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Site Recommendation: Kitestring

So, in the interest of full disclosure, I have not actually used this site or this product. I’ve just haven’t been in the position to have a need to use it yet. However, I think it is an important service and want to get the word out in case anyone who reads this is in a position where they need it. The site is called Kitestring and it’s a site/app that you can tell to check-up on you if you are meeting a stranger or going out at night. You tell it to check-up on you in so many minutes and it sends you a text. If you don’t respond to the text, it sends out texts to your emergency contacts to get in touch with you. I think it’s a great idea, especially for women and if you need this I think it’s worth trying it out. If you do use it or have used it, please post a comment below on your experience!

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Site Recommendation: Philosophy Bro

So, Philosophy Bro isn’t like the other sites I’ve recommended so far. It’s not exactly a fantastic website, but it’s a good jumping off point. If you are interested in philosophy, Philosophy Bro takes important philosophical works and and puts them modern terms with a bit of a frat boy edge. It makes for an easy read and easy to understand version of complex materials. That being said, it does get old kind of fast. It did for me anyway. Plus, having it in a blog form instead of a video form, like Thug Notes makes it more difficult to enjoy. There isn’t the same level of entertainment value. I think it’s something that can be outgrown fairly quickly. I read about one year’s worth of posts and I’m ready to move onto something else. I like philosophy, but reading about it in this manner got old for me quickly. That being said, it’s still a nice non-threatening way to get into philosophy. It hasn’t been updated in years, but the posts are still solid.

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Site Recommendation: Darebee

So, in the spirit of health and fitness resolutions, today I’m going to recommend a workout sight. Darebee has thousands of visual workouts for you to do for free!

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The workouts have a large range of ability level, area of focus, and equipment (if any) that is used for the workout. In fact, if you click the “load filter” button, it will take you to a page where you can change what is shown based on the type of work out you’re looking for.

On top of this, there are actual full workout programs and challenges available that typically last about a month. The site isn’t just for fitness either, there are nutrition plans and recipes that you can try as well. In the interest of transparency, I do want to say that I haven’t tried any of the fitness or nutrition programs, the fitness challenges, or the recipes. I pretty much stick to the workout page and filter. Still, I find it very helpful. The light and easy workouts don’t take more than 10-20 minutes so it’s much easier to build a habit before really focusing on building muscle.

Anyway, I thought it was a neat website and I wanted to share. I hope you find it useful too!


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Reader Request: Charities to Craft for Part 6

This post will have a little bit more than the standard ten, but it will be the last of the blankets/hats/clothes charities.
I’m just going to let them speak for themselves:
Firehouse Quilts is a non-profit group of volunteers that make and donate quilts to Colorado fire departments, ambulance companies, Denver Health Medical Center, victim advocate offices, county social and human service agencies and Douglas County Women’s Crisis Center to be given in time of crisis.  Any style or patterns can be used in the donated quilts.
Freedom quilts donates quilts to families who lost loved ones on 9/11 and for families of fallen soldiers.
Make back-to-school clothes for kids in need.
Make blankets for children in foster care.
Make a quilt block to honor a fallen soldier.
Make quilt blocks with two Xs to honor the disabled who were killed by Nazis.
Make patchwork quilts for children facing illness, trauma, abuse, and natural disasters.
Make quilts for the homeless.
Make quilts for those undergoing cancer treatment.
Make quilts for children around the world.
Make a quilt or pillowcase for a camper.
Make sleeping bags for the homeless.
And…..we’re done! We have reached the end of the warmth/clothing/blanket based charities. Next up is all of the other charities where the focus is on craft related items. I may also include baking and woodworking charities as well at some point. See you then!
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Reader Request: Charities to Craft for Part 5

All right! Let’s go!
A charity that donates quilts to children in need all over the world.
They provide women and children in war torn countries with clothes and blankets.
Provides family of organ donors a shawl as a symbolic gesture for how their loved one’s donation wrapped another in the warmth of life.
They makeover rooms in shelters for traumatized, homeless, or abused children. You can help by knitting of crocheting a blanket.
Knit, crochet, or sew a soft mat for cats in shelters to provide them with comfort and warmth.
Knit caps for those in chemo.
Quilts are made for women whose child was a police officer and was killed in the line of duty.
Quilts for at-risk babies and children.
Quilters work with women in prisons to make quilts for charity. For those with long arm quilting machines, you are needed to help quilt their student’s quilts.
Make blankets for those who have lost an infant.
I was wrong! I was sent another list of charities, most of which were quilting related. Hopefully, in the next post I will finish up.
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Reader Request: Charities to Craft for Part 2

This list is for more charities that focus on warmth, ie. blankets, hats, scarves, etc. I’m going to try to keep all lists to only ten entries to avoid overwhelming anyone. Something I want to note that I forgot about in my last post is that many of these charities are religious based. Not all of them, but a good portion. Please note that I am not promoting and religious ideology from these organizations. I believe that anything that gets people items of comfort or necessity are worth putting on this list, regardless of religious background.
This is a cool charity that supports parents new and old with parenting classes and other support. They have a new baby welcome basket that they need baby blankets for.
This is another charity that takes knitted or crocheted squares and turns then into afghans. What I really like is that they came up with a special design for children in the shape of a bear!
This charity accepts most forms of handmade items. There is a focus on items that bring warmth like blankets and hats, but they also accept softies.
This is another charities that donates chemo caps to those going through cancer treatment. It is a chapter based charity and they have chapters in the US, Canada, and Australia.
Hats and scarves are provided for those who work at sea.
Knit, crochet, or sew items for newborn babies. There are patterns on the site for booties, blankets, sweaters, and hats. This charity also has patterns for premature infants as well.
While there are a variety of items they accept for children, they are mostly looking for blankets, mittens, and hats. These items go to impoverished children.
Make a 6×60 inch scarf for the National WWII museum. They take these scarves and donate them to veteran shelters.
Knit, crochet, or sew items for newborn babies. This is not specific to warmth, there are patterns for softies, baby bibs, and burping bibs. I think the charity focuses on helping new or struggling mothers.
A three-pronged charity. They accept matching beanies, booties, and blankets for newborns born into lower income families. Blankets, hats, and scarves go to homeless shelters. And blankets go to chemotherapy patients. They accept knitted, crocheted, quilted, or sewn items.
Another ten items down and a ton more to go! See you in the next post!
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Reader Request: Charities to Craft for Part 1

Someone requested information (a long time ago, sorry I’m slow!) on charities that utilized knitters, crocheters, and other crafters. Here is a list of what I’ve found. I’ve found many and I don’t want to be overwhelming, so we’re going to separate this into a few blog posts. This post will focus on making blankets, hats, and scarves. I am also going to do my best to ensure that all of these charities and their sites are up-to-date. Many charities become defunct, but their websites remain up.
This charity has been around since 1991 (it’s as old as I am!) They donate knitted or crocheted blankets to women’s shelters, nursing homes, churches, homeless shelters, children’s hospitals, and a lot more. Their primary focus seems to be blankets, but they also accept hats, scarves, and pretty much anything that falls under keeping someone warm. If you don’t have enough time to make something, you can simply make a square and send it in. They use squares donated by multiple people to create blankets.
Knots of Love was founded in 2007. Their focus is on children and adults undergoing chemotherapy. They are looking for kid and adult size hats and infant sized blankets. Because these are used for medical purposes, please make sure to look at their list of approved yarns before starting your project.
Since 2008, Knit-a-square has been providing children in South Africa with blankets. All you have to do is follow their instructions and knit a square that can be added to a blanket.
There are many chapter of Project Linus all over the country. It started in 1995 and the charity provides blankets to hospitalized or traumatized children. Due to the fact that many of these are used for children in ill health, there are some requirements including, all blankets must come from non-smoking homes, and the blankets can not come in contact with animals.
Binky patrol provides blankets for anyone that needs them. Foster homes, hospitals, emergency shelters, etc. are provided blankets. I like that this charity is also very accessible to anyone who wants to start a chapter in their area.
Knitting Rays of Hope is a blog based charity. It seems to be run by one person. She takes hats for all ages and donates them to hospitals.
A charity that sends blankets, sweaters, vests, hats, and socks to those in need in Afghanistan.
This charity was started in 2004 and continues to this day to provide comforting quilts to veterans. There wasn’t a whole lot of specifics as to the recipients that I could find. So, I’m unsure if it’s for all veterans or strictly for wounded veterans.
This charity has been providing baby blankets to parents who have suffered infant death, still birth, miscarriage, etc since 1996. I was going back and forth on including this becauseI can’t tell if the site is up to date. I looks dated, but that could just be the skill level of the site runner. Check the state chapters section to see if there’s someone you can contact for your state.
This is another one that I’m not entirely sure is up to date. It’s been around since 2001 and provides hats to those in chemotherapy. I can’t find anything more recent than 2015, but the fact that the well-made site is up and running means that it could still be active. You’ll have to use their contact form in order to see if they’re still accepting hats.
Well, I think I’m going to end this list here and start a new one for another blog post. If none of these appealed to you, there is a lot more on the way!