Archive for September, 2011

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.