Thursday, December 9, 2010
Christmas, crafts, and Conway Cradle Care
A pile of more than fifty hats accumulated when we met for class this morning. They were made by the students in the class, the instructional team, and friends around the country who sent hats by mail.
By mid-afternoon, they had been converted into this pile of holiday packages, waiting for their new owners -- the teen mothers and fathers, and their children, served by Conway Cradle Care.
Ella, Natasha, and Anna arrived early and helped the organizers set up for the party.
Adrea's "Raspberry Beret" was a big hit with Sherry.
Crocheted beanie -- just like it was made to order for this little guy.
Lon'dynn loved her girly beanie, made by Christabel.
Kim's dog-eared beanie, modeled by Kaeden, was the hit of the party.
My Urban Jungle slouch hat had many fans, intended (top) and serendipitous (bottom).
Kiran rocked Carol's roll-brim hat with super style.
Kate made this adorable tasseled hat -- a perfect photo prop.
I may have to hire Aaron for my next photo shoot. Who could resist this smile, situated under a twisted-rib knit hat that I made?
Emily knows how to show off this purple slouch hat by Carol of Kansas City.
Ariel's black watchcap couldn't have been a bigger hit with Byron, who opined that it fit his day's wardrobe to perfection.
Marshan put on this green cabled hat from Twitter follower Amy in New Jersey and refused to take it off.
Ella got a fluffy cap crocheted by yours truly.
So did Lydia, but in a more grown-up size and attitude.
Deaira is wearing the very first hat Shannon crocheted -- which came out fantastic, by the way.
And Michael got to take home the hat I wanted to keep for myself -- Diane's gray heather ribbed hat in Cascade 220.
We all felt like Santa for an hour -- giving the gifts we'd made in our own workshop. From all of us (and especially Ella, Ariel, Anna, and Eric) to everyone who gives time and love to the high school families served by Conway Cradle Care, a heartfelt thank you for allowing us to add our small contribution to these lives at this moment. May all of them know how precious and valuable they are.