I know you were as astonished and concerned as I when post-hurricane reports started coming in from friends in Vermont and upstate New York. Hearing personal accounts of how entire villages were isolated by bridges washing out, rivers running through ground floor apartments, and waves lapping at front porches made the impact very real. I doubled my usual Red Cross donation, but now we have a chance to make our impact very real, too.
India has close family who were hit. In addition to providing a new home for one family member, she is starting a new knitting effort to provide tangible evidence of our concern and warmth for the winter that is coming very soon to many people who just lost their lifetime collection of gloves and hats. Details at the bottom of the post for those who would like to join in.
I’m sending along a baby sweater that I just finished up last night (EZ’s February Baby Sweater, Berroco Lullaby on size 7 needles), and I believe I’ll be casting on a hat tonight.
I’ll do some spinning first. After all of those rare breeds in natural colors, I was aching for color. While I have some of Erica’s subtle rovings in my stash, I needed more of a lightning bolt after months of brown and grey, so Abstract Fibers merino/silk in colorway Shady Glade it is. Put some electric green next to some cobalt blue and my heart is happy.
And when I cast on that hat, it will be warm.
WARM HATS, WARM HEARTS
Seeking donations of handknits for Vermont and New York flood survivors.
Hats * Scarves * Mittens/gloves * Sweaters * Socks * Blankets * Baby items * Knitted toys
Please included a note stating the size of the garment if appropriate, the fiber content, and washing instructions. Please use machine washable materials whenever possible but especially for baby and children’s items. Washing instructions are particularly important if you use yarn that requires hand washing or dry cleaning.
Feel free to include any personal notes for the eventual recipient.
Please send your handknit donations to:
Warm Hats, Warm Hearts
c/o India Tresselt
251 Huntley Road
Westford, VT 05494
There is no deadline for donations, but I hope to have some to distribute with the onset of cold weather, beginning in mid September. If I receive more items than are need for flood relief, I will donate the rest to other appropriate charitable organizations in Vermont and New York. If you have any other questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
WARM HATS, WARM HEARTS
On August 28, Hurricane Irene visited Vermont. Although my town was spared the worst, many towns throughout the state suffered devastating flooding. My husband’s brother, sister, and mother narrowly escaped the rising waters of the Mad River, which inundated their home and their village, soaking everything in its path, taking out roads and bridges, and leaving behind inches of muck and piles of debris.
My family was lucky. Many of their things, including their clothing, are salvageable. But many others are not so fortunate. Though it is still quite warm here, we all know that soon the weather will turn much colder, and people will reach for that favorite sweater or scarf, only to remember that it’s gone.
I’m collecting donations of handknit hats, scarves, mittens, sweaters, socks, blankets, baby items, and knitted toys, items for anyone from babies through adults, to distribute to flood survivors in Vermont and upstate New York. If you would like to ply your needles for people in need, please contact me, India Tresselt, at email@example.com. Thank you!