Visit La Cuccina Hout Bay on Wednesday 20th June at 10am and play your part in knitting 1000 blankets for orphaned babies this winter. Pop in for a practice run today! More details about the Knit a Row and Go campaign below...
The concept behind Me-a-Mama Knit-a-row-and-go is simple - our goal is to knit 1000 blankets for orphaned babies in a sort of public knitting relay. We place wool and needles (already cast-on) in a tub - people pick up the wool, knit what they can and then leave it in the tub for the next person to pick up. The instructions and details are in the tub so it is like a self-service donation.
What people love about it is that is also has instant results - you see exactly where your donation of time is going - you can watch the rows of soft wool collect. Once the wool is knitted we are going to crochet the strips together in threes to create blankets roughly 80cm square, for this we are enlisting the help of a few Old Aged Homes across Cape Town where knitting is used as a form of therapy. Once complete they'll be distributed to safe-houses and orphanages from central Cape Town to the Karoo.
We have had fantastic reactions from people and brands with Elle Yarns donating an incredible 8000 balls of Elle Fun Bubble wool and 400 pairs of needles. Knead Bakeries have hosted Mad Knitters Tea Parties with scones, cupcakes and tea on the house and many others are hosting our tubs in their cafes, salons and waiting rooms. Independent people have also stood forward to volunteer to help manage the knitting or start their own guerilla knitting groups. The most awesome sight is to see groups of people feeling great about what they are doing. Instead of fiddling with phones or getting angry with bills arriving late they are knitting and getting us closer to keeping a baby warm this winter.
To follow the blankets we encourage everyone to our site www.meamama.co.za and like our facebook page MeAMama Maternity - this is where we post pics, movies, updates and new events such as our nocturnal knitting session at Kloof Knead Bakery on the 12th June. We want people to interact and do something that doesn't just feel good - it does good - so far this seems to be working a treat for both the venues and the charity.