Knitting Washcloths for Self-Help International
Wondering what I have been doing since Friday when you last heard from me?
Um, knitting of course!
Quite an exaggeration. This weekend I went to Spencer’s house on Friday after a field trip to Des Moines, made a wonderful meatless meal that I forgot to take a picture of, worked on homework Saturday morning, visited Spencer’s family for lunch, worked on homework on the way to my parent’s home, watched my siblings in their high school play, met with my Meggie friend and her husband, went to church Sunday morning with my family, ate a wonderful (of course) meal prepared by my mom, did some visiting, worked on homework on the way back from my parent’s, did homework at Spencer’s, got some laundry done, left back to school on Monday morning.
Monday; turned in a paper and a project, Tuesday; turned in two projects.
I was SO happy to relax and knit with my Family and Consumer Sciences Club and now sit and tell you about it.
I knit like, constantly. Girls in my classes always have an interest in what I am making and talk to me about knitting. They say, “I used to knit but…” or “I tried to learn but…” So I thought it would be great to integrate learning how to knit with our Spring service project.
Our group knit washcloths for Self-Help International. Among other ventures, SHI works to provide feeding kits to children in developing countries. The kits include a cup, washcloth, and spoon and are used to teach nutrition, personal health, and hygiene.
Our group did great work!
Everyone learned to cast on and knit. We will meet later on to demonstrate casting off.
Knitting for charity is a great way to get involved in global issues. When my schedule looks like it did this weekend, scheduling volunteer time can be a daunting task. With knitting I can do a little work on the bus, a little while I am watching a movie, and soon I have a finished washcloth. I get the great feeling of giving back, along with the meditative quality of a few relaxing minutes in the middle of a busy day.
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