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Calling all knitters!

February 18, 2010

Can you knit a 20 cm square?

If yes you’ve got a pretty nice opportunity to help save a life using those skills now: after dinner tonight you pull out the old yarn, turn on the telly (you’re in luck – Day 5 of the 2010 Winter Olympics promises Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe Final, and Short Track Speed Skating!) and knit away.

The recent cold-wave in India with freezing rains and strong winds hit hard, especially the most vulnerable; TV footage showing kids in t-shirts only in sub-zero degrees. The photo up the top (by Dar Yasin) shows a balloon seller from India’s southern state Andhra Pradesh and his family prepares breakfast outside their temporary shelter on a cold morning a couple of weeks ago.

Knit One Save One is a project initiated by Save the Children Australia (as part of their Survive to Five campaign); they need 80 000 squares to make 5,000 woollen blankets. These will be distributed to new mums to help keep their newborns warm and improve their chances of survival in India where Hypothermia is a serious issue for newborns. (Hypothermia leads to Pneumonia, which is the number one killer worldwide of children under 5.)

Oh, if you’re like me and you’ve never knitted a knit in your life but you still wanna help save babies (or indeed if you just need a bit of a refresher on the casting on/casting off business) don’t stress! They’ve got some fantastic videos at your service to show you how, and when you need a break and some inspiration, you should read their nice little blog. For more details on what to knit, and where to send your master pieces – they like them to be wool rather than acrylic – click here.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 18, 2010 3:44 pm

    Thanks for you support of our project! Love your blog.

  2. February 18, 2010 3:50 pm

    P.S. You can definitely make a difference using your writing skills – and your voice – to really make the world a better place, in ways that matter.

  3. February 19, 2010 11:09 am

    Hey thanks! I hope that’s true – I’m certainly meeting some amazing people doing it along the way! Very inspiring it is.


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