A famous knit designer from Denmark - Vivian Høxbro – has sent me a box full of her colorful creations. Several beautiful hats using her Domino Knitting technique, mittens and a shawl. The hats are more like artfully knitted sculptures using vivid colored yarn.
A knitting group from Aomori has kindly sent me 2 boxes with a total of 270 handmade winter items. Many of them beautifully wrapped as presents. Today I had contact with another temporary housing facility and a kindergarten. Both are looking for hats, scarves and other warm items and I will include the knits from Aomori.
Adult wrist warmer: 198
Kids wrist warmer: 41
Kids scarves: 9
Paper Tissue Covers: 3
The Tawashi is a Japanese traditional scrubbing brush to wash off the dirt. They are typically knitted or crocheted out of acrylic yarn. Sometimes just a simple square, but others come in the shape of animals, flowers or any shape you can think of. A Tawashi is very useful for cleaning dishes in your kitchen.
One of my friends on Mixi has put together 3 boxes of beautiful yarn, crochet hooks and knitting books. She also included a cute “Winnie the Pooh” set, including a hat, jumper and honey-pot bag together with a Pokemon vest.
When I started ‘Knit for Japan’ one of my problems was to handout some knitting instructions together with the yarn. I had found some good instructions on the internet, but as shelters have no or limited access to computers and the internet, this was not a good solution.
私が「Knit for Japan」を始めたときに私の問題の1つは毛糸とともに編み図があまりありません。 私はインターネットのあるよい編み図を見つけたが、避難所にコンピュータとインターネットのアクセスがないので、これはよい解決ではありません。
In one of the boxes of yarn I received from a Japanese knitter, I found several copies of a very nice book titled: ‘Simple Knit’, published by the Japanese company Gosyo in Aichi Prefecture. Many of those knitting patterns are available on the internet in Japanese and English.
So last week I wrote a letter to Gosyo asking, if they could kindly donate me some copies of the book. Shortly after I received a very friendly reply from one of their employees with a few more questions.
先週、私はGosyoに手紙を書いて、それらが本のあるコピー親切に’Knit for Japan’を寄付できるを聞きました。 すぐにとても親切な応答を受け取りました。
The president of Gosyo then took the time out of his busy schedule to put together a wonderful selection of 140 copies of their books, yarn, hooks & needles and a personal letter. He also included a number of the Gosyo knitting kits. Those include the instruction, yarn and needles for a scarf. For the exhibition at the Tabunka Festa next month, we were planning to hand out some kits for knitters, to make the item and send it back to me or someone in Tohoku. I am sure, people at the Festa will enjoy knitting with the kit from Gosyo.