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
Pattern Suggestions for Sweaters
Pattern Suggestions for 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.