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    Saturday, December 15, 2007

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    michelle

    I totally understand your frustration and sadness, because it does seem bass ass backwards. For whatever reason this year giving is down everywhere (at least for me/us locally). This year is killing me! I'm just going to keep it at that :) I keep getting overly wordy and this is just supposed to be a reply.

    I would love to send Rachel some mittens - but there is no way I can before Christmas. If there is still a need, can she hand some out afterwards? I know it doesn't have all the bang as being a special gift, and does leave some children out in the first round, yet....

    Stephanie

    I totally understand your frustration as well. I know there are no excuses and I'm totally guilty of not doing any charity knitting. I would be very willing to crank out a pair but I also have holiday knitting that needs finishing. So what I'm saying is that...it won't get there by Monday but I might be able to get it there in the next week or so. I love that you say these kinds of things on your blog. I love that you have the balls too and not care what others will say. Norma...that's why we all love you :)

    I hope you found someone at the gym to pummel and I'm sure glad I don't live anywhere near you :o)

    Sarah

    Sorry you did not get to make your trip. I hope it works out this spring.

    It seems like I have read a bunch about this project, and had hoped that the two pairs I mailed out would be extras.

    I hope your workout helps you to feel better.

    elizabeth a airhart

    sorry your trip was called off

    i knitted a lot for charity this year
    i did see my little squares on ann and
    kays page and my name--thelayout looks good
    the deadline for mittens etc was too much for me to
    handle
    some day i wish you all would check out
    make a child smile .org
    the kids can be so ill and a card can be a real help
    even a small gift 3 a month are posted no last names
    and po only ---hope your noreaster passes guickly

    Ann Rose

    I understand the frustration, too, and even though I met my pledge of two pairs and sent them off early, the time I'm now spending on knitting for me feels rather hollow, especially when I think about Rachel's project possibly falling short of its goal. (I like to imagine a blizzard of packages arriving Monday afternoon with big "drifts" of mittens and slippers, but I'm a realist and my gut is in knots over the current dismal numbers on the Soaring Eagles blog.)

    Maybe a "One for Me, One for You" (make something for charity after every personal project) or "Knit a Mitt a Month" -along could mobilize charity knitting impulses and avoid the end-of-year crunch?

    Lynn

    You know, I'm thinking of declaring February Knit For Others month this coming year (right after January, the Spin Every Day month) (since I'm in charge of declaring month titles for knitters, if you didn't know). I knit a lot for others this past year - 6 baby presents, a big blanket for my sweetie for his birthday, 5 hats for the homeless, a wedding afghan, maybe other stuff I'm forgetting - but I didn't get to knit all that much for charity. February doesn't have the pressure of Christmas knitting (although I'll probably still be working on the afghan that is supposed to be for my parents for Christmas, alas!), and at least in the northern hemisphere, it's the most dreadfully boring part of winter. And NOBODY around me is allowed to get pregnant in 2008, period! So it's a perfect month for knitting for others. We could have prizes for the most yardage knit, the most yardage knit from stash (only stash acquired pre-2008; no fair stocking up in January!), and the most items finished. We could have afghan sewing-up parties and toe-kitchnering parties and weaving in those damn ends parties. Whaddaya think?

    margene

    It's so hard to know the kids Rachel wants to help will have cold hands. Maybe we should all send her money to buy mittens and gloves. It's the fact that they have so little that hurts, not that they won't have hand knit mittens.

    Dawn

    I am sending off 6 pairs of slippers today. I have one more slipper to make and felt and then they are off. This project has really spoken to me. I didn't get started until December 1 because I didn't find out about it until then. I am donating each pair in one of my children's teacher's names rather than give a pair of apple earrings, a Christmas tie, a I heart my teacher mug.

    This project has touched me so much that I may do one pair a month and then I would have 12 by next year. Waddya think?

    Go punch something. I would be pissed if I missed out on a fantastic girls weekend as well. Just sayin'.

    CindyCindy

    I'm sorry about the trip, but the decision was wise. I'm wondering about the charity knitting. Is it that fewer are willing to do it or is it that the need is becoming greater than the number of knitters. I'm more concerned that the need is greater now than the apparent selfishness of some knitters. Of course I could be wrong, so you go give something a good whack for me, too.

    AmyP

    I can't speak for anyone else (obviously) but from my personal point of view, I have a physical disability and they easiest thing for me to do for charity is to give money or donate clothes. I put enough pressure on myself as it is, without overloading my plate for other people (what's wrong with these kids working down a mine, like the good ole days! - I jest, just in case anyone thinks otherwise).
    In my heart I know that knitting a baby cardigan or a pair of child's mittens shouldn't take too much time or energy and I know I'm privileged despite all of my problems, I just can't seem to get off my arse and actually manage it.
    As I said, this is just me and my situation and my take on it.

    Felicia

    Is timing an issue? I mean in timing for people get the information, to knit and then mail them out. Heck, that's as clear as mud. I'm still hopeful. The two pair of mittens that I spoke up for are going out today. Your four pair have just gone out also. I'm going to hope that there are a lot of knitters who are late mailers.

    And I like Lynn's idea. February is usually the coldest, gloomiest month. A bit of designated knitting cheer to help others sounds good to me.

    Manise

    Ditto! No slience from me however. It makes me very sad to think there are kids who are in such need, but will probably not get all of those mittens Rachel envisioned for them. I too am perplexed why with other causes we have all been so incredibly generous of our time and money and this one has fallen SO short of the mark. I have sent out 2 pairs and am working on my 3rd. With all of the various storms everywhere I hope they get there on time. Come on people ONE pair of mittens! Please?! It'll warm a child's heart to know someone cared enough to knit for them and yours too at the same time.

    katy

    I understand your frustration, and as a social worker and a person very committed to human rights and social justice, I totally "get it" about giving to others. And I work with very needy kids every day!
    But I'll be honest--I rarely knit for charity. I sent some things to Dulaan last year, & I have donated items for silent auctions, and that's it. I don't feel defensive about it, or guilty about it, as I give my time and money in many other ways that fit better for me. It's not like I'm sitting on a big pile of handknits that I refuse to share. I just like to use my limited knitting time to make a few special items for me, my family members, my friends. And it's true that when I preview a feed in bloglines--for any blog--and the post is focussed on charitable knitting, I often skip it b/c I know that I am not going to have the time or willingness to contribute a handmade item. I guess if I had knit 12 pairs of socks for myself this year I might feel guilty about that--or I might just donate an amount equal to all that yarn to my local food bank.

    Carla

    I hear you and understand- I did very little charity knitting this year. I'm back to school and work and the few hours I have for knitting I did the knitting I wanted to in my wishlist of gifts for others and myself. Perhaps not the best thing but the reality. I do like Margene's idea of perhaps some donated funds could flesh out the handknits. I have time for that. :-)

    Carole

    I have no solutions or explanations as to why charity knitting and giving is down. I actually did more this year than in the past. I think you are the Champion of Charity Knitters everywhere, Norma. I'm proud to be your friend. And I'm still sorry you didn't get to make your trip.

    Anne

    We missed you! But completely understandable and please do come in the spring... without the stress of winter travel - it's lovely here then!

    sandy

    I do wish I had gotten my rear in gear sooner. Those kids with cold hands? Kills me. I wish I could knit in my sleep!
    You are wondiferous, yanno?
    LX

    sandy

    Ooh, I like Margene's idea of donating a bit of money to help buy the mittens. Warm hands ARE warm hands no matter how.

    Julie

    I am sorry that the mitten goal was not met. Last year I knit hats for babies, red scarves, squares for blankets. Now I am only able to donate money since I have very little time to do any knitting, whether charity or not. Yeah, I've posted updates to Ravelry and had fun doing it, but I wouldn't have been knitting anyhow since I was doing the ravelry update while at work. I've been working on a Christmas project for my daughter for, like, 6 weeks now, a project that should have taken a week or 2. When I have a limit of an hour a day to knit I can't even think about popping out a pair of socks or mittens, for myself or anyone else. So, my money will go to people who can use it, but my knitting is staying with me, at least for now. I hope next year is a different story.

    Julie

    I am sorry that the mitten goal was not met. Last year I knit hats for babies, red scarves, squares for blankets. Now I am only able to donate money since I have very little time to do any knitting, whether charity or not. Yeah, I've posted updates to Ravelry and had fun doing it, but I wouldn't have been knitting anyhow since I was doing the ravelry update while at work. I've been working on a Christmas project for my daughter for, like, 6 weeks now, a project that should have taken a week or 2. When I have a limit of an hour a day to knit I can't even think about popping out a pair of socks or mittens, for myself or anyone else. So, my money will go to people who can use it, but my knitting is staying with me, at least for now. I hope next year is a different story.

    Emily Greene

    I sent her hats and headbands last year, but could not get to the mittens this year. I saw your posts about the Soaring Eagles project but as my roommate likes to joke I am suffering from knitting "donor fatigue" after sending (in 2007):

    Blanket of Hope - 6 squares
    Gracious Parcels - 4 squares
    Dulaan "10,000 of bust" - 5 items
    Dulaan - 50 items (additional)
    Warm Woolies - 35 winter items
    Red Scarf Project 2008 - 1 Scarf
    Afghans for Afghans October Youth Campaign - 10 items
    Afghans for Afghans October Newborn Campaign - 10 items
    Afghans for Afghans December Newborn Campaign - 3 items (2 hats, 1 baby blanket)

    and my local SnB group is knitting hats for our local soup kitchen (where I volunteer every week.)

    It saddens me that she is not going to make her goal, but there is way too much need out there.

    Beth Ingersoll

    Most of my knitting is for charity (not that it's much because I am so slow!). I won't rattle off a list of what I contributed to, but I will just say that I did donate to several. Soaring Eagles is one. Maybe sometimes people look locally for something to contribute to. Or for a big, global group. I simply give to what speaks to my heart, or looks like a fun project. My Soaring Eagles mittens were my first mittens ever, and also my first Magic Loop project.

    So maybe as an "atonement" for allowing Soaring Eagles to fall so short (we suspect), maybe next year we make a commitment to knit one pair of mittens or slippers a month, so that next year, she will receive an abundance! Or we could start a fund, like with the Red Scarf Project.

    There's more than one way to support others!

    mary lou

    I wonder if some of the slowdown is just that there are so many more needs out there? We have a mitten tree at work, at the Yarnery where I teach, and the receptionist at the courthouse has an unofficial mitten/hat supply for kids who come in with their parents and they are wearing socks on their hands. That's why I haven't sent anything to Soaring Eagles yet. Kids lose mittens and there is plenty of need post christmas for sure. You can't even buy mittens in Target much after Christmas. They've got the flip flops out. I like the idea of starting that giving knitting earlier. Christmas in July?

    MaryB in Richmond

    Norma, I'm going to speak frankly, too, because I fear you're being unfair: "Rachel not meeting her goal" is not equal to "Knitters aren't doing any charity knitting!"

    As many of the above posts demonstrate, many of us knit lots of charity stuff -- and some of your readers say they knit MOSTLY charity stuff. Ann and Kay's overwhelming response to their first Afghans for Afghans project, Ryan's almost crippling success with Dulaan, and your wonderful ("Please don't send any more!") success with the Red Scarf project may have spoiled blogland a little bit into thinking that designating a favorite charity would be a guarantee of success. (And we know knitters give money, too, as Stephanie's "Knitters Without Borders" continues to demonstrate!)

    You also need to realize that mittens are not easy knitting. They take thinking, and picking up of stitches, and decreasing of thumbs, and ... you know. Knitting a square for an afghan or a red scarf takes no thought and a single ability: the knit stitch (perfect TV or PTA meeting knitting) and very little yarn; knitting a hat in the round is nearly as simple until the last few rows. And you have to have enough yarn to make a whole pair of mittens -- again, not the case for Dulaan hats or sock-scrap squares. So when your friend asked for mittens, specifically, she really decreased the number of knitters who would be capable, much less willing, to do this knitting for her kids.

    So while I hope you enjoyed beating something up at the gym (and not one of the guys ogling your outfit!), I hope you'll rethink the beating up of knitters. Bloggers don't place orders ("Hi, I'd like 200 pairs of mittens by Christmas, please. Oh, and an order of fries.") when they make requests for support, and it's not fair to lay guilt on folks for not getting the order filled.

    ...and now I climb down off my soapbox ....

    Crystal

    I'm sorry to say but it's not just knitters. I work closely with a charity fund drive at work every year and something seems to be off this year. Maybe it's just that the need is so great that we feel overwhelmed and give up. I'd rather believe that there were too many needs all at the same time, and that different choices were made by each person. That people are still giving but not in obvious way. I have to believe this because anything else would break my heart.

    Cheryl S.

    I'm sorry that your trip didn't work out, but hope to meet you in the Spring. I'm surprised that Rachel hasn't gotten enough mittens, since it didn't really seem like all that many, compared to what was donated for other projects. I'm a fairly new knitter, so this year's donation was a first for me. But it seems typical in the charitable organization world for people to get excited and donate a lot (whether money or something else) the first year or two, and then taper off. So maybe it's just burnout. I had wondered about filling up the box I sent with some purchased mittens, but wasn't sure that would be appropriate. Now I wish I had.

    Diana

    While in real estate its location, with charity knitting its timing. Asking for charity items in December is difficult, as many folks are doing their holiday knitting for family. My personal experience is that December is a tough month to get anything done with all the school things (the Christmas Around the World report which required cookies) the Giving tree at school, the christmas concerts, the christmas cards and pollyannas for each classroom, working full time, having surgery on my knee - - - I know that's just me whining, but December is a bad month to ask for things. I didn't hear about the project until Thanksgiving and made it impossible for me to contribute, even though I knit mittens. If Rachel is planning to do it next year, I'll make a couple of pairs of mittens in January or February and set them aside for her. Sometimes we want to help. but run out of hours in the day to do so.

    Carrie

    Well, I was unable to donate to SE, due to time and toddler/husband constraints, but we kept our donations local anyway. This year my company adopted first one, then two more families, and at the last minute, the new management of our company offered to match employee donations dollar for dollar. We had enough with the match to buy presents for a fourth family AND give the leftover money to the Salvation Army. The charity is happening, but like someone else mentioned - there is just so much need out there.
    Not only that, but like Crystal says, there's something out there. I personally think it's fear - the only thing I read in the financial news is that there's a bigtime recession coming. We do what we can, but we're also hunkering down for the big financial nor'easter, too.
    I know none of this eases the sting of SE falling short, because it does break my heart too, but you can't save everyone, love, no matter how hard you try.

    Jean

    Hey there Norma,
    I'm sorry to hear that the mitten goal wasn't met but there are so many charities out there, knitting and not, that we can't assume that people are being selfish. I wish we could all do everything for everyone but we can't. Not meant to be a backlash at all. Your heart is in the right place. Just pointing out that just because someone didn't help out with this particular charity doesn't mean they aren't helping out somewhere else that there is need. I also think that people are probably more ready to shell out money than time, especially during the Holidays. I think Margene's on to something there with sending some cash to make this happen.

    Jean

    Hey there Norma,
    I'm sorry to hear that the mitten goal wasn't met but there are so many charities out there, knitting and not, that we can't assume that people are being selfish. I wish we could all do everything for everyone but we can't. Not meant to be a backlash at all. Your heart is in the right place. Just pointing out that just because someone didn't help out with this particular charity doesn't mean they aren't helping out somewhere else that there is need. I also think that people are probably more ready to shell out money than time, especially during the Holidays. I think Margene's on to something there with sending some cash to make this happen.

    kmkat

    So sorry about your trip, Norma, but I think you definitely made the right decision. You will have mega-fun when you do go.

    I committed to 2 pairs of socks for Soaring Eagles, but when I saw how much trouble Rachel was having I made 5 pairs of mittens as well, all of which hit the post office yesterday. So I feel all self righteous and smug. And so very, very sad that despite my efforts there will still be children in Bartlesville with cold hands.

    As others mentioned, part of the problem is timing. I didn't know about the project until you posted about it in, what, mid to late November? Oops, that sounded like I'm blaming you, which I totally am not. Soaring Eagles needs to get going sooner; maybe publicity among bloggers as soon as school starts. I truly hope we can do better.

    For myself, I have resolved that next year I will have a basket of hats, mittens, headbands, socks, etc. ready to donate when this time of year comes around. I can't know exactly what will be asked for, but I can be sure there will be a need that maybe I can help fill. Earlier this fall I knitted seven hats that are now destined for the Cornerstone project (I think I read about that one on your blog, too -- you do more good than you know, girl!)

    Wanda

    I won't give you silence Norma. I usually don't comment very often on charitable knitting. Many times I think of doing it, but don't. Some of the requirements for charity knitting are superwash or washable yarn, which I don't have in my stash. One weekend i thought I might be able to crank out a pair of mittens for the project, and then realized I didn't have yarn that would work for that project.

    In order to complete it I'd have to buy more yarn for those types of projects. I am quite a bit selfish with my knitting, but I don't apologize for it.

    With switching to a new job in November, my pay periods were off a bit until my second pay period from my new job, so I couldn't commit to buying new yarn or any additional purchases. I'm just now on track and having to buy all Xmas gifts late.

    Generally, though, I really don't do much charity knitting. I always think of it, but it just doesn't happen for me. If I could use stash, which isn't machine washable, then I'd be more likely to do so, but still no guarantees. I am more likely to give money, when I can, than knit for others.

    I mean, whatever that says about me, I don't know, but I'm ok with it.

    Cookie

    I think a spring trip to see Margene would be wonderful for you.

    The big shiny, trendy, prize filled charity knitting events get a lot of attention and help because they are shiny, trendy, etc. We both know that there people who only knit blog for free stuff, and I think there are people who only take part in the big deal charity knitting things for free stuff or whatever attention they think they can get from it.

    Then there's the trend of STUFF! that seems to be taking over knitting blogland and that knitting board. It's all about showing off their STUFF! and trying to impress strangers online. Stash and a million knitting bags over a little humanity. It's a sign of the times. Just like time and money being in short supply.

    Between being sick and having life fall on me, I do feel like I've dropped the ball somewhere. I'm doing what I can locally, but it doesn't feel like enough. feh

    kathy

    I do mostly charity knitting and plan on making a pair of mittens each month so when Dec. rolls around next year, I will have items to give. I did manage to send two pair this year.

    So sorry your trip has been postponed. Now you have more time to anticipate your trip. :-)

    Another thought, there are knitters out there who don't have lots of $ for yarn. I think it would be great if we could hook up some yarnless people with some abundantly yarnful people. That is going to be one of my goals this year--to share the yarn wealth.

    peace and merry holidays to everyone.

    kathy in michigan

    Kathleen

    Last year, Rachel was afraid she would not have enough hats. She got so many that she had enough for the school last year and enough to give to everyone at the new school this year! That being said... the count on Monday or Tuesday will be a more accurate account of not meeting her goal - because many of us wait until the last minute to mail things. Mine went out on Thursday.

    Sorry your plans for travel were thwarted.

    Kristen

    I plead carpal tunnel and a TFCC tear, Madam Judge and Jury. (That's why I made a $ donation to the Red Scarf side project and some other projects.) Though I will confess that being up to my neck in trying to graduate next year is also hampering any knitting. I'm sorry to hear the project didn't get the support it hoped for, but I'm sure those people it can help will be grateful.

    Rachel H

    I've been trying to think of a way to respond to this, because you know I respect the hell out of your commitment to charity knitting. The passion you show for it has certainly contributed to the success of many projects, including Dulaan, Red Scarf (dude, goes without saying) and last year's Soaring Eagles hat goal

    That said, sweetheart, I don't think people who don't knit for a particular blogged charity, or any charity, should have to feel guilty about it. There are many, many people out there doing wonderful things for a number of causes, and everyone has the right to decide what speaks to them most personally, and what they can and wish to commit to. As Jean said above, we can't assume selfishness because the mitten goal wasn't met.

    I send you big hugs, my friend.

    Celia

    I'm with Rachel H. We all do what we can, Norma. And I sure am sorry your trip was postponed. It sounded like a lot of fun.

    kelli ann

    >>Go ahead. Make my day.

    this made me laugh...

    it's a very interesting subject:: this is something that makes me think a whole lot, all year 'round:: what is the true meaning of 'charity'? and can we pretend to know/understand a population's motivation for giving/not giving? i'm sure glad there are such forces as norma/rachel/MDK (insert blog name here) putting the word out for different efforts. the responses they get are heartening. i'm also very aware that there is a big need for giving, in everyone's back yard-- we are artists of our community. and we do our very best.

    KellyS

    I wish I knew about it earlier. That said, I like many of us here (why else would we read your blog--you do so much for charity!!) do things locally and other projects. I also won't list, but it's a hard year for us too. Thanks to our lovely government, federal and state aid dwindles while the cost of living and joblessness goes up. Sometimes, there's only so much an individual can do.
    Some are indeed selfish. Others are just overwhelmed. NPR, local schools, food and money for local shelters, international aid, no medical coverage increasing personal costs...I cry a lot. Oh, and pregnant for the first time and trying to figure out where we will fit in this mess? Let's just say I hope I didn't overgive our budget and affect our next year either.

    Keep doing your part. It's more than most can even do. Getting the word out when you hear about it is great. Gives me some goals, if I can time it right and balance it $-wise, for next year. I'm going to look for the part on Ravelry of which you speak.

    thank you.

    claudia

    Certainly not silence, it appears.

    Ruth

    Well, I knit a pair of mittens, had awful gauge issues, finally got something reasonable done, and then ... realized that I didn't have an address. Do you think if I sent them Monday via Priority Mail they could still get there on time?

    MonicaPDX

    MaryB has an excellent point. I ran into problems because I've never made mittens before, plus I'm a slow knitter. After 4 frogged starts, and seeing I was turning out what would be mutant mittens that wouldn't fit the required ages - which took a while to discover, naturally - I made a last-gasp effort last week with thicker yarn in hopes of getting at least one pair in the mail. And blam; my tendonitis flared up, and a ganglion cyst I have in my wrist was giving me trouble. Shit happens. There are times you just can't do stuff, and I've finally learned to stop beating myself up about it, after decades of feeling guilty over things I can't help.

    I also agree with some others posters about the timing. From what I got from the SE blog about the dates...starting to publicize around October for a charity campaign with a deadline in mid-December, one of the busiest times of the year, not only for contributors, but shipping...even though it worked great last year, from the sounds of it, that isn't enough lead-time for items many may consider more difficult than hats and scarves. (Personally, I was finding mittens more of a challenge than socks; and I still haven't finished even a single sock yet.) I didn't hear about SE until I read about it on your blog. Never heard a word about it any other place until after your mention. And I didn't get onto Ravelry until October 7th; I only found the SE group there from a mention on Rachel's blog. (And after seeing the totals, I posted about it on my blog, too, in hopes of helping spread the word.) I'm not an advertising pro; just worked as a secretary in two advertising jobs for several years. But I know for something like this you start your PR as early as possible, as often as possible, and spread it as wide as possible. What's the lead time on the Red Scarf Project? Does the promotion ever really stop? Maybe Rachel needs some help with that aspect of SE; something to think about for next year. It's certainly a damned good cause, and if I'd had a couple of months to get mitten knitting and sizing down, I'm sure I would have been successful in contributing. But on top of everything else, time was just too short by the time I heard about it.

    Meanwhile, I have managed some items for other charities this year, and contributed money to at least three. And yeah, I bought some STUFF, too. Some yarn in amounts big enough for sweaters for myself, for instance. Why? Not to show off. Not to impress people. But because since 1986, my husband and I had money problems, and after he died in 1998, my income was under the official poverty level--yet my SSD amount was all of $25 too much to get any other kind of assistance. I was having problems finding food and rent money, much less anything else. Now I can finally afford to buy some yarn again, and with less stress about money, I've regained interest in knitting. Including for charities. So I'm not gonna feel guilty about re-starting a stash. And if I hadn't finally gotten in a better financial situation, I wouldn't have donated any money, either; because frankly, I find it easier to give to charity when I'm not in imminent danger of being kicked out to live on the street myself.

    --Deb

    Spring indeed sounds like a better bet for travelling.

    And no, sorry, I was not a mitten-knitter. There are too many more-urgent things I'm trying to do right now, and not even about Christmas, either. I feel a little guilty, but, what can you do? I don't knit fast enough! (grin)

    Stay safe and warm this weekend!

    Annie

    Good for you for saying what you think. Sometimes we need to hear exactly what you said. I know I initially felt a bit guilty after reading your post. I try my hardest to contribute to most projects- it just gets to be that there are a lot of bloggers sending out cries for help. It's totally admirable, but it can get to be overwhelming!

    Also, I'm sure, and I think someone else said this, there is a lot of need in my local community. This holiday season I've been pretty focused on helping out children at a school thatmy son's school is sponsoring- a lot of the kids are homeless and need basic stuff. As I shop and sort through gently used clothing in my home, I feel confident that I am not alone in helping out this community. That's the great thing about charity- people always seem to come through when there are others in need (or am I just being naive?).

    I hope that the SE project is successful. I'd be happy to send a Target gift card to help the families.

    Stay warm!

    nancy

    Maybe Rachel could start really early next year with a Christmas in July campaign. That would be a great time to work on small items such as mittens, socks, etc.

    Angie

    Gosh, Norma. I definitely felt the guilt after reading your post today. After reading everyone's comments so far, I still feel some guilt but I will have to deal with it since I can't fix everything. I (with my husband) contribute money to a number of charities throughout the year. Your posts and Sandy's the past two weeks have really been tweeking my guilt-meter but time is precious. Bad timing. I finally found a way to relieve some of my guilt by planning throughout the coming year to knit items like mittens and the such so I'll have something to send when a specific need is announced ----- especially during busy times like the end of the year. Soaring Eagles just came to my attention at a time when my time to knit is just not there (besides my being an incredible slow knitter). I can/will send money if that is available but I thought this project was about hand/heart knit items.

    Thank you, Norma, for tweeking my guilt-meter and for doing all you do to help others.

    Sil

    Ugh ugh ugh! I hope you found something to kick.

    AnnP

    I may not have been able to knit for SE but I just sent mittens and three hats to Christie at the Cornerstone Project because YOU mentioned it. So pat yourself on the back for THAT.

    claybustinprincess

    I saw the Soaring Eagles project orginally on the Lovin' Comfort Knits - Grace's blog -- somewhere around Thanksgiving. I committed to five pair, figuring I needed to mail them this last Monday, the 10th, to ensure they made it to their destination. I'm not much of a fancy knitter, just the basic magic loop mittens here. I was able to get 10 pair in the box by the 10th. Happy to help. . . . and it provided a nice memory of my great-grandmother whose only gift to us as kids was a new pair of handknit mittens every year at Christmas. (in white acrylic no less) The last pair she gave me (30 years ago) is sitting next to my yarn stash.

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