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  1. Yes they can be. Most of the requests we get are from girls so popular colors are pinks, purples, bright colors. Other than that there aren't many requirements they must be square and have 4 limbs. Bigger than 8x8 and smaller than 11x11 for mailing purposes.
  2. Here are pictures of a few Buddies we have received. They can be knit or crocheted. We have mostly been receiving knit ones.
  3. Hey everyone! I thought I'd post a quick update. I have been very busy keeping up with the Recovery Buddies ravelry group and facebook so I apologize for not posting more here. Since February I have personally mailed 40 Buddies to people on our waitlist thanks to the help we have been receiving. My personal goal is to have our waitlist gone completely by the end of this year. If you have questions/comments about the project please let me know.
  4. We are excited to have more help. If you have question/comments don't hesitate to send me a message. We also have a ravelry group. Here is a picture of one of the Buddies.
  5. Admin Note: Maddeleine4 is no longer affiliated with Recovery Buddies. She has asked for this thread to be closed. If anybody else would like to start a new thread for the Recovery Buddies Project, you're welcome to do so. The Recovery Buddies Project is a team of people from around the world who hand knit and crochet "recovery buddies" to help people through a variety of addictions and mental illnesses including eating disorders, self-injury as well as others. We strive to remind people that they are not alone in their addictions, and that they don't have to be alone in their recovery. For more information you can contact me or look at the facebook page or blog which can be found here http://recoverybuddies.blogspot.com/2008/10/those-interested-in-knitting-buddies.html For the near future please contact me for my shipping info since the address on the blog is founder Bethany's address. She is attending school out of state and will not have access to anything being sent to that address for some time. Recovery Buddy Crochet Pattern by Diane Smith FOR A 9X9 BUDDY. Approximately 5 ounces of sport weight yarn. G & H crochet hooks. Stuffing - I used a polyester fiberfill Yarn needle and embroidery needle Decorations for face Notes: I used double strands of sport weight yarn to make a dense but flexible piece for the body. This allows for stuffing without leakage. If you use a worsted weight, you will need to adjust hook and gauge. I used a baby yarn to make sure it’s got a soft finish and feel. I always do my chain and first row of slip stitches with a larger hook, because I crochet tight. This prevents any deformity in the final shape. Depending on your level of comfort, you may want to decorate the face before you stuff the rectangle. If you want a larger or smaller Recovery Buddy, you will need to increase or decrease stitches. Directions for the body of the pillow: Begin with H hook. Using 2 strands, chain 69 stitches. Turn and beginning in second chain from hook, slip stitch across. This will make a nice straight first row for a seam. Finish row, turn, chain 1. Switch to G hook and single crochet across, always finishing each row with turn and chain one. Continue until rectangle measures 18 wide by 9 high. Slip stitch last row. Bind off. Directions for the legs - Make two: With G hook, chain 17. Turn and beginning in the second chain from hook, slip stitch across. Finish row, turn, chain 1. Do five rows of single crochet, finishing each row with turn and chain 1. Slip stitch last row, bind off. Directions for the arms - make two: With G hook, chain 15. Turn and beginning in the second chain from hook, slip stitch across. Finish row, turn, chain 1. Do three rows of single crochet, finishing each row with turn and chain 1. Slip stitch last row, bind off. Finishing: Seam rectangle using a mattress stitch or whatever closing stitch you prefer, leaving a small opening on bottom. Stuff body until it’s firm to the touch, but not hard. Close remaining gap on body. Attach arms and legs. Decorate face.
  6. Amazon has Crochet Today and Knitting Today magazines for $8.99 for a year subscription. The sale is supposed to be through March 19.
  7. Can a few more people please take the time to help Deb with this great cause?
  8. Bumping this for Deb. I am working on a few walker totes. I'm using this pattern http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2007/10/25/patriotic-walker-wheelchair-tote-bag/ Anyone want to join in?
  9. I am so glad they got to you Kathryn! They were fun little projects and I'll be back to help next year. Hopefully not so last minute. I will take it as a personal challenge for us to top 200 next year.
  10. Absolutely Deanna! Sending it to you right now.
  11. I am posting about a project I have recently become aware of and thought the very generous crocheters at the 'ville might be interested in helping. The Bridge and Beyond Project was started by a lovely woman named Sandy who lives in Ohio. The goal is to warm homeless by knitting and crocheting hats, mittens, and scarves for men living under a bridge here in Central Ohio. We will also make hats, mittens, scarves appropriate for women and children who are cared for in 2 free clinics in the area. If you'd like to help and need an address to mail your donated hand knit or crocheted items, please contact me at sandycrochet@gmail.com You can read more info and see donations being sent at Sandy's blog http://homelessbridge.blogspot.com/ I would love to make a challenge to see if at least 10 people would donate at least one warm winter item. Anyone interested in helping?
  12. Welcome Amanda! I'm in Iowa also. I live in Ames, thankfully away from the ISU campus.
  13. I am currently working on an afghan for a sweet little girl undergoing chemo for a brain tumor. It is in various shades of pink in a simple double crochet pattern. I'm looking for a girly edging to help spice it up a bit and something not to frilly or holey to get caught in any hospital equipment. I usually just use single crochet but am looking for something different this time.
  14. It is knit it one long piece and then sewn together. There are a few patterns floating around where the bear is knit in the round to avoid all of the seaming.
  15. I received my pattern within 1 week of requesting it. I believe I received an email back 1-2 days after I sent the request. I'm in Iowa and Mother Bear is based in Minnesota, so my pattern didn't have very far to travel.
  16. My son is now in preschool and his class is called teddy bears and dinosaurs. I'd love to be able to make a stuffed toy for each child in the class. I'm having a tough time finding patterns that actually look like a dinosaur. I've been checking out etsy but haven't found what I'm looking for. Anyone have other ideas where to look?
  17. I thought I would take a minute to update this. http://rachelcox.blogspot.com/2009/07/mountain-baby-blankets-update.html Current count is 330 blankets and have been sent to warm Appalachian babies. I'm still working on a couple for this and there is no deadline for anyone who still might be interested in helping.
  18. Hi Shana, I have a few scarves I could send you. Would you please send me your address?
  19. I am just starting the project called Eva's Shawl. I am unsure of what this means. 1 dc into next stitch, ch space increase I know how to increase but am curious how to do it for this? I figured it out. Its written in the pattern in small print.
  20. Fran, those look great! Thank you so much for posting photos. CAP will love to have those for the babies. I'm still here working away. Hubby lost his job as of the 1st so we've been busy trying to get thing taken care of before we lose our insurance. It very scary since we are still on the verge of getting hubby diagnosed with MS. Thanks again to everyone who has written and expressed interest in helping this project!
  21. Thank you Thank you to everyone who has contacted me asking for more info. I have been busy busy finishing two baby blankets that I'm sending next week.
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