Archive for Baby Blankets

Report on Shipment to Refugee Camps in Afghanistan (February 2012)

Wool-Aid is working with the Lamia Afghan Foundation to help Afghan children in the refugee camps in Kabul, Afghanistan. The New York Times has reported that more than 20 babies and children under the age of five have died from the cold in the refugee camps. In response to those reports, Wool-Aid has partnered with the Lamia Afghan Foundation to send more than a quarter of a ton of warm, woolen clothing and blankets for these Afghan children. The shipment totaled nearly 800 items, including blankets, sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks — with nearly half of it in infant and toddler sizes. Our mission is to help keep children warm, but in this situation, it is a matter of helping keep children alive.

This winter in Afghanistan has been colder than any in the last 20 years, and the children in Kabul’s refugee camps have suffered disproportionately. Wool-Aid is honored to have been able to help. A heartfelt thanks to all of those who have contributed to this effort, with special appreciation to the Lamia Afghan Foundation for transporting everything to Kabul through the Denton/USAID program. We look forward to partnering with Lamia Afghan Foundation in the future.

Knit for Tibet: Sweaters, Vests, Socks — Toddlers to Teens (end date 11/15/2011)

We are continuing to partner with Knit for Tibet, an outreach effort of the Kyegu Relief Fund, which was established in response to the devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit the eastern Tibetan town of Kyegu on April 14, 2010. The humanitarian need is ongoing and significant. More than a year later, approximately 100,000 people are still homeless and destitute. More than 90% of the buildings were reduced to rubble. Many of the survivors have no family left.

Many Tibetans are still living in lightweight tents. They are especially in need of vests, sweaters, and socks, but because the need is so great, we will also send hats, mittens, and blankets as shipments allow. Items for toddlers to teens are especially needed. We have established an end date of November 15, 2011. However, please send your finished items at your convenience at any time, because we ship packages regularly in order to get warm items to children more quickly.

Please send all finished items to

1381 Rocky Creek Court
Belleville, IL 62220

We include guidelines and pattern suggestions below. Please also review the general Wool-Aid Guidelines. You are not limited to the patterns listed below, but do aim for clothing that will be very warm for the children.

Guidelines for Knit for Tibet Campaign

  • Use the highest wool content possible (at least 80% wool/animal fiber) — 100% wool is even better.
  • Use worsted weight yarn or heavier.
  • All items should be crafted with an emphasis on coverage and warmth.
  • Vests should close securely.
  • Sweaters and vests should provide warmth from the neck down.
  • Socks should be densely knit and with good coverage for the leg as well as the foot.

Pattern Suggestions for Vests

Keep Me Warm Vest
Steppe Ahead Vest (from Sweater Pattern)

Pattern Suggestions for Sweaters

Mystery Sweater
Steppe Sweater
Steppe Ahead Sweater
Lattice Wrap Sweater
Scrap Wrap Sweater

Pattern Suggestions for Socks

Cozy Toes Socks

If you are able, a contribution to help share the cost of shipping expenses would be appreciated. See How to Donate to Wool-Aid for details.

Report on Baby Shower Campaign: Infant Through Age 6 (ended May 15, 2011)

To honor the founding family of Ravelry, where Wool-Aid began, we held a virtual Baby Shower and created items for infants and children up to 6 years old. “Shower gifts” are being donated to Inuit Daycare Centers through Warm Hands and to Knit for Tibet. Baby blankets, hats, mittens, sweaters, vests, and socks were lovingly knit and crocheted by the Wool-Aid community and will warm many children, and all in honor of Baby Eloise.

















A very warm thank-you to all who were a part of this campaign, making it possible to send so much warmth and love to these young and very vulnerable children.