After a long, incredibly difficult day today, I sat down at the computer tonight, wiping away the tears of sadness and frustration, fully intending to catch up on some work. Thankfully my deadline isn't for a while yet, because I found myself lost somewhere in the depths of the World War II Museum website, reading stories of the heroes and heroines of the past.
It made me think of my grandfather who served in WWII as a fighter pilot. It wasn't something that he talked about often, but I do know that he believed in selfless service and cared about the men and women of the military in a very deep way. Since Papa passed away last fall, my mind has drifted quite often to the things I wish I could be doing with and for him if he were here. I see so many beautiful patterns that I would love to knit for him. His feet and head used to get so cold in his final years, and a pair of hand-knit socks or a cozy nightcap would do wonders for him if he were still here to wear them. I decided that since I couldn't knit something for Papa, I would knit for another WWII veteran in his honor.
Having also just read Knitting for Peace, I was incredibly inspired. If you haven't read this book yet, please do. You won't be disappointed.
I was so pleased to see that the National World War II Museum has organized a Knit Your Bit Campaign that knitters (and crocheters) everywhere can donate handmade scarves to. They will be donated to a Veteran's center by the Knit Your Bit Campaign and given to a WWII veteran. If you wish, you can include your name and address and they will send you a certificate of participation to thank you for your donation and will let your recipient know that you are the one who sent the scarf. You may also give anonymously if you would rather.
If you have a moment, go check out the specifics on the campaign. There are also several free patterns available for both knitters and crocheters.
I am going to be working on some scarves this month, as time allows, and will update with pictures accordingly.
If only I could sit and knit all day, there would be a Veteran's center full of cozy hand-knit scarves this month... hopefully the couple I am able to finish will make a difference to that one man or woman who needs that bit of extra warmth right now. :)