It's not often you see me on here is it? ;)
A while ago I wrote about Rebel Knitting. At the time Helen aka Patientgardener commented that like me, she's looking out for some sort of community knitting project to join in with. Yesterday she found it and emailed to tell me so. Kathryn Hall of Plant Whatever Brings You Joy has started a great blogging community initiative to knit warm scarves for schoolgirls in a remote region of Pakistan. Kathryn was inspired by reading Three Cups of Tea, a dramatic tale of a mountaineer lost on the slopes of K2, who is rescued by the inhabitants of a remote village. From that act of kindness and sheer chance, the mountaineer, Greg Mortensen, returned to the United States determined to start a school for girls back in Pakistan. Having read the book, Kathryn explains the story much better than I can (see the above link) and would like to help in a more practical way than just giving money. So she's come up with the idea of knitting warm scarves for the girls. A number of our blogging pals in the States have pledged to join her and Helen and I will also be knitting away over the next few weeks.
Kathryn is co-ordinating things in the US, but it struck me that it would be wasteful for Helen and I send our scarves all the way to the States for them to be sent on to Pakistan. So one of us (and I'm happy for it to be me) will co-ordinate a similar initiative from here in the UK. Would you like to join us? Each scarf should be 1 foot wide and 5 feet long and can be in whatever yarn, colour(s) and pattern you wish to use. Leave a comment here if you and/or anyone you know who likes knitting are intending to join us. Helen and I will work out exactly what needs to be done regarding timing and where to send your completed scarves to. The most important thing is to raid your wool stash, get your needles out now and start knitting!
Thanks to Threadspider for taking the photo today when I went over to hers for coffee. Note to Emmat - this is what happens when you get three wet days in February ;)