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Circles of Hope

The last time I updated this page was : Sunday, November 30, 2003

Current Happenings

Since I've been so bad at updating this page, my most frequent e-mail is "Am I still collecting motifs"

The answer is yes!!

While I've slowed down a bit due to my return to teaching part time last year, I am still crocheting away. Currently, I am almost done with a child's afghan and I've had a request for a baby set for a young woman of limited means who will be delivering a severly disabled child sometime after the new year.

Anyone wishing do donate motifs or yarn for assembling, we are still gratefully accepting them!


Sue Traudt
Circles of Hope
7 Valley Brook Lane
North Haven, CT 06473

Heart Made Blessings

Making afghans for Operation Purple Heart & other persons needing comfort. Please vist their web site at http://www.heartmadeblessings.org for more information

To date, Circles of Hope has sent fourteen afghans to Heartmade Blessings all thanks to those who have donated granny's daughters and/or yarn.

Thanks to Larisa from http://www.thecozyquiltpatch.com/ for the graphic

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is dispair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Important Note

PLEASE - weave in your ends.

I have been receiving a large number of circles in the last month without the ends sewn in. This means I have to sew the ends in before I can put them together. It really slows down the number of items that can be made for charities.

Please, be kind and sew in your ends securely!!

What is Circles of Hope?

A way to help many different charities through a single donations while putting all those little bits of yarn to use making granny's daughter motifs we call "circles of hope".

What is a Circle of Hope?

A little crochet square that only takes about 2 yards of yarn to complete. A circle of hope, also called a granny's daughter, is basically the first round of a traditional granny square. We take these little motifs donated from other crochers and assemble them into afghans and other items for different charities.

What Do Completed Circles of Hope Afghans Look Like?

 Here's a picture of some of the colorful afghans that Rhoda has completed using Circles of Hope motifs.

If you would like to see more pictures of our finished items for different charities, please visit Granny's Gallery. We also have directions for making your own afghans and hats at Assembling Circles of Hope Motifs

A closer look at the assembled motifs

How You can Help

There are many ways to help out Circles of Hope.
  1. Use the pattern below to make circles of hope with your left over bits of yarn and send them to us. You can mail 5 to 8 motifs for the cost of a single first class stamp.

    Send completed motifs to:

    Sue Traudt
    7 Valley Brook Lane
    North Haven, CT 06473
  2. Send donations of yarn to be used for assembling the motifs.
  3. Send completed items to be donated to one of our charities or send the completed item to the charity directly.
  4. Volunteer to help with the assembly of the motifs.

Circles of Hope Motif Pattern

We accept motifs made out of any type or weight of yarn. All we ask that you please be sure to securely hide the yarn ends.

Baby/Fingering Weight Yarns
Motif Size: 1"
Any size hook that will make 1" motif (I used a size D, but check your guage as you may need to use a larger or smaller hook)

Baby/Fingering Weight Yarns - Two strands held together
Motif Size: 1-1/2"
Any size hook that will make 1-1/2" motif (I used a size G, but check your guage as you may need to use a larger or smaller hook)

Sports Weight Yarns
Motif Size: 1-1/4"
Any size hook that will make 1-1/4" motif (I used a size E, but check your guage as you may need to use a larger or smaller hook)

Worsted Weight Yarns
Motif Size: 1-1/2"
Any size hook that will make 1-1/2" motif (I use size G, but check your guage as you may need an F or H)

Ch 5, join with sl st to from a ring.

Ch 3, 2 dc in ring, ch 2, (3 dc in ring, ch 2) 3 times; join with sl st to top of beg ch-3, finish off: You should have 4 ch-2 sps.

Important: Please try to securely weave in all ends. We don't want our items to fall apart when washed!!


Our heartfelt thanks go to the following recent contributors.

Please note that we cannot always send a personal e-mail to all contributors, but we do gratefully appreciate each and every donation.

Sunday for Charity

While I make sure that I spend time every day crocheting, I have decided that I would spend all my crochet time, each and every Sunday, crocheting for charity. I love relaxing, just letting my mind wander, all the while doing something good for someone else. What more can one ask for!

Why not put aside some time every week to spend crocheting for you favorite cause.

Assembling Circles of Hope

Due to numerious requests: - Here they are - the directions for making afghans and other items from the motifs. Includes the pattern for hats!!

Our Charity List

If you would like to have your donation go to a specific charity on this list, please be sure to note that when you send us your donation. We will do everything possible to honor your request.

Yale New Haven Children's Hospital - Child Life Department

Their web page at http://www.ynhh.org/ynhch/ynhch.html

There is an urgent need for children's afghans and blankets.

Contact Person:
Sue Traudt - CirclesofHope@quilt.com

Warming Families

Their web page at http://www.warmingfamilies.org

A One Heart Foundation project providing blankets and warm items (hats, mittens, slippers, teddy bearts etc.) to homeless and domestic violence shelters worldwide. Free patterns and Area Volunteer information can be found on our website.

Care & Cuddles International

Their web page at http://members.tripod.com/~TammyMcCann/charity.html
Toys and afghans for children who have lost their home due to abuse or poverty.

Grandy's Little Ones

Their web page at http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Garden/5315/
Preemie items for hospitals in Amarillo, Texas.

Binky Patrol

Their web page at http://www.binkypatrol.org/
"The Binky Patrol is a loosely-knit (if you'll pardon the pun) association of people who make blankets to provide comfort to children and teens who are ill, abused, in foster care or experiencing any traumas.."

Afghans for Angels

Their web page at http://www.angelfire.com/ia2/AforApage2/index.html
'"Afghans for Angels" is an organization made up completely of volunteers who make and deliver baby blankets to local hospitals to give to parents who have suffered the loss of their infant through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. '

'Our "Afghans for Angels" are placed lovingly around these infant angels when they are held by their families for the brief time in which bettersweet hellos and sad good-byes are said. The parents are then allowed to keep these afghans as a token of rememberance of their baby. Just having something soft to hold is often comforting."Afghans for Angels" is an organization made up completely of volunteers who make and deliver baby blankets to local hospitals to give to parents who have suffered the loss of their infant through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. '

Happy Hats & Lapghans - Lids for Kids

Their web page at http://expage.com/page/Murphal5
Colorful hats and lapghans for children undergoing cancer treatments. "Please make your Happy Hats (or) LapGhans with Lively Colors to help lift their spirits, you may label them and share a little something about yourself if you'd like to as well. They must be SOFT as their Heads & Bodies are sensitive from treatment. All Sizes will be greatly appreciated. "

Caps for Kids

Their web page at http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/caps.html
"Providing needy children with cozy hats to keep them warm is what Caps for Kids is all about. Nearly one million caps, along with other children's accessories, have been knitted and crocheted by volunteers since the program began. The hats are given to non-profit, non denominational agencies in the communities of the donors."

Also see Stitchen's Caps for Kids - http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/3272/capsforkids.html

Warm Up America

Their web page at http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/warmup.html
"Create a warm afghan blanket for someone in need. That's what Warm Up America! is all about --- keeping people warm."

Project Hope Afghans

Web page at http://www.merribee.com/ProjectHope.html
Afghans for children under going treatment at MD Anderson Hospital.
"If you choose to use your own yarn please use a soft, light weight, and washable fiber. Moreover, please make sure to avoid knitting too loosely. We will not be able to accept afghans with large holes in them. Remember, children ranging from newborns to teenagers will receive the afghans and we do not want them tangled in their afghan. You have control over the dimensions and pattern of the afghan. Be as creative as you desire. However, we recommend the size to be around 4 feet in length and 3 feet in width. If you have any other questions about making the afghan, please feel free to call us at 281 440 6980 or email at mlsood@email.msn.com"

Pediatric Infant Care Center (PICC)

Their webpage is http://www.oz.net/~picc/
Baby afghans in soft, muted colors. They even describe some of the care for the babies.
Their email address is picc@oz.net .

Hope's Door in Plano Texas, Domestic Violence Ctr.

Afghans for children staying at the shelter.

Pineridge Indian Reservation Aid

Hats, afghans, mittens, socks, sweater, just about anything to help keep people warm in the cold South Dakota winters.

Their web page is at http://www.pineridgerez.net/index.php

Preemie Afghans for Charity

Their web page is at http://www.crochetcabana.com/Charity.htm
Preemie afghans, hats and burial gowns.

Project Linus

Their web page is at http://www.projectlinus.org
Security blankets for children with terminal illnesses.

Please e-mail me at CirclesofHope@ttsw.com if you have a charity you think we could help.

View picture of the completed items in Granny's Gallery

Visit our Completed Charities page to find out more about how we have helped out.

This is an older list of completed items from our CPGDC days.

Contact us

Sue Traudt - CirclesofHope@ttsw.com

7 Valley Brook Lane
North Haven, CT 06473

Sue's little helper - he loves Circles of Hope!!

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