Monday, August 29, 2011

Revisting the Katrina Fleur de Lis Knitted Washcloth Project

It's hard to believe it was 6 years ago today that Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi.  I rode out the storm 50 miles north of New Orleans and as I thought "hey, this isn't SO bad," the tree in front of the house split in two!  It was 10 days later that we got power back and we realized the full extent of the storm.  I am glad to see things have changed in that time and even for smaller storms like Irene, people take things more seriously.

With the anniversary today and one major hurricane under our belts this year, I thought I would share the Katrina knitted washcloth that was designed and created by Noelle Dempsey.  Noelle explains:
This cloth design was originally written for the Cloths for Katrina drive which took place in 2005 and organized sending handmade washcloths and bars of soap to comfort evacuees of hurricane Katrina. Samples of this cloth are now housed in the Louisiana State Museum and tour schools to teach students about crafting for charity.

It really is a very simple pattern that she has made available thru her blog or Ravelry, all she asks is if you sell it commercially that the profits go to a charitable cause.

--Lisa LeBlanc

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