At long last, we have made the decision to cancel the Amish Lap robe Memory Project. After more than a week of waiting for a response about the question of whether the Amish bishop would allow the families to accept the lap robes, I am assuming the silence indicates a negative response.
I have no regrets. We reached out to offer emotional support for fellow human beings. We were contacted by many, many wonderful spinners and knitters whom I may not have "met" otherwise, and we learned a tiny bit about Amish ways. Most of all, I hope we learned a bit of tolerance of ways different than our own, and were respectful of those differences. Thank you, each and every one!
This project may no have been meant to be, but there may be another need for our fiber talents in the future. Here's hoping there will be no need, but accepting human nature is not always benevolent, there probably will be a similar need on a smaller or larger scale, in the future. May we all be willing to pitch in again! Thank you.