Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Commuter Knitter - Episode 40 - This is Newtown, This is Our Town


In this week's emotional episode, I thank you all for your love, support, prayers, and virtual hugs for my town as I express my thoughts about the tragic events that took place in my hometown of Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012.  Links to some of the places/causes I mention:

The Flagpole

The Newtown Bee

The General Store

Edmond Town Hall

Ferris Farm Creamery

Bagel Delight

United Way Sandy Hook School Support Fund

600 Monsters Strong for Connecticut

Wall Hanging for Newtown

Knitters for Newtown


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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Thank You

On behalf of our little town, I say a heartfelt THANK YOU for your prayers, love, well wishes, virtual hugs and support that you have sent our way in the wake of Friday's events.  The love pouring in from listeners via Ravelry, Twitter, email, and the blog is extraordinary - I can barely keep up with your messages.  Knowing that so many of you around the world are thinking about us gives us comfort.

Yesterday was another difficult day as we learned the names of the 26 victims.  Twenty children and six educators.  In a small town such as ours, we all either know one of the individuals or know someone who does.  I am in the latter camp as one of the teachers was my mom's former co-worker.

Today we await the arrival of President Obama for an interfaith vigil that will be held at the High School for the families and those directly affected.

We also found out today that an unused school building in a neighboring town will be opened for the Sandy Hook students to return to class this week.  It is likely that they will never return to original school building.

In the true knitter spirit, many of you have asked what you can do to help.

If you have the means, The United Way has established a support fund for the families in conjunction with our local bank.  You can send checks to:

Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street
Newtown, CT 06470

Alternatively, you can donate by credit card directly on the United Way site at https://newtown.uwwesternct.org.

There is also a group on Ravelry knitting & crocheting stuffed toys to send to the students of Sandy Hook Elementary School.  This KAL over in the 600 Monsters Strong for Connecticut group will run through January.

If you are donating to a charity in the wake of this event, please be careful where you send your hard-earned funds.  There already have been sham groups popping up to take advantage of people's kind hearts wanting to help.

We are a resilient town and we will get through this together.  Again, thank you for your thoughts & prayers as they will help us pull through.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

My Birthday Wish

I woke up this morning in hopes that yesterday wasn't real.  That it was all a nightmare.  But I could feel my eyes still damp with the tears that wouldn't stop and knew that was not the case.

Before yesterday when people would ask me where I lived, and I answered "Newtown, Connecticut", they'd follow up with "Where is that?"  Now everyone knows where Newtown is.  And for all the wrong reasons.  I wish that weren't the reality.


I wish that I did not hear the constant buzz of news helicopters overhead.
I wish that The Today Show, Good Morning America, and the CBS Early Show weren't broadcasting 4 miles from my house.  Or that if they were it was for something happy.

I wish that there weren't 27 new angels in heaven.
I wish that these innocent children & educators did not die in vain.
I wish that there is real change in this world as a result of yesterday's events.
I wish that we come to live in a world where we do not fear going to school, or the movies, or the mall, or our place of worship.
I wish that no more innocent children have to die before we address the real issues.  Not just gun control, but also getting help for those who need it before they take such drastic action.

These are my birthday wishes as I blow out my candles today.

I pray for the victim's families as they grieve for their loved ones.  I hope that they can feel the prayers of everyone in this town, this state, the nation and the world.

Friday, December 14, 2012

A tragic day in Newtown...


Hi everyone,
I’ve been tweeting a bit about the events of today and as the hours go by it is still very difficult to process what has happened and put it into words. I did want to say that I truly appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers for our little town where we are all shaken and in shock.
Carlos and I are off work today - he was out running errands and picking up lunch when he called around 11ish to ask if I was watching the news. He said there was a shooting at Sandy Hook School. I must admit that I didn’t believe him at first, but turned on the TV to see that he was right. At this time we were only being told that the shooter was dead and 3 others were injured and being treated at the hospital.
I broke down almost immediately and couldn’t stop crying. I called my dad to see if he had heard from my mom who works in another elementary school in town. While I was on the phone with him, my mom called my dad and he told her to call me. She couldn’t talk long, but did assure me that she was OK. They were trying to keep everything calm for the kids and the schools were all on lockdown.
About an hour later we were driving to the store and heard that they were saying 27 shot including 18 children. Much more horrific than what we initially thought. Right around then my phone started beeping with texts and calls and tweets as the news was spreading with these numbers.
About 45 minutes ago there was a press conference where police confirmed 20 children and 6 adults lost their lives. Plus the shooter and another victim elsewhere.
This school is about 4 miles from my house. This is a small quiet town. There are no words. Absolutely no words.
Hug those you love extra tight tonight.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Commuter Knitter - Episode 39 - The One Before The Mini-Vacation


Only 2 projects to talk about, trip planning about next year's stash, off-roading about Notre Dame and a special treat at the end of the episode for the holiday season.

Drive

Rocky Coast Cardigan

Trip Planning

Brain storming for the Stash 2013

Offroading

About Notre Dame - what else?

Road Trips

Vogue Knitting Live - NYC - Jan 18-20, 2013


Come Find me on the Interwebs
Ravelry - ndjen04
Ravelry Group - Commuter Knitter Podcast
Twitter - CommuterKnitter
Facebook - Commuter Knitter
Email - commuterknitter [at] yahoo [dot] com

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Commuter Knitter - Episode 38 - My Train of Thought is Rambling


Drive

Go Irish Socks

Tiny Elves

Check Engine Light

Rocky Coast Cardigan

Trip Planning

Brain storming for 2013

Party Bus

Winners chosen - tune in to see if you won!

Road Trips

Vogue Knitting Live - NYC - Jan 18-20, 2013


Come Find me on the Interwebs
Ravelry - ndjen04
Ravelry Group - Commuter Knitter Podcast
Twitter - CommuterKnitter
Facebook - Commuter Knitter
Email - commuterknitter [at] yahoo [dot] com


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