Recently, I had a hankering to take up knitting again. Haven’t knitted in years but I felt the need to hold needles and yarn in my hands.
Smart girl that I am, I didn’t throw myself into an Aran sweater or anything ambitious — learned my lesson on that one many years ago, and it resulted in a very intricate but scary looking Bill-Cosbyesque affair. Instead I thought I’d ease my fingers back into knitting with a java jacket or two — and once I got going, I started really enjoying it.
During radio coverage on the Haiti quake in mid January, I heard about an organization called Maison de Lumiere, a Haitian orphanage that became something of a community triage center after the quake.
Knit one, purl one, I decided to whip up a bunch of Mug Huggers and flog them to my poor unsuspecting coworkers, donating the money raised to Child Hope International, Maison de Lumiere’s parent organization.
If it was all about the money, I would have simply written a check. But I think it’s important when you are so far away from tragedy to DO something with your hands.
I set a finite goal of knitting 20 Mug Huggers (see some of there here in my Feb Flickr set) and I asked for a donation of $5 per hugger — so I was pleased to be able to send $100 to Haiti relief.
In the process, I worked off a bunch of steam (knitting is a great soother of the soul) and spent some precious time holding the people, in particular the children, of Haiti in my heart!