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Haiti Earthquake

The news is pretty well spread around by now of the disastrous earthquake in Haiti.  A country already in a constant state of teetering on the edge has been given another shove by a magnitude 7.0 quake and the associated aftershocks.

Contributions are welcomed at the site of the American Red Cross, as well as other reputable charities.  I myself would recommend Episcopal Relief and Development, whose banner I keep in my sidebar constantly.  I know that all administrative expenses for ER & D are taken care of by a fully-funded endowment, so 100% of contributions are put to the goal designated.  They have set up a Haiti fund that you can contribute to from this page.

If you wish to do something in a more practical mode, you can knit or crochet, and you’re a member of Ravelry, the online home of fiber crafters, start going through your old, undedicated yarn and knitting afghan squares.  A group has sprung up on Ravelry to take all squares sent in and sew them into blankets for forwarding to Haiti.  A few people have put up patterns, but it doesn’t have to be fancy; I have some yarn I’m destashing this way, and I’m just whipping out a square in garter stitch (simple knit).  If you don’t belong to Ravelry, it’s easy to join and free.

RL Knitting/Crochet Project for WWII Veterans

We pause our regularly scheduled ramblings about Second Life to bring up a project you might be interested in doing in the Real World, if you knit or crochet.

The National World War II Museum in New Orleans has served as the base of operations for a knitting and crochet project.  “Knit Your Bit” (a slogan borrowed from wartime morale/propaganda posters) supplies scarves to veterans of the war, patterned on colors and themes of the period.  There are three different patterns currently available; I’m hoping a fourth will come out sometime this summer or early fall.  If you are interested in getting some fiber into your non-SL time, check out the page at the Museum and pick up the patterns.  (You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader or a similar compatible program to read the files.) When you complete your work, send the scarf to the Museum; they will donate it to a Veterans Center somewhere in the country for passing on to one of the men who would like or could use it.

I’m doing the 2007/Year Two pattern, the “V for Victory,” myself, as it’s most within my skill level.  (I haven’t tried multiple colors yet, though these scarves might be a good way to get going on that slightly more advanced method.)  The V for Victory is very simple, and doesn’t require any knowledge of cabling — the knitting technique for creating “raised” patterns in knitwork; this is simply knit-and-purl all the way through, and is quite attractive.

While on the Museum’s page, read on down and find out some of the history of knitting and fiber arts during the wartime period.  There’s quite a bit of interest in researching this among historians, fiber crafters, and re-enactors of the WWII period, and you can also find exhibits/artifacts at such places as the sites of the Imperial War Museum and the Canadian War Museum.  (Our WWII Museum doesn’t have a list of artifacts available online at this time that I can find.)

This would be a nice thing to begin, especially with Memorial Day and the 65th anniversary of D-Day coming up.  Why not get involved and Knit Your Bit?

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