I've been researching knitting in general, because I would like to start planning a group for people wanting to give up smoking and take up knitting or other crafts as a means to occupy hands and minds. Not surprisingly, there are Knit to Quit groups springing up all around the country as part of a national revival and a reflective look at the good things from our heritage.
One person had commented on South African charity KasCare's website, so I took a look at the site and was moved by the aims of their projects, which are as simple and profound as knitting squares for children with HIV and other care needs around the globe. KasCare stands for 'Knit a Square' and their knitting is 'an act of compassion and an expression of love'.
For more information and comments from people who are struggling with smoking and learning to conquer their addictions through knitting, try these links:
Please get in touch if you are interested in this project idea. To follow a knitting pattern from KasCare, go to http://www.knit-a-square.com/support-files/knitted-garment-kathys-cozy-jumper.pdf (other patterns are on their website but this looked like one of the easiest.) They have details on the page of how to send knitted squares, jumpers and vests over to South Africa. Please let us know if you make something for them!
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07 546 568 044.
I have been put right as to the proper name of our cat. His full appellation is:
Meeowie Billy Spanky Nigel Pooky Alexandra Reeves (aka Sandra when my step-son is around.)
Answers to Pooky at home and Meeowie at the vets. One of the reasons I first went out on a date with my husband is that he had a cat called Meeowie. Sad, but true.