This is the information on the latest campaign. They're looking for items for babies and small children - a nice way to use up small amounts of leftover wool for a great cause.
Dear Knitters and Crocheters for Afghanistan,
Since completing our "Mines to Mittens" and Church World Service campaigns in
October and November, we hope you have had time to knit and crochet for your
friends, family, and YOU.
Thank you for standing by, ready to fulfill the requests of the relief groups
that can reliably use our handmade wool gifts for the people of Afghanistan.
We're currently planning to send our blankets and garments to 3 locations
over the next few months. We're still confirming a few details on specific
garments and sizes, but we now have a short list of items that you can start. We'll
write again when we can expand the list.
We hope you will take great pleasure in knitting and crocheting for Afghan
children over the next few months. For those of you in the north, we know this
is your primetime for playing with wool!
For newborns and babies, we specifically need ...
* baby socks (minimum foot length of 2.5"/no booties or slippers, please;
socks with proper heels and lower-leg coverage; for knitters only)
* baby hats (minimum head circumference of 10")
For small children, ages 2-8 years, we specifically need ...
* socks (no booties or slippers, please; socks with proper heels and
lower-leg coverage; for knitters only)
* mittens (for ages 4-8 years; smaller mittens are not practical)
Blankets for babies and small children (which of course need more lead time)
* for babies, minimum 40" x 30"
* for small children, 40"-45" x 45"-55"
please don't make blankets that are smaller or larger than these dimensions
please think dense, not lacy stitches
Please DO NOT send items not on the list above. Only the items above will be
sent to Afghanistan.
Please keep in mind, we do not need items sized for premature babies. Only
the sizes above.
Please assume standard garment sizes.
A few more important points ...
* Use wool (or other animal fiber) to provide maximum utility in harsh
weather. Read FIBER DETAILS here:http://www.afghansforafghans.org/aboutfibers.html
* Please avoid white and very light colors that soil more easily. Afghans
like all colors. Mix up a bright and cheery palette. Use up those wool oddballs.
* Knit or crochet your favorite pattern or try something new, but classic
patterns are best.
* Please be sure garments have adequate coverage: hats need to cover ears
(and have some stretch for comfort over forehead).
* Socks for knitters only, as crochet does not work well for socks.
* Consider trying your garment on your own children or a neighbor's child ...
to double-check proper fit.
* Avoid lacy or airy patterns.
* We do not accept used items, acrylics, scarves, felted items, slippers,
ponchos, ear warmers, quilts, fleece anything, store-bought merchandise,
craft-loomed items, unassembled squares, or toys.
* Email us when you send your gift, and we will acknowledge you by email.
* If you need confirmation that your package has arrived in San Francisco,
please enclose a self-addressed stamped card, and we will mail it back to you.
Or, use the signature request service of the delivery agent.
Please go easy on the hats ... Everyone loves to knit and crochet hats, and
we want to make sure that we don't have a disproportionate volume. That's
always a challenge for us. Socks and mittens are great items to make for those who
prefer working small.
Our general guidelines and mailing addresses are here for reference:http://www.afghansforafghans.org/blanket.html
Where are these gifts going?
Baby hats and socks are going to a provincial hospital in Ghor, in the north,
when the weather breaks. Some of the baby and small children items will be
sent to an OB/GYN doctor delivering babies outside Kabul. Blankets and small
children items are going to CURE Hospital's newborn clinic and newly renovated
pediatrics ward in Kabul. We'll update you on this when we can.
Specific due dates to be announced. For now, we plan to ship some of the baby
items in February, probably to arrive for the current cold. A few more packed
cartons will likely be shipped in March. Blankets will likely be needed later
in April, although if we receive enough sooner, we may send some in March.
We'll keep you posted as deadlines develop.
Please send these items to our AFSC Collection Center in San Francisco (or
elann.com in BC for Canadians) as soon as you are ready. This lets us gauge our
progress. This is almost a rolling deadline.
Our gifts are highly valued and specifically requested by relief workers and
Each blanket or garment means one more baby or young child is going to be a
lot more comfortable because of you. We really can do something tangible and
meaningful for people so far away and living under tremendous hardship with few
material goods. Our gifts make a difference in the lives of the recipients.
Please save this email for reference for now. We'll post these guidelines on
our website as soon as we can. We just wanted to get this message to you as
soon as possible.
We are counting on you, as always. Thank you for reading and for taking
action with your needles and hooks.
Let's hope that 2009 brings more peace to Afghanistan and the world.
Warm wishes to you and yours for the new year,
Ann and colleagues