My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.



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, (–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

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 as well as Ravelry Darfur group (–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.



  1. The high school where I work is helping Sudan also! A group of The Lost Boys came to speak, and we are raising money to help Isaac build a well in his village so the children can go to school instead of spending their days collecting water. We really are fortunate to live where we live.

  2. Thank you Wendy I wasn’t aware of this yet.
    You can count on me to do what I can!

    Oh, and Miss Lucy seems to have snapped out of her holiday slump!

  3. I am on it, ma’m! Thanks for the pattern.

    kmkats last blog post..Bits and pieces.

  4. gonna support. That’s what I did Day of Silence for in High School. 3 years later, there’s still no resolve.

    When livejournal comes back up, i’m going to post a link to here, is that okay?

  5. Count me in. afghans for Afghans is between projects right now, and this should be a quick project. Thanks Wendy, I always count on you for the good stuff.

    Suzanns last blog post..Merry Christmas

  6. Africa needs our prayers and action.
    Thank you for your help!
    International Children’s Network is having a worldwide walkathon on February 7, 2009

    Jessicas last blog post..FO: Noro headband

  7. Hi Wendy,
    I’m in it, too. I think I’ll create my own pencil case and send it directly to Chicago. Is that okay with you?
    Best wishes for 2009 – and thanks for your blog which I like very much!
    Best regards for Lucy, too… 😉

    Katarinas last blog post..Die verstrickte Dienstagsfrage 52/2008

  8. A pencil case is a great idea. I don’t think I would have ever thought of making one even though it is just another kind of knit bag.

    I’ll look through my stash and see what I can make to send along.

    Seanna Leas last blog post..a quiet holiday

  9. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I’ve printed your pattern and will make some of these later in the month. I’m going on a knitting retreat mid-month and we’re making preemie hats as charity project to be collected at retreat. I think this would be good project for TLE Spring Flingers. I may even issue a challenge.

  10. I’m all over it!
    Would it help if we included pens and pencils, also?
    Thanks for spearheading this, Wendy.

  11. What a great thing! I used to make afghans and raffle them off at work. The money always went to Sudan. I felt somehow that that is where the money should go. This was before the Darfur crises was known about worldwide. Thanks Wendy!

    Danieles last blog post..Beanies and Stealth Socks

  12. I work with a family of Sudanese refugees. Thank you so much for doing this for their country!


  1. […] it’s a paper pattern and I can’t seem to find it online). I have also promised some pencil cases for schoolchildren in Sudan. It’s something small that will make a difference, instead of seeing the carnage on TV and […]

  2. […] Wendy explains it all very well and is offering a free pattern for the cases. The pattern for the case pictured is by Worsted Knit. You can find more patterns here. […]

  3. […] Remember when I posted about this project last month? The post is here. […]