Friday, February 13, 2009

Blessings Friday: Bandage Brigade

The Junie Moon Bandage Brigade is coming to an end. I’m grateful for this opportunity to help leprosy patients in Viet Nam.



The cotton yarn we used last year was too thick for the climate in which the leprosy patients live. This year we were instructed to use a tiny crochet cotton yarn for our effort. My arthritic hands made the knitting process feel as though I was working with gossamer spider web and it was slow going for me.

I have a collection of bandages using the old thicker cotton that was meant for this year’s bandage brigade. I’m now looking for another organization that can use the thicker-yarn cotton bandages.



The change in yarn impacted this year’s project greatly. I was feeling terrible about managing only one bandage this year using the new yarn mandate. Then I reminded myself that even one bandage is an act of love as well as a gift of time and effort.



Look at the cute tag Weeks of Craft Nectar blog made for her bandage.

I’ve received emails letting me know your bandages are in the mail either to me or directly to Linda at Touching Others With Leprosy. Thank you to all the participants of my 2009 effort to help others. Your generosity is wonderful and a blessing to those suffering in the world.

9 comments:

Heidi said...

I haven't done a lot of knitting, but enough to know that using the crochet thread would be far more difficult than the yarn used last year.

Crocheting with thread is SO much easier than knitting (only one hand doing the main work), and very easy to learn. Starting with a larger hook and yarn for practice can help you get the mechanics down, and then you can graduate to the smaller hook and thread. You'll find yourself on auto-pilot in no time at all!

rohanknitter said...

I was hoping my bandage would make it to you by today, but if not it should be there tomorrow for sure. (I hope!!) I ended up crocheting the bandage as I hoped it would help it go quicker, and I just learned to crochet so I thought it would be good practice. It was still really slow going, and unfortunately it bothers my hands, unlike knitting. I'd hoped to do more too, but like you said, every one helps.

Wanda said...

How touching,what a generous heart you have. cheers

Thimbleanna said...

Wow June! I can't imagine knitting those with the finer thread -- that's wonderful!

June said...

Hi! I am another June from NC, and I have enjoyed visiting your blog. You do a variety of projects like me. I'll visit again! (My nick-name is Junie Bird).

brigette said...

june,
i made these once before and i can't remember now the specs. for them. do you remember how many you cast on? what size needles? i think i want to keep one going with me when i'm out and about and then i'll find a place to send them later.

Junie Moon said...

June: how fun to meet another June from N.C.!

Brigette: I used size 2 needles and cast on 28 stitches. You can mail bandages directly to Linda at Touching Others With Leprosy blog. Her mailing address is posted on that site.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Congratulations June, and to all who made bandages! Wonderful effort for a good cause.

Aim said...

June:
Oh, that's why those pics of the thicker yarn bandages looked different than what I was making!!! couldn't figure that out! Thanks for running this, it was an interesting charity to knit for....