Here’s a guest blog post and some “Handmade-with-Love” inspiration from one of our many crafty, talented, and generous donors, Diane:
In 2011 my sister-in-law introduced me to Operation Gratitude’s mission and I embraced the call to action. That year I sent 27 scarves and thank you notes. Since then my contributions have increased and to date I’ve sent 3,817 scarves and handwritten thank you notes!
People ask me how I do it…
The simplest answer is I’m goal oriented and driven to improve and incorporate efficiency in all I do. Early on, I realized by crocheting lengthwise versus width decreased the time spent on each scarf. This adjustment allows me to complete a scarf (approximately 4 ½” by 46”) in about 50 minutes.
Where I don’t cut back on time is with the notes I send with the scarves. Just as my scarves are handmade, EVERY note is handwritten.
Finally, I wrap each scarf and note in tissue paper and tie it with ribbon.
It is especially rewarding and an honor to hear from the recipients — active U.S. Service Members, Veterans and even parents of New Recruits who have graduated from boot camp. I’ve become “Facebook friends” with a parent who updates me regularly on his son’s career in the Navy – he was recently accepted to attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School!
Thank you Operation Gratitude for all you do for our communities and great nation! I’m honored to contribute to such an amazing organization!!
Thank you, Diane, and ALL who use their time and talents to make Handmade-with-Love gifts for our nation’s heroes!
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THANK YOU for your support!
I would love the pattern to this 50 minute scarf if possible.
We will try to get that for you and share it here!
Hi Marie. I’m self taught. Here are the basics chain 121, double crochet 8 rows. Hopefully this is enough for you – let me know if you have any questions and I’ll try to assist you! Happy crocheting!
That’s plenty..many thanks