I’ve started a very special knitting project.
It’s a sweater for an unknown girl in Afghanistan.
Afghans for Afghans is a “humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the beleaguered people of Afghanistan.”
There are several ways to help:
- Knit or crochet items as per the website’s request. There are specific guidelines re: fiber choice, sizing, and pattern choice. Mail finished items to provided address.
- Are you a Raveler? Visit our active group page, Fans of Afghans 4 Afghans and join in the camaraderie.
- Donate funds via the AFA’s site.
- Purchase traditional Afghan knitting patterns on the website. These support womens’ literacy classes in Kabul. Pins, magnets and photo-postcards are also available.
- Are you a Bay Area local? The packing facility is in SF. I volunteered for a packing event. Mountains of wooly-hand-knit-love goes into the boxes. It’s truly inspiring.
The current AFA campaign calls for 500 sweaters, by early summer, for girls ages 7-16.
A new girls’ school in Farza opens this spring. Trust in Education (TIE) is a US based non-profit that supports educational and economic growth and medical care to Afghan villages. Locally created and sustained long-term stability is TIE’s main goal. I like that!
TIE is transporting AFA’s sweaters, gifting a new, colorful wool sweater to each girl for the school year. Extras will go to family members. It’s cold there!
With TIE’s financial assistance, the community is building the school via volunteer labor. What a partnership! It excites me to think of the opportunity awaiting females once denied by the Taliban.
I have a bunch of Lopi Icelandic wool in my stash. Yesterday I cast on for a 31″ chest sweater with stranded yoke, hem and cuffs. It’s going quickly at 3.25 stitches per inch. Parts of the pattern have three colors per row which I dislike. A Lot. Will modify the chart me thinks. Makes me smile to think of a young girl running around in it.
I’ll keep you posted on its progress.
So consider joining in! Small items are needed, too. It’s a great way to use up bits and pieces of your stash.