IMPORTANT ADDRESS UPDATE!
A few of you have reported trouble getting the USPS to recognize the delivery address. We want to make absolutely sure you have no trouble sending items! Please address to:
Soho Grand Hotel
310 W. Broadway
New York, NY 10013
Thought I dealt with a few days without power and am still waiting for my heat to come back on, I escaped from Hurricane Sandy relatively unscathed - and boy, am I grateful. So very many others did not and are in desperate need. As the temperatures continue to drop here in New York City, Brett from Manhattan Craft Room & I began to think about what we could do to help those victims without electricity, heat, or even proper shelter. We got in touch and decided to call on the unique talents and big hearts of the crafting community we both deeply value and created Make It Better - A Craftalong for Sandy Relief.
Many Sandy victims, especially in The Rockaways & Staten Island, are living without power, desperately trying to keep warm. Reports from the hardest-hit areas are that folks are in need of warm garments to make it through. If knitters, crocheters and sewers are good at anything, it's making warm things--so please join us in a Sandy Craftalong to stitch up some warmth.
1. Socks (knitted) via Stitch Nation
2. Wool blanket (sewn) via Brett Bara for Design*Sponge
3. Easy bound fleece blanket (sewn) via See Kate Sew - we also found these easy fleece mitten and sock tutorials
4. Upcycled mittens (sewn) via A Beautiful Mess - there's also an upcycled hat tutorial at the same link
5. Hat (knitted) via Kollabora
SEND IT. Send your finished item to Natalie Soud, Soho Grand Hotel, 310 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013 as soon as possible. We want to start distributing warm goods within a week, so stitch something quick and send it off! Our volunteers will deliver the items to various points in and around New York City. (Although we'll start delivering immediately, we'll be accepting donations for the near future, so free free to send projects whenever they're complete.)
CRAFTALONG. Share what you've made and help spread the word! Please, please, please blog, Tweet, Facebook, Instagram, and Pin that you're participating in the Sandy Craftalong as soon as you can (like today!) so that we can get as many hands stitching as possible. Then, when you finish your project, share what you've made by posting it on your own blog nd on our Facebook page at facebook.com/sandycraftalong. Also remember to use the tags #makeitbetter and #sandycraftalong.
Will you join us? We are so, so excited to see what everyone whips up to help those in need!
-Natalie & Brett