Shelley Platt, of My Mountain Home and I were "talking" earlier this week about the tragedy of the Amish schoolhouse shootings. Shelley is a part-time Episcopalian priest, and in the recent past, has learned to knit, spin and weave. We thought it would be wonderful to reach out and offer our support, in a fibery way, to the mothers, sisters and perhaps even grandmothers, of the victims of the shootings. We also wanted to include the poor wife of the shooter, who has to be devastated by what her husband did, and in shock. None of their lives will ever be the same.
So, what we have envisioned, is to spin and knit an Amish-compatible shawl for each mother, sister and grandmother (if possible) of the deceased and alive, of the shootings. There would be one spinner and one knitter per shawl. We have researched Amish dress and their shawls. Colors seems to be black, brown, blue and purple in medium to dark tones. Their dress and shawls are plain and unadorned.
That brings us to our need from you, our fiber sisters. We are in need of a few, but diligent and reliable, spinners and knitters. We are going to assign one spinner and one knitter per recipient, and give only them the name of the victim they are memorializing. Perhaps in each shawl we could knit in seed stitch the name of that recipient's victim into the hem, or in the case of the shooter's wife, her husband's name. We do not need a huge number of spinners and knitters, but we do need ones who can commit to this project and get these shawls completed fairly soon. We decided on a single spinner per shawl in order to have more consistency in the yarn and finished shawl.
If you are able to help us and focus on this project for a short time-frame, please contact either myself at knitmdster AT gmail DOT com or Shelley at shelleyplatt AT frontiernet DOT net . Perhaps our crafts of spinning and knitting can offer some comfort to these victims.