Alice's Embrace is a non-profit organization devoted to providing hand-knit and hand-crocheted prayer shawls and lap blankets to those suffering from Alzheimer's disease. We seek volunteers to knit and crochet the patterns that we have created. Through the loving hands of many generous and talented people, this endeavor will help ease the anxiety that is often present in those suffering from the disease.
what seem to be the most popular colors?
When we go to a delivery, we always want the recipient to choose his or her own special gift. We typically take along twice as many items as there are residents. We let the residents come up to the table, if they're able. We want that special lap blanket or prayer shawl they've been eying from their seat to be theirs. If they are not able to come to the table, we go up to each and every one of them and ask their favorite color. We, then, take two or three to them to let them get a closer look. We want them to love their gift. We always seem to be in need of pinks, purples, reds, greens and blues. These truly are the most popular colors. Also, solid colors seem more popular than the striped or blocked items. However, make what you LOVE. If none of those colors or ideas please you, then make what color thrills you... it will likely thrill someone else, too. It always helps to work on something that is soothing to our own eyes. Go to our patterns page and see what might be calling your name today. Thank you so much for all of your donations and hard work. Together we are helping so many!
needles and beans contest
In honor of the donor (Jimmy Beans Wool), our third quarter contest will be called Needles and Beans Contest. Everyone who knits or crochets for us from now until September 30th will be entered into a drawing to receive one of five US size 13 Knitter's Pride Dreamz in a 32" circular along with a $5 Starbucks gift card (the "Beans" part of the contest). Everyone always loves a little treat from Starbucks, even if you don't drink coffee... they have yummy pastries.
Disclaimer: In other words... the small print. If you happen to donate an item to us during our Needles and Beans Contest and you are a crocheter, we will send you a Knitter's Pride Dreamz crochet hook instead. You just need to let us know when/if we draw your name. We don't want to leave anyone out!
Please take a look at our July 2015 Newsletter to see more details about this contest.
what we've been hearing:
From an Activity Coordinator: "Thank you!! We were so glad to have you! Everyone is still talking about the blankets and most of them are still wearing them."
From the daughter of a recipient: "Thank you so much for visiting my mom at Sierra Ridge and giving her a choice of a knitted throw. She loves it and the joy that you gave to everyone there is priceless! Thank you! You two touched my heart yesterday. So I downloaded a pattern, went to Michael's and started working on one to return the favor. Will let you know when done. Nice TV project. Thx again!"
From a Life Enrichment Director: "What a wonderful experience it was to have you over yesterday. Thanks!! It was so heart warming to see residents with their blankets today. Some residents are particularly attached to their shawl or blanket and carry it with them everywhere. It has brought our community lots of love and joy. Thanks to you and all your knitters."
From an Employee Wellness Director: "It was a privilege to observe Alice’s Embrace in action today. Beaming smiles decorated so many participants as they were draped with beautiful and original blankets."
From a recipient: "What you are doing is very noble. Your cup will be overflowing with blessings as you are blessing me and the others."
From an Alice's Embrace fan: "I just want to tell you I look forward to your newsletter. The smiles on their faces are beautiful. What a beautiful bunch of angels you are!"
From an Alice's Embrace knitter: "What a great newsletter - filled with so many interesting things to think about, and of course, those folks out there that pick one of those shawls or lap blankets - all folks with such great stories."