I got a news letter from Jackie E-S / HeartStrings FiberArts and in it was a request from a lady who needs 850 mini socks for service men.I e-mailed her and got this reply
My Dear Friends,
I am overwhelmed by the generous spirit you have all shown in your emails. Thank you.
The Chaplain of this battalion is my son Peter. He is shocked by how little mail his men receive. Especially when they go first, to neutralize the IED’s before any of the other soldiers and stuff go through. They are brave courageous men, risking their lives every day to keep other soldiers safe. And my Peter goes out with them. He does not carry a gun, but he goes to encourage them, and help them.
I thought of a mini stuffed sock for each of them for Christmas because I was afraid some of them would get nothing for Christmas. I know time is short, but I’m hoping we can do it. And if our box is a little late in arriving, Peter will tell them that a surprise is on the way and then they will watch for it. Sometimes anticipation is fun too.
A box like this will make any day a holiday for them.
At first I was using the ‘Magic 28’ sock pattern, but then Jackie gave me her miniature sock pattern and I’ve done that one too. It’s a very good pattern. I like knitting these socks, especially since you don’t have to knit a mate!
Just so the socks are big enough for a pack of chewing gum, a couple pieces of chocolate candy and a candy cane. It’s the love and thoughtfulness behind your work that will touch them the most.
They will know that their Chaplain is right, people still care, and most of all they are not forgotten. It’s a powerful message for one little sock, but it’s a good one.
When it comes to colors, I’ve been using red, gold, green, and blue. But any color lovingly knit will be perfect. Acrylic, wool, cotton, all yarns are acceptable.
I have some done but still need hundreds. I’m grateful for your help.
If I have the socks by December 10, they will arrive the week between Christmas and New Year’s and they can be excited that they are getting a special box. Of course you can send the socks at any time. As we’ll be stuffing and packing as we go.
Lets all help Becky meet her goal of 850 socks for our service men over seas.The mini sock pattern is here
Please help me help Becky meet her goal:hug:If anyone has any questions feel free to PM me.