Monday, November 30, 2009

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Discounts for Katie's Comforters Guild Members

A few weeks ago, I wrote a letter about Katie's Comforters Guild and sent it to four members of the executive board of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Inc. I thought that perhaps one of them might be interested enough in what we are doing to pass the letter on to the appropriate person in their corporation. Well, not one, but two of them forwarded the letter to Lisa G., the woman who is Jo-Ann's Director of Public Relations.

One of the most exciting things that has happened to me since our Guild began is the contact that I have had with Lisa G. She is interested, caring, compassionate and inspired to help us.

Lisa has sent 50 discount cards to our Guild!
These cards are for Guild members* to use when purchasing materials for making blankets for the hospital. They can be used over and over again. The cards are authorized by the corporation, so all that we need to do is fill out the back of the card with:

1.  the member's name,
2.  the Guild's name and
3.  our Guild's Tax Identification number.

Bring the discount card, with your Guild Membership Card, and a piece of photo identification (your driver's license, etc.) with you when you go to any of Jo-Ann's Fabric and Craft stores to shop for materials. Show the discount card to a cashier, with your Guild Membership Card and photo ID (it needs to match the name on your Guild Membership card), and you will receive 10% off of your total purchase price, including regular-priced AND sale items!
Here is a big thank you to Jo-Ann Stores' board of directors for sharing my letter with Lisa G!
and thank you to Lisa G. and Amy W. in the Public Relations department of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for sending the discount cards!

If you are a member* of Katie's Comforters Guild, and would like a Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores discount card, please leave a comment here, and I will send it to you. If you are not a member, and would like to join our Guild, please leave a comment here with your email address, and I will send an application to you.

Let the shopping begin! *

*Please remember that the discount cards are only for Guild Members' use, for purchasing materials for Katie's Comforters Guild projects.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Blankets from West Coast Oddball Knitters

I recently received an email from a member of  West Coast Oddball Knitters.
Isn't that a wonderful name for a group?
They have a blog:, and can be found on the sites Ravelry and Knitting Help. They have members in Washington, Idaho, California, Wyoming, Colorado and Hawaii, all working on blankets together. Check out their blog, and find out how they do it! Their blankets are works of art. 

West Coast Oddball Knitters has offered to donate blankets to Seattle Children's Hospital through Katie's Comforters Guild. Here is a big THANK YOU! to West Coast Oddball Knitters for their support.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


We have received 5 new blankets this month from guild supporters. I will deliver them next month.

Thank you, Erin J. for this beautifully knitted (and gift-wrapped) blanket:

and Linda K.H. for these adorable quilts:

I delivered a batch that I made to the Hematology-Oncology ward, last week (but forgot to photograph them first).

Thank you for your gifts of blankets, supporters and guild members!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Blissfully Domestic Features Our Guild

I can't remember how I first learned about the website called Blissfully Domestic. It's a site that features many subjects that interest me, and I enjoy its content and its writers' ideas.

Recently, I wrote to the editor and asked if they might like to publish an article about Katie's Comforters Guild. I sent a little bit of information about Katie and our experiences, and received a lovely and encouraging email in return. So I wrote the piece, sent it in, and this morning, the article was posted: .

Thank you, Blissfully Domestic!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Free Patterns and Lots of Ideas

This is Liger, one of our two cats. He is cuddling with a beautiful prayer shawl that was made for me by my friend, Angela, years ago, using Lion Brand Homespun Yarn.

Every so often, I receive a newsletter, via email, from Lion Brand Yarns. Here is a link to the one I recieved today: .

It contains free patterns, and articles about knitting and crochet. If you'd like to receive the newsletter, you may sign up on the Lion Brand Yarn Website:

Monday, November 2, 2009

A Coupon Offer

Are you an email customer of Jo-Ann Fabrics? They sent out an email with a 20%-off coupon in it, for you, your family and friends. That is 20% off of the entire purchase, including SALE items. I checked, and it's not on the website (they have other coupons there). If you want to be notified of sales and receive such coupons via email, you can go to their website and sign up.

Jo-Ann sells supplies for knitting, crocheting, sewing and non-sew craft projects (such as fleece blankets).