For our final event on September 20th in Ishinomaki to connect all blankets into one large piece, we are looking for volunteer. If you like to join and crochet yourself into history, please let me know.
ドイツ生まれのニット男子”ベルンド・ケストラー”さんが呼び掛けで開始した、世界一大きなグラニースクウェア・ブランケットを作成し東北の被災地の方へお届けする 慈善活動、”Knit for Japan（ニット・フォー・ジャパン）”が
I still have a number of motifs, that needs to be connected. If you live in Japan and can help me with this, please get in touch. I can send you the motifs by delivery service. At the moment, I have enough motifs. Just looking for help connecting them.
Over the past week I got 6 more quite large boxes of “Granny Squares” and yarn. It will take me some days to go through and post pictures of them all. Below I post pictures of one of the boxes here from Japan I opened today.
On March 9th 2012 TV Kanagawa broadcasted a program for the first commemoration of the Tohoku Great Earthquake and Tsunami. They have kindly included ‘Knit for Japan’ in it. During the program they called one of the temporary housing facilities, who received many of the hats and other warm items you all knitted.
今年３月９日は東北地方太平洋沖地震の最初の記念になります。テレビ神奈川では、そのためのプログラムを生産しました。TVKはその中に”Knit for Japan”親切に含まれていました。プログラムの間に、皆さんから作った帽子が届いた仮設住宅を電話しました。
Over the past days I received several parcels from the US and Japan. Knitters have send me beautiful yarn and a lot of needles and crochet hooks. On knitter included several cute amigurumi, which will make some kids smile.
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.
It has been raining here in Yokohama since last evening. All cherry blossoms have been washed of the trees and many streets on my way home are all pink. This is just the right weather to spend an afternoon knitting, maybe some hats or socks. The same must have thought a Japanese lady, as she has sent me a bag full of hats and other warm knits.
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.
Over the last weeks I had received many baby and kids items. Last week I got in contact with a gentleman, how runs a NPO for local temporary housing facilities in Iwate. Today I have send him a large box of baby and kids knits he will distribute to families at different facilities.