Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Dulaan Project

There seems to be a lot of chatter about The Dulaan Project on blogs. I love this charity and thought I would summarize what it is about here. You can click on the link to the left if you want to read more or go to Mossy Cottage Knits to read her blog about the project.

Basically, you can send any warm knit item for children ages 2 to 10 (they do take adult and teen size items as well) in any type of yarn (wool, acrylic, blends). I really like this because it leaves it wide open for anyone to make items out of any yarn, in any size, and in any pattern. These items will be collected until July 1st, 2007 and then shipped to Mongolia for use during the winter (which can get down to -40F ... yikes). They also really like double sided fleece blankets. You know the ones that you cut the fringe on the edges of two pieces of fleece and tie the fringe together.

In Mongolia, children are not allowed to go to school during the winter unless they are dressed warmly and for most this is impossible on their own. Knitting a hat, scarf, mitts, sweater, or vest will help them greatly!

There is a wonderful page with many different types of patterns that would be acceptable to make for this project. Or you can go to Knitting Pattern Central and find tons and tons of patterns sorted by type.

I made this Tutti Frutti Hat for Afghans for Afghans project and hope to make a few more for the Dulaan project. It is so easy with no decreasing, just knit a rectangle, fold in half and sew up the sides. You could use any type of knitting design/colours you wanted. I also love this pattern for Mock Earflap Hat in sizes for baby, toddler, child and adult.

I hope you will join me in making even one item for a child in Mongolia. That would be one child that would be warmed by your love and generosity!

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