Knitting seems to be enjoying a “comeback” of sorts lately. I can’t believe all the beautiful projects I see on Pinterest and other places around the web.
My mother is an EXCELLENT knitter (and crocheter) but unfortunately none of her talent rubbed off on me…mainly because I am a “leftie” and I could never grasp the skill while watching someone doing it “backwards”. :-)
But I may have to give the knitting thing another try after being introduced to a wonderful cause my Mom has been knitting for.
Here are a few words from Mom:
I have been knitting and crocheting these little 8 inch squares for a couple of years now, and it is one of the best projects I have ever participated in. Anyone who can knit or crochet can do it, and you can share this project with all of your friends. I have shared it with a couple of ladies groups and they are all happily knitting and crocheting squares.
It makes it so worthwhile when you see the smiles on the faces of these little darlings all wrapped up in their new little quilt. As for yarn, many people have lots of extra they would be happy to get rid of, and you can even find it in some in the thrift stores, so it doesn’t have to be an expensive project. They do love bright colors. I hope you will all love doing this as much as I have. Remember, as Jillee says, “we CAN make a difference!”
It’s called “The Knit-A-Square Project” and their goal is to collect 8″ x 8″ squares from knitters around the world, which will be sent to South Africa and assembled into blankets by a local charity called the Soweto Comfort Club. The blankets are being produced to provide comfort and warmth to some of the many AIDS orphans there.
There are an estimated 1.4 million children in South Africa who have lost their parents to AIDS-related causes.
The finished blankets add more than warmth to the children’s lives. As co-founder of Knit-A-Square, Ronda Lowrie, has said, “They are a currency we use to tell the children exactly how beloved they are. We tell them they are the future, unique and special.”
So if you have ANY skill at all in the knitting or crocheting arena (AND EVEN IF YOU DON’T!) and want to get in on this worthy effort…you can simply go to knit-a-square.com where you can find everything you need to get started. The website offers pattern instructions for squares as well as hats, vests and pullovers, how-to videos, and directions for mailing your creations.
For those of us who need some instruction: (Thanks Mindy!)
Let’s start a viral movement! Make sure you tell everyone you know about the AIDS orphans in South Africa who so badly need our help and how we can ALL make a difference!