Monday, May 7, 2007

Knitting for Homeless

It all began here and here ...

I´ve read every comment you wrote...
Then I had this idea:

Why don´t we do this together?

Think about it:

If 19 of you join me by knitting/crocheting

5 scarves for homeless each,

we´ll complete 100 scarves!

If you don´t have time to knit 5, do 1...

If you don´t have time to knit scarves, you can do very simple mittens or hats…

Or what about a small simple afghan, or socks, or a pillow cover…


We´ll be looking for homeless in the city where each of us lives...

If you live in the country or in a club without homeless,

I´m sure you have a friend in the city who will be willing to help

and look for a homeless in the park, train/bus station, church, etc

We´ll keep the way of giving "secret".

Very still we´ll leave the knitting beside

the head of each homeless while they sleep...

Small details would be nice,

like a chocolate inside a scarf, or a soap, toothbrush and paste, or...

About colors:

Let´s use happy colors to cheer them up!

Enough grey/brown for them, don´t you think? Let´s bright someone´s day!

Look in your stash, maybe there´s some yarn waiting there for someone...


Using thick needles/hooks this goes very fast.

There´s no need for cables or laces here, just plain simple knitting.

Some people may tell us that homeless take drugs, or that they "would be working, if they looked for a job", or that they are "illegals in the country", or that they get enough security money from the government… I wish no comments like that. We are people helping people. No prejudices. No jugdements. It´s not our business why they got to that situation. Who knows where we would be, if our circumstances changed drastically...

Mail to

knittingforhomeless AT gmail DOT com

I´ll start our "Knitting for Homelesses" members list as soon as I get your mail.

Don´t forget to tell the city where you live.

Be the first to join from your city and get the “ambassador” category.

If more people from your city join us later (hope so!),

you´ll be organizing that group and maybe you´ll be giving away together.

Let´s try to join knitting groups!

Let´s get started!

Next Monday I´ll publish here the TEAM we´ll be having so far!

15 comments:

PJ said...

Woo-hoo! :) You know where I stand with you- xoxo
Great intro and I LOVE the feet!!

Jill said...

Vik! I am so IN! In fact, I am going to help get the word OUT about this! I'll be in touch with you via email soon.

Kimberly said...

Vik - what a wonderful thing! You know that you can count on me to join!

Mimi said...

Me too! I think I should be making hats, I see some of them wearing hats...its too warm here for scarfs.
Btw, nice blog Vik, keep up the good work :)

kay said...

Hey Vik! What a great idea! I'm in on this! Right now it's too warm here to give things away, but once the Fall/Winter comes I will definitely be doing this!

Knitted_Painting said...

woohoo five comments already Vik! can't wait to see who will all be helping out starting from monday!=D

Andi said...

Great idea!

Paula said...

Hi Vik!!how are you?
you always have brillant ideas, and this is lovely.
What can I do for the marathon here in LP? I´m not really good knitting ...

Justine said...

If it's ok for you I'll try to do a scarf and a cap!

Yasmin said...

Hi Vik! This is a great idea. I'd like to join in too.
I've been doing this for years but I crochet up the items and give them in India. If its ok with you then you can add me to the list.
I usually make baby stuff like hats, mittens , socks etc. I'd love to make blankets too but you know how bad the yarn supply is out here. We hardly get any yarn here. So I end up making smaller stuff. And I know that they are appreciated because I've seen homeless mothers who have no clothes to keep their babies warm. What I do is just a drop in the ocean but even if one person is helped I feel good about it.

luv2knit said...

What great idea!!! I am in and I will let the rest of my knitting group about "Knitting for the Homeless"

Sandi Purl said...

I am in! you are amazing. I will do my best to spread the word in my barrio xoxo

Karla said...

I'd love to knit for this effort! Count me in! :)

emily said...

Hi Vik! I'm in - Brooklyn represent!


hugs from New York!

Knitted_Painting said...

yay Vik you've got the members and contributers up :D
do you still want to use my drawing for the template? if so then I can start to make a few buttons and send em to you to see which you like =)