Thursday, January 29, 2009

Piggy's Warm Fuzzies, direct from Iceland

I was all set to blog a bit of a nasty rant today -- yarn diet, Jack Layton's toddler-like temper tantrum, full-day headaches, yarn diet, idiot Vancouver drivers, mind-numbingly boring employment, yarn diet...take yer pick -- when I came upon a news story that made me a little weepy.

Earlier this week a container load of woollen sweaters, socks and blankets arrived in the northern England port of Hull. That in itself might not sound all that exciting, but check this out: these Icelandic treasures weren't heading to upscale shops to be sold for big bucks, but rather to British pensioners to keep them alive this winter.

Despite being in a pretty miserable financial situation themselves, people from across Iceland collected some 3,000 items over four days. The "Icelandic Wool to England" campaign was spearheaded by the presenters of a popular Icelandic radio program after they broadcast a story about the plight of British seniors who could not afford to heat their homes.

Obviously this lovely gesture is but a tiny band-aid on a wound that requires major surgery. But it did restore some of Piggy's faith in humanity this afternoon.

Read more about the warm-fuzzies part of the story here, and the chilling side of the tale here and here.


  1. Oh that is just beautiful. Just imagine what we could all do if we joined together. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. What a wonderful thing for Iceland to do! I wish people of all countries could forget all their petty crap and just do what these people are doing!

    Good on them!

  3. Knitting for people who need it without worring about getting anything in return is one of the most rewarding aspects of the craft. Our group is working on adult size hat & scarf sets for homeless veterans because with the CPSIA law, we can no longer make warm things for children.

  4. what a great story for you to post about!

  5. Lovely! Wouldn't it mbe great to have the Positive News Hour that only told you about how great humanity is to each other, instead of how many people we have killed?

  6. Thanks for sharing this heart (and body) warming story. It inspires us all to think about how we can take our simple craft and use it to help others, joan