Sunday, 11 April 2010

MAD and Madly Knitting

I was astounded on Saturday when I learned that someone had nominated me for two of the 2010 MAD awards. *Blogger of the Year* and *Most Inspiring MAD Blogger.*
You might be forgiven for thinking that MAD means NUTS, (as I did, at first,) but it stands for Mums & Dads. It should really be GAG (Grans & Granddads) but of course I am a mum, too.
Thanks to whoever nominated me in the first place....... it has made my day..... my week....... my year..... well my life! That is a bit too mad, I think.
Now all you have to do is to nominate me, (each person who wants to) in case I get into the final stage, where the person who has been nominated the most gets to the part of the competition where you can vote........ please, please, PLEASE. I am not begging or anything.
Just click on the sidebar or the logo beneath. PLEEEEEEEAAAASE.


If I am having chemo this week, I will be kept busy because I am knitting these trauma teddies for children who have gone through hard times or illness, either in this country or in the third world. Doctors in the third world say that small children do better when they are in hospital if they have their own cuddly bear and as they take them home with them when they are discharged, the bears need to be replaced continually. Some of them are sent to countries where there is unrest and war, earthquakes, floods...... anything that causes the children to be traumatised.
I expect you remember that I recently went to Birmingham to see my grandsons' other nanny and she inspired me to take up my knitting needles again and knit for charity. She is making these teddies and also making coats and bonnets for premature babies.
The other day she posted me the patterns for all these things and I am going to post the completed items to her in small parcels as and when I finish them. I wish there was a nearer drop off point to me. The premature coats and bonnets are like tiny dolls clothes. I shall enjoy doing those.
Hopefully this project will help me to forget about the side affects of chemo. Will let you know if it does, though I also have an arthritic wrist, which hurts when I knit. Always something to put up with, isn't there?
The brown bear in the photo below has not got extra short legs, he is just sitting down.

I have just completed Chemo 6 and will now lay low for a bit.


jinksy said...

I remember making a bevy of these bear beauties when I was at work - maybe if you post the pattern, I'll get inspired again!

Twain12 said...

nominated :)
good luck (with everything) ♥

aims said...

Congrats! You deserve it!

When the voting starts I'll be clicking away - guaranteed!

Positives x ?????

Suburbia said...

Oh Maggie, they are lovely so wonderful to know they will be loved too.

Good luck with your next round.

And so glad you were nominated, very well deserved :)

Working Mum said...

Oh, it was me. I really should have let you know, but I did it in a rush just before we went on holiday. Glad it gave you a boost! You deserve the nomination because I love reading your blog and you have kept a positive attitude all the way throught the chemo. You are truly an inspiration.

WM x

Nora Ibsen said...

I'm afraid it wasn't possible to vote for you yet, there was only a complicated procedure to nominate you again. I'll vote when the voting starts, no doubt about it.

Cute bears!

Big Hugs!

Vargas said...

Congratulations on your nomination! Those are wonderful bears - they will most certainly be cherished.

Tracey said...

Those teddies are gorgeous.. i have only ever knitted one thing in my life.. a coat for a seagull who got covered in a oil spill!! was when i was at school by the way.
well done you

Bernie said...

Oh Maggie I am so happy to see how productive you have been, I'm afraid I have been under the weather and am going to see Dr. tomorrow. Will be praying for you to have an easier time chemo wise and of course it is my pleasure to vote for you, luv you.....:-) Hugs

Mimi said...

LOL at the short-legged (NOT) teddy!
I nominated you again, with great pleasure, using a different email!Hope you'll let us know when voting starts.
You are inspirational, Maggie, through all your own trauma.

Expat mum said...

My gran taught me how to knit these when I was little. Just off to vote now!!!

Granny Smith said...

I assume that everyone of your followers will nominate you = again and again. You surely deserve it.

I hope the chemo will not be too traumatic this time. Better keep one of those trauma teddies for yourself.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

You truly are inspirational, Maggie!!! And now, you have convinced any stray skeptic who may have still been hanging around!! Knitting for those poor children! You are simply wonderful! Will be praying especially for you this week! Love you! Janine XO

Sniffles and Smiles said...

P.S. I voted for you :-) Love you!

Mickle in NZ said...

Those bears are such cuties. I loe the way their arms are open, ready to deliver a hug.

Congrats on the nomination - so very well deserved.

Huggles and care, Michelle and Zebbycat

Hilary said...

I didn't see a place to vote but I did nominate you again if that's any help. :)

Those bears are adorable. So kind of you to contribute to such an important cause.

I hope you're feeling well.. sending best healing thoughts as always.

chaniagirl said...

Congratulations, Maggie, on your MAD nomination! That's wonderful for you! And thank you, too, for sharing about the knitting for charity. This is such a gift and blessing not only for the children but for the knitters, as well. Will be thinking of you this week, esp tomorrow. x

Lindsay said...

Well done! PS: I love the bears!

Akelamalu said...

OK I did it!

I love the teddies. I hope the treatment goes well. x

Ayak said...

I've also nominated you well deserved.

The bears are lovely...good luck!

Lots of Love
Linda x

Anonymous said...

I tried to vote Maggie but it was all a bit complicated...I shall do it when one of the kids come around. You do so deserve this.

Anonymous said...

I tried to vote Maggie but it was all a bit complicated...I shall do it when one of the kids come around. You do so deserve this.

lakeviewer said...

What cute bears you're making! Who wouldn't love these!
Now, I'm off to get you nominated! Have a good week.

lakeviewer said...

Please add your blog address in the post. I went off and nominated you as nutsinmay only to repent and return to write it correctly. But, they wouldn't let me do it again! So, please alert your readers of the correct blog name. Good luck!

Marguerite said...

Congrats on your nomination, Maggie! So well deserved and I just nominated you again! The bears are adorable and it's such a sweet thing to do, for the children. Good luck with the next round. I will be praying for you. Blessings, Marguerite

Dimple said...

Hi Maggie,
It has been a while since I visited, so I read the posts from the last week or so--you've been busy! I'm glad you were nominated for the MAD award, you certainly deserve it! I will push the button after I finish this comment!
My Resurrection Day was quiet, I had some family over for a meal, but there were no young children. It is a wonderful event to remember.
Those bears are precious, and how wonderful to help others while you are healing!
And I thought the kites were very colorful and cheering, just the thing for early spring (I have very few flowers yet)
Blessings to you.

Rose said...

Leave it to you, Maggie, to be thinking of others rather than dwell on your own troubles. Those teddies are adorable. I'd love to do something like this for charity, but so far I haven't progressed past making scarves...with a few holes here and there, no less:)

I'll definitely nominate you for the MAD award; you certainly deserve it!

Marinela Reka said...

Congrats and good luck with your next round :)

Short Poems

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Good luck with chemo this week Maggie. Thinking of you.

Have posted my vote for you so good luck.

Thanks for tip about trauma teddies - I have loads of wool to use up. A x

Suldog said...

Made my nomination of you a few days ago, but now see I didn't make note of same here. Well, now I am, and good luck!

(This may be a duplicate comment. If so, please feel free to delete one.)

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Just wanted you to know that you have been much in my thoughts and prayers yesterday and today! Love you! Janine XO

Joey said...

You rock! I hope you win both.

Those teddies are precious. I hope you rest well.

aims said...

Have been and added my nomination!!


SandyCarlson said...

You deserve to be recognized because you are just that cool. Good for you.

Ji said...

cool stuff!
Happy Saturday!

Deb said...

I nominated you (again) ~ and look forward to voting for you. You are the sunshine in the blogosphere ~ and your positive attitude is contagious! If possible, could you email me your snail mail address ~ I have a little something to mail you across the big puddle. Happy knitting !

Deb said...

I nominated you (again) ~ and look forward to voting for you. You are the sunshine in the blogosphere ~ and your positive attitude is contagious! If possible, could you email me your snail mail address ~ I have a little something to mail you across the big puddle. Happy knitting !