It has been over seven years since my mother-in-law Verna passed away. Shortly before that time, she requested that my wife Jeanne look for a book that had been misplaced somewhere in her home. One of the places Jeanne looked was in a large blue trunk. It wasn’t in there. However, the trunk did contain a treasure trove of skeins of yarn and knitting needles.
After Verna passed away, Jeanne’s sister Kris found even more yarn, and asked if her sister wanted it.
Jeanne decided to take all the items – making for a large collection of yarn and knitting needles. At that time, my wife did not knit. However, from that point on she picked up those knitting needles and used that yarn to continue where her mother had left off.
What has she created since that time? In the beginning, Jeanne’s favorite thing to make were shawls. Most of these creations of warmth were given to others. Last year, she decided to knit a sweater for Kris. Now, she has been creating warm hats.
We were very disappointed to hear that there will not be a warming center for the homeless in Moses Lake. So many people had high hopes of making this happen. Perhaps it will be offered again in the future, but that doesn’t help matters at the present time.
Considering this news, Jeanne wanted to do something to help. So she wishes to organize a group of people who will knit warm hats for people in need. It is called “Hats for the Homeless.”
Here is the basic information for this group: “Join us in making hats for the homeless in our community. Do you knit or crochet? Would you like to learn or teach others? Needles, hooks and yarn will be available for use. Items made will be donated to Serve Moses Lake. When: Thursday, October 24th and November 7th. Where: Michael’s Bistro (in the back). Time: 3 p.m.”
I have learned that people who knit have generous hearts. How is this so? It’s because most of their creations are made with love for others and help keep them warm.
The above represents such an opportunity. Can you step up to help?
Walter is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and has served as parish pastor for more than 30 years.