We have at last, been able to contact someone who personally knows the Amish families involved in the recent shooting tragedy. She has graciously confirmed that our project, with minimal modification, would be welcome by the Amish families affected by this incident, and Mrs. Roberts. She indicated that the Amish dress was extremely uniform out in public, and that it would be hard for us to make something that matched their usual shawls. She suggested, instead, that we make lap robes for these recipients, as that would be something they could use inside their house. She said they would gladly accept the shawls, but that they may not get used, so if we wanted our gifts to actually be used, the lap robes would be the ticket.
So, we are asking our knitters to start thinking in terms of lap robes for our recipients and send me an E-mail about your pattern idea, what weight yarn it would take, and roughly how much yardage. We'd appreciate an idea of whether it is adaptable to other weights of wool as well. We will try to match up the knitter's needs in yarn to the spinners production of yarn. As we are changing away from shawls, we can free up the color selections for the spinners to include black, brown, as wells as medium to dark purples and blues. We no longer have the black only restriction on this project, but lighter colors aren't consistent with the Amish traditions.
Another fiber supplier, Kendig Cottage has generously offered a 20% discount for any fiber purchases for this project. Just need to mention "Amish Memory Project" to receive your discount. Fiber folk rock, I tell you!