The Third Age Knitting Bus Project was launched in Dublin. The project aims to promote happy and meaningful contact between the generations and to raise awareness of Third Age. The target is that older people teach primary school children to knit.
The Knitting Bus will celebrate 2012 International Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity in which all EU member countries are invited to participate.
In Finland, my friends told me they have similar initiatives. How cool!
Yarn bombing or graffiti knitting.
* Examples of yarn bombing have been recorded as early as May 2004 in Den Helder, Netherlands. In the U.S., in 2005 Texas knitters used their leftover and unfinished knitting projects, but it has since spread worldwide.
The movement has been said to be “changing the face of craft” as stitchers are more and more frequently being viewed as fibre artists rather than amateurs or vandals.
Joann Matvichuk of Lethbridge, Alberta invented International Yarnbombing Day, which was first observed on June 11, 2011.
Marta, Andi get ready for the next Y-Day.
During World War I and again during World War II, the American Red Cross launched nationwide, volunteer-driven knitting campaigns to supply soldiers and war refugees with warm clothing. These volunteer knitters belonged to a Red Cross unit called the Production Corps that also produced bandages and sewn garments (such as pajamas) for veterans and civilian hospitals.
Some patterns are available online at the Red cross Museum
I found this one specially touching /knitting_childssweater.pdf