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It’s amazing the memories that one T-shirt can hold.

Pick it up, touch it, smell it…before you know it, you’re reliving a lifetime.

I made this quilt as a gift for friends who had recently lost a loved one, and it truly was an honor.  And as I pieced it together, I knew it would be more than a quilt.  It would be a way to remember and cherish the memories behind these simple T-shirts.

The pattern for the quilt is now available on my website for only $3, www.NikkiInStitches.com.  With each purchase, $1 will be donated to help fight cancer and help find its cure.

Cancer has touched my life, as well as many of yours, and how lucky are we that we can do something we love, and make something that we will cherish for a liftetime, while at the same helping our friends, family and others that need our love and support?

Nikki, In Stitches

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What do you want first?

The good news or the bad?

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Bad news: I got bumped from Better Connecticut.  I will now be appearing in early November, and will still talk about my sweater drive…stay tuned for details.

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Good news:

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This Saturday is my “Mitten Making Party!”

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If you are in Connecticut and would like to stop by to either drop off your sweaters or stay and help us sew them into mittens, please come see me at:

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Lisa’s Clover Hill Quilts

27 Webster Square

Berlin, CT 06037

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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If you have questions about how you can help, please leave a comment below or email me at NikkiInStitches@gmail.com.

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Can’t wait to see all of you there!

Nikki, In Stitches

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Wow! We are one day into October, and the calendar is already looking busy! Below you will find a list of upcoming events that I’d love for you to attend.

I hope to see you soon!

Nikki, In Stitches

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Green Bead Soup Bracelet Class – Thursday, October 21st

Rocky Hill, CT 5:00 pm

This was one of the first projects ever published by Nikki, In Stitches and is still a fan favorite!

Materials needed for the class include:
*Size 10 Crochet Thread
*US Size 1 Crochet Hook*Large Eyed Beading Needle (to string the beads onto the crochet thread)
*Beads in a variety of sizes
*Embroidery Needle
*Clasp – (I use a toggle, but whatever people prefer is fine)
*Scissors

Please have yours beads strung before coming to class, so we can get right to making your bracelet!

PS If you’d like to get a better idea if this is class is for you, read the instructions for my Green Bead Soup Bracelet.

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Better Connecticut Television Appearance – Thursday, October 28th

WFSB Channel 3 3:00 pm

Better Connecticut is an afternoon television program that gets viewers in touch with local people, local places, local businesses and local events. I will be appearing to discuss my Sweater Drive, which, by the way, is going strong! If you have sweaters you’d like to donate, email me for details! NikkiInStitches@gmail.com

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Mitten Making Party! – Saturday, October 30th

Lisa’s Clover Hill Quilts 10:00am – 5:00 pm

27 Webster Square Road

Berlin, CT 06037

Got Sweaters?? Then You’ve Got Mittens!!

Saturday, October 30th we are gathering for a day full of fun, sewing, and surprises! We’ll be sewing all of our old sweaters into mittens, that will then be donated to the Columbus House, a shelter for the homeless in New Haven, CT.

We’d love for you to join us!

No sewing skills are required! Just bring your old sweaters! We can certainly use your help cutting, organizing, and gathering scraps!

If you can’t make our party, but you’d like to send us your sweaters, please email me at NikkiInStitches@gmail.com!

Thank you!

Together, lets warm the hands and hearts of Connecticut’s homeless this winter!!


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Remember those days?

They were my favorite.

I would get a whole closet full of back to school clothes, and have my outfits picked for the first two weeks of school…all lined up on hangers.

Well, until I went to a Catholic high school…but I remember doing that in grade school.

Anyway, the point is, I know a lot of you are getting your new “back to school” clothes, or at least a few new fall/winter pieces to add to your wardrobe, and need to make room for those additions in your closets…so send me your old sweaters!

Yes! It’s that time of year again! Time for my annual sweater drive!

Last year we were able to warm the hands of almost 100 people here in Connecticut, and we are going to double that this year!

Please, throw your old sweaters (any size, any shape, any condition…we can make anything work!) into a bag, and send them to Nikki, In Stitches!  (For my friends on the east coast, I have some travel plans scheduled in the next few weeks, and I’m sure we can arrange a pick up.)

And, considering how large our little sweater/mitten drive has gotten, we are having a Mitten Making Party here in CT!

If you’re in the area October 30th, Lisa’s Clover Hill Quilts is hosting an all day sweater sewing, mitten making fun-filled afternoon…with maybe a few Halloween treats thrown into the mix! 

So, if you have sweaters, please try to get them to me before then.  I do need time to wash and dry all of them before they can be chopped up into mitten material. 

I’m so excited for the potential our little mitten drive has this year.  If you have questions about donating sweaters, giving your time, helping with supplies, etc. just email me at NikkiInStitches@gmail.com.

Thank you all so much. 

I’ll keep you posted on our sweater/mitten count on the sidebar to the right so all of you can see exactly how many people you are helping this winter!

Nikki, In Stitches

P.S. If you want to see how this little sweater drive started, check out some of the links below!

New Life for Old Sweaters

Lend A Helping Hand

You Never Know

Mitten Mission Accomplished

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2010 Sweater Drive

Aren’t you excited?  The summer is so close we can literally start to feel it!  It’s teasing us…popping up here and there just for a day or two.  Just enough to leave us wanting more.  Soon it will be here for good, and I don’t know about you, but personally, I can’t wait to bask in the glow of the warm sun, maybe head to the beach…summer can not come soon enough!

The other great thing about summer?  Getting new clothes.  It’s the perfect excuse to head out for a few cute t-shirts and tanks, and don’t forget a few new pair of flip-flops, my favorite summer accessory.  This year, I’m asking you to take one extra step.  Bring those new clothes home, and clear some space for them in your closet by purging a few of your old sweaters that you know you won’t be wearing when the bitter cold unfortunately comes back around again.  Now is a great time for spring cleaning, and by donating your old sweaters to this year’s sweater drive, not only will you be making room for your new cute summer wardrobe, but you’ll be helping warm the hands of those in need this winter.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with my yearly sweater drive, it’s very simple.  I collect sweaters during the spring and summer.  In the fall, I sew them into mittens that are then donated to homeless shelters.  (If you’re a die-hard Martha fan, like I am, you may have seen this project on her show.  I saw the segment, played around with a few sweaters of my own, fell in love with my new mittens, and somehow got the idea in my head that I wanted to make a lot of them!)  Last year, sweaters were donated from states from coast to coast, and we were able to give over 100 pair of mittens to the Columbus House, in New Haven, CT.  This year, I’d like to double that number.  Don’t worry about the condition, size or style of your sweaters.  Any will work.  Feel free to pass this along to friends, family, co-workers.  Last year, smaller drives were organized by Girl Scout Troupes, churches, etc, and then those sweaters were forwarded on to me.  If you’d like more information or want to know where to send your box of sweaters, email me at NikkiInStitches@gmail.com.

Thank you so much!  I am so excited about the potential we have to help so many people this winter…and until then, enjoy the beautiful summer weather!

Nikki

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I just wanted to send out one last thank you to everyone that has supported my mitten drive this year, either by donating sweaters or by helping spread the word.  Earlier this week, my husband and son delivered the mittens to Columbus House, while I stayed home with my new little one.  I was sad that I didn’t get to deliver them in person and meet everyone I have been in contact with face to face, but hopefully I will be back later this month with another basket.  This first batch will be bundled with scarves, hats and sweat suits, and given out in gift bags to all those who need them.  Of course, keep your sweaters coming!  If they aren’t made into mittens and delivered by Christmas, I will certainly make sure they find a home when winter comes around again next year.

And once again, to all of that helped with this huge project, I am humbled by how generous all of you were and continue to be.  It has been my pleasure to pass along your goodwill, and I look forward to making next year’s drive even more successful.  More importantly, the men and women that will now feel the warmth of our mittens also thank you.  I pass along these sentiments from the staff at Columbus House:

“As you can imagine, it’s a tough time for our clients—not only is it cold, but they are usually separated from their families during what is one of the most family-oriented times of the year. If ever they’re reminded of what a tough situation they’re in, it’s now. So thoughtful, handmade donations like yours remind the people we serve that they’re supported. That kind of reminder of hope is the best thing anyone can give.”

Nikki, In Stitches

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You Never Know

You never know where life will take you.

Eight years ago, I had no idea that I would soon meet the man of my dreams, marry him and any day now be expecting our second baby.   You never know.

Five years ago, I never would have thought I would move across the country, twice, and not be teaching.  At the time, I couldn’t imagine not being in front of my students, and certainly never thought I’d be writing a blog.  You never know.

And just a year ago, I never thought that an afternoon craft project of making myself a pair of mittens (which now that I think about it was kind of silly since at the time I lived in the desert and I don’t think I ever wore mittens there), would turn into such a huge call for sweaters, reaching from coast to coast.  You never know.

I have been completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of support I’ve received in this project.  I know I’ve thanked all of my friends and family before for cleaning out their closets and sending their sweaters my way, but what has been really amazing to me has been the kindness of strangers.

So many people have offered to help that I have never met…friends of friends, their friends, businesses that have offered to help by giving a donation, girl scout troupes hosting their own sweater drives, churches doing the same, the list goes on and on.  It’s amazing, isn’t it, to think that my little project has sparked so much kindness in people?  That my little voice has inspired so many to give of themselves without looking for anything in return?

My little voice…it’s fitting that I use that phrase since the most recent person to want to help is Natalie Christie from The Tiny Soprano.  My husband actually passed her blog along to me, and when I read her bio, I knew she was the perfect match to my project.  Our stories are very similar.  We both left our professions to become stay at home moms (although I was a high school math teacher, while she was a well-known opera singer), and even though we both knew staying home was what we wanted to do, that we could never imagine a life different from being a mom and spending every day with our children, there was something out there for us still to do.  We both found our voice through blogs.  Where my posts usually focus on crafting, with a touch of personal life thrown in here and there, Natalie challenges you to make small, “tiny,” changes to your personal life that can have a huge impact on you and those around you.  Natalie will be featuring my little mitten drive this week, but even before then, please look around on her blog.  If you’re anything like me, and always striving to live every moment to its fullest, and pass that energy along to all that you can, you’ll be happy you did.  Oh, and we’re both expecting little ones very soon!

Which brings me to my next topic.  The baby is apparently coming any day now.  (Of course, I was told that last week, and he or she is still quite content right where they are.)  I hope this is not my “see you on the other side of having two kids” post, but if it is, I just wanted to thank all of you out there that have sent your best wishes, thoughts, and congratulations my way.  Again, the kindness of strangers is awe-inspiring.  I may not be writing as much for the first few weeks after the little one is here, but I will be posting as often as I can to my Facebook page and on Twitter.  My thinking is that I can at least pass on projects that I find, but not feel the pressure to write full posts on them.  I hope you’ll follow me there, and I also promise to pass along word whenever the baby decides to gets here.  That’s the thing with babies…you just never know.

Enjoy,

Nikki, In Stitches

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