Yesterday in my hometown of Takoma Park, MD, there was the first meeting of a large group of knitters who gathered to stitch together and make some items for charity. The meeting, in honor of the wonderful book Knitting for Peace: Make the World a Better Place One Stitch at a Time (which Amazon is selling for less than ten dollars!), attracted a large crowd. Many of us made scarves for Food and Friends, a local group that is having a scarf drive. Others knitted bears for children with no toys, premie caps, afghans, etc. David took along the scarf he is knitting out of Kidsilk Haze and donating for a charity auction.
We chatted a little about ideas for future plans. Some people expressed interest in each of us knitting a square for an afghan we then seam together. Others suggested knitting a multi-knitter shawl like the one at the end of Shawls and Scarves where three or four knitters sit in a circle and keep going around and around. Whether we donated the shawl to a charity or put it up for sale at the local farmer's market, it sounds like a lot of fun.
While we were there, Amy taught me how to crochet--and I completed a whole scarf on the hook and yarn I borrowed from her for the afternoon. A representative of Food and Friends was there and I handed the completed scarf right over. Wow--add crochet, big hook, and bulky yarn together and things go fast!