I have recently found an organization called Knit-a-Square that provides blankets, hats, toys, and other yarn-worked items for children in Africa. From their collection point in South Africa, they send their items all over the continent to children whose parents have died from war or epidemics or whose parents are not in a stable relationship. These children need support and comfort, and this organization provides a little bit of this through its items and workers. I absolutely love knitting, and combining this love with helping out a community in another part of the world makes me extremely excited!
My family, friends, and I are working on knitting 8×8 squares that can be sewn together into quilts. To make a quilt, 35 of these squares are required, but we want to make as many as we possibly can. Instead of having people throw away their old yarn, needles, and other knitting supplies, we have encouraged those from our community to donate them to us, or to use them to create their own squares to send to Knit-a-Square. This ties in the “renew” and “re-imagine” aspects of my life, allowing people to re-imagine old wool and yarn into something a child will cherish for the rest of his or her life. On top of blankets, I have begun to make hats using a loom, and hope to send these as well.