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2nd Quarter Newsletter, June 2021


I am writing this on one of our exceptionally beautiful days. Summer is here, but the heat and rain of the past few days have disappeared. I hope everyone is taking time to smell the roses and appreciating the fact that we can now get together. I am so grateful that we can hold our monthly work sessions the first Wednesday of the month. The church has lifted the restrictions on how many can attend an event so if you are fully vaccinated you are welcome to join in. As you look at the numbers at the end of the newsletter you will see donations are way down and the fact that so many of you are sewing in your labels (greatly appreciated) work sessions are short in duration. If you wish to keep busy you might want to bring a project to work on. Now that I have mentioned donations, I must address the problem that our inventory is rather low. It is understandable as we are now out and about and not having to use yarn or fabric as a means of entertainment. We are low in all sizes, but medium and especially smalls seem to disappear rather quickly. I hope you will find time to donate and if you know of someone who might be interested in joining with us, let me know and I can send out some information.


We have missed holding our annual tea for the past two springs and are planning A Volunteer Appreciation event for the fall. The date will be October 13th, but the details are still being worked on. Mark your calendar and we will keep you informed by email. You will need to be fully vaccinated and will need a reservation.


This was so special that I wanted to share with you the following: It came from Fort Lauderdale FL.

“A note of thanks to the members of Project Linus. Our 2-year-old grandchild found herself in the ER recently in Asheville, NC. A scary experience for a small child. She found great comfort in the blankie and lovey toy, so lovingly crafted by someone’s talented hands.

As an avid crafter myself, I know how much time it takes to create something handmade. She definitely felt the love. Thank you so much."


We have lost our free storage space that we have had for the past 15 years, I have rented a storage unit for six months but am reaching out to you in case you might know of someone that might be able to donate space to a non-profit. I am going to be downsizing items so a small space would be sufficient.


Janet Stewart, one of our blanketeers, is hoping for donations for her sewing/craft groups. She will collect the items at our monthly meetings.

Zippers Wooden spools Velcro scraps

Keys Large Buttons (1 inch)

Large beads Sewing trims Bias tape

Cording for stringing beads.

One of her groups, Stitches of Love-Asheville, is a group of dedicated people who create and donate handmade items to give to local charities and hospitals. They are seeking new members. Their next meeting will be held on Monday 7/12 at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3070 Sweeten Creek Drive. They meet from 7-8:30 PM. Janet can be reached at 828-575-9195.


Please remember to shop at this used bookstore, located at 50 Heritage Park Drive in Fletcher. It is a blessing to so many nonprofits in our area. As many of you know, they accept used books in good condition in the name of a specific charity. When the books sell, a percentage of the sale goes back to the charity.

They receive many donations and can only accept one box of books at a time. Their hours are 12-5 Monday-Friday and 10-2 on Saturday. Please help them out by stopping by the store and encouraging others to do the same.


If you are looking for a summertime adventure, head out to Friends & Fiberworks for an overwhelming yarn experience. Be sure to put the address in your GPS because you will be out in the beautiful countryside. They recently moved to this site and proudly said that sheep use to graze on the property. They are located at 278 Brooks Cove Road, Candler, NC



JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store

80 S Tunnel Road

Asheville Cotton Company

1378 Hendersonville Road STE B


Grace Lutheran Church

1245 Sixth Avenue West

JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store

Blue Ridge Mall Shopping Center

Sheridan Kay Quilting

1680 Spartanburg Highway


5 Little Monkeys Quilt and Sew

32 North Main Street


In Out

April 307 548

May 162 364

June 255 318

Second Quarter Totals 724 1,230

With these latest numbers our chapter has now distributed 81,504 blankets!

Number of knitted dolls and stuffed animals donated and distributed this quarter: 144

Weighted blankets donated to date: 1,348.

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

Attn: Ellen Knoefel 10 Highland Pointe Drive

Weaverville, NC 28787

Phone (home) 828-645-8800

(cell) 828-231-9490


Chapter Coordinator

Ellen Knoefel 828-645-8800

Buncombe County

Ennis Julian 702-499-3567

Cherokee, Clay, and Graham Counties

Ellen Knoefel 828-645-8800

Haywood County

Mariam Howell 828-456-5154

Henderson County

Helen McConnell 828-779-0361

Jackson and Macon Counties

Ellen Knoefel 828-645-8800

Madison County

Nancy Fish 828-768-1344

McDowell County

Mary Ledbetter

Mitchell County

Janet Jackson 661-319-8286

Transylvania County

Pat Crawford 828-883-8746

Yancy County

Susan Yaskin


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