The hot, sticky, humid Southern Ontario weather has definitely moved in, but we're still happily playing with yarn!
In fact, we're very proud to announce that as of today we have made and donated 366 infant loss items and 838 chemo caps to Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, Ontario. Our actual grand total of donated chemo caps is 974 because we have sent off 136 caps as special requests from family and friends who have loved ones in treatment.
We've also started using the donated wedding dresses in the creation of our infant loss items. It's amazing how long it takes to gently pull apart a wedding gown -- and even more incredible is the amount of gorgeous fabric left behind once they're fully deconstructed!
We've been fortunate enough to receive some very generous donations from our family and friends to help keep us hooking, knitting and sewing. Thank you to Pam Dickson and Jodi Lumsden for all the wonderful yarn, and thank you to Kathy Sweeney and Sylvia Kobal for the monetary donations that allow us to buy other necessary supplies (trim and embellishments) and make it possible for us to mail out chemo caps when we receive special requests. Your support is invaluable and so much appreciated.
One of our amazingly talented knitters decided to give "Knitted Knockers" a try. These are soft prosthetic breast forms designed to be used almost immediately following a mastectomy -- something that is impossible for other kinds of prosthetic forms because they are too painful to wear right after surgery. Knitted knockers are stuffed with fiberfill and designed to be customized by the wearer for the best fit possible. We sent off one pair to a friend of one of our Hats Off to Liz members who just had a double mastectomy, and the other pair has been sent off to Credit Valley Hospital.
Inspiration comes when you least expect it. A friend and member of Hats Off to Liz who also spearheads her own creative charitable group in support of several different causes, encouraged members of her group to create bookmarks for those in cancer treatment. They spend long hours at the hospital, and what better way to while away the time than to get lost in a good book. Thank you to Teresa Frey for inspiring members of Hats Off to Liz to do the same!
As always, we wish that none of this work was necessary, but we will continue to do it for as long as there is a need -- and for as long as our fingers will let us knit, crochet, sew and create!