Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Gift that Keeps on Giving

I knit for others and rarely for myself. Charity knitting gives me a warm glow that is long-lasting.

Today, I received an e-mail from afghans for Afghans that included this link, showing the success of a recent campaign. It truly warms my heart to know that the sweaters, socks, and hats that I made have gone to such a wonderful cause.

If you want to get involved here is your chance:

** afghans for Afghans Needs 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:

And, here's a suggestion for crocheters.

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

afghans for Afghans
c/o AFSC Collection Center
65 Ninth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Our general guidelines and mail address are here:

(Sorry, but we don't have time to accept mittens via our Canadian address at 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.


  1. Mittens are fun to knit. If I find time, I may be able to donate one pair.

  2. Thanks for sharing the link to the photos of those receiveing their gifts. The kids looked really pleased with their gloves/socks etc. Hope you reach your target :)


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