March 20, 2020

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

  • Yellow to orange ombre yarn.

“Courage did not come from the need to survive, or from a brute indifference inherited from someone else, but from a driving need for love which no obstacle in this world or the next world will break.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

Most of us are anxious and feeling isolated right now. Whether we are self quarantining and/or have seen our income dwindle as events close down around us, our world is experiencing a massive dislocation. We are told this situation is likely to persist until May, and perhaps longer. We are being advised to think in months, not weeks. It boggles the mind.

Much going forward is uncertain, but one thing is not. The power of love to overcome adversity, heal broken hearts, and bring us all closer together.

Let’s turn social distancing into social knitting and support not only our community, but raise funds to support others at the same time!

I have set up a group for a KAL here. We can introduce ourselves, share our yarn choices, tell our stories, and enjoy the comradery of others.

The shawl will be a deep crescent lace shawl, requiring 800 to 1000 yards of fingering weight and a US size 5 32 inch or longer circular needle.

Clue release dates:
April 17
April 24
May 1
May 8

While the shawl is designed for a gradient, ultimate yarn choice is, of course, up to the individual knitter. If unable to find a gradient of sufficient length, I recommend using two to three shorter gradients and alternating to get a longer color run. Pattern will include directions for doing so.

The proceeds will be split evenly between the CDC foundation and Meals on Wheels Covid-19 Response Fund.

THE CDC FOUNDATION

This non profit organization, helps serve ALL OF US, all of the many needs that arise during an emergency response that the federally-funded CDC cannot cover.

Your dollars will:

Help communities prevent, detect and respond to COVID-19
Deploy emergency staffing with the skills required to meet the needs on the front lines at the state and local level
Fund and deliver critical home essentials, such as food and medical needs to quarantined and isolated individuals
Develop education and awareness campaigns to advance prevention and reduce stigma
Build capacity and infrastructure for global response efforts and other immediate needs as they evolve

MEALS ON WHEELS COVID-19 RESPONSE

Vulnerable seniors are at the greatest risk amid COVID-19. Local Meals on Wheels programs are on the front lines every day, focused on doing all they can to keep older Americans safe and nourished in communities across the country. The costs and efforts needed to protect seniors from COVID-19 require additional emergency funds, and that is why we are asking federal lawmakers, corporations, foundations and the general public to remember these vulnerable seniors in our national response. Give to the Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund to help local communities across the country meet the increased demand for nutritious meals that can keep our seniors safe and healthy.

I am already partnering with Twisted Fiber Art (TFA) and Fiber Optic (FO). Color options pictured here are:
2) TFA PB and J
3) TFA Spice
4) TFA Berry
5) FO Damson to Gold
6) FO Tangerine toUltraviolet

I invite other dyers to participate. Please contact me and I will add a link.

At this time, the pattern will be available in English and German. If anyone is willing to donate their time to translate, please contact me directly.

A purple sweater with two skeins of yarn.So many indie dyers. One email.
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