Another Dark Little Corner
Started this before change to "New Blogger", as backup in case of trouble with digiphoto blog "In a Small Dark Room", or rants & links blog "Hello Cruel World" . Useful - at one stage Dark Room was there, but like the astrophysical Dark Matter, we could't see it ... better now, but kept Just In Case.
There is nothing. There is no God and no universe, there is only empty space, and in it a lost and homeless and wandering and companionless and indestructible Thought. And I am that thought. And God, and the Universe, and Time, and Life, and Death, and Joy and Sorrow and Pain only a grotesque and brutal dream, evolved from the frantic imagination of that same Thought. Mark Twain (letter to Joseph Twichell after his wife's death)
[me, on a bad day]
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There is a body in Australia (don't know about overseas versions/branches, but they definitely have contacts in 'foreign parts') called Wrap With Love.
People are asked to to make 10" squares, knitted or otherwise (Instructions & advice at www.abc.net.au/sydney/stories/s906464.htm). You send them in or they are collected at groups and people sew them together into 'wraps', which are given to either people in need in Australia or sent to places in other countries where there are particular needs.
Angela Catterns, the breakfast announcer on the Sydney Local ABC radio station (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, like the British Broadcasting Corporation, sort-of PBS) took up knitting last winter (i.e. middle of 2003), heard about this group, and suggested her listeners might start knitting squares.
They eventually organized a 'Knit-In' morning where people brought or sent in squares and had a big sew-together down in the foyer of the ABC Building in Ultimo (Sydney) during her show one morning. There's a couple of pages on the ABC site about it with photos - see www.abc.net.au/sydney/stories/s906311.htm and the listeners' email reactions at www.abc.net.au/sydney/stories/s909044.htm
Wrap With Love has been quite active this year, with The Handknitters Guild having them on their "Knit for a Cause" list ( home.vicnet.net.au/~knitters/causes.htm) & other connexions it's made.
The Handknitters also had a "Guardian Angel" project -- to knit something suitable for a newborn to 2 year-old which would again be given away -- and "Tree Hugs", which was an art/social/environmental idea.
Perhaps this is part of the 'reknitting' of human connexions which have been badly frazzled over the years & so many people try to do in so many ways -- some more harmful than helpful.
Rooms designed to heighten the senses
By GWEN KINKEAD
23 December, 2003
(called A Room Comes Alive With Color and Sounds in the New York Times