combinations to match the personality of the person you are making it for.
One of the things that we discussed was "adopting" a local hospital, shelter, care center, etc. to make blankets and hats for. That way we know what they need and there is a personal connection. We will continue to work on that, and if anyone has any ideas or suggestions, just send them this way. Of course, you can work on personal projects also (like the Christmas gifts I am making now).
The baby hats are a basic knit stitch with instructions taken from the Save A Child brochure. I made several of these last year. I can show anyone how to do this. It is very easy. It is also the same way I make scarves and I really get a great feeling of accomplishment when I finish one. Tanya is going to show me how to purl, so I will be able to add a little variety to my knitting. One of the fun things about these projects is that you can visit and work on them at the same time.
I usually go to JoAnn's and buy things when they have 50% off sale. They will also sell material in bulk if it is for charity, but you have to take whatever fabric they give you. Something to think about. The Hancocks out on Mason and I-10 has a very good selection of licensed material (schools, football teams, etc.), but those are never on sale. Cheri said there is another fabric store down the street from Hancocks (on Mason). Also, if you just want to come and socialize and get out of the house, but don't feel comfortable working on a project right now, that's OK. You are welcome to come and visit.