For most of the United States, this has been an unusually cold winter. There have been several mornings when it's been 7 degrees (that's Fahrenheit; Celsius equivalent is -14) when I've driven my daughter to school. Now, for those of you in Wisconsin, I know that's short sleeve weather [joke] but here in southeastern Pennsylvania, that is uncommonly cold. And a lot of people all over the country have seen temperatures that you usually don't. Now imagine it without mittens. Or even socks. And pick up those needles and start knitting frantically for our friends in Afghanistan!!
Although there isn't an official campaign at the moment, small things -- especially mittens and socks, but also hats -- are being collected steadily. In fact, Ann tells me they're packing on Wednesday. It's great to have things on hand when the opportunity to send them over comes up, because there isn't always time to organize a campaign.
In other news, Ravelry hosts an event that accompanies the Olympics. Many Ravelry groups participate, and our friends at Fans of Afghans for Afghans are involved. Renee -- a long-time member of this group as well -- sent us this information:
Ravelry hosts a crafting challenge along with each Olympics called The
Ravellenic Games. You can join Team Afghans for Afghans as they knit
mittens and socks for their campaign. Participants establish
projects on their Ravelry project pages tagged appropriately, but wait
to cast on until the opening ceremonies in Sochi, and to get their
Ravellenics "medal" they finish their project before the closing
ceremonies are over! It's a lot of fun and knitting together gives us
Stop by the Fans of Afghans for Afghans group where group moderator Renee Rico (aka rev knits) leads the team. This link takes you right to the Ravellenic information.