Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Reason for the Project

It occured to me that I should explain a bit how this project started. 

As most of you know, my son Alex, lives in northern Japan.  When the earthquake/tsunami hit, my immediate reaction was that I wanted to help.  My husband and I donated to the Red Cross but I wanted to do something more tangible.  I decided to try to knit 400 hats.  By myself.  Way too big a goal, I realize this now, but it was worth striving for. 

Meanwhile this little project took on a life of it's own once I mentioned it on Ravelry and to a few friends online.  I have already far surpassed the original goal of 400 hats.  Knitters/crocheters have also sent, scarves, mittens, socks, headbands, baby blankets and other needed items.  Yarn addicts have got to be some of the most generous people in the world!  

I'm planning to fly to Japan in September to visit Alex.  He and I will take everything to shelters to distribute to people who need them.   I will take pictures to post so everyone who contributed will see the recipients.

God has surely blessed this project, just as he has blessed me with the opportunity to learn how truly giving you all are.  Thank you so much.



Edited to add:  IMPORTANT!  The deadline for me to recieve items is August 1, 2011.  This will allow me to label and ship everything before I fly to Japan in September.  I realize this is new to some people, but the project has been going on since May.  I apologize for not creating a blog earlier.


  1. Hi Betsy, this is a great project! Where do we send something? I have a hat that I'm not wearing that I made and a scarf too!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. This is a great start! Can't wait to see more pics as the adventure progresses.

  3. Hi Betsy, I remember when I was on Lucy's Ravelry Group and we were all thinking of Alex and the people in the earthquake area.
    Great project.
    Carol xx

  4. Wow! Such awesome work! I'll be following xx

  5. I love this!! I cannot wait to see the pictures of all the people that will be receiving these gifts of LOVE!! This is one of the biggest reasons I want to learn... I truly have the heart to make things that will bless others... What an awesome project!! Many prayers to you and all those contributing!! Love you Betsy~ Always, Kim

  6. Kim, have you looked at learning to knit on a loom? That's what I do and it's very easy. You just have to wrap pegs.