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Campaign for Babies and Small Children (Ages 2-8 Years)

Update as of May 12, 2009

Dear Knitters and Crocheters for Afghanistan,

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 sending blankets, socks, mittens, and hats.

We hope our specific guidelines won't deter you. We don't mean to sound excessively fussy! Before we ship our gifts to the other side of the world (and through a sometimes difficult delivery and customs process), we need to be careful to meet the requested needs with useful, appropriate, top-quality items. Our gifts are highly valued and specifically requested by relief workers and medical staff. We appreciate your understanding.

We hope you will take great pleasure in knitting and crocheting for Afghan girls and boys.

For newborns and babies, we 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 need ...
* socks (no booties or slippers, please; socks with proper heels and lower-leg coverage; for knitters only)
* mittens (for ages 4-8 years)
* hats

Blankets for babies and small children ...
* for babies, minimum dimensions of 30" x 40"
* for small children, ranging 40" to 45" x 45" to 55"
please don't make blankets that are smaller or larger than these dimensions
we'd love if crocheters could focus on blankets, as crochet goes faster and is thicker generally
best to avoid fringe (for practical reasons)

Please assume standard garment sizes.

Please DO NOT send items not on the list above. We do not need items for premature babies. Only the items above will be sent to Afghanistan.

Important points to review

* Use wool (or other animal fiber) to provide maximum utility in harsh weather. Please read our memo on wool and fiber content.
* 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; ear flaps and under-chin ties are acceptable (hats need to have some stretch for comfort over forehead).
* Socks for knitters only, as crochet does not work well for socks. Please, no tube socks.
* Consider trying your garment on your own children or a neighbor's child ... to double-check proper fit.
* Avoid lacy or airy patterns.

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.

Where are these gifts going?

At this time, blankets and small children items (socks, mittens, and hats) are going to CURE Hospital's newborn clinic and newly renovated pediatrics ward in Kabul.

Due date

U.S. due date is May 15.

Canadian due date via in BC is May 8.

We shipped several cartons of our wool gifts to CURE Hospital in March. And, a few more boxes were sent to the women's doctor in April. We will ship the rest of the cartons before end of May.

Please check back in June for future campaign needs. Please do not send in any items after May 15, until the next campaign is announced.

Our general guidelines and mailing addresses are HERE for your reference.

Please spread the word!

Another important way to participate ... please tell your fiber friends about our campaigns. We count on our volunteers for the essential word-of-mouth to keep our momentum. Please share the link to this webpage. Add one of our banners to your blog or site.

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.

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,
Ann and colleagues

PS: Looking for group camaraderie and inspiration? Join Heidi's afghans for Afghans' knit and crochet-along. The more, the merrier!

Renovating CURE Hospital's pediatrics ward in Kabul

CURE's nice renovation done!

Kids being treated at CURE's new peds ward

CURE Hospital in Kabul
At the CURE Hospital in Kabul

Paul Magnusson
Paul Magnusson and his wool baby blanket for Afghanistan

CURE Hospital in Kabul
At the CURE Hospital in Kabul

Newborn socks galore knit by Betsy Tucker, Charlottesville, VA

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