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Me-a-Mama has launched a charity drive to knit 1000 blankets for orphaned babies. The idea is simple – we place wool, needles and instructions in cafes, hairdressers and waiting rooms then anybody can knit as much as they can while they wait or chat. They then leave the wool in the tub for the next person to pick up and carry on. It is plain stitch knitting – you can learn how to do it in two mins and you simply tie the next ball of wool on and keep going until your strip is the length of 2 knitting needles. Once the strips are knitted we are going to stitch them together with the help of some lovely ladies at old aged homes and then deliver them to orphanages and places of safety for abandoned children. So far, public engagement has been fantastic as we’re not asking for hand-outs, just hands to get stuck in and knit.

We’ve had an incredible 8000 balls of wool and 400 pairs of needles donated by Elle yarns and the lovely people at Knead Bakery have hosted four launch events we call Mad Knitters Tea Parties. Knead donated tea, cupcakes, scones and R10 coffees to all knitters and the launches were phenomenal with beautifully styled tables of people chatting, knitting and feeling good because they were doing good.

If you would like to get involved or to follow the blankets please ‘like’ MeAMama Maternity by clicking on the little blue ‘f’ symbol above, call Nicola on our knitting hotline 0718727104 or email carey@meamama.co.za

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