"It means somebody loves me"

Image used with permission from The Mother Bear Project. 

Image used with permission from The Mother Bear Project. 

On episode 102 of the VeryPink Knits Podcast, I talk with Amy Berman, founder of The Mother Bear Project. I hope you take a moment to listen to the full story.

After finishing editing the podcast, that evening I dug into my stash and immediately cast on. I had purchased the pattern a while ago after my mom showed me her finished bears, but for some reason, it got pushed aside. (What is the knitting equivalent phrase to my eyes were bigger than my stomach? My Ravelry queue is longer than the time I have to knit...) 

Since I had just returned from TNNA, my husband teased me for being addicted as I knit the first rows while playing Star Wars Monopoly with the kids. I said, "You don't understand. I have to knit this." I told them the story of the child Amy tells in the podcast (no spoilers, go listen.) Even my 13-year-old was touched and held my hand while I told him.  

The story of child and infant rape that was the inspiration for this project knocked me out of my chair. I had never heard of this other than as a gross joke in the Broadway show The Book of Mormon. And, to imagine a child who has to raise her own siblings as a teenager or another child who has no toys or and comfort object just was too much. 

This week the news in the US is dominated by stories of children being separated from their parents at the border. The more we learn, the harder it is to watch and feel like our hands are tied. It's maddening and frustrating. What can we everyday citizens do? 

At least we knitters can put our energy into projects like this. Sending a little bear for a child who has so little to hug and love is something. Thank you Amy for giving us this opportunity.