My mum has a friend who has been collecting knit baby booties for the Peace Corps to send to Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso has significant issues relating to infant starvation and malnutrition. Frequently, it is actually the oldest child that suffers the worst. The babies do ok, for the most part, while they are breastfed but when a sibling comes the first baby is weaned and changed to a native diet that contains food that are very difficult to digest. The Peace Corps has been working to educate young mothers about nutrition for their toddlers. They have had some difficulty enticing these tired and busy moms to come to talks about food. Many families do not have shoes for their children, so knit booties are highly coveted. The Peace Corps are planning to give out booties in exchange for attending a lecture about nutrition.
They are no longer collecting any more booties for now, but if you are interested in reading more please go to knittingfornutrition.com
Anyways, to make a long story short, I whipped up a pair of booties while I was home for the holidays.
The pattern was quick and easy. I chose an acrylic yarn because the last thing I want anyone to worry about is how to wash and take care of them. I also couldn't resist the fun colours the yarn.
Knitting for Nutrition
|photos are without and with flash - I couldn't decide which I liked best|
but the colours are definitely truer in the second shot
Pattern: Ruth's Perfect Baby Booties
Yarn: Bernat Mosaic
Modifications: I used a provisional cast on so I could graft the bottom.
It felt very fitting that my last FO of 2011, knit during a time a celebration and plenty, would go to help someone else.
I can't even imagine the struggles these families are go through in the course of their daily lives. One pair of booties does not seem like nearly enough.
|Sometimes, I need a little reminder of just how lucky I am.|
I'm looking forward to going over to Tami's Amis to see some of the first FO's of the year.
I hope that after the business of the holidays, you have some peaceful time this weekend - perhaps with a pair of needles or a hook : )