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Shandeh
11-07-2008, 06:05 AM
Afghans for Afghans (http://www.afghansforafghans.org/index.html) needs 300 pairs of mittens by November 20th!!!

Here is the email I received from them this week:

** We Need 300 Pairs of Mittens By November 20! **

We have just been presented with this special opportunity to send more mittens through Roots of Peace and participate at their upcoming program at the U.S. State Department. Time is short, but we know we can do it ... let's give it our best ... as always ... mittens can be knit up in a week and easily popped in an envelope.

Our mittens will first travel to Washington, DC, where Roots of Peace is honoring Afghan Ambassador Jawad for his service to his homeland. Roots of Peace would like to show our mittens to all the dignitaries as a tangible example of how North Americans reach out in friendship and peace to the children of Afghanistan. This is our people-to-people initiative in partnership with Roots of
Peace -- mittens for young hands that hopefully will never encounter the scourge of landminds. Roots of Peace will subsequently transport the mittens to Kabul for distribution to girls and boys for their winter wear.

Please make mittens in 100% wool (or other animal fiber), sized for school kids of ages 6-16 years. Use bright, happy colors. We'd love our huge pile of mittens to be in an infinite array of hues and patterns -- distinctive mittens for all the individual girls and boys. Please tie or safety-pin the paired mittens together. Use a favorite pattern or try something new. (No thumbless mittens, please, and gloves are OK for the extra ambitious.)

For those who wish a basic 4-needle pattern, Elizabeth Durand kindly offers her free version here:
http://www.afghansf orafghans. org/mittens. html (http://www.afghansforafghans.org/mittens.html)

And, here's a suggestion for crocheters:
http://crochetandkn itting.com/ mittensm. htm (http://crochetandknitting.com/mittensm.htm)

Please mail your mittens for arrival at our San Francisco AFSC collection center by November 20.

Our general guidelines and mail address are here:
http://www.afghansf orafghans. org/blanket. html (http://www.afghansforafghans.org/blanket.html)
(Sorry, but we don't have time to accept mittens via our Canadian address at elann.com (http://elann.com/) in BC. To participate in time, Canadians need to mail to San Francisco.)

Please forward this email to fiber friends who may like to join in.

Feel free to post this message to your online knit and crochet communities to help get the word out.

Here is the mailing address to send your mittens:


<B>afghans for Afghans</B>

c/o AFSC Collection Center65 Ninth StreetSan Francisco, CA 94103

Mulderknitter
11-08-2008, 07:06 PM
:waving: Hi sandy!
I see you have no replies yet, so I wanted you to know I read the post, but am stretched a bit thin at this time with other stuff and don't think I can help right now. I really wish I could. :verysad: I'm sure all of the other readers of the post are thinking the same thing.

Shandeh
11-08-2008, 09:54 PM
Thanks!
I figured it's that way with a lot of us.
But, I did want to get the word out. :)

Jan in CA
11-09-2008, 12:56 AM
Wow.... that IS last minute! I will if I can, but not sure.

Shandeh
11-09-2008, 03:56 AM
Thanks Jan!

I just got another email from the organization that handles Afghans for Afghans.

There is a CONTEST for those of us that turn in a pair of mittens in time for this need! :woohoo:

YarnMarket.com generously donates gift certificates for stash to acknowledge the volunteers who are knitting and crocheting for the people of Afghanistan.

To enter the drawing, please send your mittens by November 22. Inside your package, include your email address, name, and mailing address on a slip of paper or card.

They will select three names to receive *$50 gift certificates* from the online store YarnMarket.com, purveyor of first-class brand-name yarns and supplies.

Secksiebrat
11-09-2008, 11:46 AM
I've never knit mittens before but I have some wool yarn that's just sitting around. I'll see if I can make a pair or two by the end of the week! Thanks shandeh!

~danielle~

Shandeh
11-10-2008, 03:43 AM
Good luck Danielle!
:hug:

Secksiebrat
11-12-2008, 12:44 PM
I've almost got one mitten done. I should be able to get them both done and out in the mail friday or monday! I know it's only 1 pair, but it's 1 less!

~danielle~

PS I'll post pictures when I'm done. They are purple btw :)

Shandeh
11-12-2008, 03:51 PM
Way to go, Danielle! :woohoo:

Jan in CA
11-13-2008, 02:40 AM
I am halfway through my first mitten! I've made fingerless, but never full mittens, but I they seem very easy!

iwouldratherbeknitting
11-13-2008, 05:52 AM
I'll try to make a pair... but, since I'm in GERMANY and it's already NOV 13.. I'm not sure that they will get there or not?
8*(

I'll stop my current project and start working on them tonight. :woot:


I always knit up and send hats (and some mittens too) to Afghanistan.. to a USA military group that donates the items to the street kids, the local schools and hospitals, and to those in the refugee camps/etc... (It gets to the kids quicker this way than using a specific organization.) I teach the children of the US Military.. on an overseas base.. so, I like to support our military personnel that are doing what they can to make life better for the children in Afghanistan.

Shandeh
11-13-2008, 08:33 AM
I am halfway through my first mitten! I've made fingerless, but never full mittens, but I they seem very easy!
Yay! Go Jan! Basic mitten patterns are not bad! :thumbsup:
I'm casting on a pair tonight.
I'll try to make a pair... but, since I'm in GERMANY and it's already NOV 13.. I'm not sure that they will get there or not?
Thanks my friend, but you'd probably better save those mittens for another charity. I don't think they would get here in time. But, WOW, you sure are sweet and generous!
:heart: :muah: :heart:

bevq
11-13-2008, 10:56 AM
I have one pair nearly done in a pink Lamb's Pride wool.

Hope it helps.
Bev

monzogary
11-13-2008, 02:35 PM
I have done one larger pair, and have started another smaller pair. I probably won't have time for more than that though.

Secksiebrat
11-13-2008, 03:50 PM
I'm almost done with the 2nd mitten (in purple). I think I can get another pair done in pink before Monday (I figure if I send them priority mail on Monday they will be there by Thursday)! I am using Cascade 220 yarn left over from some knitted princess hats I did a couple of years ago!

~danielle~

PS. I'm glad to see a few more people knitting these up!

Jan in CA
11-14-2008, 02:27 AM
All that's left is the thumb on one mitten then I'll send them off to SF! :thumbsup:

Shandeh
11-14-2008, 04:19 AM
Yippee!!!
:woohoo:

You ladies ROCK!!! :cheering:

I cast on a pair last night, using red wool. I have lots of bits of wool in a bag by my knitting chair, so I'll just change colors a few times as I go. I'll probably finish them tonight or tomorrow and send them off.

Jan in CA
11-14-2008, 03:41 PM
Done! I will mail them early next week probably.

The color is a little off on this picture, but I guess it's close.. They are red and sort of a sagey green.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3069/3030483786_febbd7d48c.jpg

Secksiebrat
11-14-2008, 07:43 PM
I finished mine too! I thought I would have time for another pair but I don't think I will! But 1 pair is 1 pair :)

Mine will go out on Monday!

~danielle~

Shandeh
11-14-2008, 08:02 PM
Done! I will mail them early next week probably.
I finished mine too! I thought I would have time for another pair but I don't think I will! But 1 pair is 1 pair :) Mine will go out on Monday!
Excellent! :thumbsup:
Just be sure they get to their destination by NOVEMBER 20th.
Crossed Fingers

I just finished my first mitten, made with lots of different bits of yarn. I made sure to leave enough of each color, so that I can make a matching mitten to go with it. I'm casting it on tonight, as soon as I finish this thumb. :)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3055/3030955054_37e46b279c_m.jpg

Jan in CA
11-15-2008, 01:25 AM
Oh Sandy, that is so pretty!!

Shandeh
11-15-2008, 08:14 AM
Thanks Jan! :)
I love it too, especially how soft the wool is. I think I might have to make a pair of wool mittens for myself now! :teehee:

I finished the first mitten, and did the cuff of the 2nd mitten last night. So, I'm sure I'll have it finished by tonight. :thumbsup:

Secksiebrat
11-16-2008, 11:52 PM
Here they are! They are going out in the mail tomorrow!

~danielle~

Shandeh
11-17-2008, 03:04 AM
Excellent, Danielle! :cheering:

I finished mine too!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3207/3034828197_409cc09dc3_m.jpg

Jan in CA
11-17-2008, 03:03 PM
Both of yours are beautiful!

Mine got mailed today! I hope they get there by Thursday. They should seeing as I'm only 350 miles south, but you know the postal service. I figured though that if they don't they will just get sent to Afghanistan at another time and will still be loved.

Secksiebrat
11-17-2008, 08:34 PM
I sent mine priority mail. The postal man told me Wednesday, Thursday if not at the latest! I hope they make it in time!

~danielle~

Shandeh
11-18-2008, 04:37 AM
Mine were sent Priority yesterday. Crossed Fingers

Shandeh
11-23-2008, 07:24 PM
Here's the message I received in my email today.

They received over 1000 pairs of mittens!
:cheering: :woohoo: :cheering:

Dear Mitten Makers,

We just had to email you before the end of the day to report back on the mitten count, on our Mines-to-Mittens campaign for Roots of Peace.

Just 2 weeks ago, we announced the call for 300 pairs of mittens for Roots of Peace, the humanitarian organization that transforms minefields into agricultural land. Our gifts are for the girls and boys attending their schools built through their Pennies for Peace campaign.

We thought the goal in this short timeframe would be a challenge ... We were thinking ... our major youth campaign for the winter ended just a couple weeks prior and didn't everyone deserve a break? And, time to start focusing on Thanksgiving ... and making gifts for family and friends for the holidays? Yet, we'd give it our best try anyway.

Have a seat ... the results are spectacular ...

We counted 1,017 pairs of mittens at the end of the day, today. Yes -- 1,017 pairs of lovingly made, gorgeous mittens for young hands in Afghanistan.

Just amazing. Thank you so much to all the volunteers near and far (hey, we even got a couple envelopes from Italy and one from New Zealand!) who jumped at the chance to knit or crochet mittens for this special opportunity presented
by Roots of Peace. The overall quality of the whole collection of mittens is top-notch -- wonderful wool and animal fibers, endless variety of colors and patterns, and lovely stitching.

(Interesting factoid: the mittens count for the recent youth campaign across a few months was 850 pairs. We'll write again soon with more details on the youth campaign.)

Our devoted local Bay Area packing volunteers opened all the envelopes, sorted, and inspected mittens galore in two full afternoons. Great team work and fun company, as always, in our AFSC Collection Center ... in the Basement.

300 pairs of mittens are now enroute to Washington, DC, where Roots of Peace will honor Afghan Ambassador Jawad for his service to his homeland. Roots of Peace will be using our mittens as part of their presentation to dignitaries as a tangible example of how North Americans are reaching out in friendship and peace to the children of Afghanistan. Mittens for young hands that hopefully will never encounter the scourge of landmines. The DC mittens will subsequently continue their journey to Kabul for distribution to girls and boys for winter wear. The mittens overage will likely travel in portions on a space available basis in the baggage of staff going to Afghanistan. Armfuls and armfuls of much-needed warm, beautiful mittens for 1,017 pairs of beautiful human hands on the other side of the world from us.

Heidi Kuhn, CEO of Roots of Peace, emailed me tonight to say they are overwhelmed by your generosity of spirit.

And, we wish Roots of Peace our very best as they continue their vital mission helping the Afghan people turn war-torn lands back to productive agriculture.

Thank you for taking on this challenge with such zeal and heart. Thank you for being responsive and generous -- and wild about mittens!

Have a good weekend!

Cheers to all,
Ann and colleagues

Jan in CA
11-23-2008, 07:31 PM
:passedout: Now what was I saying recently about knitters being so generous? This proves my point! Awesome!

momwolf
11-26-2008, 09:17 PM
You said it Jan:woot:
Congratulations !!!:yay: