"Stay home. Stay Safe. Save Lives' has many knitters creating fun and interesting projects at home. What's missing is the fun we have at Rapunzel's weekly knit club and classes, where we knit and share our projects together. Desperate times call for creative solutions.
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These are a few of my projects I've been working on during the 'Stay safe. Stay home.' time. I hope you'll consider sharing yours with us too!
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In 2013, two teachers, Allison Karnes of N. Muskegon, Michigan, USA and Ingeborg Roth of Aalesund, Norway, teamed up to create WRAPS; a sanitary pad for the schoolgirls of Ethiopia. During the school year, they travel to the real middle schools and meet with 5-8th-grade girls teaching them about menstruation, feminine hygiene and how to take care of their new WRAPS.
WRAPS are Washable, Reusable, Affordable sanitary Pads.
WRAPS are made of 100% cotton cloth. Each school kit contains 6 pads, a new pair of panties, along with one small waterproof purse for the girls to carry their WRAPS to and from school.
Your contribution CAN make a life-changing difference!
100% of your tax deductible gift will be used for WRAPS.
WRAPS is a EFCA approved, 501(c)(3) ministry.
Rapunzel's Boutique is committed to supporting WRAPS by making a $5 donation for every $100 sale at our shop. Your purchases are helping to educate and inspire young girls to stay in school!
We have the power to affect change and help! I encourage everyone to 'take the challenge' and make a donation. Share our blog on your Facebook page through the link at the bottom and ask your friends to join us too!
The Wolaitta Village project goals are to create sustainable businesses within the Wolaitta Community that will generate income for their children’s homes. Our dream is to offer free WRAPS kits to every middle school girl within the Wolaitta Zone of approximately 3 million people.
WRAPS utilizes a four-prong approach to help eliminate the inherent disadvantages that women face in Ethiopia.
On January 9th, I flew out of the brisk, winter of Frankenmuth with Rapunzel's Supervisor, Sandy Marks, to the warm, sunny weather in Atlanta, Georgia. Each year we feel especially fortunate for a mid-winter break to shop at the fabulous AmericaMart®, Atlanta's International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®, January 9 — 16.
We shop from morning until night in the hustle and bustle of exciting energy that surrounds this market. Sandy keeps us track as we make make selections for all of our departments at Rapunzel's. Of course, we can't wait to share our great finds with you!
The Detroit News
Rapunzel’s carries a number of specialty-type yarns made of natural fibers. “Some are boucles, hand-spun, hand-dyed and varieties that are unusual,” says Ruggirello, who lives in Frankenmuth.
With 10 employees, including four part time, five full time and Ruggirello, the shop is open seven days a week because of the tourist nature of the town. “People expect us to be open. I’m pretty much there five days a week,” says Ruggirello.
Both knitting and crocheting classes are offered, however, most popular is their Saturday morning knitting class, from 9-11 a.m. “It’s a small group, and it’s a class where you can learn what you choose. It could be for beginners,” explains Ruggirello, “but we also specialize in socks, shawls, (and) scarves. So, if you want to make a particular item, this is the class to sign up for.”
Carol Krenz of Reese is class instructor, and the fee is $20. “We also do knit clubs that are held on Monday night from 6-8 p.m., and Tuesday mornings, from 9-11 a.m. They’re drop-ins and free of charge.” For $10 an hour, Linda Terdurgh of Vasser instructs crocheting lessons, and there’s “a good collection” of crocheting patterns available.
Groups from Canada, colleges and knitting clubs throughout Michigan often frequent the shop. “We start getting very busy in October, and that business continues on after the first of the year, adds Ruggirello. “Groups should call the main number (989 652-0464) to schedule a demonstration for their group.”
Ruggirello learned to knit in third grade as a member of the 4H Club, and later studied textile design at Western Michigan University, which may explain why Rapunzel’s is also known for its fashion knitting. The shop hosts a fashion and trunk show about twice a year.
Lansing artist and teacher Jane Reiter describes their knitted garments and accessories as “contemporary, chic, upscale smart and in vogue – not old school.”
Detroit News Columnist Jocelynn Brown is a longtime Metro Detroit Crafter. You can reach her at (313) 222-2150, email@example.com or facebook.com/DetroitNewsHandmade.
Contact Rapunzel’s Unique Gifts and Yarns (664 South Main, Frankenmuth) at rapunzelsyarn.com, on Facebook or (989) 652-0464.
Just when I thought I'd seen everything worthy of knitting, I ran across this great post and had to share. I'm sure there's another creative project out there that hasn't been discovered yet. [wink]
A woman is knitting tiny wool jumpers
Wearwithall is a new knitting book, created collaboratively by five friends and colleagues, and supported by The Yarnery in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The photographer, Gale Zucker, is nationally known for her knitting photos; her work is featured in Mason Dixon's books, as well as the recent Craft Activism.
For Our Knitters
Check out the carry along totes that fold up the size of a wallet and can be tucked neatly away in your purse when not in use.
For Jewelry Lovers
Jewelry so hot it is on fire! I love the tassels on everything this season, a cool throw back to the 70s. They just make me smile.
If you're a fashionista like me, you'll love these new tunics that have just arrived – Stevie Nicks style, lacey and drapey Tunics. They're soft and swirly – so comfortable you will love the feel of them.
Journals and Gift Books
Some of my most favorite items are the journals and the gift books. They rock because they contain thought provoking questions about the lives of your loved ones. They're very dear. When given as a gift, they could be passed down through generations!
I look forward to seeing you when you do.
Spring is a time of renewal. Whether you decide it’s time for an overhaul of you personally or your workspace, we all think about it each Spring!
My favorite book this winter was by Marie Kondo, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.” I told everyone about it. They had to listen to me all winter long about the virtues of tidying. And I worked hard at it.
I decluttered at work and at home. Especially in my closet, where I personally gave away bags of clothes, shoes, and boots and belts to our local church for resale.
Then I moved onto my studio space where I store everything I love. For some reason, there’s never a spot to put my feet or a safe place to turn around. I have yet to be able to purge this creative haven.
Tidying by category is supposed to work like magic. But in her book she never addresses a craft studio space! What about yarns, beads, needles, fabric buttons, and accessories? She gives the advice to only hang onto those items that we love and that spark joy, and we love all these things, don't we?
Where our joy lives
I know one thing for sure, that gnawing, disorganized studio may not be really as important as the next exciting project. The one that gets our juices flowing, shakes us up and really gets us excited. The one that gets us out of bed in the morning!
Gratitude and appreciation
So another Spring back at the drawing board! I have an attitude of gratefulness and of appreciation for all that we "get to do" rather than "have to do".
I hope you have a chance this Spring to stop by, say “Hello,” and see the "Next Best Thing" we have to offer to you! Oh, and if you have any suggestions for tidying, please let me know. [wink]
January Merchandise Mart
Sandy and I just returned from a successful trip to the AmericasMart® in Atlanta for our January shop-to-you-drop adventure.
These shopping events are made for super women. They're non-stop for days on end; similar to a 5-day world tour.
Just like a world tour, every successful tour needs a trusted guide. I was fortunate enough to be accompanied by Sandy Marks, our Store Supervisor. I truly could not have done it without her!
We're back and thrilled with new deliveries coming in every day!
Dee Ruggirello, owner of Rapunzel's Boutique in Frankenmuth, MI