Sep. 12th, 2009


Sep. 12th, 2009 09:12 am
wrongera: (knitting)
Thanks to Ravelry, I have a trade in progress. Somebody is going to be trading me 30 sheets of personalizaed calligraphied paper for 8 of the Celtic knot bookmarks that I originally stitched as Yule gifts some time ago.

This makes me happy, because in addition to somebody actually compensating me for crafty work, it also means that I have a gift for my roommate. If I can put them aside until Yule (or Samhain, if I'm really itching to see the look on her face), then I can give a gift without having to spend more than the cost of a stamp. I already have the materials here, so it's not like I need to go out and buy a bunch of embroidery floss and evenweave/Aida cloth.

In the mail the other day I received a package from Kristen Tendyke, containing two large bags of swatches that she was trying to destash. And boy howdy, are there ever a lot of swatches!

I'm frogging most of them, but there are a few pieces that I'm going to work with as they are, since I either like the pattern or the swatch can very easily become something useful. I've got some ideas for a few things already, and it's going to be fun to get right back in the knitting groove and start making things with my hands again. As I've mentioned before, my crafty mojo sometimes goes on vacation for months at a time, leaving me feeling as though I should be doing something with my hands but just can't be bothered to.

I was sure I'd mentioned knitting leprosy bandages for charity before, but for the life of me, I can't find the entry in which I did. So I'll explain it all now.

The DOVE Fund collects knit and crocheted bandages to send to other countries where leprosy is still both a serious medical problem and a social problem. People make bandages out of white or tan crochet cotton, then send them off to the person who collects and stores them before shipping them off to the places in the world that need them most. In this case, Vietnam. The bandages are incredibly simple to make, and so I've challenged myself to knit 10 of them to send off. The picture above is of the first bandage completed.

Because the bandages are made from mercerized cotton, they're breathable and washable, and hard-wearing, which is exactly what's needed. Bandages don't need to be the gauzy stuff that gets used at hospitals all the time, especially when said bandages aren't always readily available in some of the poorer areas of the world.

I figure that I have the crochet cotton and am probably not going to do much else with it (except practice tablet weaving), so I may as well get some good use out of it and make something that can help somebody along. And to be honest, I'm also going to knit a few extra for personal use. Soak these guys in boiling water and they're sterilized. And then they're good to wrap around blisters, cuts, all manner of things.

I just wish I'd had a few when I sprained my ankle. The only bandage I could find at the time to help support my ankle was a self-adhesive one, which cost far too much, stuck to itself in ways I didn't want it to, smelled funny, and was a pain to use more than once. Whatever happened to good old cloth bandages that fastened with a little metal clip or two, anyway?


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