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Socks Campaign

Update as of October 13, 2010

Our Summer 2010 Socks Campaign has concluded. Please join our next campaign. Information here. Thanks so much!

Greetings,

This has been the summer of sock-knitting, friends.

We still welcome your hand-knit wool socks -- in sizes to fit youth (ages 7 and up) and to fit women.

We have been shipping boxes of wool socks to smaller organizations, such as schools and women's groups. Specifics are subject to change because of security concerns -- we won't know if our socks get to a particular population until the socks arrive in Afghanistan. For example, if the socks cannot be transported to a school outside of Kabul because of security, the socks will go to children in Kabul.

So far, our socks have been distributed to a shelter for women and children and to girls at a school in Kabul. Two women's groups have received boxes of socks to distribute to women activists, advocates, and writers. More socks are headed to another school. As you can imagine, these are people who need some TLC and help keeping the feet warm once colder weather arrives. Some of the recipients will wear their socks inside shoes or plastic sandals outside in winter. Afghans customarily remove their shoes indoors. Some will wear their socks inside at home or in their school room, often with no source of heat in the winter. Having a high-quality pair of wool socks can provide essential comfort of the recipient!

Sock guidelines:

  • We need socks in sizes from 7 years old through women. Any foot length (measuring from back of heel to tip of toe) from about 6.5" - 10" will be useful. Teens can have adult-sized feet.
  • Please knit socks with proper heels (no tube socks) and good cover for the lower leg (no booties or slippers).
  • Socks are for knitters only. Sorry, but crochet does not work well for socks.
  • Use wool (or other animal fiber) to provide maximum utility in harsh weather. Please review our memo on wool and fiber content.
  • Sock yarn is acceptable, yes. Sometimes people use double strands to increase the warmth. Worsted yarns are warmer. The choice is yours. Correct gauge is also important in sock durability and warmth.
  • Avoid white and pale colors that are harder to keep clean. Afghans like all colors -- bright and cheery palettes! No camouflage yarn. Use up those wool oddballs.
  • Socks in a pair should be matching.
  • Please tie or safety-pin sock mates together.
  • Test your socks on your children or a neighbor's child or yourself ... to double-check proper fit.

    Please review our GENERAL GUIDELINES and MAIL ADDRESS here.

    Due date: Now

    Please send socks to us as soon as you complete them. We are shipping the boxes as they fill. Oh, the places these socks will go!

    We're not yet sure of a final due date, but seems likely through October. Our next youth campaign is likely to include socks, too. We'll update this webpage when we have more information to share.

    Please be sure to check this page (or our email list) for updates.

    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 spread the word!

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

    Reliable overseas transit and distribution are harder than ever to obtain. We cannot plan farther ahead at this time -- please do not send any other items for now. Only wool socks, please.

    We can never have enough socks!

    The Afghan people still need to know that we care. We are committed to remembering the Afghan people.

    We are grateful for your generosity and enthusiasm. You are a tremendous group of compassionate and energetic volunteers!

    Tashakor,
    Ann and colleagues

    PS: Need guidance or camaraderie on knitting socks? Take a look at community knitter Elizabeth Durand's Socks Class on the afghans for Afghans KAL blog where she takes readers through the process of knitting socks. Start with part one , no need to subscribe to read. Elizabeth's instructions are very reliable. She has lived in Maine!

    In partnership with the San Francisco office of the American Friends Service Committee, the afghans for Afghans project started in late 2001 in response to the war that unfolded after 9/11. Who knew that almost nine years later, our handmade garments and blankets would still be needed in Afghanistan. Thank you for continuing to take action with your own hands to remember the Afghan people.





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    CWS Kabul 2009 We love our wool socks!
    Photo by Marsha MacColl, Afghans 4 Tomorrow, 2007

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