Monday, December 2, 2013

Fleece, Fleece, and More Fleece... Black Friday Deals Make it Possible to Give More

Shopping online and in the stores on Black Friday.  That's what Holy Needles does annually.  We wait for the reduced prices on Black Friday, to make best use of the monies we are given, from our generous donors.  The prices are the best possible, about 25% of the retail price!

This large volume of fleece will create hundreds of blankets, bringing smiles to many children and their families in the Tucson, AZ region.  

Elaine shopped for Holy Needles on Black Friday... several carts overflowed with yards and yards of cut fleece!! 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Crochet Newborn Baby Infant Beanie Hats

Examples of what can be created with a simple beanie pattern, like
using the general idea, allowing your creativity to flow. Use a variety of crochet stitches and see what cute beanies you can create.

Perfect for charitable giving!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Holy Needles Patterns on Crochet Pattern Central Website

Holy Needles' newborn beanie is listed on under "Newborn Beanie" 

Holy Needles' newborn booties in the round is listed on under "In the Round Booties"

Check these out, and all the free crochet patterns available on the crochet pattern central website!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pattern for Leaf With Stem

Crochet Leaf

any size hook, any yarn... Ch 12

sc in 2nd ch from hook.

hdc in next st.

2 dc in next st.

tr in next st.

2 tr in next st.

tr in next stitch. 

dc in next 2 sts. 

hdc in next 2 sts.

sc & sl st in next (last) st.  

Work the stem: ch 4, sl st back over 3 ch, & into back side of that last st.

sc into the same st on the backside.

hdc in next 2 sts.

dc in next 2 sts.

tr in next st.

2 tr in next st.

tr in next st.

2 dc in next st.

hdc in next st.

sc in last st.

ch 1 & join with sl st into 1st sc created.

Fasten off… leaving a long tail to attach to project.

© Copyright 2011-13, Donna Bishop. All Rights Reserved. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Pumpkin time! Pumpkin Beanie Hat

Happy Halloween!

Cute little pumpkin beanie hat for baby, newborn, infant.  Crocheted about 24 hdc stitches in blo (back loop only) for about 25 rows, slip stitch seam. Then attached green yarn to top, sc around, about 25 stitches, then do decrease sc until 5 stitches remain. Make top stem in the round, about 1.5" long.  Create leaf and curly vine.  Pretty easy, and so appropriate for autumn infants! 

#freecrochetpattern  #crochet

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Get a little something from Lion Brand &

Holy Needles members use hundreds, and thousands of dollars worth of yarn annually, to create items for charitable giving, to help people in need in the Tucson AZ area.  Yarn donations are always accepted and appreciated.

Holy Needles is always sharing and seeking crochet and knit patterns for items for charitable giving, as well as items for sale to members of the community, to raise funds to purchase more yarn and fleece. and their blog, have many useful patterns and tidbits of knowledge to help crafters create.

Here's just one example of free patterns they have to share...

Download your copy of Lion Brand's New Fall Collection: 15 Free Crochet Scarf Patterns, Afghan Patterns, and More today!

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Welcoming a new season is always exciting, especially autumn. Whether you enjoy watching the weather change from hot, sunny skies to crisp, fall days, or simply appreciate the fall fashion (think scarves, shawls, and boots), there's no doubt that fall is a fun time of the year. It marks the beginning of the unofficial holiday season because as soon as Halloween is over, it's full speed ahead towards Thanksgiving and Christmas. There are so many fun ways to celebrate the season. Get a jump start on the fall festivities this year by crocheting any one of Lion Brand's new crochet patterns.

Inside our latest eBook, Lion Brand's New Fall Collection: 15 Free Crochet Scarf Patterns, Afghan Patterns, and More, you’ll find a variety of insanely gorgeous crochet patterns to make for fall. Inside, you'll find the perfect patterns to crochet for your home, your kids, and even yourself. From easy home decor items to stylish accessories and crocheted shawls, you’re sure to find a pattern you love in this free eBook. Each and every one of these free crochet pattern were hand-picked by the Lion Brand experts as must-make pieces for the season.

Once you subscribe to receive our newsletter, Hooked on Crochet, you will really see how neat it is to be part of the crochet community. If you’ve searched for crochet advice on how to organize your yarn, use up leftover yarn, or how to change color, or even what kind of yarn to buy, let be your one-stop shop. Our yarn blog,, is also a great resource for all your yarn needs. Our newsletter, blog, and free crochet patterns are absolutely free to the consumer and will blow your mind. Expand your crochet library collection and download this eBook for free today.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Under Construction... stay tuned for more

Change is good. Holy Needles has experienced vast growth recently, and everyone is focused on creating items to donate to those in need.  Holy Needles' founder moved last year and left the group in the hands of a committee of wonderful woman, who have been doing a fabulous job, keeping Holy Needles in action.

Holy Needles is in the process of updating this blog.  Meanwhile, enjoy the many patterns and tidbits of helpful information that are within this blog, and look forward to growth in the near future.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Holy Needles Teen Chemo Blanket Recipient Goes to Prom


May 05, 2013 12:00 am  •  

At this time last year, Destiny Hessel had just finished what she hoped would be her last round of chemotherapy for bone cancer.
She had wanted to attend the annual Dream Night Prom for children with cancer, "but she was feeling rough," her mother, Sandy Hessel, said.
One year later, with her cancer in remission, Destiny, 14, is going to the prom - and this year, in addition to attending, she helped to plan it.
"When I went to the first meeting, we were trying to figure out a theme for the prom, and I gave the idea for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," Destiny said. "In previous years they had secret agents and Alice in Wonderland, so I was trying to think of some stuff you could do for it - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory decorations and stuff."
Saturday afternoon, Destiny went to a salon to have her hair done. Then she donned a gauzy, floor-length, navy blue gown and headed for the Amethyst Room at the Pima Community College Downtown Campus for the prom, put on by the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern Arizona.
This is the eighth year the Candlelighters have organized the event for teens diagnosed with cancer. It is especially meaningful to teens and their families because a cancer diagnosis can cause challenges that make a normal social life difficult. Treatments can cause hair loss, weight changes and other physical challenges. Long hospital stays can disrupt usual social activities, and important milestones are often missed.
Last year was tough for Destiny and her family, but this year they were ready for some fun. They made the prom a family affair - Sandy and Brian Hessel volunteered at the event while their daughter dined and danced.
The first Dream Night Prom, in 2006, was the creation of teenager Carina Groves, who envisioned the event as a high school senior project. The 50 teens who attended found the prom to be both fun and healing, and encouraged the Candlelighters to make it an annual event.
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern Arizona is a nonprofit, family-run support network that supports, serves and advocates for children with cancer, their families, longtime survivors, bereaved families, and the professionals who care for them. Candlelighters programs are always free to the families it serves, which now numbers 350.
The group gets its name from the Chinese proverb, "It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness." Candlelighters was founded in Washington, D.C., in 1970, and the Tucson chapter started in 1985.
Cancer remains the No. 1 disease killer of America's children. More than 12,400 kids in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year, including about 60 in Southern Arizona.
"When I went to the first meeting, we were trying to figure out a theme for the prom, and I gave the idea for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."
Destiny Hessel, 14, cancer in remission - going to her prom
For more information about Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern AZ, visit
Contact reporter Kimberly Matas at or 573-4191.