Compelled..to do something for Kelsey’s family.

I am not sure why, but when I heard the news about Kesley Smith being abducted I felt compelled to go the the website her parents had set up. Perhaps it was a personal connection to the family through the loom knitting groups..or just being a mom myself and knowing the extreme fear I would feel if one of my children was missing.

Then I felt the need to put the button for the site on my blog sidebar. Last night the first thing I heard when I got in the car to take the kids to the park was that they had found her body. Again I feel compelled to take action. I thought we could make squares and do blankets for the family. Or something along that line..

Then I thought.. why not a group effort to make some simple prayer shawls for her grandmother and mother? It can be done.. I have a skein of Lion Brand Homespun in the color Corinthian. If I and two other people do the following it will work.. Use a Yellow Knifty Knitter Loom and cast on all pegs..work a flat peice back and forth in the garter stitch pattern till your skein has just about run out (leave a yard long tail for me to join them.) Then use some waste yarn to remove the stitches from the loom so they are still ‘live’ and send it to me. This will take care of one.. if I have someone who will start the second one and two other volunteers who will make the other two parts please let me know!

I will join the peices and get them sent on their way.

I would also love to do something for Her Dad and her boyfriend. So how about school color scarves (or if I get enough squares.. blankets!) Please make a square in a black or gold color, let’s say 6’x6′ (small enough for a scarf peice, but large enough to work into a blanket) I will again join them and get them on their way. These can be needle knit, or however you want to make them, just as long as they are 6’x6′.  Let’s use wool or a wool blend in a worsted weight for these if possible.

If you make a square or prayer shawl section please pin a little note of encouragement on it with your name I will leave these messages on your peice for the family to read.

If you are interested in helping please contact me.. (see link at top of page) and put in the subject line, prayer shawl if you are interested in working on that, or scarf if you want to help with that. I will send you my address so you can send in your squares.

Thanks! Let’s send some comfort to Kelsey’s family.

Notes on the Refrigerator

Here is a little shot of a note on my refrigerator:

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(translation: get me more clothes (Jaxom) So I replied: quit growing!-Mom I can’t -Jaxom)

Then I walked into the kitchen the other day and saw that someone had done something to the note.

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(translation:stop arguing Mom +Jaxom- Azia)

This was just too fun! I thought I would turn it into a little meme and contest!

I wanna see what notes are on your Refrigerators! So snap a picture and post it on your blog! It could be your shopping list, to do list whatever! Then leave me a comment to let me know you did it and where! Don’t forget to link to this post so if someone sees it on your blog they can come on by and join in the fun!

I have some pretty sock yarn to give some lucky person so don’t forget to leave a comment!

And please make sure there is a way I can get in touch with you if you win!I will add you all to a list and assign you a number as I add you and warm up the old random number generator on December 16th to pick a winner so you can put your pretty sock yarn under the tree if you want! I’ll even gift wrap it for ya!!

 

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And please! Stop by Knitters Build a House and read all about the effort to help some families in Mississippi stay out of tents in February when their only homes.. FEMA trailers are taken away. Feel Free to grab that button and put a link on your blog!

(that’s an acutal house that was knitted there on the button! you can read about it here)

My Name is Earl..

Allow me to introduce you to the Earl Family:Toby,Yvette, Brittany, and Michael. (Toby was not available for this photo.) Nearly a year and a half ago, they lost their home when Hurricane Katrina hit the small town of Pearlington, MS.

Many of my regular readers will know that I have been working to help the residents of Pearlington, MS through my blog, and a website called Purls of Hope. I have been working to support the Pearlington Project Katrina Foundation, which was started by Angela Cole, shortly after Katrina hit.

The Earl family survived Hurricane Katrina. However, floodwaters reached the attic of their home and they lost everything. In spite of their own losses, they reached-out and helped their neighbors. At one point in those first few months after Katrina, they had over 20 people camping on their property – people who had nowhere else to go.

The family 'dining room' where the Earls welcomed all they could for Thanksgiving last year.

Yvette is a great cook and was a cook at the little local restaurant on Main Street in Pearlington. However, it, too was washed away in the storm. She has spent the last year caring-for her family and her elderly father.

Brittany is 12 years old and this has been a tough year for her. Her grandmother (Yvette’s mother) never recovered from the shock of the storm and died this past year. Brittany loves animals and wants to be a vet one day. She lost most of her animals in the storm, but has taken-in many “Katrina stray” dogs and cats.

The current family 'laundry room'

The father of the family, Toby, was a fisherman prior to Katrina. He lost his big boat in the storm – it’s still lodged in the tree where Katrina blew it. Yet, never one to quit, Toby salvaged a little flat boat and goes out into the bay fishing for crabs every day the weather allows.

Michael is 9 years old and loves the outdoors. He often goes fishing with his dad. Michael also loves sports and wants to play football some day. Its hard for the kids to participate in sports because the kids from Pearlington are still bused an hour each way to school. So, they can’t stay after school and participate in activities like other kids; they have to catch the bus and get back to Pearlington.

There’s no question this disaster has hit children and the elderly the hardest. The kids wonder if they’ll ever have a home again and are more anxious than they were prior to Katrina. Getting these children “back home” is the first step to restoring stability to their lives. The FEMA trailers which are home to many families like the Earl family are going to be removed at the end of February. Trust me… FEMA has already notified them they ARE coming. They need a home now!

The Pearlington Project Katrina Foundation has a plan. They have volunteer builders lined up for an organized Building Blitz to take place in Pearlington during the first week of February. They will be building homes for four families. These are the forgotten of the forgotten victims of Katrina.

Looking over the plans for the new house!

Many of you have already helped the residents of the town of Pearlington by sending care kits through Purls of Hope. The Earl family and the other families in Pearlington are counting on you for one last push. Together, we can bring the people of Pearlington the rest of the way home.

Please begin by going to the Pearlington Project Katrina Foundation website. Read their stories, read about their struggles. View the multiple clips of coverage by CNN that has chronicled the struggles of this small town over the last year and a half.

Then please donate what you can toward the building fund. Your donation is tax deductable.

I am focusing on helping the Earl family rebuild their home, through my blog and my charity website Purls of Hope. It will take $45,000 to rebuild their home. Here is the site where it will be built.

Standing where home will be.. with some of Brittany's adopted pets

I don’t know about you, but when I look in the eyes of Micheal I see something special. I see hope. Which is something I haven’t seen in the eyes of the residents of Pearlington since I have learned of their plight. Please join with me, in getting the Earl Family back home!

I also need your help spreading the word. If you have a blog, please, at minimum, put a link to The Pearlington Project Katrina Foundation website, or link directly to it: http://www.pearlingtonproject.org/index.htm Please, if you are willing, write a short post about this effort, simply referring people to or the foundation website. Here is a button you can use for the foundtation’s website. Please right click on it and save it to your local files before using it.


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So, if you can’t give, PLEASE spread the word.

If you have an organization, house of faith, company or coop, consider asking them to help contribute to this effort! I would love to get an email from those of you who make a donation, I will be trying to keep a tally of how much is donated. and if you who have helped out with a link or a post.. so please email me! (you will find my email on the right sidebar above!)

Thanks for sticking through this long post…

Together we will build a house, we will make a difference!

Made in China

I received a box from Kimberli of Kimberli New York.

The box was quite a bit bigger than I was expecting! It is filled with blanket squares knit by workers at the one factory that manufactures the hats Kim designs over in China.

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When Kim was there last year and described just how bad the damage of Hurricane Katrina was the workers immediately thought to make blanket squares and send them along to be made into blankets for Katrina victims. They pledged 100, and made many more than that. I have 24 to sew together into 2 blankets. I am hoping to get a little help from a friend in my local knitting group. Thank you so much Kim and all the knitters who made these great blanket squares. They will be appreciated!

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And don’t forget the sale on my patterns is running through Monday midnight!

Get em’ while their hot!