Happy New Year to you all!
We continue receiving gifts and are very excited and grateful for that. We have also received many e-mails from people who want to participate, both individuals and groups. Our committment is to grow AWKL into a self-sustaining charity supported by the knitters who participate all around the world.
The first thank you goes out to Joanne Ungar of New York City who donated two large bags of beautiful yarn , which is plenty for many hats, scarves and mittens. Aafia Chaudhry, Lulu Yee and Arndis D Arnardottir who all live in New York City as well, have been busy knitting for us. We want to thank them for the gorgeous, colorful hats and scarves they´ve knitted for us.
We've received many gifts from Iceland. Icelanders have always been prolific knitters and in the past, knitting was for centuries an important trade. Today knitting is more of a hobby but still important enough, that children continue to be taught the craft at school. To read more about the history of Icelandic knitting, please visit:http://www.icelandicsheep.com/knit.html
Here are the gifts we received from Iceland this Christmas:
Helga Margret Arnardottir contributed 4 Icelandic sweaters. These lovingly knitted sweaters were made by her friend Margret Jona Sigurdardottir, who passed away last year. She was known for being a very supportive and caring human being.
Ragnhildur Theodorsdottir knitted more 4 hats and few pairs of socks, and Gudmunda Hallgrimsdottir sewed 2 hats. We welcome sewed, woven and crocheted items as well. The most important thing is that you have created the gift. All handcrafted items are appreciated in all the orphanages we're supporting.
Above you see pictures of two beautiful sisters, their names are Agla and Oddny. Their mother, Alma Ragnarsdottir and their aunt Gudrun Ragnarsdottir knitted these two beautiful hats and scarves. We look forward to sending these photos to the children that will actually receive these gifts. Participants are encouraged to send us pictures taken while they're knitting or of someone wearing the items they created.
Thank you Joanne, Aafia, Lulu, Arndis, Helga, Margret, Ragnhildur, Gudmunda, Alma and Gudrun. We can promise you that your gifts will make a difference!