OMG, take a breath, take a deep breath and slowly exhale, please. Stop for a moment as you merrily tap tap tap on your keyboard, before you send imperious malevolence words out into cyberspace.
If you are like me and only have time to frequent Ravelry every New Moon then you may have missed the inferno a select few, ignited, on the Crochet-a-Rainbow forum.
Ok, quickly, run over now and take a peek if you feel driven too. I’ll wait for you to come back before I continue.
Now read, don’t skim.
Who recalls what the one word I have continually spoken regarding Crochet-a-Rainbow? Anyone remember? It was patience, let me say it again, perhaps a little louder, P.A.T.I.E.N.C.E.
Many of you were aware that my dance card for the beginning of this year was going to be full, full to the brim and even to the point of overflowing.
With that in mind you may also recall that I stated that Crochet-a-Rainbow would run for the duration of 2011. That is, I would be accepting donations of Granny Squares through out the year and that the blankets would be made and distributed accordingly.
Who also recalls due to the massive influx of generously donated Squares that there came a point when the shipping address was not generated and a waiting list was formed, standing by, for the second intake.
So now that we’ve done a recap let’s address a few things.
Unfortunately due to the enormous scale of people participating I can not email and thank each and every one of you individually for your contribution/s at this time. In the first few weeks, yes, I did send as many ‘thank you’ emails as possible. Who would like to take a look at the accumulation of mail I have. Here you go, yes, that’s 3633 emails banked up.
Right next to that you’ll also see I have 2156 posts from my favourite Blogs in my Reader, unread. I’ll thoroughly enjoy reading each entry when I have the luxury of bountiful time.
Now, let’s address the issue of Proof of Life. Again, unfortunately I can not take individual photographs of the contents of every parcel that arrives. Yes, in the first few weeks I snapped and snapped each collection of Squares that arrived, but again with the magnitude of squares arriving, photographing became impassable and the Crochet-A-Rainbow group was created on Flickr for you to upload your own photos. What I could do though was take a sampling of ‘group photos’ regrettably, no portraits.
The question on everyone’s lips, it seems, even on the lips of those not involved in Crochet-a-Rainbow (which seems outlandish to me, why one would be SO concerned in something that they are not participating in, I think a little leveraging is in motion there) however, is just how many Granny Squares have munificently been donated? A guessing competition, naturally, with a prize for the one with the correct guess was to be orchestrated. With impatient people sprouting off there will now be no party games (sob). So drumroll please, without further ado, 9,138 Granny Squares have been kindly donated, shipped from numerous continents across the globe. This is an OUTSTANDING accomplishment, to achieve this number in such a short period of time is amazing, a well deserved ‘high 5’ to each and everyone of you! You should all feel extremely proud of yourselves.
Now, next on the agenda and a hot topic is Proof of Life of actual finished blankets. I have actually posted photos of some of the blankets in a piled up format. Unfortunately this form of photo was mocked, apparently. Each and everyone of us has a certain signature style with our photography and how we present it. (I’ve noticed snippets of criticism floating around BlogWorld recently, something about people donning on Cardi’s blahblahblah, totally unrelated in this instance). Anyway, we all have our default photo mode, our own style, sneering at the arrangement of a photograph, unless of course you are judging a photography competition would be just plain wrong in my opinion. Layering my photos with a splattering of fluttering butterflies is just not me, sorry. I understand that a ‘flat shot’ of each blanket would be desirable, and when time and weather permits your wish will be granted, again, patience.
Moving right along and onto distribution. It has been said before, and I’ll repeat it again, the blankets will be going to Queensland and Victoria (Australia), New Zealand and Japan. I have had many offers of help when it comes to distributing the blankets. We have contacts in each country. When we reach the quantity of finished blankets for each shipment they will be disbursed. It was hardly plausible that we were going to have blankets in each disaster zone in the first instance of each disaster. I am not World Vision or The Red Cross. The intention and my wish/vision was, that once the lives of those tragically affected, slowly began to return to somewhat normality, that the gift of a crocheted granny square blanket would be welcomed, to provide comfort and colour, and as a everlasting reminder that there is always a rainbow after a storm. It takes time to rebuild lives, whilst the rebuilding is evolving, we can busy ourselves by hooking blankets, blankets of hope.
Now I’m going to chime in here and share my opinion when it comes to giving.
Some of you may or may not know that I support quite a few charities.
I like to give in two ways. One financially (I am fortunate that at this point in my life I am able) and secondly by giving something made by hand. At the moment this is how I’m giving back.
Financially, I sponsor a child who lives in Botswana. His name is Kevin.
Financially, I also lend money to others via Kiva. As repayments are made, I disperse the funds back, so as to help empower and improve more and more lives.
Made by hand, I’m currently supporting KOGO Knit One, Give One, again this year.
Earlier this year I quickly hooked a handful of caps for the Save the Children, Caps for Good campaign.
In doing this I do not expect nor demand that any of the organisations I support continually update me. I give freely of my money and my made by hand items. I do not need to identify the cap I crocheted on the head of a baby. I send it out into the Universe, to find it’s way, to do it’s thing, faith and a trusting soul is the essence.
Man, o man this post is long.
I’m going to move in a different direction now and post and respond briefly to an entry posted to the discussion board.
The below passage was tapped out on the keyboard by Carolyn and posted on Ravelry,
The rain came down and the floods came up, and the images were flashed around the world, day after day. Cyclone Yasi came and lashed with more fury. We listened all night to our radios, and watched the images on our Televisions, of people clinging on to their rooftops, hanging on to branches of trees, houses being swept away, little children to Nana’s and Grandad’s being taken by this vicious wall of water, lives being lost, gone forever.
We prayed for it to stop. We cried, and we cried more.
SOMETIMES, words just aren’t enough. No matter how heartfelt, how genuine – they feel – hollow, insufficient, completely inadequate. We wanted to do SOMETHING – anything, how could we help?
Then we found a Group on Ravelry called Crochet a Rainbow, where we were invited to make Granny squares and send them to Sarah London, and these Squares would be made into Blankets and distributed to the Flood victims. People from around the world have made Squares, by the hundreds and thousands, and sent them to Sarah. There has been no communication except for Sarah sharing her holiday in NYC, something not too well thought out to post about, when others don’t have a home to live in and can’t receive any Insurance, and the Granny Square makers are waiting to see the end result of their Granny Squares.
We were all so excited that we could help a little, and folk who had never even crochet a Granny square before, taught themselves how to make them, and sent them off, and then waiting and waiting, hopeful to see their Squares in a Blanket – somewhere. We all made those squares with love, and it would be nice to know that someone is a little warmer tonight because of the few squares I sent and they were added to other squares, and made into a blanket, and they were snuggling into something given by unknown friends that cared.
Sarah I don’t think you understand the impact this has, first of all the devastation of the Floods and not being able to help, then being able to help, and now having to ask what has happened to our help. I feel very sad and empty that you have not communicated with the very folk that have given of their time and love, and the worst thing is they were so excited about this project, and now feel totally letdown and as one person said “a total fool” for participating.
If you are totally overwhelmed by all the squares, and we all know it takes time and a lot of effort to put the Blankets together, put the squares in boxes and send them up to me. I am happy to ask different groups to work on them so that we can get them out to where they should be. I just don’t know what else to say. I can’t do any more than this.
My brief response,
- I have experienced flooding.
- I have experienced two Earthquakes.
- I have experienced Cyclone watch many a time whilst residing in Darwin.
- I almost nearly drowned once too, luckily I was saved.
- I was also in a car that caught on fire and had to leap over flames to escape.
- I was almost abducted when I was 12 whilst walking my dog, I’ve never ran so fast in my life.
- I’ve also been homeless.
- And penniless.
One of the main reasons I don’t engage in forums very much is the malicious gossip that is often found on threads, it’s like if one person posts something a little indecorous, immediately a select minority will gravitate to anything remotely scandalous.