Today I am proud to present a blog post from my daughter Tamra. She is a skilled crocheter of all things cuddly and loves to share her talent with children. Her love for making sure kids are safe and warm occupies part of her day every day. She is the proprietress of https://www.facebook.com/LateroseJumbles?fref=ts
and https://www.facebook.com/dollclotheslaterose?fref=ts and writes reviews of family movies in a facebook group entitled Movie Wimsey. (Anyone who reads Dorothy L. Sayers books will get the reference)
And now: Having lived for the majority of my life in a climate famous for the cold, I have a deep appreciation for a sweater. But too many children in this world are missing the warmth a sweater can provide, much less the love that comes from a handmade item of clothing. but World Vision’s Knit for Kids project changes that. World Vision encourages knitters and crocheters to make hats, scarves, blankets, and pullover sweaters for children in need all over the world. According to their website http://knitforkids.org/ they have even delivered warm clothes to children here in the United States, from places as diverse as Brooklyn and New Orleans, so when you make a sweater, it may go to a child right here in America.
The process is simple, the fiber artists choose a pattern, (World Vision provides several on the website) make it from acrylic yarn, and mail it to the Knit for Kids headquarters in Pennsylvania, where the goods are processed by volunteers and distributed to children in need. This is the link to my all time favorite pattern for this project, the Ernie sweater. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ernie-sweater-2
The Knit for Kids project is a worthy cause for all craftspeople. By using our skills to comfort children in need, we can touch the world. For people who aren’t crafty, the option is open to donate funds to World Vision to ship these items around the world, or to donate yarn to someone who makes items for the project. If you can, please participate in some way. We and the recipients of the cozy items will thank you!