Knitters are cool. Librarians and libraries are cool. Putting them together is the coolest thing on earth.
Last Saturday afternoon I attended a presentation by Betty Christiansen, author of Knitting for Peace. It was fun and inspirational and fun and interesting and fun and educational... did I mention fun?
It turns out that this author lives in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and her mother lives in this area, so it was kind of a natural for our librarian (a very cool male-type muggle) to invite her.
Spread across the tables were the knitted items pictured in her books. Above, left, you can see a pink and gold Orphans for Orphans sweater lying on a prayer shawl; center, a blue Care Wear preemie jester hat; and right, a Mama Bear Project teddy bear. At the right edge you can just see a two-toned green Caps for Kids swirled ski cap.
As I have mentioned before, I live in a very small, rural community. This was a very good turnout.
The author's mother is in the red shirt at right, her sister is standing by the window. That's me in the green t-shirt at left. The woman on one side of me was knitting blanket for her nephew; the woman on the other side was knitting a chemo cap for a friend with ovarian cancer.
The book has patterns for 14 different items suitable for charity knitting -- blankets, caps, mittens, vests, a sweater, etc. -- plus a felted messenger bag and instructions and pattern for adding the Knitting for Peace logo to it. There are also the stories behind a number of charity knitting projects, many of which I am sure you are already familiar with: Peace Fleece, Afghans for Afghans, the Shawl Ministry, Project Linus, and a number of others. My personal favorite, the Dulaan Project, was just getting started when Ms. Christiansen wrote her book, so it isn't included, but she was familiar with it as well.
Knitting and libraries. A winning combination.