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.
What a timely idea Amy, Thank You. Can u suggest a drop off process for people who don’t make it to the group meetings?ReplyDelete
Thanks, Amy, a lovely idea. Just thought I'd let you know that some of us are listening, and knitting away. I have one and a half squares done. I'm using Encore with size 8 needles, which seems to be working well.ReplyDelete
See you whenever we have a drop off.
My sister forwarded your messageReplyDelete
to me (I'm not a member of your group), and I am currently knitting my third "square." Could you let me know the best way to get them to you, and whether there is a deadline for completing them? Thanks!
Thank you for this wonderful idea.ReplyDelete
What is the due date and the drop off location?
Sorry for the delay in responding, and thanks for your enthusiasm for this project. Our next drop-off will be April 14 at 4 at Harlow Platts Park by Viele Lake. Stay tuned for a new post on our next meeting. There's no due date yet - I figure we can keep working on them through the summer at least. If you don't anticipate being able to make it to any drop-offs/meetings before fall, you can send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange drop-off or mailing directly to me. Thanks!ReplyDelete