Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Can you help?

I know it's November...
I know you have 100 projects and to-dos on your craft list...
KNOW that there are thousands of worthy causes out there...


Could you make a scarf to keep a fellow craftswoman warm?

There are a bunch of refugee craftswomen living and working in camps along the Thailand/Burmese border. They make and sell lovely stuff to earn a wage and support their families, and the great news is it's fair trade. But when December/January rolls around, they get cold, which can cause illness and other disruptions to their work, and therefore their income. Claire @ Warm Women wants to do something about it, and she wants people like you and me to help out by making a scarf to send along to our chilly Karen refugee friends.

So do you think you can help? Actually, I know you can. I've seen you, pulling the all-nighter to make a costume/softie/ballgown for the toddler's/mother's/random stranger's birthday. I've seen you, knitting yourself a pair of socks in an evening or whipping up a fabulous little skirt in an hour from 'just something you had lying around in the stash'.

I can't knit to save myself. But I do have a long length of wool quilt batting that is lying around begging to keep someone's neck cosy. So now I just have to figure out how I want to make it pretty.

Why don't you join me in this venture? It's not just a practical gift of time and resources, but a gesture of respect towards, and solidarity with, our Karen refugee sisters who do it far, far tougher than any of us.

Be sure to drop Claire a line to say you're in. And for more information on what would be required, go here.


  1. Good onya Gina, this is a perfect project for using up knit fabric which takes minutes with a rotary cutter and for a good cause! Cheers!

  2. Can't knit but I'm sure I can sew something :) Count me in! I'll head on over to Claire's after a little tiger has gone to bed... he is currently roaring at me!!!

  3. Um-- Should we make this a serious warming venture that they can sew in? A jacket? A Shawl? I mean--a scarf keeps me warmer in the environs of CO in the winter, but is it enough? And if it's not--I'll get pissed enough for us all! What is it that these women need? Please let me know!

  4. Gina, this sounds wonderful. I am off to have a look at the website.


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