Here are some pictures of the knitting workshop “Amimono Ochakko”( -it means ‘knitting tea party’ in Tohoku dialect) in Miyagi on April 8th-9th. organized by Mrs. Sato, who is running “Smile Knit“. She visited me a couple of weeks ago and we selected a large box of mainly cotton yarn for for her.
On the 8th Mrs. Sugimoto and her family made their debut as knitting instructors at a temporary housing facilities in Natori-shi (very close to Sendai Airport). I had introduced both ladies to each other last month and both immediately exchanged emails to set up a socks-knitting workshop. Mrs. Sugimoto’s 11 year old daughter joined and helped out as an assistant knitting teacher. About from 15 to 17 ladies living at the temporary housing facility enjoyed knitting socks for 3 hours. I had send them a box of yarn and other knitting tools, which will stay there keeping everybody busy for some time.
This morning I packed 3 more boxes for Tohoku. One is going to the temporary housing facility in Iwate. I am sending them more shawls and scarves. The other one is for Fukushima and quite large. I had a number of cardigans, shawls and other warm items, which should still be useful. The last box is the first one for a temporary housing facility in Miyagi. Some of the residents want to knit and were asking for yarn and needles. All should arrive by tomorrow.
The last shipping is for a family of a friend with 3 girls, who lives in Miyagi and has lost their home.
Including these 4 I have now sent a total of 21 boxes to various places in Tohoku. Keep knitting, there are still a lot of people in need of some warm hats, scarves or gloves.
For the parents of my colleague in Iwate, who lost their home and now live at a temporary housing facility, I prepared 2 boxes with over 90 woolly hats, scarves, shawls and other items you all have send me over the summer. Yesterday I shipped them, so everything should arrive today.
The knitting club in Higashi Matsushima had also asked for thick yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks. Over the past days I got a nice amount together and yesterday sent it off.
Last weekend I had 2 requests for yarn and needles. One came from the knitting group at the temporary housing facility in Sendai. They started a couple of weeks ago and asked for more 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.
Over the last 2 days I packed the boxes and will send them today. My plan was to ship them yesterday, but with the taifun ‘Roke’ approaching I thought it would be safer to wait another day.
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.