Hello everyone! My name is Maggie Menzel. You can find my webpage, A Little Loopy at http://web.me.com/maggieo/Site/Welcome.html. There youâ€™ll find knitting and crochet patterns that I have designed as well as my crafting blog.
This summer I stumbled across a charity called Knit-A-Square (http://www.knit-a-square.com/), which I am now going to shamelessly advertise for. The charity creates hand made blankets for orphans in southern Africa. They ask knitters to provide them with 8×8â€ blanket squares that they then sew together to create these blankets. AIDS has completely ravished Africa and because of it orphans are everywhere, often homeless or infected with AIDS themselves.
You can knit or crochet them and you can use any yarn you wish. And each and every square goes towards warming a young child.
In South Africa alone, there are 1.9 million orphans. It regularly reaches sub-zero temperatures, especially at night. These children live in great poverty; in shack settlements, heading up families of their siblings together with other children, or alone, without shelter, in hills and dumps around the cities.
The blankets provided by Knit-A-Square keep them warm and let them know that they are loved.
It is rare that you find a cause so compelling. In fact, I personally never have. This is my first time knitting for charity. That is not to say that there werenâ€™t many I should and could have knit for before, but none have ever grabbed my attention the Knit-A-Square has.
It is such a desperate cause, and itâ€™s difficult to come up with excuses not to help when those in need are children. Knit-A-Squareâ€™s goal for 2011 is to have 175,000 squares (or 5,000 blankets), 5,000 hats, and 2,000 garments donated. Again, you can find them here: http://www.knit-a-square.com/.”
credit: most photos from Â Knit-A-Square’s facebook page.