An open letter to Jason


Words are so inadaquate at times like these. But words are frequently all we have to express ourselves.

Hopefully you will enjoy a far more physical expression from MenWhoKnit in the form of the blanket Kyle has organized us to make.

Around the world people have been searching for the yarn, deciding on patterns, knitting their concerns and love, energy and thoughts, into eight inch squares; because you have touched our lives and this is the way we can show we care.

Many people have said that the internet is warping personal relationships because it "isn't real". That the virtual features allow people to mask themselves, and hide behind screen names and avatars, not having to deal with reality or the realities of 3-D interactions.

But over the years I have seen this isn't true. In various "locations" here and there on the internet people have gathered, usually drawn together by common interests of one sort or another. And in some cases these more or less random groupings of people coelesce into COMMUNITIES.

I think this process was vastly accelerated at MWK over the past two months; and in the past week or so this virtual group of knitters has definitely drawn together and become a worldwide community. That this has occurred is a good thing; the reason it has happened is most definitely "NOT a good thing".

I have no idea if the idea of hundreds of people you have never met worrying about you and caring about you is comforting or disturbing to you as a person; but it has happened.

Your presence at MWK has been, and **is** missed. But you are now, and I suspect will always be, a part of the community of MenWhoKnit.
KNow this. Believe this. May it give you comfort and strength.



steve kadel's picture


we put birds on things

crmartin's picture

Beautifully stated.



pjmma's picture

Thank you MMario.

Your beautiful words brought tears to my eyes.

kylewilliam's picture

thank you for taking time to put our actions into words...



Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thank you for saying it so much better than I ever could. Your insight into what makes this a community is what made me realize the gap I didn't know was there until I joined and met all you wonderful people, including Jason. Blessings on you all. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

chipsir's picture

This is what I felt but did not know how to express. Thank you for being such a caring individual and allowing me into the community.

Aaronknits's picture

That was beautiful!

TheKnittingMill's picture

Thank you Mario! I don't think anyone could have said it better!

“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
-- E. Zimmermann, Knitting Without Tears

dannvictoria's picture

Very well said

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mrossnyc's picture

Thanks for writing this, wonderfully put.

eyedoc's picture

Thanks Mario!


PhilNmtl's picture

Thanks Mario.
We need to be saying this for, and to, ourselves. I also believe that this cannot be other than a support for Jason. - Phil

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Kilted Knitter's picture

Thank You!!! For your words! I believe we here at Men Who Knit have a very special community started here, and I agree with what you have stated for us alll here at Men Who Knit. Thank you again!

thairapist's picture

That was beautifully said.