Yumiko Alexander has created the "Dan Doh Scarf" pattern as a way to connect with her homeland and to help the Japanese people in their time of trouble. With our knitting, we can build a bridge connecting people around the world.
Check out more photos of the items that we've received.
So far we've received items from:
Tempe, Az (lots of folks)
We've all seen the pictures of the devastation in northern Japan over the past weeks.
As many of you know, Tempe Yarn has both past (Fred lived there) and present ties (Yumiko Alexander's home) to Japan, so we want to offer a helping hand to those in need. With this said, knowing the big hearts that our customers have, it's time to get out the hooks and needles.
Most relief agencies are currently only accepting cash donations, and we encourage you to give if you want to help. In addition, after talking with Yumiko, who has been in contact with her family in Japan, based on the level of damage, we believe that the need for help will still be high in the fall/winter of 2011.
Our plans are to collect items from the list below between now and October 1, 2011. At that time all items that we've collected will either be shipped or Yumiko will hand carry them to Japan. The items will be distributed by a local organization to those who need them.
Yumiko believes that the following items will be most helpful to the victims: a) small scarves/neck warmers (Yumiko is designing a pattern that will be available on-line as a free download at tempeyarn.com); b) fingerless gloves; c) legwarmers (even her parents and grandparents use these); d) any other small hand knitted or crocheted items.
According to Yumiko many Japanese wear beige, gray, black, brown, white... natural colors for tops, but use any color (pink, purple, blue, green.....) for small accessories such as scarf and neck warmer.
Our friends in Japan will not expect hand made items but will greatly appreciate them. So let's dig into our stash and get to work.