If you've been knitting, crocheting, looming, quilting or just about anything else... for any length of time you will most certainly have run into Bev's Country Cottage. With well over 6 MILLION visits to her webpage there's little doubt that Bev has made her mark on the world. http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/index.html. Today's blog is a little bit of a cross over post because Bev Qualheim designs with a purpose and that is to benefit people through charitable giving.
I'll quote from the webpage
"Join me, BEVERLY QUALHEIM-email, in celebrating the art of crocheting, knitting, sewing, and charity crafting worldwide. There are people everywhere, even in our own neighborhoods, who need the warmth of the items we make. Bev's can give you the patterns you need, and places to help. And don't forget family and friends!" That sums up Bev's attitude to life. Giving and caring. She is a mom to 5 and grandmother to 8. She is all about family! A woman of deep personal faith which is infused in everything she does and fuels her desire to help others. Her love for people is nearly palpable.
My daughter... proprietress of Laterose Jumbles on Facebook and I have used Beverly's well written, well thought out, thoroughly tested patterns over and over again. But the great thing about Bev's Country Cottage is that she also gives her readers links to other well written patterns specifically for use in gifting. Whether its gifting to charity or gifting to family In fact some of the VERY FIRST items I made for charity through Project Linus were designs on Beverly's site. For example: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/cp2.html after some trial and error, I managed to share a couple of these pretty afghans with others and now this stitch seems to be back in vogue! Yay :)
My regular readers are well acquainted with my need to create warm items for babies and preemies. One of the major influences in my work has been Bev's very own story! Again I quote from her site;
"Bev's first son 33 weeker (photo above), Shaun 4 lbs 11 oz, Nov 1980 Her motivation for creating preemie patterns!" Patterns for Preemies are collected here: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/preemies.html. This is where I found some of the inspiration for reaching out to hospitals collecting preemie clothes. In my own life I had a good friend whose daughter was born very tiny and spent weeks in a hospital in Syracuse, NY. I had the privilege of seeing this little sweetie at the hospital. She was beautiful. I've never forgotten that experience. So when I say I have a passion for this work, you know why. Not only am I family oriented but I believe in the underdogs :)
Beverly provides a great number of useful links and information to knitters and crocheters most of which you'd have to search the internet to find if you were to look on your own. Mercifully Bev does the work for us! Isn't that fantastic? My daughter and I would be pretty much lost without Bev's Country cottage. http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/size-chart.html She saves us the time of searching everywhere for the right chart so we can focus on the work at hand.
How far reaching is Bev's work? Its easier to show you rather than tell you!
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/troops.html Helping our military.
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/kids.html Reaching out to kids.
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/hospital.html Showing love to those in hospital.
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/seniors.html Giving a smile to our elderly
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/baby.html Our littlest citizens
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/winter.html Winter warm items. Including orphans!
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/charity-links.html Charitable organizations that need your help. Bev has gathered an army of helpers, supporters, family and friends who are out there doing what they can to assist those who cannot help themselves. Through her website she's touched countless thousands of people and of course ALL of the people who have donated patterns to her website deserve great thanks for their hard work.
How can you reach Bev? Obviously through her website but she also has a blog: http://bevq.blogspot.com/ and a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bevs-Country-Cottage-Website/149725066702?fref=ts No question that everyone who visits uses, and contributes to Bev's website and work is touched by Bev's passion. I personally, want to thank Bev for her hard work over the years here are a couple of items I've made using her page:
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