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Date: 12/17/12 11:42 AM

I'm sure you know about the tragic event at an elementary school in Sandy Hook/Newtown, Connecticut. Because many of us feel the need to respond in a supportive way when an event like this takes place, I thought I'd forward an email I received about the Kissing Hand Mitten Project. Here's the message:

Good Morning everyone,

I am working to bring knitters and crafters together in a project to benefit the children of Newtown, CT. The basic idea revolves around a children's book titled: The Kissing Hand. For those of you who don't know it, it a very cute story about a raccoon baby who is having anxiety about going to school. The Mommy raccoon kisses the palm of the baby raccoon's hand and sends him off to school with a "kissing hand" so that during the day, if the child needs some love from home, they will have it in the palm of their hand. If ever there were a group of children who needed a "Kissing Hand" it is the children of Newtown.

So...The project will be to knit mittens with a small heart on one palm. Just one of the two mittens, either hand.... Or embroider on homemade mittens, or applique a felt heart onto one mitten in a pair, or paint one on a mitten with glitter paint... etc. The idea is to provide kissing hand mittens, using whatever talents you have and would like to share. If you need to buy the mittens and proceed from there, I don't think the families of Newtown would mind one bit. Even children should be able to sew a felt heart into the palm of a mitten! I intend on using my children and their friends to prove that point!

I intend to cast my net wide on this project. I am looking to share this project with any knitting & crafts clubs I can find. I would also like to contact the author/ publisher of the book to perhaps have them support the project in some way. If any of you feel moved to help in some way, please jump in! I am willing to accept help and guidance in any areas of this project. Also, please feel free to share this email as you wish.

At this point, I am making my home the delivery point for mittens, and am happy to share my address with anyone who wants to mail mittens in, from anywhere on the planet.

Kimberly Piscatelli
7 Portage Trail
East Hampton, CT 06424

Knitting onward with Faith, Love, and Hope,
Kim Piscatelli

The need to "do something" overwhelms many of us when we hear about a tragic event like Sandy Hook. I plan to participate in this project and perhaps some of you will want to respond to Kim Piscatelli as well.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email.

Kippy


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Date: 12/17/12 12:38 PM

Tutorial to make heart-shaped yo-yo's are HERE.
You could also sew a little heart-shaped button onto the palm of the mitten/glove.







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In reply to jadamo00

Date: 12/17/12 12:55 PM

Excellent suggestions! Thank you.

Kippy
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Date: 12/17/12 1:51 PM

Oh, I think I'm in! I do not knit but the buttons I can do. My brother is a volunteer of the Red Cross and is in Sandy Hook as I type.

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Date: 12/17/12 7:56 PM

This is FABULOUS.

I'll do a children's pair....

But another idea I'd like to do is to make those small little miniature mittens that are usually dangling in a pair as a pin for a coat or jacket ....

I think those would be good for the adults. I love the sentiment more than another rememberance ribbon.

I'm going to go look for a pattern for those mini-mittens right now... unless, of course... any of you have a pattern. :)

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Date: 12/17/12 8:19 PM

Kippy....

Will you do me a favor and go to my blog (addy is in my signature) and will you pop me an email over there so I have your email address?

I'm also going to repost your letter on my blog. I get about 300 visitors a week already - some are bound to be knitters!

Thanks,

Sally

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Date: 12/17/12 8:50 PM

Hi Ripstitcher,

Thanks for your interest in participating. I really like your idea about a pin and will watch for the pattern info I expect you will post here.

I will post my email address information on your Website tomorrow.

Thanks,

Kippy
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Date: 12/19/12 7:10 PM

Kip, please consider posting this also in Creative Sewing because I think there are non-knitters who would like to get into this/

For NON-KNITTERS --

-- you can sew a yo-yo heart or button onto the palm of a purchased pair of mittens.
-- you can SEW FLEECE FABRIC MITTENS: HERE are some patterns!
-- you can sew mittens out of old SWEATERS! They're really gorgeous! The instructions are at the above link.

Also: looking forward to the Tiny Mitten's Pin patterns or tute!

j.







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Date: 12/19/12 7:33 PM

Argh! I found a free pattern for sewing woven fabric mittens but I can't seem to open the file. Can someone else try? Start HERE.





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Date: 12/19/12 10:28 PM

Jad - great idea. I posted the info in Creative Sewing.

Thanks.

Kippy
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