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May 17, 2006

Only two days left to bid!

My knitting group's auction of a gorgeous handknit child's sweater ends in just two days! We're raising money for Tsunami Volunteer in Khao Lak, Thailand, where I volunteered for a few months earlier this year and in 2005.

Check out the auction!

Posted by sedda at 11:21 AM

May 11, 2006

Knit On

I've been trying to wrap up some projects with my knitting (and crochet!) group, Knitzilla!, before all the teaching madness begins.

Here's the good news:
Our Afghanalong for hurricane survivors brought together 36 knitters across the country to make 43 blankets, 31 hats and 33 scarves to send to the Gulf Coast! I wrapped the project up, since it's about 80 degrees there now.

We also sent 16 Rad Bad Beanies to Colorado, to support urban teens on wilderness outings. My goal was to collect 250 hats this spring. Oops. We spent time sending blankets to Katrinaland instead. Luckily the outings are in groups of 5, so what we do send can be split up in a fair way. We're continuing this project for a while, if you'd like to help out. (We'll also take donations for postage and packing tape.)

And, we're raffling a handknit girl's sweater on eBay until May 19th! All proceeds help Tsunami Volunteer!

Posted by sedda at 10:12 PM

May 02, 2006

Small paper GETS it

My friend David Folkenflik had a great story on All Things Considered today about a small 'Bama paper called the Anniston Star that actually is going to invest in the future of journalism by training at least a dozen students in reporting. Their tuition will be paid, plus they'll receive small stipends and a boost toward their final job hunts.

Even more impressive is their support of the field by keeping the paper privately owned— forming a not-for-profit instead of selling the paper for cash and watching it get eaten by a major corporation.

Sometimes doing things the old-fashioned way makes more sense than "progress."

Posted by sedda at 06:28 PM