SCARF SHORTAGE ALERT

Hello! Technician Jenn here bright and early on a Sunday morning. Just to fill you in, I recently had some MAJOR back surgery, and am laid up at home, but I can still type. To get to the point: The Wrap Up Project does not have enough scarves for a scarf-bombing in December.

Now, you may ask…..how do I know this? Angelia Reed, WUP founder and her daughter Kyra, WUP’s #1 scarf-bombing participant, came to visit me at home a few days ago. How sweet of them! We actually had a really good conversation and the company was lovely. Of course, WUP business came up, and Angelia had been going through bins in her storage unit, and there is a bin and a half of scarves and hats, not even enough to do a December scarf-bombing.

A bin and half. Yikes.

Now, granted, our drop off points haven’t been checked for this month yet, but still, this is a sobering reality. We really need to you to guys out there to start making scarves for WUP.

Knitters? Start knitting. Grab some bulky yarn and big needles. You know you can whip up a scarf in a few days binge watching something awesome. Crocheters? Same thing, grab a huge hook and you can knock out a scarf in even less time, while binge watching something equally awesome. Weavers? Yes, it takes you the longest, but get those looms warped, and fire up a sweet audio book. Don’t do any of those things? NO EXCUSE. If you have scissors and able to get some fleece fabric, start cutting while listening to your most excellent tunes. Here’s a no-sew fleece scarf tutorial.

The key? Everything needs to be handmade. No store-bought items, please. And, if you need to be reminded of WUP’s Scarf Sizing Requirements, here they are below. I’ll even throw in the hat sizing.

Scarf/Hat Requirements:
Items can be made using any craft the maker chooses.  They can be any color, fiber, style, or stitch pattern.

Here are the minimum size requirements for items:
Scarves – Scarves should be at least 3” wide, and at least 30” long.  They need to be long enough to comfortably fit around a person’s neck, and long enough to tie around something (a tree, post, pole, etc.).  Remember that scarves are versatile and can be used as a neck warmer, a head covering, or as a head rest/pillow.

Hats – Use the following guidelines:

  • Newborn: 14” circumference
  • 3-6 month old baby: 17” circumference
  • 6-12 month old baby: 18” circumference
  • 12 month – 3 years: 19” circumference
  • 3-10 years: 20” circumference
  • Pre-teens and teens: 21” circumference
  • Adult woman: 22.5” circumference
  • Adult man: 22.5-24” circumference

There you have it. It’s time to get to work. Let stuff that storage unit! Until, next time, this is Technician Jenn.

It’s 90 degrees. In October. Time for Scarves!

Ugh! Can you believe this weather?! I can’t. Summer won’t let go, and it’s 90 degrees outside. Still, it IS October, and that means we are gearing up for another scarf-bombing season….our sixth!

We hope that you have been making handmade scarves during the spring and summer to get ready. Be sure to take them to one of our drop off locations.

In preparation, there are few events we’d love to see you at. Be sure to respond if you are coming on the appropriate events’ Facebook page. Have you liked us on Facebook? You should!

  • October Tagging Party: Come on out to Kegel’s Produce and help us tag items to be put out for scarf-bombing!
  • October Scarf-Bombing: We’ll be at San Juan Bautista Preschool to put out scarves.
  • Sit and Stitch: We’ll be meeting in the center of Park City Mall to knit and crochet, chat, and watch the mall goers. You don’t have to craft to come. Just come on out to introduce yourself.

That’s what is going on for October. Fall needs to hurry up and get here!

It’s Our Birthday!

Yup, it’s our birthday here at The Wrap Up! Project, and we are celebrating our third birthday/fourth season since founder Angelia Reed posted on Facebook about how she’d like to start scarf-bombing.

In a post on Facebook earlier today, Angelia had this to say about this momentous occasion:

I didn’t know back then that Wrap Up would become what it is today. It is way bigger (& more wonderful) than I imagined.

Special thanks to Amy Antonucci for sharing my post. Amy is not a knitter or crocheter. She just thought the idea was a good one & knew that she has friends who knit and/or crochet.

Special thanks, too, to Bethany Storms. Bethany is a crocheter. She saw Amy’s post and hopped right on board. She made the first three or four Wrap Up scarves. She also braved the cold to meet me in Binn’s Park one snowy night to put the scarves out.

Thank you to everyone who has helped to grow this project. We now leave over 700 items in Lancaster & Columbia each month!

Go treat yourself to some new yarn, hug your pet, have some cake, or do something positive that makes you happy to celebrate!

Rescheduled Evening Sit and Stitch

Due to weather conditions yesterday, the evening Sit and Stitch that was originally supposed to happen last night has been rescheduled for January 30, 2018, 5pm-7pm.  Please RSVP on Facebook to let us know if you’ll be there!

Black Friday Events Special!

Well, Thanksgiving is over and Black Friday is upon us, and we here at WUP hope you got some great deals today!  In light of this day, we want to have a Black Friday Events Special, or just really let you know what’s coming up with WUP in the next few weeks as we all prepare for the holidays.

November Tagging Party

Our regular monthly tagging party will take place on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Kegel’s Produce in Lancaster at 7PM.  Please RSVP on the Facebook event page so we know you’re coming. You can get directions to Kegel’s Produce there, too.

November Scarf-Bombing

This month’s scarf-bombing will be taking place at the Lancaster Public Library at 7PM on November 28, 2017.  We will then be heading to the Columbia Presbyterian Church in Columbia, PA, USA afterwards.  Come for either one, or come for both, but please RSVP on the Facebook event page so we know you are coming.

Ewebiquitous

Ewebiquitious is a knitting shop in Lititz, PA, USA, and is doing a great project to collect scarves and other handmade cold weather items for WUP.  They are encouraging people to bring in their items to decorate their Christmas tree.  All items will them be donated to WUP.  Here’s more from their Facebook page:

Ewebiquitous is partnering with local charity The Wrap Up, Project this season and we need you and your skills (any skill level is welcome)!

Instead of ornaments and tinsel, we’ll be decorating our Christmas tree with your handmade donations of hats and scarves. Every single item will go directly to The Wrap Up organization to help warm a local person in need through the winter.

We will be accepting the donations between November 18th and Christmas–start now so we can fill our tree with warmth (and create a beautiful window display)!

Head on over to their Facebook page so you can learn more and get started in getting that tree covered in scarves!

We hope your Black Friday shopping has been productive.  We also hope you are doing well on your holiday crafting!  Best wishing, and keep and eye out here, on Facebook, and on our mailing list for updates.

Event Reminder: Iron Hill Brewery Give 20

On Monday, November 7, 2016, the Wrap Up!  Project will be having a fundraiser at the Iron Hill Brewery in Lancaster, PA from 11:30am-11pm.  We would love to see you there!

Here’s how it works:

  1. You download and print out the tickets.
  2. Come to Iron Hill Brewery on the 7th with your ticket.
  3. Enjoy a great meal!
  4. Iron Hill Brewery will donate 20 percent of your bill, excluding tip and alcohol, to WUP when you present the coupon.
  5. How cool is that?!

If you want tickets mailed to you, e-mail us at info@wraupproject.org, and we’ll get them to you!

Give extra tickets to family and friends.  Please be mindful and read the rules stated on the tickets.  We are not allowed to hand out tickets at the restaurant that day.  Coupons must be in hand BEFORE you get there.

We’d love to see you there!  Let us know if you are coming on the Facebook event page!

 

First Tagging Party of the Season!

WUP is going to be having the first tagging party of the season at Kegel’s Produce at 2851 Old Tree Dr, Lancaster, PA 17603 on September 30, 2016 from 7pm-9pm.

What is a tagging party?  Well, each item that WUP puts out gets a tag explaining why the item has been left our and and how to care for it.  Here’s an example of one of our tags below.

Scarf Bombing Tag Example

Due to the volume of items WUP gets, it’s very time consuming for one or two people to do, but, know the old saying “many hands make light work”?  Yup, we need your help!

Veggie and fruit trays will be provided as refreshments, but feel free to bring your own dish to share, as well.  Oh, and bring your current knitting and/or crochet projects in to work on for a sit and stitch, too!

Kegel’s would like us cleaned up and out of the building no later than 10pm, so that is all the later we should be in there working.  If you can stay to help clean up, it would be greatly appreciated.

For more information and to RSVP, please check out the event on Facebook.

In the Media

Did you see WUP in the news recently?  Erin Negley wrote a great article for LancasterOnline featuring WUP, which also ran in the Monday, September 12, 2016 edition of the LNP newspaper.

Angelia Reed was also interviewed by Sarah Veronis of Blue Ridge Cable News 11 yesterday about the upcoming season for WUP.

 

BIG Changes..and We’re Growing!

You may have noticed some big changes around here! Due to our growing organization, we have changed the name of Wrap Up, Lancaster! to The Wrap Up! Project.  Why, may ask?  We’re glad you did!

WUP has now grown outside Lancaster County, and we wanted a name that would encompass the different chapters, such as the Wrap Up! Project Capitol Region that will be starting this fall.  We are excited that we’re growing!

Speaking of growing.

We would like to introduce Karen Zimmerman as our Fundraising Officer!  Karen brings fundraising experience from working with her local fire company.  We are still looking for a vice president and a scouting officer, so let us know if you’re interested!

And speaking for more growing.

We want to welcome Eleanor Grace Storms to the WUP family.  Eleanor is the daughter of Bethany, one of the first WUP members and a planning committee member.  Congratulations Bethany and Ben on the birth of your baby girl!  Mother and child are doing well.

Eleanor Grace Storms

We need YOU!

Indeed!  We need YOU!  WUL is looking for a few volunteers to help as organizers and officers.  There is already a committee in place, but if you want to help, and have the skills and talents that fit the job, we would love to hear from you!

Serving on our planning committee is a also a great opportunity for those who want to contribute to WUL, but don’t knit, crochet, or do other crafts.  Here are the volunteer positions we are looking to fill.

Vice President:  I know, the VEEP position has been very limited, but we have a purpose in mind for this position.  We want our vice president to be in charge of GOALS.  We would set our goals in our meetings.

Fundraising Officer:  Have a knack for raising money?  Got some creative ideas to bring in an a flow of income?  This is the position for you!  The fundraising officer would organize fundraisers, obviously, for WUL so we can get supplies, pay for storage, tags, and other expenses that would come up.

Scouting Officer:   Know the area really well?  Know of a need in places we may be missing?  The scouting officer would find places that would be willing to take scarf donations to pick up, as well as find locations for us to scarf bomb, too.

All three positions would be asked to join monthly Skype meetings on the first Monday of each month, starting in October and to keep on track with their respective duties.

Interested?  E-mail info@wrapuplancaster.org and let us know how you would like to help!  We are looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Scarf Making Party

Amber Kane of Fabricated Ends, and an arts instructor associated with the PA Guild of Craftsmen, saw our call for scarves on the here on the blog and Facebook, and decided to do something about our need.  She is having a scarf making party, and all items made during it will be donated to WUL!  We thank you, Amber, for your thoughtfulness!

Want to attend?  Here are the details, as per her information on her e-mail list.

Date: Saturday , Sept 10, 2016
Time: 10-2pm ( you don’t need to be there the whole time)
Where: Her house in Lancaster, PA (message her on Facebook for details)
Cost: FREE

You can also get info about the party on Facebook.  If you are interested in attending, you can contact her on that post or via a message.

 

Hey, We’re on Ravelry!

Did you know that The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project (WUL) has a group on Ravelry?  We do, and we’d love for you to join in, discuss your projects, and share what you working on in the group.  Head on over and click the “Join this group” button in the upper right hand corner!

Ravelry is a great website for those of knit and crochet, but also for weavers and loom knitters, too.  You can get great patterns, and connect with others with similar interests at the same time.

That’s why we also want you to join the WUL Ravelry group, and start connecting with each other.  Head on over there now!  Keep in mind, you must be a Ravelry member to join the group, if you aren’t already.  If you aren’t on Ravelry, sign up; it’s free!