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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: afghans for Afghans on: March 16, 2010 11:56:12 AM
FIY, another youth campaign has been announced.  As always, the requested items should be minimum 75% wool (or animal fibre) to maximize their warmth.

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Dear Knitters and Crocheters for Afghanistan,

We're just sending a quick message now to let you know what's next.
Many have been asking, and we thank you for the enthusiasm.

We can confirm that we are continuing with a "part 2" Youth Campaign
(7-14 years) for Church World Service. The need is still primarily
for sweaters, vests, mittens, and socks. We think this continuity
will be helpful to all involved.

The due date is most likely to be early May. Yes, this is a short
period. This is because our (anonymous and generous) donation for the
domestic portion of the long transit expires at the end of May. We
have to use this donated shipping while we have it. We will try to
get a renewal, but we can't count on this given economic conditions.

Church World Service will add these cartons to the next container of
their supplies for Pakistan/Afghanistan. Their containers go by sea
to Karachi and then overland to Kabul. This is likely to be their
last container for the year. Our gifts will be safely stored until
the cold hits. With container departures and transit time dependent
on many variables and often unpredictable (including the customs
process), getting our winter wool items in place in advance of winter
makes sense. The result should be that the kids will be able to wear
their garments for a full winter season.

We'll update the website later in the week. In the meantime, please
refer to the same guidelines here --
http://www.afghansforafghans.org/youthcampaign.html

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
afghans for Afghans is a humanitarian and educational people-to-
people project that sends hand-knit and crocheted wool blankets and
garments to the beleaguered people of Afghanistan. Join us!
2  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: afghans for Afghans on: December 21, 2009 12:43:52 PM
Just a little heads up that another campaign has been annouced for mitts, vests, sweaters and socks for children aged 7-14.  As always, items must be minimum 75% wool.  Details should be posted on the a4A website shortly. 

This would be some great post-holiday knitting to use up your wool odds and ends and get 2010 off to a warm start!   Smiley

This is what I received in the email notice:

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

** Youth Campaign Next -- for Next Winter **

We can confirm that our next campaign will be for youth, ages 7-14,
in the programs served by Church World Service.

We have an opportunity to add our cartons to Church World Service's
scheduled sea container in March. Transit to Afghanistan can take
many months. The timing is not too soon. This gives us some hedge
against customs and other possible delays. And, if the container
arrives too soon during the hot months, Church World Service will
safely store the cartons in Kabul until the cold weather hits -- and
then the kids will have their wool gifts at the start of the winter.
This arrangement seems very smart to us, based on our almost 8 years
of experience. Moreover, wouldn't you rather be knitting and
crocheting with wool during our colder months here? Seems like a wise
move all around for us to take advantage of the container space and
distribution opportunity with Church World Service. Many of you know
that we have worked with Church World Service for many years.

In terms of what is needed, this campaign will likely be similar to
the last winter campaign for youth. However, Church World Service has
asked us to send fewer blankets -- because fewer blankets can be
packed in each box. They want to maximize the number of kids who get
covered with the available transit space. Makes sense to us. The
emphasis will be on wool sweaters, vests, mittens, and socks for
girls and boys, 7-14 years. We need to go easy on blankets and hats.

We'll post a web page with more specific campaign details before the
end of the month. We need to confirm a few more details and find out
how much they need or if we have a limit on cartons. In the meantime,
we wanted to give you a heads up for your planning and for those who
want to get started.

You can see our last youth campaign guidelines here to get an idea
and some photos from past campaigns with Church World Service --
http://www.afghansforafghans.org/youthcampaign.html

Due date? Likely early March. We need to stay a little loose on this for now.

Thanks for your understanding with our logistics -- always a challenge
to coordinate with relief groups working in a war zone.

afghans for Afghans
http://www.afghansforAfghans.org
email: afghans4Afghans at aol dot com
San Francisco, CA USA

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

( PS:  Note also that Canadians must now ship directly to a4A instead of the Canadian mailing address, which is no longer available.)
3  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Ideas needed on: October 21, 2009 04:38:55 PM
What about Hallowe-en masks?  You could use paper plates with cutouts for eyes/mouth, and decorate with beads, feathers, paint, whatever.  That way, they could have part of a Hallowe-en costume. 

Or maybe you could all work together on a large Hallowe-en mural or collage (or even a scarecrow) that could go in a communal space at the shelter to decorate it for the season.

Or carving jack-o-lanterns together (if you have a budget to buy pumpkins)... they could draw the faces on the pumpkin for you to cut out for them so there's no danger of them cutting themselves accidentally, and then they could scoop out the insides and embellish the pumpkin if they want (with markers, paint, beads etc.).  And you could roast the seeds if you wanted... 

What a nice thing you're doing - I wish you all the best!
4  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: afghans for Afghans on: October 07, 2009 07:01:28 AM
A new campaign has been announced for wool vests, sweaters, hats, socks, blankets and mitts for children ages 7-14.  There is a very short turnaround time (deadline is end of October) as shipping to Afghanistan is difficult to manage, as you can imagine, and the opportunity to ship the garments only opened up this week.

The baby blanket campaign deadline has been moved to mid-November to accomodate this new youth campaign.  If you have time to make a pair of wool mitts or socks in the next few weeks, you may wish to consider contributing to this very worthwhile organization.

"Here's our website link to guidelines and background on our new (and
fast!) campaign for youth (ages 7-14) with Church World Service --
http://www.afghansforafghans.org/youthcampaign.html"

~~~

"This is a follow up to our September 26 heads-up notice about the
possible youth campaign for kids 7-14 years -- for this winter.

We just got confirmation from Kabul about what items are needed for
their youth. This is a go!

(Wouldn't you know it -- we had an email problem getting their
response. This can absolutely happen, here and even more so when
working in a country without reliable electricity and difficult
conditions.)

This is only a short message now because we wanted to let you know ASAP.

As soon as we get a webpage going on our site, we will write again
with a link to more detals on what is needed and the due date.

We are supplying Church World Service (CWS) with our wool gifts for
*this* winter for their kids.

We are collecting wool blankets and garments (sweaters, vests,
socks, mittens, and hats) for youth, ages 7-14 years. You may want to
focus on socks (knitters only, please) and mittens given the short
timeframe. Hats, too, but we don't want a hugely disproportionate
amount of hats, which can happen -- so go easy here. We'll explain
more in our detailed webpage soon.

This also means that the due date for the baby blanket campaign for
CURE Hospital will move to middle of November. We must first
ship the CWS cartons -- as CWS cartons absolutely cannot miss the
boat. We have a little more wiggle room for CURE Hospital. If you are
working on a baby blanket for CURE -- you may want to consider
enlarging the dimensions to suit a child, age 7-14 years, for the CWS
campaign.

Even with such short notice, we hope you are game to rally for this
youth campaign -- for this winter. We are so glad and grateful that
we have this opportunity to pitch in to help these kids be a little
more comfortable in the coming cold.

[Please note: Canadians will need to send their packages directly to
our AFSC Collection Center in San Francisco. We do no have time to
send to elann.com in BC at this point.]

Most of your questions will be answered in an upcoming email/webpage
update, so you may want to hold questions for now.

Can't tell you how much we appreciative your support. Our volunteers
are wonderful!

More soon,
Ann and colleagues
afghansforAfghans.org"
5  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: afghans for Afghans on: August 10, 2009 01:55:48 PM
A4A have announced their latest campaign: they are asking for baby blankets, 30"x40", due sometime in October.  Details are below.
cheers
Bloo

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Dear Knitters and Crocheters for Afghanistan,

Hankering to work in wool yet? Please read on for our update ...

Thank you for standing by, ready to fulfill the requests of the
relief groups that can reliably transport and use our handmade wool
gifts in their service to the people of Afghanistan during wartime.

Arranging for transit and distribution has been harder and harder to
secure. We were hoping to be able to run our 3rd annual winter
campaign for youth served by the programs of Church World Service in
Afghanistan. Unfortunately, but not that surprisingly, Church World
Service does not have the budget for shipping from the US to Kabul at
this time, probably because of the increased refugee crisis in
northern Pakistan and the general economy overall. In the past two
years, Church World Service paid for air-shipping for speed and
reliability. We were not able to secure a donation of air shipping
from a freight company, although we made a few pitches. If the
situation changes, and it could, we'll let you know, and then we can
jump on the opportunity.

** New Campaign: Baby Blankets **

At this time, CURE Hospital in Kabul would like us to continue
knitting wool blankets for their babies. And, we have been successful
in securing a donation of in-kind shipping (donor chooses to remain
anonymous) for the domestic portion of the transit route. We have
recently been informed that blankets are the item most needed by CURE
and the most versatile for new babies and their mothers.

Measurements for the baby blankets --

* minimum 40" x 30"
* please, no bigger than 45" in length or width -- at most

Please DO NOT send any other items at this time. We have not yet been
able to confirm the transit/specific request for garments at this time.

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.
* Avoid lacy or airy patterns.
* Avoid adding fringe (more difficult to use in the hospital)
* 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.

Our general guidelines and mailing addresses are here for reference:
http://www.afghansforafghans.org/blanket.html

Due dates?

Specific due dates to be determined. For now, we expect to ship some
baby blankets in October and probably another load before end of
year. We'll keep you posted as deadlines develop.

Please send the baby blankets to our AFSC Collection Center in San
Francisco (or elann.com in BC for Canadians) as soon as you are ready.

Our gifts are highly valued and specifically requested by relief
workers and medical staff.

Each blanket means one more baby or young child is going to be a lot
more comfortable because of you. All of us knitters and crocheters
know that every new life should start off with a colorful, beautiful,
and warm blanket. Remember, many in Afghanistan may have no access to
heat or no money for fuel. We can do something tangible and
meaningful for people so far away and living under tremendous
hardship with few material goods. Moreover, our gifts are a tangible
expression of friendship and respect during wartime.

Please save this email for reference for now. We'll post these
guidelines on our website as soon as we can. We wanted to get this
email message to you as soon as possible.

As always, thank you for reading and for taking action with your
needles and hooks. Thank you for your involvement and caring.

Let's hope for more peace soon in Afghanistan.

Tashakor,
Ann and colleagues
6  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: afghans for Afghans on: January 19, 2009 07:17:57 AM
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.  Smiley
cheers
Bloo

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)
* hats

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.

Due dates

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
medical staff.

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
7  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: afghans for Afghans on: November 05, 2008 02:09:42 PM
This is the latest call for donations from a4a that I got via email.  It is not on their website: perhaps they may not post this since the deadline is so very short.  However, there is enough time to make a pair of mittens by the deadline, Nov 20, should you feel inclined.  Smiley

** We Need 300 Pairs of Mittens By November 20! **

We have just been presented with this special opportunity to send more
mittens through Roots of Peace and participate at their upcoming program at the U.S.
State Department. Time is short, but we know we can do it ... let's give it
our best ... as always ... mittens can be knit up in a week and easily popped
in an envelope.

Our mittens will first travel to Washington, DC, where Roots of Peace is
honoring Afghan Ambassador Jawad for his service to his homeland. Roots of Peace
would like to show our mittens to all the dignitaries as a tangible example of
how North Americans reach out in friendship and peace to the children of
Afghanistan. This is our people-to-people initiative in partnership with Roots of
Peace -- mittens for young hands that hopefully will never encounter the
scourge of landminds. Roots of Peace will subsequently transport the mittens to
Kabul for distribution to girls and boys for their winter wear.

Please make mittens in wool (or other animal fiber), sized for school kids of
ages 6-16 years. Use bright, happy colors. We'd love our huge pile of mittens
to be in an infinite array of hues and patterns -- distinctive mittens for
all the individual girls and boys. Please tie or safety-pin the paired mittens
together. Use a favorite pattern or try something new. (No thumbless mittens, please,
and gloves are OK for the extra ambitious.)

For those who wish a basic 4-needle pattern, Elizabeth Durand kindly offers
her free version here:
http://www.afghansforafghans.org/mittens.html

And, here's a suggestion for crocheters:
http://crochetandknitting.com/mittensm.htm

Please mail your mittens for arrival at our San Francisco AFSC collection
center by November 20.

Our general guidelines and mail address are here:
http://www.afghansforafghans.org/blanket.html
(Sorry, but we don't have time to accept mittens via our Canadian address at
elann.com in BC. To participate in time, Canadians need to mail to San
Francisco.)

Please forward this email to fiber friends who may like to join in.

Feel free to post this message to your online knit and crochet communities to
help get the word out.
8  CANADA / Ontario / Re: Stitch 'n' Bitch in Ottawa? on: October 29, 2008 02:48:17 PM
The Ottawa Valley Spinners and Weaver's Guild show is this weekend!
http://www.ovwsg.com/exhibitionandsale/index.html

Lots of handspun, needle felting, and cool textiles at the Glebe Community Centre.
9  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: afghans for Afghans on: July 18, 2008 01:30:20 PM
If you sewed scarves together, you could get a stripey blanket!  Cheesy
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Purplish Snowball Quilt for Baby on: July 14, 2008 09:33:54 AM
Hi Everyone:

I don't usually get to share pics since I don't have a dig camera  Roll Eyes, but I gave this baby blanket to a good friend for her baby shower and someone kindly took a few pics for me.  Its not perfect but hopefully baby won't mind. Smiley

The pattern is a snowball block, the whole thing is 100% cotton flannel and for that reason I didn't put any batting in since I figured it would be warm enough on its own.  The colours are really intense, which doesn't show up terribly well in the pics, but I think the closeup picture gives you a better idea of the colours.  I knew their baby room was lavender and I wanted it to match somewhat.  My favourite part, I think, is the backing fabric.  Smiley

Yay! I finished something quilty! Smiley  It's very nice to do something small and quick, considering my current "real" quilt project I started 3 years ago...  Roll Eyes

Thanks for looking!



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