Some time ago the artist Anne Schreivogl contacted me. Many years ago she had lived in Japan. Now she wanted to return the kindness and deliver some of her painting to Tohoku. You can read about her “Japan Painting Project” on her blog, with many of the pictures she took in Sendai and Ishinomaki.
After returning she has sent me several of her cards, knits and yarn together with one of the folded origami hearts. A truly inspiring journey.
A couple of weeks ago a knitter contacted me. She wanted to organize some knitting workshops in Sendai and was asking, if I had any contacts there. It was great timing, as I had just met with the organizer of “Smile Knit“. I introduced them to each other and this week they will organize a socks knitting workshop together. As they needed some more colorful yarn I have sent a box together with needles and other tools to Sendai.
Last Friday Mrs. Sato visited me here in Hiyoshi. She is running the project ‘Smile Knit‘ to organize knitting workshops around Sendai. Now it is getting warmer and she was looking for cotton yarn. Together we selected a large box out of what I have. She brought me one of her cute hand-knitted donuts tawashi.
Over the last few days I got a lot more yarn. Several knitters from around Japan have send some boxes with yarn and hand-knitted gloves or socks. A friend of a friend, who lives close-by, drove here and brought me several bags full of wool. A lady from Australia for the third time has sent me knitting needles.
I am sure the knitting groups in Sendai and Higashi Matsushima will be happy for some of the winter yarn.
The other is from a group in Higashi Matsushima. They were asking for a started kit for about 30 people. Now, I could include some of the knitting books I got from Gosyo and a lot of the needles I got from Germany.
I still have a good amount of yarn left, but with cooler weather coming I guess this will go soon. So if you have some yarn to spare wool, especially 100% wool or other animal fiber, please put some together for me.
Yesterday I put 2 boxes together for a tsunami center in Sendai. They would like to start a knitting group and were asking for wool and needles for about 30 people. I also included copies of many of your wonderful letters that come with each parcel.
The boxes will be shipped today and should arrive during the weekend.