November 27, 2006


Much happened in the spinning, knitting and fooding universes over Thanksgiving, but all will have to wait until Wednesday since, as promised, today’s entry is dedicated to the “heartwarmer” photographs, or the lighter side of F.I.R.E. distribution in Mongolia. As before, all photos and commentary come courtesy of The Robed One.


Picture #1. Kid With Overbite: Best picture I took, just what I imagine Dulaaners imagine.


Picture #2. Little Boy and Boxes: In Sainshand, all the boxes were stored in a room at the town's Old Folks' Home. One of the home's worker's little boy was quite the charmer, in the middle of everything. On the first day, as vans are being loaded with clothes and medical supplies, he poses here in his little pinstripe suit!


Picture #3. Little Boy Carrying Box: But posing wasn't enough. The tyke really wanted to pitch in, much to the delight of his mother. When we found a box he could manage (this one barely, but he was determined!) he toted it out. Just adorable.


Picture #4. Old Man in Cap: Knitted items from Dulaan were distributed to every resident in this elderly home, maybe 27? This beautiful old guy posed for me in his new cap.


Picture #5. Resident Cat: One surprising feature of the elderly home was a resident cat, well-cared for and super-friendly. Loved to be loved and just purred up a storm. I got this amazing shot of Suzanne, the volunteer who was also in "One Steppe at a Time" and who supervised the medical distribution, getting a little shot of kitty love in the Gobi sunshine. They both look quite pleased with the arrangement!


Picture #6. Twins: At one stop we were greeted by identical twins, the first I think I've seen in Mongolia. Their parents wanted to know if we had matching items. This is the first time the Dulaan knitters' determined individuality was a drawback! But we fitted them out pretty well.


Picture #7. Happy Dawg: Not all of Sainshand's dawgs are crippled and knocked-up. This happy guy soaks up the rays in a very photogenic setting outside the home!


Posted by Ryan at November 27, 2006 01:10 PM

...sniff, sniff...
What great photos! I'm so anxious to get my holiday knitting out of the way so I can knit for orphans and Mongolian kids! I will make some matching hats, just in case!

Posted by: Carrie on November 27, 2006 01:17 PM

I look forward to getting a couple of more items knitted up and shipped off to you shortly.

It's so great to see these photos you share.

Thank you!

Posted by: Kittie on November 27, 2006 01:34 PM

Great photos. I made up two hats from my Avalanche sweater leftovers last night and another two over the weekend. I'll get in touch soon about getting some more yarn for more sweaters.

Posted by: Jessica on November 27, 2006 01:34 PM

My heart swells and my eyes are watering. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to help out. To bring a smile to a child's face is the greatest gift one could receive. Thank you!

Posted by: Isela on November 27, 2006 02:13 PM

Thank you, these are fabulous photos and already I'm wanting to toss all the holiday knitting aside and start on the Dulaan stuff...

Posted by: Marianne on November 27, 2006 02:17 PM

Wonderful pics! Those kids are adorable.

Posted by: midgeling on November 27, 2006 02:23 PM

Boy, if these photos aren't enough to make us all get out our knitting needles and yarn, nothing will. I'm off to search the yarn box. Finally, a reason to cast on more projects, guilt free!

Posted by: Lorette on November 27, 2006 02:43 PM

thanks for sharing the truly heartwarming photos! I can't wait to begin my Dulaan knitting. I plan to start very soon.

Posted by: Julie on November 27, 2006 02:49 PM

Awww. Heart warmers, indeed. Am I the only one who finds it kind of amazing that a Buddhist monk from Sedona, AZ sends pictures to his cuzzin in Seattle who shows them to knitters all over North America so they can knit more sweaters and scarves and socks and hats to send to Mongolia so the Buddhist monk from Sedona can take more pictures and send them to his cuzzin in Seattle...? The power of the internet is matched only by the power of knitters. Or maybe it is the other way around.

Posted by: kmkat on November 27, 2006 03:50 PM

YAY!! I'm glad you posted these. :D

Thank you!

Posted by: KnittyOtter on November 27, 2006 03:54 PM

What great pictures! The picture of the old guy in his cap makes me extraordinarily happy. :) Over the holiday I discovered a bag full of leftover balls of yarn, and I thought, "Must! Knit! Hats!" So, a few more hats will be winging their way to Dulaan soon. Thanks again to you and Cuzzin Tom!

Posted by: Julie on November 27, 2006 04:00 PM

Awesome, lovely pictures. Thank you.

Posted by: Renee on November 28, 2006 10:41 AM

I am new to the Dulaan Project and I'm in love with all the little kids, old men, crippled doggies, and the comfort kitty. I especially love the spirit and integrity of the group and I'm happy to be included!

Posted by: Pat DuBrucq on November 28, 2006 03:14 PM

Hi, y'all -- Just a reality check for you. Since I took these photos the temperature has plummeted. And by plummeted, I mean I'm typing this at 10am and it's -15F with a wind "chill" of -26F. With at least four months of winter to go. It's wonderful, but not enough, to warm a heart. Your efforts to warm these bodies is deeply meaningful.

And wait'll Meredith sends her pics. She's the real photographer.

Posted by: Cuzzin Tom on November 28, 2006 06:08 PM


And again, Yay!

Thanks for the photographic evidence and the happy-making urge to knit more, youse guys!

And once again,

Posted by: kt on November 28, 2006 07:49 PM

Thank you so much for posting both sets of pictures. I am haunted by the children with dirty clothes and no shoes......I've stopped all holiday projects (my tree can do without crocheted ornaments), so I can KNIT...MORE...THINGS...

Posted by: Nancy O. on November 29, 2006 07:03 AM
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