Stripes, Stripes, Stripes–And Stripes

IMG_0323 by you.

  Anyone that feels like a bit of poking about knows that I’m part of the Knitters for Obama group on Ravelry. I’m not hugely active in the forums, but when a new charity project was started, I felt that I had to join. Here’s a brief summary of what it’s about, and a link to the actual thread.

  • Hi everyone!
    The mods are very happy to announce that our own dear Willietattoos has arranged our next charity project. We will be knitting and crocheting for the Mattaponi native american tribe. As many of you know, there is a staggering amount of poverty and need among many native american tribes.The Mattaponi tribe lives in Eastern Virginia, and for some unknown reason are not recognized as an official tribe and therefore do not receive federal funding. This is shocking considering that the tribe was here before the first European settlers arrived in the 1600s!

    They have a health clinic, but there is chronic, heartbreaking need.

 The post goes on to outline what kind of knitted items are needed, and what kinds of colors, etc.

 The yarn is required to be superwash. I don’t really have an abundance of charity-knitting appropriate yarn, because 99.9% of my stash requires handwashing. I mentioned this without thinking, and later that same day, a Raveler by the name of charleebear contacted me. It was the perfect swap. She wanted to participate, but was unable to knit something—I wanted to to knit, but didn’t have the yarn. So she bundled up a packet of superwash yarn. 

(As a side note: if anyone else would like to knit for this charity but does not own the appropriate yarn OR, if you own appropriate yarn but can’t knit right now, there’s a note at the top of that thread to contact blackbunny, who is arranging these things. I didn’t go this route, but that’s just because I didn’t notice–and it worked out anyway!)

 That rather simplistic striped tube up there is made from Missions Fall 1824 wool, and it’s actually one of what is going to be a pair of leggings, one of the specific requests the Mattaponi  tribe made. (It’s 36 stitches, 2 by 1 rib, and 12 inches long: it would fit a child up to about 10 years, I’d say)  I’m going to make a second pair from these two colors. The Mattaponi wanted rich, earthy, bright colors, not washed out pastels, and I have to admit, it’s a lot more fun to knit with these colors than with baby blue or pink.

IMG_0336 by you.

 The deadline is late April and the first legging took a very short time to knit. So I’m very hopeful that I’ll be able to turn these two skeins of Regia into some cute socks for the tribe, as well. I’m assuming that they’ll get a lot of baby-sized items, so I want these to be a full-sized pair of socks, probably to fit a woman or teenager.

IMG_0337 by you.

 But charleebear didn’t stop at sending just yarn for charity. She very sweetly tucked in two skeins of a lovely merino sock yarn from Spirit Trails Fiberworks for me. It feels heavier than fingering and the colors make me instantly think of a sunset, or the pavement-searing, blood-warming heat of summer. It’s 400 yards of lovely yarn, and it was incredibly generous of her to put together this package.

IMG_0327 by you.

Mmm. Summer.

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February 6, 2009. Knittin' Porn, works-in-progress.

3 Comments

  1. gimpykatk replied:

    Wow that really worked out well all the way around.

  2. jinniver replied:

    How cool that it worked out that supplies were able to get together with motivation and time! 🙂 Sounds like a great project. And the sock yarn certainly does have a warm feel to it!

  3. Mary Ellen replied:

    That’s an awesome project! I’m up to my ears in unfinished knitting right now, but I did just message one of the mods offering up the 8 skeins of Vanna’s Choice I got for Christmas to anyone who needs it…

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