As I sat by my warm fire this afternoon working on the Christmas knitting a thought came to me. “Why am I knitting for my well-cared-for family, when there are others out there in much greater need?”
Today we chose an ornament from the giving tree, or whatever it’s called, to help provide Christmas for a local child in foster care.
I want to make that not-loved-enough child something very special. Something that requires my attention, my heart, my hands, and my time.
On my son’s first day of preschool he wore the first sweater I ever made him. And on that first day I told him: “Anytime you miss Mommy, just look at all the stitches of your sweater and remember that every single stitch means ‘I love you.’ ”
I want to include a handknit in this foster child’s Christmas package. That kid needs one.
I am only one knitter, and I can only help one local child this Christmas. So this holiday season I have a challenge for the knitting community.
Make a handknit for charity. Include it in a Christmas package for a needy child.
Now, I wish I could send you all yarn for participating. But I can’t. This is what I can do.
For every holiday package in which you include handknits for a needy child, I will donate $1 to Knitter’s Without Borders. I will donate up to $500. I’m going to think of it as getting a jump start on the next year’s stash diet.
I’ve set up an email account for you to tell me all about your handknits, send me links and send me pictures before you send them off to a new home. knittingchallenge [at] gmail [dot] com I will leave the challenge open until Jan. 1st, 2008.
This is just like a sweater, one stitch or one row or one pattern or one sleeve isn’t going to get anyone very far. So spread the word!
Link directly to this entry- https://noodleknit.wordpress.com/2007/11/30/i-had-a-grand-idea/
Edited to add: I swear I thought of this before YarnHarlot posted about KWB today!