Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Bear #28

This was the 28th bear I knitted for the Mother Bear Project.

I made it in February, and gave it, along with three others, to Amy, the Mother Bear founder, in early March.

In April, Amy took her second trip to Africa. She traveled to a number of countries, and visited many of the organizations that help her distribute handmade bears to children who have been impacted by the AIDS epidemic there. Of course, she also handed out lots of bears. The last time I saw Amy was the day before she left for Africa, and I asked her to please take lots of pictures while she was there.

Yesterday I received the following note in the mail:

“I just got back from Africa and it was pretty amazing. The children loved the bears. I have so many photos to show you! I will bring them to our next knitting group. Hope to see you there! Love, Amy”

Also enclosed was this photo:
My God, how I would love to gobble up those little feet.


Alyson said...

Good for you. I have been trying to get some ideas to help locally because international shipping is hard to do. I wish I could do something like that.

Isn't she adorable.

Angelica said...

Ah, that is so fantastic! Keep up the good work.

Humanitarianism is so in everyone's face right now, but a lot of people are talk and no action.

It is good to see other's helping out, in even what we may think are the smallest ways, can still impact a life.


Lauren said...

This is wonderful. And you should know that you and the Mother Bear project are the reason I'm taking a beginners knitting class. I've wanted to get back to doing something crafty and now I can't wait to make my first bear!

EverydaySuperGoddess said...

Good for you, Lauren!

These bears make a terrific starter project, because the basic pattern is very, very easy. DemiGoddess the Elder made her first one when she was 12.

And as you grow more comfortable with knitting, the bears are a small enough project that they are a great vehicle for trying out new stitches and techniques, too.

Be sure to let me know how it's coming, and feel free to e-mail me if you need any tips!

Meghan said...

Could she BE any cuter?

What a perfect affirmation for your time and efforts.

How beautiful.

ylm said...

What a wonderful validation of your efforts! That lovely joyful face, with arms around your work. Truly.. loving hands across the world.

Joe said...

You realize of course that, if that little girl had access to the internet, she could Google you, find this site, read your closing comment and come to the frightening conclusion that you're some kind of cannibal.

Of course, that scenario's a little, y'know, far fetched. But still.

Boof said...

That's really cool!

jo(e) said...

What a great project. And she is just so cute.