November shipment to Igloolik orphans + overflow: 90 pounds
Cape Dorset: 18 pounds
Iqaluit Women's Shelter: 50 pounds
Arviat: 44 pounds
Total: 202 pounds
Think about how little a hat weighs. The idea that you made so many knitted items in such a short period is staggering.
I put the call out for Arviat and the women and children's shelters of Iqaluit about 4 weeks ago. I think that the email from the teacher in Arviat was a particularly poignant call for help - and you replied with your usual warm hands and warm hearts. I am especially floored because so many of you would be knitting for Christmas at the same time as you turned your mind to these kids. And here's the truth: the original plan was to send the items up with kalyle's friend ( I was thinking maybe we'd get 25 hats). But your overwhelming response meant that we had to get the items upto Arviat via cargo, and that's when First Air once again came to the rescue. How many times can I say how much I love those folks? They do so much for northern communities, not just with us but with several other projects.
On Friday, we sent an extra-large suitcase of clothing + toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrushes and hand cremes up to the women's shelter, via the Northern Shopper, our new BFF's.
This weekend, I packed boxes for Arviat - they asked and you delivered. We are shipping over 130 hats, along with mittens, neck warmers and sweaters, all for the JK to Grade 5 set.
On Monday, Carlene and I will meet with kalyle's friend from Iqaluit for a quick drink (if all works well), and do some brain-storming as well as fact-finding about the communities with which we want to connect.
By the way, I got an email from Mike from Cape Dorset Friday: he has tracked your box to Iqaluit, but is waiting for it out to get out of there, and onto a small play to Cape Dorset. Weather can be tricky, and the Christmas flights are crowded: I'm very hopeful that it gets to them next week - will let you know when I know.
Without further ado, here's some of what we got recently for Arviat and the shelters:
|M Riccotone of Stoney Creek is relatively new to the project (has it been 2 years), but man, is she prolific. The hats and sweater of hers, below, will be well appreciated in Arviat.|
|Karen also made these lovelies - warm socks are the best.|
|And again more from M Riccottone of Stoney Creek - thank you!|
|Okay, don't mean to brag, but this is another version of the "Eric hat" (you know what I mean) but in a smaller size, made by yours truly. Yes, two hats in one year. Give me a cookie.|
|Suzanne Atkinson of Ottawa has become more than just a knitter - she is a good friend - the fact that she has many children of her own makes the fact that she puts time aside to knit for us a small miracle.|
|Suzanne hats - thanks, Suzanne's husband, for dropping them off!|
|These beautiful hats are from rammy on Ravelry. They will go to Arviat - thank you!|