23 April 2006

while you're over there in no man's land...

So yesterday the knitgroup was winding down, there were just two of us left in a drafty little corner at Wegmans. A woman approached (if you KIP, this probably happens to you a lot. People come near, fascinated by those pointy sticks and that yarn and what you are doing with them. A lot of times they are children, completely baffled. A lot of times they are older women who gave it up, and they have stories.)

"I don't know if you'd be interested," she said, holding out a flyer. "But I saw you were knitting and thought I'd ask."


The flyer was for a group that knits specifically for veterans. She said the items that are most needed are stoma bibs, warm hats, blankets, colostomy bag covers, socks, mittens, and suchlike. The items are donated to the local VA, and passed on to hospitalized, homeless, and other needy veterans.

It's the least we can do, right? No matter our feelings about the war, we can help those who have been involved in it. I wrote down her email address, if you want it, let me know. If you're not in the Syracuse area, here's a link to find your local VA hospital. (Also? Hi!)

This got me thinking (and Googling) a great deal about charity knitting. Afghans for Afghans (itself worth investigating in your search for a charitable organization) tells us a little bit about the Red Cross' knitting tradition. Do you know anyone who learned how to knit because of the "war effort?" Do you know any recipients of charity knitting, or have you been a recipient yourself? I'd love to hear any stories from people on all sides of the issue, or if you have a favorite charity/pattern/etc. As shallow as it makes me sound, I have to admit that just finding out what a "stoma bib" is for helped really crystalized what a lot of veterans have sacrificed so I can sit here, safe at home, updating my blog and holding down the couch like it was my job.

Anacleta's Knitting For A Better World Page includes tons of links on charity knitting.


(Images in this post are from Knits N Bytes' War Knitting Page.)


At 10:53 AM, Blogger Jenn said...


Bev's Country Cottage has tons of charity patterns, including this page for "Hospital Knitting and Crochet"

At 11:18 PM, Anonymous Susan said...

Great thought provoking post, Sara! I'm all for starting a local charity knitting group. Let's talk about it the next time we knit together.

At 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post. I have knitted hats and mittens for the Dulaan project. We probably don't need another local charity knitting group as Twisted Stitches (the CNY Knitting Guild) knits hats and gloves/mittens for the needy. We probably just need to do our part - Knit and Donate!

At 5:14 PM, Blogger Susan said...

Earth calling Sara ... it's that time again ... it's been a month and half since we've heard from you ... time to update your blog!


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