Knitters know that a handmade garment from an earlier time, or even the memory of one, can spark a powerful emotional response decades later. The little red dress is one of many items identified in a project I began, called Knitting Hope, which highlights the stories of people who were sustained or even saved by handknit items throughout history. The Little Red Dress is the first Knitting Hope story published on Modern Daily Knitting, where one can learn more about Judy Fleischer Kolb and her little red dress. The Little Red Dress spotlights the story of Judy and her family, who were among approximately 20,000 refugees that fled Nazi persecution in the last safe harbor in the world: Shanghai. Her story reminds us that knitting can give us the power to resist, remember loved ones, and renew our lives. On the heels of the extremist US Capitol siege in January 2021 and the September 2020 Holocaust Knowlege and Awareness Study which shows that 4 in 10 millennials believe that less than 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, it is more important than ever to share these remarkable stories of strength, triumph over tragedy, and history.
I hope to share more stories like Judy’s to celebrate the power of knitters and knitting and share the important lessons of the Holocaust. More information is available atwww.tanyasinger.com or www.knittinghope.com