Day 691: Knitting us together

I posted earlier this week about how relaxing knitting can be. Then today at, I read this amazing story by Emily Fitzpatrick about an Edmonton grandmother who knitted 1,000 hats for the homeless this year. Aaaaand, today’s Google doodle is a cool knitting gif to celebrate the winter solstice (not sure how that relates, but whatevs).

Here’s the story about the Edmonton grandma… she’s inspired me to take some of the leftover wool I have and make something helpful with it (a toque seems beyond my skills at the moment but it’s worth a try, right?)

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Jane Van Zyll Langhout, an 85-year-old grandmother, first learned to knit as a young girl in Holland, but when her husband passed away 25 years ago, she committed herself to her craft full time.

“It [got] really lonely, and then I started knitting. I did it for the neighbourhood mostly,” she said.

Now, she knits every day.

“I could almost do it with my eyes closed” she said. “Touques are easy to make … and the older I get the more I like to sit down.”

For the second year in a row, she is using her talent and passion to give back, donating 1,000 hand-knit touques to the Share the Warmth Campaign.

To prepare for this year’s donation, Van Zyll Langhout spent about eight hours every day knitting, usually completing three hats a day.

The campaign was first started by retired NAIT teacher Gordon Smith 10 years ago when he heard there was a need for socks in the homeless community.

Wanting to help, Smith asked around for donations.

“All of a sudden I got two or three pairs of socks. Then 50 pairs, then 500 pairs – and then all of a sudden I’m in the sock business,” he said.

Read rest HERE.

p.s. And me? Today I haven’t left the house because of the ice out there but yesterday I dropped off some soups and stews for the food bank drive in our office building and washed up other people’s dishes in our staff kitchen when no one was looking. Later, I snapped out of my iPod trance long enough to notice that a lady with a cane was slowly making her way towards the door of our building, and I was able to open it for her in time, which often only occurs to me after the fact, I’m afraid.


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