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There Are No Words

December 18, 2012
School Flags at Half-Mast

Our school’s flags at half-mast in memory of the 26 lives lost.

There are no words to adequately express the jumble of thoughts, emotions and feelings I have been experiencing since Friday morning.  Nothing will bring back the precious children, the talented teachers, or the caring principal and school psychologist who lost their lives on December 14, 2012.

At first, I thought that all I could do was listen to my students as they try to understand what happened. To steer conversations away from speculation and frightening details.  To remind them that we are here to protect them, all the while hoping that I don’t ever have to implement the detailed lockdown procedures we were scheduled to practice Monday afternoon.

Then, I learned Sharon at Three Irish Girls has organized Knitters for Newtown, and knew I had been called to do more.  In addition to the proceeds from two colorways, Love Wins and The Giving Tree, Sharon is also collecting donations to support Newtown, CT and Sandy Hook Elementary School

To add to her efforts, I am donating my proceeds from any of my patterns published by Three Irish Girls (see end of post for specific details) for the next six weeks, or until the $10,000 goal is met – whichever comes later.

I will make this donation in honor of Rachel Davino, Dawn Hochsprung, Nancy Lanza, Victoria Soto, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, and Mary Sherlach.

It is in memory of Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Ana Marquez-Greene, Dylan Hockley, Madeleine Hsu, Catherine Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, James Mattioli, Grace McDonell, Emilie Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Posner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Benjamin Wheeler, and Allison Wyatt.

This donation will help these families, this community know that they are NOT forgotten.  They will know we, the collective-worldwide-knitter WE, support them as their brave children, teachers and staff return to school and as their parents let them go. Let’s help them all move forward, always with a piece missing, without worrying about financial details.  It’s one small burden we can ease.




Pattern details (click any picture to go to the pattern page):


Coquihalla Socks – perfectly suited to Adorn, easily adaptable to Kells

Fraggle Hat – works beautifully in Springvale Bulky







Starlit Masquerade socks – use any fingering-weight yarn such as Adorn

Object of My Affection – use any DK/light worsted yarn











In addition, I am offering my free-Ravelry-download Secret Log Cabin blanket square pattern via email to anyone not on Ravelry who would like a copy – just contact me via email. It uses worsted weight or fingering-held-doubled and is very suited to many-knitter blanket projects.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2012 7:25 am

    I’ve always used the old proverb “it’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness” when faced with bad things. This event, though, seems to go beyond all of the darkness and the badness we’ve seen in a long, long, time. Thank you, dear Tesia, Allison, Abigail and Trisha for doing what you can, when you can, with what you have. It is only through actions such as these that we can combat the madness around us.


  1. Newtown Log Cabin Square Pattern « TAAT Designs

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