Now, I have a zillion thoughts rolling around in my head on this subject. To be honest I hardly know where to begin! I guess a few personal pictures to start with then maybe it will be easier to explain why Knit Your Bit is a subject close to home. :)
There are more members of my family, and my husband's family that served before during and after World War II. Which is where Knit Your Bit comes in to play. First the history:
http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/knit-your-bit/knitting-during-wwii.html "Many of those who were knitting items for soldiers during World War II had previously participated in the World War I Knit for Victory campaign as children or young adults. Knitting provided warmth and comfort for the soldier and therapeutic distraction and a sense of civic participation for the knitters. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was often photographed knitting for the war effort, or at least carrying her voluminous knitting bag. During the evening broadcast of war news on the radio, idle hands were turned to service as Americans once again knit for victory."
Civilians were very heavily involved in providing needs for our soldiers during WWII. My grandmothers, Aunts, Uncles, and my parents told me stories about the many sacrifices that were very happily made by Americans to be sure our "boys" had what they needed. Men, women, children, communities banded together to make socks, hats, scarves, mittens, bandages from what material was available. They did so willingly and thankfully.
Back in 2006 the WWII museum had the fantastic idea to bring back the Knit Your Bit campaign! It started small and to date the knitters of America have contributed 30,000 hand knit/crocheted/loomed scarves! Why scarves? Its a symbol of esteem that provides warmth. Where will my scarf go? http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/knit-your-bit/ patterns included! More questions? http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/knit-your-bit/frequently-asked-questions.html
Have a group? http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/knit-your-bit/knit-your-bit-flyer.pdf
Why now? Because more than ever our Veterans need to know we still remember what they've done on our behalf. As one knitter/crocheter to another why not show your appreciation by knitting a scarf or two or THREE :) I have the perfect yarn for you to try, one of my personal favorites! http://www.yarnspirations.com/caronunited Soft, warm, washable Caron United has rich, beautiful colors that create a wonderful fabric. Don't take my word for it, try it yourself.
An absolutely wonderful collection of patterns have been uploaded to the American Red Cross Museum http://www2.redcross.org/museum/exhibits/knits.asp
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