The weather in the Midwest has been extra special crazy this spring. We had snow in May, and have had some really sudden microbursts – fierce thunderstorms with wind, lightening, rain and hail that have claimed several trees and resulted in lots of flooding. Thus far, we’ve been lucky to escape with only a few tornado watches. A few weeks ago, Moore, Oklahoma was not that lucky.
The world is so interconnected today. Be it on Twitter or Facebook or other social media, we now “know” people all over the world. Even if I’ve never met someone in person, I may have talked with them quite a bit online and so it was no surprise to me that I “knew” someone in the affected area.
This knitter and spinner that I know posted on Ravelry that she and her family were spared, but that her community was quite shaken and they had friends who no longer had homes. As she struggled to explain what had happened to her young children, the children expressed a desire to help. So she undertook a few different craft projects in which her children could participate. She posted several photos of quilt tops that she and her children had pieced together. They were small quilts, designed for children.
I was really moved by her photos and stories. It never fails to amaze me that even when the worst happens, there are people who gather together to help in any way they can. It is inspiring.
So I dug out all the easy care yarn I could find, found a pattern and started crocheting. (I somewhat erroneously assumed that crocheting would be faster than knitting, forgetting that I don’t really crochet. That is mostly irrelevant now.) It took me about 3 weeks, but I ended up with a crazy cheerful blanket that I hope will brighten the day of a child. It is boxed up, along with my best wishes for him or her.