Saturday, October 14, 2006

They're in the mail!

Thursday night I sent out more than eleven pounds of sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to Afghans4Afghans! Thanks to the wonderful knitters of KnitWits and the collection site at one of our fine LYS. I took pictures - and they'll be up here soon.

In the meantime, I just read the funniest idea for a reality show. The Blogger's charity is Dulaan, and she'd just posted a reader's request to link to AfghansforAfghans. She went on to write:
“The Battle of the Knitting Charities”—a new reality TV show? 10 knitters on a deserted island with one unclad child and the winner is the first person to finish a Kaffe Fassett sweater for him without starving to death?
(the post is from Mossy Cottage Knits)
Too funny. But it strikes a familiar chord in me and probably many other charity knitters. There is so much need. How can we do it all?

Anne Lamott would say, "Bird by bird." :-)

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Afghans for Afghans deadline - Nov. 3

The AfghansforAfghans project has announced its formal due date for the sweater collection: Nov. 3rd. KnitWits is sending 7 sweaters, 2 vests, 13 hats, 2 pairs of socks, and 5 pairs of mittens. This week. Every week that I stop by Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe there seems to be more to add. Hooray! I still have to finish off the vest that I've made. Edge around the arm holes. Put in a zipper. (I decided that the vest should have buttons AND a zipper.) This week. I'll get it done! And I've been working on a top down sweater that refuses to end. The Nov. 3 deadline will give me some time.

In the meantime, I've discovered Dulaan 2007. They're trying to get 2007 participants to make and send five items to warm the homeless of Mongolia.

To participate, sign up between between Monday, October 2, 2006, and Tuesday, October 31, 2006.

This makes a nice continual knitting cycle: afghans for Afghans (due Nov. 3), Dulaan (due July 2007), and local (all the time).

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

URGENT - Afghans for Afghans

The recent e-mail from Afghans for Afghans indicates that less than 300 of the 900 needed sweaters and vests have been received at the San Francisco drop off. Yikes!

So - I've put my Grey's KAL sweater aside to work on a top down raglan pullover done in Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride (worsted). Charcoal grey base but with stripes of turqouise and a reddish-orangish variegated color that I hand dyed. My hope is to get it done by this weekend and out in priority mail by Monday. By that timeline I am WAY behind. Pictures when I get it finished.