Thursday, 17 July 2014

Rainbow Babies

Knit a Square 

Do you fancy knitting or crocheting for charity?

Knit a Square is an amazing organisation that started as a family project about 6 years ago and has now grown into a charity with an estimated 12,000 supporters world-wide.

You can help in a very real way by knitting 8 inch squares and sending them to Knit a Square who then have them made up into blankets for distribution directly to the orphans.

It is thought that there are around 1.9 million orphans living in South Africa. Some have been abandoned but many are AIDS orphans. Some live alone scraping a living from dumps or the streets, while others are bringing up siblings and acting as head of the family.

While other organisations attempt to provide food and shelter for these children, Knit a Square aim to provide warmth and comfort by distributing blankets, jumpers, hats, hand warmers and cuddly toys. 

At distributions each child is wrapped in their very own blanket and told that they are loved and valued. If you can knit or crochet and have any left over yarn in your stash, then you can help provide one of these special cuddles to an orphan in South Africa.

The website has plenty of free patterns and ideas, and there is a friendly forum (the Square Circle) to keep you up to date with news from the charity and provide the opportunity to chat to other knitters from all over the world. There is also a regular e-newsletter which brings you details of monthly challenges and moving stories and photos from distributions. It's always fun to study the blankets that the children have been wrapped in to see if you can spot one of your own squares somewhere.

To read more about Knit a Square and to find out how you can help just click on the link below.

Some of the loveliest photos from distributions are of the children when they receive a cuddly toy. Very often this will be the only toy they have ever owned and the little girls try to put them on their backs in the same way that they see babies being carried by the women around them.

This is one of the toys that I have knitted for Knit a Square and was knitted from a free pattern that can be found on the Jean Greenhowe website. This little chap even has a blanket of his own. For link to pattern Click here.

I hope he made it safely to his new forever home in South Africa.

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