On WOYWW a couple of weeks back, I saw something on Jo's blog (Twiglet) that sent me scurrying over to Dawny P's blog here - and what I read was heartbreaking. For more detail and a couple of knitting patterns, do hop over to Dawn's blog where she basically says:
There is an appeal to knit little jumpers and hats for the 'fish and chips' babies in Africa. These are the really poor babies, many of whom are born with Aids and that is about all these little souls come into this world with. They are so poor that they are sent home wrapped in newspaper which is why they are called fish and chip babies.
The jumpers themselves are very easy to knit and are knitted in one complete piece. For most knitters they take an afternoon or an evening to complete. They are very important because in Africa, the nights are cold and these babies have no clothes.
The only real stipulation is that they are knitted in bright dark colours rather than the pastel shades we may use here (bright stripes look good and use up only small bits of wool) and this is because these little garments may never be washed.
So out came the knitting needles and, having just disposed of a ton of wool, I got some multi-coloured DK wool and set to. As my chum Elizabeth knows, arthritis in thumbs isn't very easy when it comes to knitting, so I'm very slow.
The link to Jo's blog shows some results of her efforts - and also a link to an online wool supplier. You could also check your local charity shops out, they often have a 'rummage box' of wools.
If, like me, you hate to sit with idle hands whilst watching TV - why not have a go?
Have a super weekend - I'll be writing up the snippets playground roll call this morning ready for tomorrow.