Sudan is an extremely war-torn country, and that for a long time. The current genocide in Darfur, before that the Second Sudanese Civil War, in which over 2 million people were killed have made it difficult for the Sudanese people to go on living normally, like sending their children to school.
HELPSudan was formed by the Lost Boys of Sudan to establish learning facilities, recruit teachers and provide school supplies as well as provide health resources and clean water especially in Southern Sudan. HELPSudan is raising funds for the purpose of starting more schools in Southern Sudan; ”providing pencils and notebooks for hands that might have taken up arms, and an education for minds that once only understood war.”
The Ravelry Darfur group, (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/darfur–end-the-genoicide) thought the knitting and crocheting community could help raising funds, and at the same time making something useful for the Sudanese children.
The object to be made is a pencil case, because they’re easy, quick, inexpensive and light, and because they can be both sold to benefit HELPSudan financially as well as given to the Sudanese school children along with pens and notebooks.
I was contacted by the Ravelry group to see if I would design a pencil case, which I’ve done. Mine is of course created like a toe-up sock. It’s knit in the round and has a diamond texture pattern along it, and is finished with eyelets around the top. You thread a cord through the eyelets and close it that way.
Some other generous designers have made patterns for the project, too, and are publishing them in their own blogs and Ravelry. The current link list of available patterns will be kept and updated at www.worsted-knitt.net.
Once the knitting gets going, there’ll be a voting on the most beautiful pencil case on Flickr with lovely prizes!
The challenge is here: HELPSudan’s next Annual Fund Raiser is just few weeks away. They say some pencil cases would be a great addition to their Silent Auction of arts and crafts… however, HELPSudan have said that they will have need for pencil cases after the event, too, so this KAL/CAL will be active for at least until the end of March. Updates will be published at www.worsted-knitt.net as well as Ravelry Darfur group (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/darfur–end-the-genoicide).
The finished pencil cases can be sent directly to HELPSudan at
5255 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
My pattern is here (in pdf format). No photo, but it’s a pretty easy and quick knit. If you are interested in altering it to knit for this project, please feel free to do so, or you may knit it as is.