Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Warm Up America project

I have been volunteering for Warm Up America www.warmupamerica.com for about 3 years now. Crocheters and knitters donate their time to crochet and knit 7" x 9" rectangles and then our group joins them together to make afghans, then we deliver the completed afghans to woman’s shelters and homeless shelters around the Twin Cities area. I meet with a wonderful group in Apple Valley, Minnesota, at the Joanne’s store on Cty. Road 42. We meet the first Wednesday of the month from 10am to 12 noon (just in case any Minnesota readers are interested in joining!)

My very first afghan took me so long to do, but was soooo worth it! Check out my very first blog post, on April 20, 2005, featuring my finished Warm Up America afghan. I was pretty proud. I’ve helped make probably 100 more afghans since.

In the top picture is a pile of donated squares, all in red, white and blue. This pile is turning into a “lap-ghan” that looks like an American flag. I’m crocheting the little white stars to sew on and will put an edge of either red, white or blue on it to finish it off. This lap-ghan is hopefully designated to go to the V.A. hospital in Minneapolis.

If you have a lot of yarn in your stash and know of a Warm Up America group in your area, I encourage you to donate either your yarn or completed 7"x9" squares, or better yet, join the group!!


Pyo said...

Whaou! This is a lot of work!
I just saw the one for 2004, I loved the colors! This one is really beautiful too.
This is really a nice gesture.

sylv said...

Same here, both afgans are really exceptional ! Oh, and your coral cables looks real nice too !

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Pam! What a great organization. I have a bunch of stash yarn that needs a home. I'm going to check them out. Thanks for the suggestion.

Ellen Bloom said...

The "flag-ghan" is really great looking! We have a group here in L.A. that donates hats and scarves, along with squares for blankets to Warm-Up America. Keep up the great work!

Have a wonderful Labor Day holiday, too.

Ellen B.
Los Angeles

kowabungakim said...


Your are my hero! Your stuff is beautiful.

Have a great labor day weekend.

:) - Kimarie Burke

Rina said...

WOW Pam, the flag looks beautiful!

Amy O'Neill Houck said...

Wow, that's looking so great! I love the pictures... Were they made all by the same person?

Pam said...

The square were all donated by volunteers, the white were all done by one lady and the other squares I'm not sure. I'm putting the square tog and will post a pic of the final afghan! Thanks to everyone for the great comments!!! -Pam

Linda Lewis said...

I volunteer for Project Linus http://www.projectlinus.org which is another great organization. Good for you Pam, keep it up and encourage others to join you, there are many people out there that need our help.

Linda Lewis