Sunday, January 6, 2008

"They Keep Pulling us Back In..."

Like my Pacino impression? We thought that we were calling it quits on December 31st, but we've had some kharmic interventions which helped us decide to keep the collection going until March 31st:

1. We set up a mitten tree at a children's Christmas show at the Glebe Community Centre, expecting to get a few items - we received about 50 sets of mittens and hats - thanks, Glebe and Ottawa South families! Here is a picture of some of the stuff we gathered.

2. I received a few calls and e-mails from some of our very cool contributors (shout-out to Maria, Jeannine, Rob's mom and the Cornwall collective) asking whether we were continuing beyond the deadline. Inspiring, ladies.

3. We got 2000 (you read right) knitted squares from the good people of Coats & Clark. We've recruited a gang to start assembling the squares into blankets (including my Aunty Jeet and my own Mommy - this is a picture of some of the blankets they've made with the squares).

4. The Toronto knitters are stepping it up - we received a message from the Knit Cafe saying "Pick up your stuff, 'cause its piling up". Now that's a sweet message to get.

Bottom line, the need is great and the knitters are great, so we're going to keep going. Our new deadline is March 31st. We're going to continue shipping to Mongolia (where its cold 12 months of the year), and we're going to try to find a way to get another shipment to the Innu. You can drop off your stuff at Yarn Forward on Bank and in Kanata (check out the sweater that Auriol Rapin just dropped off, left picture).

Keep it up, and we love hearing from you!


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