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Crocheters, start your engines


© St. Petersburg Times, published June 10, 2000

Right here in River City a project that promises to be useful as well as fun has sprung up, thanks to Karen Isak of Clearwater. It's one of those ventures that doesn't require a lot of time but does a wealth of good.

Karen calls her project the Clearwater Crochet Project. All that is required of participants is to crochet a 10-inch granny square and send it to her. (Yes, overachievers, if you wish to make more than a single square, they are more than welcome, too!) All squares will be sewn together to make afghans for people who have lost all of their possessions in fires.

Last year, when Karen was still living in Indiana, she headed up a similar project, where 25 crocheters donated more than 400 squares. They were used in 14 afghans, which then were distributed to fire victims through the Red Cross.

So, crocheters, seize your hooks and then call Karen for details at (727) 447-6957 or e-mail her at Oooops! Sally McDowell of Pinellas Park is putting our collective feet to the fire: She tells us, in capital letters no less, that we HAVE NEVER FAILED HER BEFORE. Okay, Sally. Here goes.

Her mother, 92, is searching for a poem that appeared in her third-grade reader. Several lines of the poem are "Baby Bye, there's a fly, let us watch him, you and I," and "There he goes on his toes, tickling baby's nose." Sally hopes a reader may know the author or the title of the book in which the poem appears. If you do, please give Sally a call at (727) 525-6559.

Evelyn Dykes of St. Petersburg has been visiting thrift shops, hoping to find a child's record player and not succeeding. If you have one gathering dust in your attic, Evelyn would love to hear from you. Please call (727) 327-7261.

An extensive collection of records, from 78 to 45 rpm in big band, rock 'n' roll, bluegrass, disco and country music, is looking for a good home. Organizations with record players should call Linda in Dunedin at (727) 733-6974. However, please bring boxes along and be prepared to pick up the records at Linda's home.

Eve Havena of Weeki Wachee has 12 magazines called Good Old Days, from January to December 1976. They are in mint condition. If you are interested in having them, please call Eve at (352) 596-8200.

Lilla O'Shaughnessy of Hudson is assembling an assortment of rocks in the 30-pound range and concrete blocks. She wishes to decorate a large area and needs plenty of them. No quantity is too small, and Lilla will pick them up. Please give Lilla a call at (727) 861-7408.

Scott Cole of Pinellas Park has a rather elderly Mac computer he no longer needs. It is small and unable to access the Internet, but it is complete with a 56K modem, keyboard, printer, monitor and all the original manuals, floppies, tutorials and instructions. It's free to the first person who calls (727) 572-9582. That person will also have to pick it up.

Vivian Stanton of Clearwater owns a collection of swizzle sticks that belonged to her mother. She is hoping to enlarge the collection and hopes that, if you have swizzle sticks you no longer need, you will call her at (727) 796-1693.

Kathy Lanuke of St. Petersburg has some lovely, large feather bed pillows that have been in storage and have begun to smell musty. She would like to wash the feathers and pack them into new cases, but she isn't sure how to go about it. Because she doesn't want to discard these pillows, she is hoping a reader can steer her toward a person who specializes in refurbishing feather pillows or someone who can show her how to do it. Her number is (727) 347-3105.

Ed Knepler of Clearwater has a Bell and Howell super 8 movie projector that needs repair (model 3578). The motor goes, the bulb lights, but the drive doesn't work. He hopes someone will call him at (727) 726-0482 and let him know where he can get it fixed.

Whoops! The phone number sent to us by Lois Anderson for an item in the June 3 column was incorrect; naturally, we can't call her to straighten out matters. So, Lois, please call us with the correct number. Lots of folks called an innocent bystander in hopes of snagging those bags of yarn!

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