Scraps for Hats: Destash for a good cause!

Scraps for Hats: Destash for a good cause!

Cleaning out your yarn stash? Bring all those unwanted scraps and leftover project skeins to Ozark Fiber Fling 2015 this coming November and donate them to Jennifer Rentschler’s Scraps for Hats project. Jennifer makes hats from yarn scraps and sells them online to help support various Hemophilia-related outreaches, particularly for women and children, including:

  • Women’s Hemophilia outreach retreats,
  • Camps for children with Hemophilia and other bleeding-related disorders,
  • Education and networking opportunities for women and children with bleeding disorders, and
  • Advocacy on behalf of individual patients.

Jennifer gladly accepts all yarn scraps regardless of length,
texture, or color – even the weirdest texture or shortest lengths can be made
into a flower or other fashion accessory.

What in the world is Hemophilia?

Hemophilia is a genetic disorder where the patient’s blood is unable to clot properly if at all, and along with Cancer and Leukemia, is one of the top three of the most expensive diseases to treat. Hemophilia may cause its patients to bleed to death when not properly treated. Other problems linked to Hemophilia include severe bruising, edema, permanent joint damage, or even crippling premature arthritis. Famous hemophiliacs include Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia (1904-1917), professional baseball pitcher Jesse Schrader, and actor Richard Burton (1925-1984).

To learn more about Hemophilia, platelet disorders, Von Willebrand Disease, and related conditions, contact one or more of the following:

  • Gateway Hemophilia Association, 14248 F PMC # 310 Manchester Road Suite, Baldwin, MO 63011, 314-482-5973,
  • Midwest Hemophilia Association, P.O. box 412866, Kansas City, KS 64141, 816-479-5900,
  • Hemophilia Federation of America, 820 First Street N.E. Suite 720, Washington, D.C. 20002
    phone 202-675-6984, toll free 1-800-230-9797,
  • National Hemophilia Foundation, 7 Penn Plaza, suite 1204, New York, NY 10001, 212-328-3700

What’s this about women and children with Hemophilia? Isn’t Hemophilia a male problem?

Because Hemophilia is traditionally perceived as a male problem, many female and/or pediatric Hemophiliacs receive less of the consideration or care necessary in treating this genetic disorder, which is where Scraps for Hats comes in. This project supports these two underserved demographics with bleeding-related genetic disorders: Hemophilia, platelet disorders, and Von Willebrand’s Disease, an offshoot of Hemophilia.

So where Ozark Fiber Fling fit in?

  1. The event planners of Ozark Fiber Fling want to raise awareness of Scraps for Hats as well as Hemophilia and its related disorders. Many women visit our event’s website – we thought this was a good way to reach as many people as possible to get the word out!
  2. Many women when taking a child (or themselves!) with one of these conditions to the hospital or doctor’s office take along a project to work on. Knitting, crocheting, embroidery, or even pocket looms help to pass the time and ease the worry woes. The event planners of Ozark Fiber Fling hope that maybe one or more of our teachers will get to teach a craft or skill this upcoming November which will make these visits a little more pleasant.

How else you can help:

  • Be informed! Learn more about Hemophilia and similar bleeding disorders. There are many online resources for this condition available as a starting point.
  • If you know someone who has signs of a bleeding disorder, encourage them to contact the nearest Hemophilia treatment center as soon as possible!
  • Donate to your local Hemophilia Chapter, the Hemophilia Federation of America, or the National Hemophilia Foundation.

Help Jennifer out!

So, bring those yarn scraps and orphan skeins of yarn to Ozark Fiber Fling 2015 this coming November or send them directly to Jennifer Rentschler, 9702 West 17th Street N, Wichita, KS 67212!

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