In a recent post, I showed photos of some beautifully knitted jumpers that had been made for K4BN to give away to the needy. I'd also like to share with you something written by Karen Croke (the founder and organiser of K4BN) after meeting up with someone who had received a jumper from us. Once again Karen was doing something for the less fortunate in our community. She, and her DH Peter, had gone to help out in Aunty Rene's Kitchen which makes sure that needy people in the inner city suburb of Spring Hill don't go hungry. This is what happened...
'One lady, came up to me and asked if she could give me a hug. She was wearing a jumper that we had given her during winter. She said she wore it heaps, yet it still looks if really good condition, it was a blue denim colour from what I could see in the dark, with "baubles" knitted into it! She told me that her daughter had recently had her first child, and because of that the daughter mellowed and found mum and asked her to come and see the baby. She was wearing the jumper when she held him, and said that he kept on touching the "bobbles" on the jumper. She doesn't seem him regularly but when she does she always wears the jumper. Says she washes it by hand, sometimes she doesn't have detergent or anything, so its only plain water, but her obvious joy at having that jumper and the fact that it is a bond with her grandchild was quite emotional!
Hopefully her daughter will allow her to see her grandson a bit more regularly.
It certainly shows that what we all do is so greatly appreciated.'
I really admire the members who knit jumpers, especially those to fit adults. There is so much work and yarn involved, but I guess all members have a part to play. Many of us know each other's 'specialities' and set aside particular yarns from donations for that member.
Now as well as knitted, sewn and crocheted items, K4BN provides hundreds of toiletry bags (a.k.a. hygenie packs) to the needy each year. At the recent Scarborough Knit and Natter I was able to take some photos of the latest lot of these which are ready for distribution.
|This type of bag is for family groups...Karen's husband is always on the lookout for toiletry items on sale :-)|
|This is what is in a 'single' bag|
At home a few days later, we worked as a team and assembled our shelves...voila!!
|Most of the cubes are still empty...but for how long ???|
Well when we went to IKEA, with K4BN in mind, we bought some other things ....
But I thought the bags would look even better with a 'surprise' in them...
So I put my IKEA bargains in some of them...Sometimes I wish I was a 'kid' again. I'd love one of these! :-)