Here’s a sweet bit of news. Our lovely pals Belinda and Wendy at True Brit Knits, knitwear fashion designers extraordinaire, have given a lovely gift to Sandy-ravaged residents of New York City. It’s called the Hampstead Wreath, and it’s a knitting pattern. Through the end of the year (i.e., the very peak of wreath-knitting FEVER), all sales of downloads of the Hampstead Wreath pattern will go to Citymeals-on-Wheels, a local New York City organization.
Citymeals’ core function–going back decades– is the personal delivery of hot meals to New York City’s homebound elderly, but it immediately mobilized to aid other Sandy victims who were in danger of not having sufficient food. (Read about it here.) I saw Citymeals in action firsthand, two days after the storm, when I was overseeing teen volunteers at an elderly housing apartment building on the Lower East Side. While we were organizing donated food and sundries in the community room, a Citymeals van dropped off a tower of emergency boxes of non-perishable food. There was enough for Citymeals’ regular clients, but also for the many others who needed food in that dark, cold building. The kids jumped on the boxes, and like Jewish Santas bearing flashlights (it was a synagogue group), went through the halls knocking on apartment doors, offering the boxes, chitchatting and taking orders for items from the supplies downstairs. That scene has been reenacted daily, throughout the city, thanks to Citymeals.
Needless to say. I’m farklempt at this sweet love note from London. Knitters, you know what to do. (While you’re there, have a look at True Brit Knits’ other designs. They’re going to be huge. HUGE I TELL YOU.)
What About That Blanket?
That Sandy relief blanket? It is done. Every end is woven, every round of i-cord is attached, and it is awaiting its date with destiny (or with Balto and an iPhone camera). The pattern is in layout and editing as we speak, and we are working out the details of how the contributions and downloads will work. Thank you for your patience, and stay tuned. Sadly, the need will be here for a long time. Longer than it takes to knit a blanket, for sure.
What About That Other Blanket?
Lookie under the Sandy blanket: it’s the Delia’s Lair blanket inspired by your novel Bowling Avenue, in luscious Classic Elite Liberty Wool. It lacks just one square and a border. SO CLOSE. Again, thank you for your patience. I’m excited about an idea for the border, which I hope will be an idea that works. More later. Stay tuned. I’m saying that a lot today. STAY TUNED OK?
Meanwhile, you need to knit a wreath. You want to knit a wreath. You’re going to knit a wreath.