Rich Fletcher Recovery Fundraiser


Hey Everyone:

If you are wondering why I am posting this to my crochet blog it’s because this family is from my home town of Pacifica, CA.  I want to help spread the word about Rich Fletcher’s Fundraiser on September 20, 2014 from 5pm – 11pm so, maybe people in town who don’t have facebook can share this information via e-mail or others who cannot attend or do not know his story can help out this family too!  I will be making and donating a 49ERS themed Granny Square Blanket to help raise funds.  The blanket will be on auction the night of the event in Pacifica, CA at the Pedro Point Fire House.  There is only enough room for 110 people at this event and seeing that past events have had more than 100 people in support of the cause I advise you to purchase your dinner/event ticket for $30 per person ASAP!  My Grandmother, Mother and I all have our tickets already! It’s time for you to join the party and help out this awesome family!  If you cannot attend or would rather donate to the cause please CLICK HERE!


Mimi Quirarte


July 2014:

We will be serving fresh local salmon, fresh local vegetables and rice pilaf. A beef dish will be available for none fish eaters. Live music (bands TBA) & a full bar will be provided for purchase. This event is open to 110 people at $30 per person. This is a pre-sale ticket event and tickets can be purchased here in advance. All money will go directly to the family.
Rich has come a long way, especially mentally but his physical condition remains and will remain for life (paraplegic). The bills will not stop and his ability to earn is severely hampered. Come out and have a great dinner, dancing & refreshments while helping a great cause!

Thank you!

To Purchase a ticket to this event please CLICK HERE

To RSVP on the Facebook Event (once you’ve purchased your ticket) CLICK HERE


Rich Fletcher’s Story

On August 16th 2013, Richard was the victim of a tragic motorcycle crash & hit and run in Oakland, Ca. While riding his motorcycle home from work that Friday afternoon he was cut off by a passing motorist. Rich did nothing other than point at his own head as he later passed the driver further down the road as a sign to use your head and watch for motorcycles. This small gesture enraged the driver of the car and he immediately started trying to run him off the road numerous times.

Rich, only wanting to get home to his family after a long week of work, simply sped off and away from the irrational driver. After riding a few miles and no longer seeing him, Rich thought he was safe and far enough away that he relaxed and went back to a normal pace. Moments later Rich looked into his mirror and last thing he saw was the car coming straight at his rear wheel doing what he believes to be at least 30 miles an hour faster than he was traveling, as he was doing the speed limit.

The driver purposely rear ended him on his motorcycle and then sped away. He is currently being charged with attempted murder along with other felony charges and is being held at Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County.

Richard suffered tremendous injuries and is paralyzed from just above the waist. His spinal cord was severely damaged. He has many broken vertebrae & ribs along with lots of road rash. He is recovering in the hospital and is currently out of the ICU ward. Next he will be transferred to a spinal recovery therapy center where he will have a lot of work ahead of him. The surgeons and doctors who performed his surgery have stated he will never walk again as the spinal injury was so severe.

Rich was the sole provider for his family of 5 including his 3 children, 2 of whom are in college with his youngest a sophomore in High School. Words can not describe the pain and uncertainty the family is feeling right now. There will be some very difficult times ahead for the Fletcher family and any financial help that can be provided will really help as both Rich and his wife Laura will both be away from work for an extended time. Please help a great father, husband and friend in his time of need!



To purchase a ticket to this event: CLICK HERE

Facebook Event Page: RSVP (RSVP doesn’t mean you have purchased a ticket)

Rich Fletcher’s Recovery Website

If you can’t attend please DONATE HERE


Would you like to donate crochet items to Charities?


Here are 25  great organizations that you can donate your crochet skills to if you are interested in giving back to others.

  1. Scarves for Special Olympics. “Handmade scarves donated as a result of the 2012 Special Olympics USA Scarf Project will be a symbol of unity, support, compassion and empowerment, as the Special Olympics athletes, coaches, families, volunteers and supporters wear them with pride in knowing they have become part of the Special Olympics family.”
  2. Red Scarf Project. This is a cool project that donates red scarves to foster youth bound for college. I learned about this one from Daily Crocheter where this is a comprehensive lists for where to donate crochet items.
  3. Operation Gratitude. This organization sends care packages to troops overseas. They accept crochet scarves from September through December to help keep the troops warm during the colder months of the year. Did you see the story about two eighty year old sisters that crochet for Operation Gratitude?
  4. The Ships Project. This is another organization that sends care packages to overseas military. They accept a variety of donations throughout the year that go to members of the Marines, Army and Air Force.
  5. Give a Hoot, Make an Owl. This organization accepts crochet owls to look over and care for children in foster care.

To read the other 20 orginizations on the list please:  Click Here


Hi my name is Mimi and I’m a yarn addict!

Q:  When you purchase yarn, do you have a project in mind, or do you buy on impulse and save the yarn to use whenever the need arises? 

A: I purchase yarn whenever I can however,  I usually stick with Simply Soft these days because I’m making granny square blankets!  Although Red Heart has the Super Saver brand, I feel it’s a little rough to work with and drys out my hands when working on big projects such as a blanket.  I also feel the quality of the final product feels more comfortable to against a baby’s skin or when I’m lounging on the couch with my blanket!  It is a little harder to work with from time to time because my hook doesn’t catch the yarn fully and I miss one strand of the four, causing it to look messy.  I usually catch those as I’m working the row and take out the yarn and re-do the part that is messy.

Q:  Are you a yarn hoarder, who buys on impulse just because the yarn was too luscious to put down? Or are you a practical yarnie who only buys what is needed for specific projects?

When I first started buying yarn I would buy multiple colors all in one purchase.  Later I realized you usually need two or more of each color to finish a project depending on how big the blanket I’m making is going to be.  It sucks to have to go back to the store and buy another skein of the same color because the die lots tend to vary from time to time and you end up with two colors instead of one.

Q:  Is there yarn bagged, boxed, stored, shelved all over your house? Or is it neatly piled away in as few storage containers as possible?

I have two bags of yarn I was given that I don’t want to use because there is only one skein of each color and you can only make a weird multicolored 70’s inspired blanket with the colors I have.  The yarn I use for random projects I have stored in portable plastic drawer units you can buy at Michael’s, Walmart, Target, etc.  I on the other hand, saw a guy with a big work truck filled to the brim of stuff one day at QuickStop in Pacifica.  I saw the units and asked him if he was going to dump them.  He said he’d missed the dumps by 5 minutes and was bringing them tomorrow.  I asked if he would mind following me to my house and letting me have them for free. I told him I crochet and it would be perfect to store my yarn in.  He agreed and he helped me unload them.  They came from a storage unit in Pacifica.  The lady was moving to Florida with her husband and she just wanted to dump everything and start over new!  Lucky Mimi!

Q:  Are you addicted, or can you quit at anytime? Inquiring crochet minds want to know!

YES, I am addicted.  NO, I cannot quite at anytime!  There is always something new my friends on Facebook are forwarding me!  They never wanna purchase the products so, I just stick to my granny square blankets because I crochet for a living currently and don’t have time to make small projects on the side no one will want in the end.  Plus, I’d have to use the yarn from my stash which I might need on a future product!   I’ve made everything from crocheted hoop earrings with sports teams colors and the correct sports ball as a center bead, to purses, scarves, blankets and beanies of all types.  I love making character beanies they just cost more to the customer because they are a lot more work then just a basic beanie!





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