Sanna's Bag

“I never seem to have what I need when I need it. I’m going to make a belt-bag that’s bigger on the inside than on the outside, and just carry everything with me.”

Thursday, January 21, 2010


So I grabbed a couple skeins of Susan's spindle-spun merino, and set about making a hat. Even unblocked, it turned out rather nicely, don't you think? When I took a weaving class in Denmark, the instructor provided the yarn, so no matter what sort of dog's breakfast you made of it all, she could fondle the work and say, "The quality is very nice." With that lovely yarn, how could I have made anything but good?

I'll be piecing a quilt today. Even though no one in Hati needs to be kept warm, I still find myself responding by wanting to knit or sew something. The relief agencies need $$ to pay the helicopters to fly them to the isolated villages. They don't need blankets. They need medical supplies and medical personnel who are willing to sleep on the ground and bring in their own food (MRIs) and do the impossible with nothing at all for days on end. They don't need baby hats or mittens. But tales of suffering evoke hats and blankets from me. It comforts me to have my hands doing SOMETHING to help someone. And I already sent in my check.


  • At 8:39 AM , Anonymous Lisa Nowak said...

    Beautiful colors. Beautiful hat. Kudos to both you and Susan.

  • At 10:44 AM , Blogger Galad said...

    Creativity and comfort combined with financial support for those in need - awesome :-) Thank you for reminding everyone that Haiti needs cash not our blankets.

  • At 7:17 PM , Blogger Willow said...

    I just received another email from Mission Aviation Fellowship telling of their flying all over Haiti, being the FIRST planes in to areas bringing aid to Haitians. So awesome! I sit and knit and pray.

  • At 8:24 PM , Anonymous Barb said...

    Because I had the privilege of sitting next to you the other day, I got to knead this wonderful hat and yarn like a content kitty.

    Here's the wonder in your response to Haiti, you've done what you could, and still feel this inexorable pull to do more. How exciting to see who will receive the blanket of kindness you feel compelled to create.

    I'm learning that sometimes our deeds go astray and hit other people (maybe it was the unknown target all along???). Let us know where the quilt ends up.

  • At 8:34 PM , Blogger Rose Lefebvre said...

    Lovely hat and the colors are great!! I have done my part as well for the relief effort.

  • At 11:37 AM , Blogger Alwen said...

    That's purrr-etty! I'd like to knead it like a kitty.

  • At 11:49 PM , Blogger Amy Lane said...

    Good for you, sweetheart! Your generosity is ALWAYS appreciated--someone out there will be warmed by you.

  • At 8:20 PM , Anonymous Pat Lichen said...

    As a recipient of comfort you've created (in response to my tales of suffering!), I think this quality is one of your finest and most endearing.


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