Hey All! I made it back to my blog! This is a very good sign. lol!
In my last post I mentioned that I had the chance to meet a certain knitting blogger from Texas last weekend. Tracy over at Wool Windings and her husband John, spent last weekend in Iowa. It was so wonderful to finally meet them. Even though we had never met in person, I felt as if I had know both of them forever. I've been reading Tracy's blog ever since she has been volunteering for The Preemie Project, which I believe is just a little over one year. It is really interesting to know so many stories about someone's life, even though you have never met in person.
Tracy made the trip up to Iowa in order to take part in the Volunteer Work Group Weekend. It was a great weekend for her to visit, except for a few things:
#1 It was the hottest weekend of the summer
#2 We were told on Friday night that the roofers would be at our house at 7am on Saturday morning to reshingle the roof. Needless to say our house was definitely louder than usual. Not to mention the fact that it was nearly impossible to get up to the front door with all of the stuff being thrown off of the roof and the various heavy equipment all over the front yard. It was like the demolition scene from The Money Pit. I am surprised that Tracy and the other volunteers didn't turn around and head home for fear of not making it back out alive!
(All of these blankets will be donated to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.)
That is a WHOOPING 97 FINISHED blankets!! 97 is a new record for a Preemie Project Work Group weekend. The most we've ever finished was around 50, and half of those still needed top stitching by the end of the weekend. This time, every single blanket was completely finished by 5pm on Sunday. YEA!!!!
Check out Tracy's Post for an in depth look at how Preemie Project work group meetings are run. (It is an assembly line of sorts.)
I have to thank all of the volunteers who helped out last weekend. They all worked so hard and many of them never took a break. One thing you won't see in Tracy's Post is one of my favorite things about work groups. THE FOOD!
As you can see we did have some healthy alternatives, but that didn't stop me from living on cookies and the other goodies the entire weekend. Many of our volunteers can bake a mean cookie and a yummy cupcake as well! They're so multi-talented!
All in all it was a great weekend, and I am so happy that Tracy was able to be a part of it. My parents and I took Tracy and her husband out for dinner on Saturday night. It was great to be able to sit down and chat without distractions. I know that the local volunteers enjoyed getting to know them as well. Hopefully we didn't scare them off and they will come back soon! Here is a picture of me, mom and Tracy at the end of the day on Sunday. We were pooped!
BY the way, for those of you who haven't heard "Little Babies", please go to The Preemie Project's website now and listen. "Little Babies" was written and sung by John Batchelder, Tracy's husband. My mom, Linda, and I like to call "Little Babies" The Preemie Project's anthem. It touched our hearts and I know it will touch yours too.
I will be back soon with some more updates about The Preemie Project, my life, and of course some knitting content. Thank you to my wonderful readers for not forgetting about me and coming back to visit again. It means SO SO much!
I will leave you with a group picture from last Sunday. Thank you to each and every volunteer, local AND national, for all of the work you do everyday. Each one of you play and important role in this organization. Never forget it!