Today is Patriot's Day so I could think of no better way for fiber artists to honor that day than to write about the Knit Your Bit scarf program started by the National World War II museum in New Orleans.
A little history lesson: "On the Home Front during World War II, knitting served as one more way Americans could support the war effort. The November 24, 1941, cover story of the popular weekly magazine Life> explained “How To Knit.” Along with basic instructions and a pattern for a simple knitted vest, the article advised, “To the great American question ‘What can I do to help the war effort?’ the commonest answer yet found is ‘Knit.’” Thousands of Americans picked up their needles to knit socks, mufflers and sweaters to keep American soldiers warm and provide them with a handcrafted reminder of home." Thus the concept of "Knit Your Bit" was born all those years ago. Bringing this into the present the National World War II Museum has encouraged knitters and crocheters to participate in this updated venture since 2006. To date: "...more than 10,000 knitters and crocheters in all 50 states have participated. Through their efforts, the Museum has distributed 50,000 scarves to approximately 1,000 veterans' centers, hospitals, and service organizations across the country." That's fantastic isn't it? Maybe this blog can help bring smiles to a few more vets?
So what are the guidelines and how do you get involved with Knit Your Bit? Participating in Knit Your Bit is easy! Just follow our five steps:
Knit Your Bit Campaign
945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Click here to ask any Questions you might have.
Because the program is ongoing you might want to read the F.A.Q. page here. The Museum will take good care of your contribution and distribute it where its needed most.
What about Patterns? Well that's easy the Museum provides you with GREAT patterns. I have my favorites of course. I love the "Proud To Be" scarf, its a knit pattern in which the letters "USA" are stitched right into the design! Both knitters and crocheters can work up the the "V is for Victory" scarves. Find the great patterns here. This year, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Knit Your Bit Campaign the museum held a pattern contest. Want more news? Check out their Facebook page. I know you'll appreciate the enthusiasm.
There are ways to help the local homeless vets. My daughter and I joined Emily's Hats for Hope Initiative create a "Spin-off" here in the Northern Adirondacks. The working poor, homeless, and the underserved of our communities. Emily's Hats for Hope has many such "Spin-off" groups (each responsible for their own operation, costs ect.) You can check the listing to see if your state has a Spin-off group. These groups will also serve veterans so don't hesitate to contact these groups and help veterans in your own state. There's not competition between the Knit Your Bit campaign and the Emily's Hats for Hope Initiative Spin off's we all want to serve.
Today, on Patriot's Day, the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 please consider what you can do to serve those who have so bravely served us. From First Responders to Veterans. They all deserve a thank you.
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