Stitching for Love & Charity
You know what? I've noticed the same sort of thing. I knit incessantly, and lately I've noticed more and more little boys being intrigued at what I'm doing and wanting to know how. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but that is the kind of feminism I believe in -- everybody feels free to be interested in things that were traditinally very gendered activities.And way to go at getting the kids involved. Hmmm...maybe I should think about trying something similar at my daughter's school? I think it's always good to get kids into some kind of charitable activity. I do work half days on Fridays usually, so maybe it would be a good thing to do then, at a time when everyone is looking forward to the weekend and not wanting to concentrate on school work. Again hmmm...I think I will send a note to my daughter's teacher. How did you deal with the yarn and needles? Did people have to supply their own? Did you ask for donations?
Right now, we are working on learning to knit, so I borrowed some large needles from some friends just for use in the classroom (kids cannot take them home). I brought in a few leftover balls of yarn also, so this is our practice yarn. We keep frogging and reusing it for practice. We are also working on fundraising to get some supplies. My two co-chairs are drafting a letter to parents to explain the project and to ask for pop can donations. We have the Bottle Bill here in Michigan, so when we purchase soda/beer in a can, plastic bottle, or glass bottle, we pay a 10-cent deposit per item. This encourages recycling... you take your empties back to the grocery store to get your deposit back. (Why more states don't have this, I don't know.) Instead of returning their empties, we are asking parents to donate them so that I can return them and use the money for supplies.
What a great story!! Thanks for sharing :) I'm glad to hear that there are some boys out there that are "man enough" to knit! Can't wait to hear how it works out....knittymuggins
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