New YouTube Tutorial: Basic Flat Panel Cast-Off

Happy Thursday friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful day so far!

Caring Caps is thriving. We have gained 33 new volunteers in the past 3 days. That is just sensational. I have been swamped trying to contact them and help them through the final phases of the volunteer registration process. God blesses this organization in so many ways every day! 

Today I released another YouTube tutorial. I tell you, I am finally getting consistent with uploading these videos. This one is a simple video on a basic flat panel bind off. I love using this technique to take blankets, scarves, and headbands off circular looms.

I hope you all enjoy this tutorial! The next video will be available on October 22nd. Thanks so much for continuing to support this great cause!

T-shirts

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! This week has been a great week at Caring Caps. This week we were able to donate 12 hats to a women's shelter in Viera, FL. We love helping local shelters near our headquarters, and this particular women's shelter has several mothers with newborns at the moment.

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Additionally, we sent a shipment to Midwives for Haiti several weeks ago to their headquarters in Virginia and I am happy to announce the hats are going to Haiti this week. We will be receiving photos from this shipment, and I will be sharing those images as soon as possible! This was our first shipment with Midwives for Haiti and I am so excited to see where this partnership goes. 

I am still chugging through YouTube videos. I promise y'all, I am trying to get more tutorials up! It just takes a lot to knit, film, edit, and upload so I seriously appreciate your patience. I have many videos I am working one right now, one of which includes these hats! This is a different type of brim you can make, called a rib stitch brim. This tutorial will be coming soon!

We are now selling a t-shirt online. They are available for $10 (plus $3 for shipping) and are a beautiful blue! I encourage you to buy one and spread the message of Caring Caps.

New YouTube Tutorial: Baby Headband

Hey y'all! I hope you are having a great week so far! Caring Caps is chugging along! This past summer, I have had the honor of running Caring Caps social media. I am so excited to announce that Katie Campione, a member of our Exec Board, will be taking over our social media! Katie from now on will be posting on behalf of Caring Caps on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! I am so excited to see how our social media will grow with Katie in charge! Katie is a student at the University of Florida in their journalism program, so this is right up her alley. 

At the moment, I am in the process of creating, filming, editing, and uploading two more tutorials to YouTube for two different blanket patterns. I will keep everyone updated when those are published!

This week I was able to upload a new video tutorial to YouTube. This one teaches you how to make a Baby Headband. I did a video 3 years ago on a headband. 3 years ago! It was definitely time to update that pattern. The new video tutorial is posted below! Please feel free to let me know if there are any other old video tutorials you would like me to update. I am trying to make some of these popular tutorials in better quality, more concise, and overall more helpful. 

Here ya go! Enjoy!

Three Pom-pom Hat

Hey y'all! I hope you are having a great week! As you may recall from my last view blogs, I am transitioning to college life and am trying to continue to manage Caring Caps while I do that. 

I have a couple more YouTube videos in the works at the moment. For a while I have been inconsistent with posting to YouTube, but have finally figure out a schedule. Every other Thursday, you can expect a Caring Caps video. More often than not, it will be a tutorial too. If you have any suggestions for a knitting tutorial, I would love to hear them. At this point I still have several loom knitting tutorials I am planning to make, but am hoping to eventually post crocheting and needle-knitting tutorials down the road too. 

Today I wanted to share with you a simple and easy way to take your hat to the next level. This will work better for larger hats (like those we send to chemo patients), but if you have a smaller pom-pom maker, you could make it work for small baby hats.

Instead of making one pom-pom and attaching it to the top of the hat, make 3 pom-poms of different colors and attach all three to the top. It makes all of the pom-poms more stable and adds a cute look to the hat.

Thanks again so much for continuing this mission! Have a blessed day :)

YouTube Tutorial: Easy Baby Booties

This week I was able to finally upload another YouTube tutorial. I am going to stick with the theme of uploading videos every other Sunday. Hopefully that works for y'all!

This video teaches you how to make these adorable baby booties. In the video, I show you how to make the booties pictured here. At the end of the tutorial, I also explain two other variations you can make to the pattern as well. I am trying to include other variations of patterns in the video. I love when other YouTube knitting gurus (if that's what you want to call us) teach a great pattern for something, but also show ways you can apply the pattern to make other items or change it up a little bit and make it unique to you!

I really did have a lot of fun making this tutorial. As always, please give me feedback on my tutorial--I am always trying to improve them!

In the last blog, I updated you that I had moved to college. I am just now getting around to catch up on everything for Caring Caps that I missed during that period of transition. If you are expecting a package from me, just give me a few days--I am just now getting everything mailed back.

As always, this ministry would not be where it is today without the support of everyone. The support of our volunteers, the support of our missionaries, the support of our mothers, and the support of you! Thank you so much for contributing to a cause that is so near and dear to my heart. I am so blessed to be the leader and face of this organization and am appreciative of everything we have been able to accomplish.

"Remember the words of the LORD Jesus, how he said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive'" - Acts 20:35

College Life

Hi y'all! Hope you are having a great Tuesday so far. Sometimes in life we go through periods of transition--like in the summer, in between a busy spring and a hectic fall. Or when we go through life transitions like moving. I am in one of those times of transitions in my life. 

This past weekend I moved to college--Florida Southern College to be specific. I am starting a 4-year BSN Nursing program there, and am so excited! Managing Caring Caps with a full time college schedule while also living out of a dorm will be challenging. I ask for your patience as I begin to adjust to a new normal.

I am currently working on several videos--I'm sorry for the delay here, I just ordered a mic and it's taking longer than expected to come in. I should have a tutorial up within the next week, and as always, I will write a blog post about it.

I was able to mail 15 knitted to toys to our friends at Zerubbabel Ministries International. I have been working with Vaughn Gorton who runs this terrific ministry for several years now. Zerubbabel is an Apostolic organization that is based in the Dominican Republic. Basically, they bring the gospel of Jesus to those in darkness. 

I am so blessed to work with organizations like Zerubbabel Ministries on a daily basis. Usually I do receive images back from our shipments of the items in use, so I will share those if I receive them.

Other than that, things are chugging along here! I am working to gain more connections with other organizations and "spread our caps" throughout the world.

YouTube Ads

Things have been amping up these last two weeks for me. I am trying to film 3 videos before I leave for college on the 21st, as well as send out a large package for Cumpio Birth Clinic, and ship some supplies and welcome packets to volunteers. I'm hoping I get everything I need to done! Sometimes it's just hard to find enough hours in the day, ya know?

Some of you may know this, but Caring Caps is not my main job. Caring Caps doesn't have enough money to support a part-time (let alone full-time) employee, and honestly even if we did have that kind of money, I wouldn't use it towards that. Right now I work two jobs on top of Caring Caps, and I am just about to move to college and juggle being a full-time student with managing Caring Caps. I tell you this because I manage Caring Caps because I love it. It makes me happy even on the hardest days. I love interacting with all of my precious volunteers, as well as getting little details about who the items go to. I don't do this for the money--I do it because it's my passion. I guess I'm making you aware of all this as a disclaimer. If I don't get back to your e-mail quick, or don't get a package ready for you fast enough, it's not because I don't care--it's probably because I am at one of my other jobs or am trying (and probably failing!) to get some sleep.

An ad on one of our videos

An ad on one of our videos

From our beginnings to pretty much recently, all of the money that is Caring Caps was earned. You see, YouTube has this program called the Partner Program. YouTubers (people like me) can upload videos onto YouTube, and if they earn enough money, YouTube will pay them a percentage of the ad revenue. You know how sometimes you have to watch an ad before you can see a video? That's because that YouTuber is a YouTube Partner. You don't get a lot of money, but it does add up. So every time I upload a video, it earns money that goes directly to Caring Caps. The more videos I upload, the more money Caring Caps earns. So I have worked, filmed, knitted, and edited to get to 57 videos on our channel. And Caring Caps (since we started) has been able to make ends meet off of the videos we produce. A lot of charities are able to be active because of the donations that we receive. We're a little different. I tell you all of this because each time you watch one of those little annoying ads, just remember--you're watching that for charity. I just watched one of my own videos (and had to sit through an ad)--I watched that ad for charity!


Blessings!

Caring Caps Video

Hey everyone! I hope you are having a great week. It has been a little crazy here. I am trying to get another large package ready for Cumpio Birth Clinic, which is located in the Philippines. We haven't worked with them in the past, so I'm excited to see where this partnership may go! I will update you all with pictures and more details once the box is ready to ship. I found out about the Cumpio Birth Clinic, through another organization we work with, Mercy in Action. Mercy in Action sent some of our knitted items over to Cumpio Birth Clinic. 

The picture above is one that was taken at Cumpio Birth Clinic. In one day, they had 5 healthy births! We are so blessed when our partners are able to use our items further than we expect!

This week I uploaded another video to YouTube. This video differs from other videos as it is not a tutorial, but rather a video showing the basis of Caring Caps. Please spend 1:52 of your day to watch this. This organization is such a blessing to so many people, and we hope and pray that this video allows others to learn about our mission.

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above" - James 1:17a.

Midwives for Haiti

So in the last blog, I mentioned that Caring Caps had recently donated 296 items to Midwives for Haiti, a new organization we had not worked with yet. I wanted to talk a little bit more about the organization and share what they do!

Midwives for Haiti began in Haiti in 2006. They have several different programs they run--they train locals to become skilled birth attendants, allowing them to make a living for themselves. Midwives for Haiti also has a mobile prenatal clinic that is able to travel to areas to give prenatal and postnatal care to mothers in rural villages. Midwives for Haiti also has a maternity ward at St. Terese Hospital in Hinche, Haiti where they are able to deliver of 2,000 births a year. These are just some of the exciting projects Midwives for Haiti is involved with, and we are so glad to be partnering with them! 

We can't wait to see how these precious items will touch lives through this ministry. 

The first image is a group of blankets that we donated to Midwives for Haiti. The second image is what the box looked like after everything was in it. The third image is one of the beautiful blankets we sent. Please say a prayer over these items as they go on to touch lives in Haiti. Praise be to GOD!

 

Blessings!

July Update: What's going on in the world of Caring Caps?

Something new I am going to start trying: monthly overall updates of Caring Caps. I try to blog at least once a week (I need to improve on that, I know 😳), but for the foreseeable future I will try to dedicate one blog a month updating you on all things Caring Caps--how many items we have knitted, how many volunteers we have, etc. So here's the inaugural update!

July has been a pretty busy month for Caring Caps. Our biggest accomplishment for this month was sending a package of 296 items to Midwives for Haiti (I'm going to dedicate an entire blog giving more details about that, I will link it here when I publish it). This is the first time we have worked with this group and I am so excited to see what the future may hold! I was also able to upload a new video to YouTube teaching you how to knit a Tiny Heart Stitch Hat (link here). We were also able to raise about $250 for Caring Caps to go towards the purchase of more looms for some of our growing branches. Check out what else we were able to accomplish in the month of July in the graphic below:

So that's what's going on here at Caring Caps! August will be an even busier month--stay tuned for several exciting updates! 😉

Blessings!