Sunday, June 11, 2006

Public Service Announcement

We interrupt the regularly scheduled blog to make this Public Service Announcement: Do you have a bunch of old yarn from before you knew what "good" yarn was? Do you keep it around thinking someday you'll use it for charity work; the small bits might make a nice stripe or something? Yeah. Me too. Since I'm relatively sure I won't finish all of this yarn in the next few weeks before moving, and I am NOT trucking it across three states, I am giving it to a worthy cause near to my heart.

This box is being sent to XRX Publishing (you've heard of Knitters' Magazine, maybe?) in Sioux Falls, SD, where my parents live. Sue Nelson at XRX will take this yarn to the state penitentiary (in Sioux Falls) for the prisoners there. Apparently they have a thriving knitting program there, and the inmates really will use the little bits for a stripe in something for an under-privileged person. In fact, some of the inmates are not able to knit and they get to help by winding balls of yarn, etc., so once I donated a nearly finished sweater.

If you'd also like to do something nice for someone less fortunate than you (uh, there are a lot of poor kids in South Dakota, and not a lot of knitters, and it gets very cold, so the inmates are certainly doing a lot of good) Here's the address:

Sue Nelson
XRX Inc.
1320 S. Minnesota Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105


Nancy said...

That is a really neat idea - I didnt think they'd give prisoners sharp pointy sticks tho...

Beth said...

It's my understanding that they don't use metal needles, and only the best-behaved get to knit. Presumably the inmates with violent tendencies wouldn't be eligible for the program.

Earin Marybird said...

What a great idea. I will rummage through my stash. I'm sure I have all sorts of things. My mother is always passing things on to me but since she doesn't use "real" stuff I use it to make hair on scarecrows, tie up plants etc. My delicate fingers only like wool, cotton and silk.
: = )

Good luck on relocating and the new job. May the world turn in a wonderful way. It's an adventure and very exciting!