Thursday, June 21, 2007

afghans for Afghans TO and Ottawa Collection Details

I'm excited! It's been about a week, and we are getting some great response! We're even mentioned on another website, for the Toronto campaign:

Here is our flyer for Ottawa and Toronto:


Calling all Ottawa and Toronto knitters! How about dedicating some of your stash to an outstanding summer project? Yarn Forward (Ottawa and area knitters) and the Knit Cafe and Knitomatic (Toronto area) are teaming up for this worthy cause.

afghans for Afghans is a humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the children of Afghanistan.

Helpful hints
· Wool and animal fibres offer the most warmth and perform best in rugged conditions. Please avoid synthetic yarns – they cannot be shipped.
· Knit or crochet your favorite patterns or try something new. For sample patterns see the AFA website, below.
· Please do not use representational images (e.g. faces or animal designs) or religious or national symbols.
· Avoid white or very light colors. Feel free to mix a bright and cheery palate from your yarn collection!
· Please assume standard garment sizes. You are knitting for a Canadian climate. Hats need to cover ears, sleeves need to go the wrist and torsos need to be long.
· No used items or scarves please.

Drop off and Deadlines
You can drop off your projects at the following locations:

Yarn Forward 581 Bank Street, Ottawa
Yarn Forward 474 Hazeldean, Kanata
Knit Cafe 1050 Queen Street West, Toronto
Knitomatic 1378 Bathurst, Toronto

The dead-line for the next shipment is September 30th, 2007.

For more information, check out the web-site:

A hat that you knit will be well-loved and passed down through several families of Afghan children. Make this your summer project!

1 comment:

Kelly said...

Paying the postage to ship charity knitting is often a barrier to participation, so it's nice to see someone locally taking up this great cause. I'm moving soon, but will try to drop off a few items at Yarn Forward in the next couple of weeks.