Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My Contribution to Project Happy Feet

Last week I shipped the slippers I had made for Project Happy Feet to Melissa. Unfortunately nobody emailed me about the giveaway saying they had sent slippers to her, so I still have the hooks which I'll probably use as a door prize for the Block Party next spring. I tied all of my slippers together with a crochet chain, and put a tag on there that said "Jesus Christ loves you! These slippers were made just for you by Sarah!", in both Russian and English. (With the help of Google translator! ;D )

All of the slippers
One of the pairs of slippers

Another one of the pairs of slippers!

Friday, September 24, 2010

My Crocheting Story

A few weeks ago we had to turn in our Record Books for 4-H. If you're a 4-H member, or have been in 4-H you probably know all about record books, but if not, I'll explain them to you. As a 4-H member, after the fair you have to turn in your record book. You have to fill out you pages of all the different projects you did, include pictures of what you showed at fair and what placings you got, fill out several forms, include pictures of other 4-H activities, and write a 4-H story about your past year in 4-H. It all has to be neat and organized and when you turn it in, your club leaders can nominate you, (depending on the neatness and how well it's put together) for an outstanding record book. Then the books that get nominated are turned in to the county, and the county decides if they deserve an outstanding record book award. Since crocheting has been most of my 4-H year and I knew I wouldn't be able to fit all of it on the 4-H Story sheet, I decided to write My Crocheting Story which I added below. Sorry that it's a little long, but enjoy!

My Crocheting Story

I love to crochet and my love for crocheting has given me many opportunities I never would have had otherwise.

In March of 2009, I started crocheting. My mom taught me, and I started by making a scarf. At first my tension was really tight, but I got better by the end of the scarf. I made several things for the 2009 county fair. I showed my scarf, on which I got a third (yes, I agree that it should have been a third, but the judge should have given me a little bit of break because it was my first project!); and I showed a pack of six hair scrunchies that I made, on which I got a first. I also showed a set of two pot holders, on which I got a second; a set of two dish cloths, on which I got a first, and a Merit Award; and a baby hat, on which I got a first place.

Because of my success at fair I started crocheting more, and at the end of August I decided to start my own business selling crocheted items. I got several orders, and I sold dish cloths at a small craft shop for a while. I started my own crocheting and sewing blog in November ( I also sold some of my items at the Craft Sale at the Christmas Fair at the library in Winneconne. I made Christmas presents for my family, and I learned a lot about making up my own patterns.

In February, I decided to host a Block Party. I asked a bunch of friends who knit and crochet to start making 6 inch blocks. Then in March we all got together and sewed together the squares into blankets for charity. We collected over 300 squares which made 8 blankets and two scarves!! We also collected 23 pairs of slippers, 2 pairs of baby booties, 4 baby sweaters, 34 crocheted baby hats, 17 knit baby hats, and 21 flannel baby blankets!! Below are pictures.

I made over 60 squares, 14 baby hats, 21 flannel blankets, a baby sweater, and 12 pairs of slippers myself. As we prayed about where to send the blankets, my mom came up with the idea to send them to Ukraine. We have a friend who is a short-term missionary and she had been to Ukraine several times, and had spoken of a young man named Max who runs an amazing ministry that reaches out to the lost and forgotten of Ukraine. While emailing with Renae, Max’s contact person in the U.S., about the need for blankets, and what size to make them, she asked if we would be interested in going on a mission trip to Ukraine in July this summer. My mom couldn’t go on the trip as she still had a nursing baby at home, so my mom and I decided that me and my dad should go on the mission trip. We dropped the idea on my dad at supper that night, and after several weeks he finally said yes!

We were able to get-together with the team that was going to Ukraine at the end of April for a packing party. We sorted all of things everyone had collected to send to Max (including all the blankets and other things collected from the Block Party!) and packed them into tubs to ship to him. We ended up with eleven 60 pound, 35/45 gallon tubs full of stuff!! As we got closer to leaving I started another blog to blog about our trip ( We had several more team meetings before the trip.

We flew out of Minneapolis on July 1, 2010. I was just starting the best trip of my life (so far) and it all started with crocheting. We then flew to Chicago, and then on to Germany, and then to our destination – Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Ukraine was a former part of the U.S.S.R., and the area we were in speaks Russian, but we had translators. We had an amazing ministry time while we were there.

Most of the time we ministered in an adult handicapped home. We were at the facility most of the time but we also took them to outings to the beach a couple of times. We also go to visit the teen dorms, new mother dorms, baby orphanage, and children’s handicapped facility. There are only about 15 ladies at the adult handicapped home, and 300 men. One of these ladies is named Valla. From what I heard after, she had talked to almost everyone on our team (through a translator) and it just happened to be me who she talked to when she said she needed new slippers, because the ones she was wearing were getting old and had holes in them. I told her I would make some new ones and bring them to her next time I saw her. So I was able to go back to our apartment that night and crochet her a pair of slippers. I brought them to her the next day, and she loved them and kept saying how beautiful they were. It was so special to me that I was able to see what my hobby could do in the life of one of the lost and forgotten of Ukraine. I hope they fit her as she didn’t try them on as she was saving them for winter. I was also able to make a kitchen set for our amazing cooks while we were there. That trip changed my life and it helped me see how I could use my talents in the mission field.

A couple weeks after I got back, I showed more of my crocheting at fair. You can see pictures of those in the following pages. (Or since you aren't reading my record book, you can go here to se what I showed! :) )

I am currently back to selling things, but this time I am raising money for my little brother, Elijah’s adoption from Eastern Europe. Elijah will be three on Sept. 17, and he has Down Syndrome, and other heart and kidney problems. This adoption was not because of the trip, but Ukraine and the country he is in are very similar, and we were able to see places like the place he is living now, and places he will be in the future if he lives to be an adult. In the orphanage Elijah is currently in, the children are transferred to a mental institution at the age of four, where they are basically tied in a crib for the rest of their lives. 95% of these children die within the first year there. Because of his medical condition, we are trying to get him home as soon as possible, and my parents hope to be traveling in Dec. to get him. I started a 3rd blog, and I am selling my crocheted items on it to raise money to bring him home ( You can also visit my mom’s adoption blog –, to find out where we are in the process.

I hope to someday go back to Ukraine, and teach one or two people in the handicapped home how to make slippers. Since they have so much time on their hands, they will be able to make slippers for everyone in the facility, and no one will have cold feet during the winter. This is a dream of mine, and I am a long way from being there, but I hope someday God will be able to fulfill it, hopefully through me! :)
Without crocheting, I would not have gone on the mission trip, and we probably still would have adopted, but I wouldn’t be able to help with funds as much as I am now. Crocheting has definitely changed my life and I can’t wait to see what new adventures it leads me on.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Adorable Pillow Case Pattern!

One of my mom's friends emailed us the link to this adorable pillow case pattern! The link is or you can watch it below. I haven't tried making one yet, but they look incredibly easy!!!

Fair Showing - Knitting

I showed this knitted scarf and got a blue on it - the judge liked that I chose such a hard yarn to work with for my first project. I used this yarn because it was too hard to crochet with.
I also showed this knitted dish cloth and got a red on it.
I also made this baby hat and got a red on it because the gathering at the top is uneven.

Fair Showing - Sewing

Me and my skirt - I got a Best of Show on my skirt. This was my second year in a row getting Best of Show in Clothing

Rebekah and her dress,  on which I got a blue
My bag to go with my skirt - I got a red on it because the tension for the zig-zagging around the was off and she didn't like how it was so floppy (that won't matter if it's stuffed with yarn!)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

National Sewing Month

September is National Sewing Month. What will you be sewing this month?? What have you already sewn?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Project Happy Feet Deadline

Awhile ago I posted about Project Happy Feet. You can read that post and find out more about it here. Melissa got her travel date and she will be in Liza's country at the end of this month!! I'm so happy for her! So the deadline she wants the slippers by is September 25. I haven't gotten any emails saying that people have shipped slippers to her yet, so please send her some as it very easily be you who is the winner, since you probably won't have very much competition (hopefully you will!). I really don't want to keep the crochet hooks so please start making slippers!!! :)

Kitchen Set for Cooks in Ukraine

These wonderful cooks (not Brian, he was just a wonderful eater :D)...
Made all this wonderful, delicous food for us
While we were in Ukraine
So this is the gift I made for them - a kitchen set. 4 dish cloths (that needed to be blocked!), 2 pot holders, and 2 sun hats.
Spa-see-ba Katya, Zhenya, and Natasha for all our yummy food!!! It was all amazing!!!!

Rebekah's Dress - Fair Project

I made my little sister, Rebekah, a dress, and showed it at Fair. I started it the Saturday before Fair, and finished it the Sunday before Fair (Clothing showing is on Monday). It was very easy to make, and didn't take that long, and it's so cute on her! It has elastic around the neck and sleeves. The pattern I used was a
Simplicity 5695. I made veiw D, and made the ruffle longer.

Plarn Scraps

I have been working on making plarn a little bit lately. I hope to make another plarn bag like the ones Rachel and I made for our mom's to sell on my other blog. I am keeping track of how many bags it's taking, and I might try a different pattern. I haven't started making it yet, I'm still working on cutting up the bags. Several people have generously donated bags to me, including my mom. I love raiding her bag stash, and she loves it that her bags disappear! :) The three bags below are all plarn scraps! They are the seams on the bottom and handles from cutting up the bags! That's a lot of scraps, and I can still recycle them by bringing them to the bag recycle box at the grocery store.