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Knit for Japan

I don’t know if anybody has heard of Knit for Japan, a charity which was started by one man trying to improve the lives of the people who were affected by the Tohoku earthquake. He’s accepting donations of knit or crocheted anything, particularly hats, socks, scarves, mittens, blankets, or other clothes. But he also has said that if you have spare yarn or needles that you don’t want anymore, you can send them his way and he will see that even they are donated to people who need them.

Imagine if you were affected by a disaster and you lost access to your favourite craft, the thing you would do to relax and to feel productive and good about yourself. Imagine, then, somebody handing you those tools once again. Wouldn’t that make you feel good? Not just by giving you a way to relieve your stress, but also because it shows that somebody cares about more than just your basic needs for survival. Life is more than food and shelter. Life is also all those other little things that go unnoticed during disaster relief, the day to day tasks that make you feel human instead of just another mouth to feed, just another number on a register. Once the basics are out of the way, what then?

If you have yarn and needles or hooks to spare, please consider sending them along. The address to send them to is listed on the Knit for Japan website. Or if you want to knit a scarf or a hat or something to help keep people warm this winter, please consider that too. People have been displaced and are relying on government assistance or friend or family, and may not have jobs again yet. A child might walk to school this winter, warmly wrapped in a new handknit wool scarf thanks to you.

I have lots of yarn stored up that I have no immediate plans for. I think that the least I can do here is make a few things and send them to people who need them.

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