Newtown Log Cabin Square Pattern
Sometime between yesterday afternoon and this morning, Knitters for Newtown reached its goal of raising $10,000 to support the families and community of Newtown, CT. This seems very fitting to me as the staff, teachers and children of Sandy Hook Elementary school returned to school today. Thanks to the efforts of many volunteers, their new school was cleaned top to bottom, with fresh paint and new furniture added where needed, including raising bathroom floors to make them more accessible to small children. Backpacks, school supplies and personal belongings were moved to the new building to provide the smoothest transition possible for everyone. Grief counseling has been available and outpourings of support have come from around the globe – the new Sandy Hook Elementary School was adorned with snowflakes as students returned to school, and schools around the country participated in a paper crane building project to show their support.
In addition to the sheer hours of time contributed, financial contributions are helping the community begin to move on – but never forget. The United Way of Connecticut website has a list of ways to help, and there is also a Donors Choose website dedicated to providing the teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary School with the supplies and resources they need to rebuild and support their students in every way possible.
These things can’t ever erase the pain felt by the families and community, but they can show our support and reassure everyone that we have not forgotten. In addition to the $10,000+ raised by Knitters for Newtown, Sharon McMahon is also organizing a blanket drive to collect 8″ knitted or crocheted squares which will then be seamed into blankets, at least one for each family – but knowing Sharon, there will be enough blankets to go around for everyone who needs one.
In addition to donating the proceeds from the sale of my Three Irish Girls patterns, I have also revised and updated my Log Cabin blanket square pattern to meet the blanket drive requirements of an 8″ garter-stitch-bordered knitted square (sorry, crocheters!). The pattern is provided as a downloadable .pdf file below, or it can be downloaded as a .pdf from Ravelry at this link. Use it – share it – knit away – and send your completed squares to Knitters for Newtown by March 31, 2013.
Three Irish Girls
Attn: Knitters for Newtown
PO Box 161165
Duluth, MN 55816
NewtownLogCabin <—download .pdf here!
Newtown Log Cabin Ravelry Page <—view Ravelry page, add to Ravelry library or download .pdf here