Saturday, October 29, 2005


Today someone came into the store and asked if my shrug was machine knit, saying that the stitches were really even. When I said I had hand-knit it, and that I can notice all the uneven stitches in it she replied that she doesn't keep anything that she knits, since she can always see her mistakes. Is this unusual, or are we all just a walking mass of self-criticism?

Word of the day 10/29/05

A system of names used in an art or science: the nomenclature of mineralogy.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005


gallimaufry \gal-uh-MAW-free\, noun:
A medley; a hodgepodge.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

afganhs for afghans email

We're making afghans (mittens, hats, socks, sweaters, and vests, too)
... for
Afghans! Join us!

afghans for Afghans is a humanitarian and educational people-to-people
project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and garments to the
people of Afghanistan.


Hello Knitters and Crocheters for Afghanistan,

We are happy and grateful to report that we made goal on our campaign
clothe 5,000 Afghan boys and girls for this winter.

Thank you so much for contributing to this collection of hand-knit and
crocheted blankets and wool garments for the children. Thanks to those
who spread
the word among fiber friends. We received gorgeous, lovingly made
gifts. Makes
our hearts pound with joy and hope to see the personal generosity
extended to
people on the other side of the world.

The incoming flow of donations was very slow over the summer. Making
our goal
did not seem likely. However, about a week to 10 days before the
extended campaign due
date, the gifts started to arrive much, much faster -- we received
half of the collection in the final week. Folks truly rallied to clothe
kids in time for the winter.

We delivered around 5,860 hand-knit and crocheted blankets and wool or
wool-blend sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks for shipment to
Afghanistan. Of
this total, hats numbered 3,625. Close to 500 pairs of mittens. Close
to 500
pairs of socks. Almost 700 sweaters. Blankets numbered 570.

(We do receive inappropriate gifts that are not on our list of
requested items and used items that we cannot send. We always make sure the
useable items are sent to worthy local domestic charities where they
will be

Our volunteer sorters and packers here in the San Francisco Bay Area
were awesome. We had to hustle like never before to get the incoming
sorted and reboxed for the container. The last two days were
overwhelmingly busy
(dark chocolate is our official fuel of choice). The end product was
obsessively sealed large cartons labeled and ready to travel overseas
to Central
Asia. We rented a 14-foot U-Haul truck to get the cartons to the
staging area.
(Ann drove, and no one got hurt.) We are fortunate to have attracted a
capable, action-oriented, and fun local group that ensures that your
donations get handled properly -- we get energized by seeing the
first-class incoming hand-knit and crochet work.

In addition to volunteer knitters and crocheters, our local sorting and
packing crew, grassroots group and ad hoc organizers, flyer
distributors, for their Canadian mailing service, our
web talent (Marcy and Inga!), and many other voices that get the word
out and cheer us on, we thank
the San Francisco office of the American Friends Service Committee for
partnering with us on the intake of thousands of packages and sharing
space to work.

This current collection of hand-knit and crocheted blankets and
garments will
be distributed to orphanages, clinics, and children's centers in Herat,
Jalalabad, and Kabul. We'll report back when we have a better sense of
an arrival
date and information about how our gifts were received. Transport and
through customs and other often labyrinth steps will take a couple
months. For
this current load, we are working with International Orphan Care and
orphanages and other relief agency partners for transport and

Meanwhile, we hope that the image of thousands of Afghan children
wearing our
handmade, beautiful, warm gifts this winter warms you now. We may get
photos eventually to share, but that would be icing on the cake.

Please note, for those who wish a written acknowledgment or
confirmation, we
do ask that you email us at the time you send your gift, or include a
postcard or envelope that we can mail back, or use the confirmation
services of
whichever postal service you use. We don't have the people-power and
to mail out personalized, written notes, and appreciate your
understanding. We
rely on the efficiency and power of email and the Internet -- could not
developed and maintained this program (so relatively cheaply and fast)

We often wish we could travel together to Afghanistan to distribute the
blankets and garments firsthand and to throw a big blow-out happy party
for the
kids, but that takes a lot of funding and organizing. We do what we can
from here and leave the other steps to the
specialists who work in the field. Maybe one day we'll see peace and
prevail in Afghanistan ... and we can visit as tourists to a
functioning, rebuilt


Next due date?

We're not yet sure of the exact next due date, but probably during the
quarter of 2006. We'll post the information on our website when we can
confirm. Meanwhile, we continue to welcome your donations of blankets
and wool
garments. Additional details will always be on our website for

For program details and mailing addresses, see our Guidelines page --


Again, a heartfelt thanks to all who joined in on this campaign to
5,000 Afghan children for the winter.

The world's needs seem especially endless right now. We'll be keeping
focus as long as Afghanistan needs our caring and as long as
generous American and Canadians continue to respond with their own
hands. Thank you
for extending your compassion, your time, and your talent. Thank you
remembering the Afghan people.


Our best,
Ann and colleagues at

Friday, October 21, 2005

Word of the day 10/21/05

Perezosa (spanish)
Someone who is slugish , slothful, idle, lazy

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Word of the day 10/20/05

nostrum: a medicine whose effectiveness is unproved; a questionable remedy.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Word of the day 10/17/05

rondure, n., something circular or gracefully rounded.(from the American Heritage dictionary).

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Word of the day 10/16/05



A dungeon with an opening at the top.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Word of the day 10/08/05

Noisy and difficult to control

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Word of the day 10/01/05


Incapable or seemingly incapable of being fatigued; tireless

Thanks Judy Gregory for suggesting this word of the day!