After Monday's events in South Boulder, I hope all of you are safe and supported in this tragedy by family, friends, and community. If you need support of any kind, please reach out to this community in the comments - there are many generous and compassionate hearts here.
When terrible things happen, I just want to DO something. I suspect many of you feel the same way. It's hard to know what to do, but there is always knitting. So I came up with an idea, and I hope that you'll join me if it can provide you with some comfort and a sense of direction and purpose.
I thought we could make some collaborative blankets to give to emergency workers to distribute to people who have experienced trauma (through direct donation to a police or fire department if we can get a contact or thorough Project Linus if we can't). To contribute, make as many rectangles as you like (directions below). I and any interested volunteers can seam the rectangles into strips and then seam the strips into blankets.
Directions:Yarn: machine washable yarn in any weight
Needles: a size appropriate to your yarn that gives you a soft and squishy gauge
Cast on any multiple of 10 stitches. Knit in any pattern you like (garter stitch is fine) until rectangle measures 10 inches from cast-on. Cast off and weave in ends.
The number 10 honors the 10 lives lost on the afternoon of March 22, 2021.
Take comfort in busy hands and take care of yourselves and your neighbors. Thinking of you all.