Stitchy McYarnpants

Confessions of a husband-neglecting, cat-shooing, yarn-hoarding knitaholic. But in a good way.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Weather Woes

Well, there’s not much more to say about the mess Katrina has made than has already been said. Good vibes, best wishes, warm thoughts, all of that goes out to everyone suffering. But the best thing you can send is money. Because there are no resources to store or distribute donations of food, clothing, or even lovingly knitted blankets, people are urged to send moulah. Cold hard cash. Greenbacks. It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.

Let’s show them the money, people!

And if you're so inclined, help some furry critters out, too.

Pretend you’re going to make a gorgeous, luxurious blanket, hat, or scarf to comfort someone who has been affected. Now, save yourself a bunch of time and just send the money you would have spent on the yarn. Then throw in a little more for a pair of matching slippers.

12 Comments:

Blogger Norma said...

Yes, that is so true. As much as we'd like to send tangible items, it's always the cold, hard truth: they need cold, hard cash more than anything, ever, and that's true for all charitable and relief organizations. And they can make it go farther that way, too. We have a knee-jerk reaction against it, but it's the truth.

8/31/2005 09:57:00 PM  
Anonymous elisa said...

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that people do exactly what you've suggested and that *NO ONE* decides to start knitting scarves to send to victims. Cash is good.

9/01/2005 07:20:00 AM  
Blogger Kris G. said...

Bless your heart. There'll be plenty of time for such tangible items later; right now, money is best.

Our town is filled to bursting with refugees, even up in Arkansas. These people need as much help as they can get as quick as it can get here. Thank you for making more folks aware!

9/01/2005 10:38:00 AM  
Blogger Nik said...

you are hilarious. I just read the last two posts.

9/01/2005 04:35:00 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Well said Stitchy.

9/01/2005 08:51:00 PM  
Anonymous jessica said...

speaking of animals....
http://209.17.131.1/craft/dress.htm

thanks for the link to the red cross.

9/02/2005 06:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Patti said...

That guinea pig dress looks very shapeless when it's layed out, but it's actually very flattering to the pig.

We gave to the Red Cross, and we're waiting to see how to donate my son's clothes that he's outgrown, and school supplies and such. This is going to be a very long-term rebuild.

BTW, I have a cat that big. He gave me a black eye once when I was trying to get him into his carrier - I'm sure he'd rip my throat out if I tried to get him into something like that. Not to mention those are not his colors.

9/03/2005 10:32:00 PM  
Anonymous CatBookMom said...

Hi. Last week a knitter friend loaned me an 'Elle' pattern book from the early 80s. Some of the patterns/pictures *absolutely* belong in your MOKS. You MUST see the LineBacker Shoulder Pads Cardi!! If you'd like me to send you some of the pictures, email me. I'm at (remove spaces, change CAPs) grdn cats AT pac bell DOT com

9/07/2005 12:08:00 AM  
Blogger boyswillbe said...

Thanks for suggesting that knitters put their money where their hearts are instead of their needles and yarn. While making things is a nice gesture, it's just not going to be all that helpful to people right now. Knitters need to realize that knitting is not a panacea for all that ails the world. It might help the knitters feel better about things... but Katrina victims need money right now, more than homemade blankets, hats, sweaters and washcloths.

9/07/2005 12:20:00 PM  
Blogger Mica said...

Yup...I agree..while I'd love to knit stuff for everyone effected by Katrine...I gotta face the facts that It'd take a month to get 1 thing done! (I think I have a fear of Finishing projects)Anyways, You are great Stitchy keep it up!!!

9/08/2005 09:43:00 AM  
Anonymous April said...

I'm happy to say that our congregations locally are putting up 7 families and we are able to help by giving all sorts of stuff to them since they will be put up in apartments near us and came here with nothing but the clothes on their backs. So scary what they have been through, and seems more tragic since it was rather uneccesary. - On a lighter note, you got honorable mention in my blog - thought I should tell you I was talking about you =) (in a good way - I'm a major fan)

9/08/2005 10:33:00 PM  
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