(photo courtesy of We Care Blankets)
Besides hosting a weekly 'Knit and Crochet Group' at Farmacy every Wednesday, Carroll Gardeners Rosalie Wysokowski and Harriet Libstag have been involved with We Care Blankets, a 501 (c)3 charity organization. Based on Long Island, the organizations mission is to provide a handcrafted blanket and/or hat to every child who is undergoing cancer treatment.
Harriet and Rosalie and their fellow neighborhood volunteers have been busily knitting. Their hand-made items have been delivered by We Care Blankets to local hospitals like Maimonides, Wyckoff, Lutheran and Brookdale.
Rosalie's friend Ruth, who lives in Florida, has been especially busy, contributing a large number of knit hats to the effort. On January 28th, Ruth sent a package containing 80 hats to Rosalie's address here in Carroll Gardens via the United States Postal Service. The hats were going to be forwarded to We Are Blankets with the items crafted by the ladies here in the neighborhood.
Unfortunately, Rosalie never received the package. The USPS tracking number indicates that it was delivered on February 3rd, but no postman ever rang Rosalie's doorbell, nor did anyone sign for the package. The post office has been of little help in finding it. Rosalie suspects that USPS just left it on her stoop and that someone stole it.
"That person is probably selling the hats on some street corner," she told me. "Ruth's work is just beautiful."Harriet added: "Ruth puts so much time and effort into these hats. It breaks my heart for her and the children who will not be receiving such a lovely gift. My concern is how do we stop this from happening again. Since I live here I have had one package disappear and I am always worried when I order my very large supply of yarn."
Of course, all the hours spent lovingly knitting these hats can never be replaced, even if the yarn can.
But how about giving Harriet, Rosalie and their friend Ruth some encouraging words to let them know they rock?