Knit for Japan


Are you good in knitting or crochet and interested in putting your skills to use for the victims of the Tohoku earthquake? This is the place to start.

Let me introduce myself.

My name is Bernd Kestler, I am a German living in Japan since 1998. I have been knitting for over 30 years, most recently as a student at the Nihon Vogue knitting school. Twice a month I organize and teach at a small knit-cafe in my hometown near Yokohama.

After the Tohoku earthquake on March 11th, I thought of ways to support people, who have lost everything. Giving them a “woolly hug” in the shape of a hat, pair of socks or scarf is a wonderful way to help. Every stitch can make a difference.

“Knit for Japan” is an initiative to collect and distribute hand-knitted/ crocheted items, yarn and knitting/ crochet tools to victims of the Tohoku earthquake.

  • Knit/ Crochet items: Every stitch can make a difference. Take out your needles or crochet hook and start to cast-on for a woolly hat, pair of socks, a scarf or some gloves.
  • Yarn and tools: From your stock of yarn send a couple of skeins together with needles or crochet hook. Many people at a shelter have not much to do during the day. Knitting can help to relieve stress, increase motivation and produce something useful. Non-knitters might learn a new skill.

5 thoughts on “Knit for Japan

  1. Great idea Bernd. Especially like the idea of including wool and needles and/or hook with gifts, to help evacuees pass the time and/or learn a new skill towards keeping warm next winter. Get in touch with friend Debbie Bliss in London (she has a website). She has a worldwide knitting club and produces her own yarns. I am sure she can get her members moving.

  2. Please make sure this is what is needed there first. Check with the Red Cross and other agencies. Shipping, distribution, etc. can be a problem. I would suggest that people make items, sell them, then give the money to the proper agencies.

  3. My elderly mother just game me a bunch of projects she had started over the years, some extra skeins of yard and metal knitting needles. Would these items be something that would be worth shipping?

    Let me know via e-mail and if so, where would I be able to send them?

    Thank you. Lynn

  4. We need to know where to send these items. Please provide an address and specific instructions on shipping. Thank you and God Bless you and all the people of Japan.

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