People who knit for the Operation Cover Up met again On the first Monday of August at Anne’s house. These meetings are an opportunity to:
- Meet people
- Drop off finished blankets etc.
- Pick up donated wool to knit or crochet more
- See the latest blankets
- Have a cuppa and a biscuit
This time a reporter for the Rodney Times came for an interview.
Below is a picture of the article in the paper.
August is the month when all the blankets and other items to keep orphans and other people warm in Eastern Europe will be sent.
Since August 2014 3322 items, which were made by the Rodney Operation Cover Up group, are going to be shipped via a container. Last year the number was 2221 items.
It costs $4 for a blanket to be sent to Europe.
Find out how you can contribute to this worthy cause.
How to knit a basic Blanket
What do you need:
4 mm Knitting Needles
Double knit Yarn (you can use the donated wool)
7 strips 20cm wide 160cm long
- Cast on 40 stitches
- Knit in garter stitch (all rows either knit or pearl)
- Use different colors in blocks or stripes
- Set off black or whites with colors
- Leave about two inches (6cm) ends of each color so it can be sown in to the knitting
- Sow in ends along the row
Joining the 7 strips
Crochet strips together
Space stitches into every second row.
Crochet around the edges a stitch into every third row.
Crocheting the strips together gives the blankets more flexibility and strength than sowing would.
This is the pattern suggested for the blankets donated to Operation Cover Up
For other (free)patterns click here.
There were only a few blankets on show on the first Monday of September.
August was the month when all the items of the year where being shipped to Eastern Europe.
The Rodney Operation Cover Up group sent 3322 items this year.
Maybe people were knitting up a storm to get the blankets into the shipment and they are taking a little break.
Find out how you can contribute.
To help more people to join this worthy cause please share this.
Sleepy Head – Crochet Dolls
The video demo with english subtitles and the free pattern which can be translated.
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Tagged crochet, toys
Blankets on Display in July 2015
Another friendly get-together of crafty people who donate their time to create items, like blankets, for Operation Coverup took place on the first Monday in July 2015.
You can see the photos of the ‘Show and Tell‘ displaying the blankets below.
The Rodney Operation Coverup (OCU) group of knitters and other craft people have donated over 2300 item so far since last August.
The Rodney OCU group even has ladies from Waiheke Island contributing their time and skill. The blankets at the start of this post (and the last 3 below) are made by them.
The next shipment to Europe, which will deliver these items to keep orphans and other people in need warm, will leave in August.
You can help with the shipment costs by purchasing the jams and pickles Anne Bishop makes at Flowers by Joanne, in Orewa in Riverside road.
To find out more assist in this worthy cause click on ‘Contribute‘
Blankets shown in June 2015
On the first Monday in June 2015 another lot of blankets, which will be donated to people in need – especially orphans – in Eastern Europe, were on display.
Each one of these blankets is made up of donated wool and lots of stitches. People in Rodney, New Zealand provide their craft skills and time to create these and many other items to keep orphans, and other people in need, warm during the freezing (sometimes below -30 degree celcius) winter nights and possible even days.
Find out about the monthly meeting for the Rodney Operation Coverup (OCU) group, where people who knit and crochet blankets, hats, scarfs, etc. , meet for a chat, a cuppa and the opportunity to pick up more donated wool for their creations.
Reflection Cable Headband Cowl by ‘Funky Air Bear
Click on any Image to see a larger version
Drop Stitch Scarf
by Christine Vogel
Wisp – a lacy Mohair Scarf by Cheryl Niamath
Lots of Scarf patterns on knitty
EASY-FIT RIBBED HAT
‘PINK MOUNTAIN’ HAT
You can find more patterns at Drops Design. Just hover the cursor of your mouse on ‘Patterns at the top and then “All DROPS Patterns’ in the drop down menu and you will see a range of choices like ‘Ladies, Babies, Children, Men’
When you go to a pattern at Drops Design you will see under the basic info “Continue to Pattern” when you click on that it will open the whole pattern.
There are even pattern for toys and pets.
This website also has a plephera of short video tutorials show how to knit or crochet and sow things togeter, etc.
Flower Power Hat by Ann Squire on knitty
FREE CROCHET PATTERN: EARFLAP HAT – 9-12 MONTHS BY ALLI. CAN FIND MANY MORE (125 FREE) PATTERNS ON ALLI CRAFTS.
10 FREE BASIC BEANIE CROCHET PATTERNS BY OLIVIA
INCREDIBLY SIMPLE SLOUCHY HAT – FREE PATTERN MORE FREE PATTERNS ON ELK STUDIO
You can see pictures of some of the above patterns on Pinterest
More patterns will be added to this site and you can find them here.
Feel free to leave any patterns you want to share in a comment below.
Dolls and Blankets May 2015
Another monthly meeting brought together the volunteers who donated their time and skills (and wool in some cases) to the worthy cause of keeping orphans and other people in need warm in Eastern Europe.
The volunteers also have the options to use donated wool which can be picked up at these monthly events.
Find out ways to contribute to this worthy cause by clicking here.
The Rodney group of Operation Cover Up has been co-ordinated by the remarkable Anne Bishop who celebrated her 80th Birthday this year. (see photo below)
December Blankets 2014
Many knitters joined the monthly meeting for the Rodney Operation Coverup (OCU) in December.
We had a shared lunch and got to sample lots of delicious food.
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Tagged Blankets, Photos