A friend, Max, shared a story from 2011 of a campaign, after an oil spill near New Zeeland, to knit adorable little sweaters for penguins. The sweaters kept the penguins from preening the deadly slime from their feathers until the birds could be washed by cleanup crews.
His sharing of that charitable act of knitting reminded me of another. It is knitting (or crocheting) sweaters for kids started years ago through Guideposts and is now a part of World Vision . I’ve loved doing this and may just start knitting for them again this year. The patterns are super simple and can be enhanced by an advanced crafter…like this pattern from Lion Brand Yarns. (Sorry for not being able to imbed links…there’s something wrong with this feature today. Just copy and paste the link addresses.)
So, if you’re still pondering a New Year’s resolution–one that doesn’t involve modification of nutritional intake–then consider this. Knit or crochet a kids sweater, or if you’re not a needle worker collaborate with someone who is and buy them yarn.
Its a good thing…and works well for Lent too!
For knitters, start here: http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/pages/knit-for-kids-10th-anniversary-pattern
Want to crochet? Start here: http://www.worldvision.org/resources.nsf/main/knit-for-kids/$file/Crochet_Pattern.pdf
The Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/World-Vision-Knit-for-Kids/382822408442572?ref=hl
You can find World Vision at: http://www.worldvision.org/?lpos=top_drp_HomeButton