Monday, April 23, 2012

To Africa with Love from New Jersey

I'm very happy to say my Pockets for Africa have passed Tiny's inspection and are in the mail and on their way to California.  I knitted these little pockets after reading Lori's post.  She is traveling to Africa next month and will be visiting a Himba village in Namibia.  On her post she asked if anyone would be interested in knitting some pockets to hand out to people she meets along her travels through Africa.  I jumped at the chance and knitted a few up.  

I made a post on my site several days ago and asked if anyone else was interesting in helping and Debbie, too jumped at the chance. She offered up 20 pieces of sea glass, 20 small shells and 20 lovely little cards to go in each pocket.  I promise all of her treasures made it to the post office despite Tiny insisting they were his collection.

Two of the pockets I made were extra special.  The yarn was made by my son Brady and his classmates. All their ages range from 3-5 years old. I brought my spinning wheel to their school and each child had a chance to hold a piece of alpaca roving and while I treadled my spinning wheel they each spun the roving into yarn.  We used the yarn to make friendship bracelets and each child got to wear one.  I had yarn left from the class and I wasn't sure what to do with it.  It was sitting by my wheel screaming, "send me to Africa".  So I used it to make two pockets and I hope they find a nice new home in Africa.

Also in my package were pockets my sister Leanne knitted.  She too is a big fan of Lori's and was excited to contribute.  You can see the pockets she knitted here.

I was so excited to be able to contribute to this community knitting project. Lori has made many visits to my blog and made countless wonderful comments.  I am inspired by her photography and her writing and I can't wait to read all about her upcoming adventures.

This post is being shared with on Small Things weekly yarn along.


Lori ann said...

oh andee. oh my. i am without words. and incredibly touched. your pockets are perfect, the cards and shells and tinys help are perfect. i can't believe the kindness and generosity you have all shown, the children, your friend, your sister (i'm off to see her next). these will be so very much appreciated.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx lori

Lori ann said...

thank you.

Debbie said...

your pockets are gorgeous andee, what a beautiful act of kindness!!

good thing for tiny's help!! i wish i had thought ahead, i should have prepared bags for both of the boys.

maybe we can search for sea treasures together one day!! i am a good sharer!!

Ellen said...

Very nice! I love the shells' touch. I made a few this week too to share. Lori came up with a great little project.

A Faithful Journey said...

I also knitted some pockets for africa! What a blessing Lori is! I was excited to be able to do my part...even though it is small!
Yours look so cute...and the shells are such a nice touch!

Lori ann said...

thank you for linking! i love the idea of having posts all in one place.