Knit for Africa

claude's picture

It's been a very long time since I last posted something on this site, but I'm still knitting away no matter what. In fact I have join a army of women (and men) who are knitting for charity. 'The Fish n' Chip Babies in Africa' is a good cause: Every day babies are born into extreme poverty in Africa. Many are born already infected with HIV, or premature, and their families are so poor that the babies are sent home wrapped in newspaper - giving them the name 'fish and chip' babies. (like we used to wrap fish & chips take away in newspaper in the old days)
It's a big step away from fancy Arran designs I normally do but I love the simplicity of it. There is a basic pattern that every one seam to be using for that project. You can find it at : http://knitforafrica.weebly.com/uploads/9/7/7/1/97715/fc_babies_pattern.pdf
One can also find more info in this charity knitting project at: http://knitforafrica.weebly.com/

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Kiwi Trevor's picture

I was interested in your

I was interested in your post. Makes ones normal day to day challenges seem very small compared to the challenges experienced by these poor little mites and their mothers. We live in a very selfish and commercial world community and need to get back to the basics of caring for each other. I will be spreading the word in relation to the fish and chip babies--- so sad but the golden lining is that we can all help in our own little way!

claude's picture

Thanks Trevor, you are so

Thanks Trevor, you are so right! It is quite pleasing to know that our work will be useful. There is a new "knit for charity" trend in the UK (where I live) which is also putting lot of men who knit on the map of the needles and crochet world :-) I also recently volunteered to knit winter garment for homeless people. I find both causes very inspiring...

claude's picture

Yes Bob, their pattern is

Yes Bob, their pattern is somehow confusing, I had the same problem too. If you Google "fish n chip babies" you will be able to see some photos of the shape knitted by others. It's a very basic "T" shape tube with a slit in the middle (for the head), folded in half. I have posted a photo of a finished garment (Africa3.JPG)
They have suggested a very basic "one fits all" shape, but I am making the choice to do something a little more fancy within their guide lines (see new photo attached). Also these are for new born babies so the sleeves only cover mid-shoulder (I guess, to promote the easy "pop-in / pop-out" use of the garments. Glad you was inspired by this project!

bobinthebul's picture

Ah, the second picture does

Ah, the second picture does clear it up. Love the elephant pattern!

claude's picture

Thank you! I've finished it

Thank you! I've finished it today (see new pic attached)

bobinthebul's picture

I would be interested in

I would be interested in doing a couple but I was confused by the pattern. From what I can see it's a tube, but it talks about casting on new stitches at the beginning of two rows to make a sleeve...I don't see anything that looks like a sleeve. Huh?

claude's picture

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michaelpthompson's picture

Looks like a great project

Looks like a great project Claude. I looked at their site and I am very interested in participating in something like this, but I only see collection points in Spain and the UK. I posted a question on their Forum about the possibilities of doing something in the US. Do you know anything about efforts in other countries?

claude's picture

Glad it catches you interest

Glad it catches you interest Michael, I think it's a world wide effort and if you Google "Fish n chip babies" you will find lot of different sites organising collection (Unicef being a major one) I am sure there are several for the US. I'll ask around and I'll keep you posted.