Philosophically speaking : I was reminded today of what progress means.
It is Think, Expect and Do – or conception, pregnancy, birth. In other words the seed, the gestation and then the manifestation. This hopefully followed by growth – which can take on its own directions and distractions. And in between each phase there is time, and plenty of it, and that only because of the grace of God.
This may well be the pathway of development and progress, which can be applied to many levels of life, not only social development or the faith life. What is required is Patience.
But that is not what I am looking for today. I am putting out onto the Blogosphere the challenge for Kindness through: The Kids of Africa Campaign.
However, console yourself and keep this formula in mind when you consider your unfulfilled dreams, unfinished tasks, or purely if you are a procrastinator of note, take heart you now may have the excuse, the pattern, or even the reason for the delay !
I have said all that to say this….these are the thoughts I was entertaining for not forging ahead with my writing project on The Fruit Basket. A random writing series of “LOOKING FOR ….” the virtues of the good life found in Galatians 5:22. So today I resume my search, but with an edge of practicality, and being an unashamed opportunist, want to include it in the challenge of the Kids of Africa Campaign, with the hope that it will unleash a flood of kindness to and from all kinds of communities.
Here is the challenge – creating caring communities through kindness and crafting.
THE KIDS OF AFRICA CAMPAIGN
Africa is a rich continent, not only in minerals, but in humanity too. To draw on this wealth we need to mine, not only the gold and silver, but also the huge deposits of goodness and kindness lying within our own hearts.
Join this simple campaign for Kindness by knitting a beanie or two…or three, for the Kids of Africa.
The intention is to create caring communities through Crafting – whether it be knitting or crocheting. Communities, especially the Women, the Young ones, the Amazing Gogos (Grandmothers) and all those in between, crafting for the Kids and teaching Kids to craft for the Elderly and Disabled in their communities – perhaps even grow veggie gardens too, to blend in with the Care Africa movement project.
Begin by knitting beanies, preferably in red, but any colour will do, and then distributing them in your own local community.
If you want, you may send a photo of yourself and your community to this email
firstname.lastname@example.org – and it will be posted on the Blog just to show that Africa cares.
This is an initiative against poverty, a campaign for kindness, and for communities to progress.
With Double Knitting wool, and size 4 mm or 4.5mm knitting needles
Cast on 90 stitches for the Kids beanie.
First Row Rib : Kl, P2, to end of row
Second Row : P2, K1, to end of row
Change to no. 4.5mm or 5 mm knitting needle and
Continue until work measures 24 centimeters.
Shape Top of Beanie
Next Row : P1 (K1, P2 together) – repeat to end.
Next Row : Purl.
Next Row : K 2 together to end.
Next Row : Purl to end
Next Row : K2 together to end.
Next Row : Purl two together to end.
Leave a length, and break yarn.
Thread twice through remaining stitches.
Draw up tightly and fasten off.
Stitch back seam neatly together.
Adult size Beanie : Cast on 100 stitches
Rib until work measures 30 cms.
Continue to shape top.
Enjoy creating … and teach others to be kind through crafting.
Blessed are those who consider the poor. Psalm 41:1
Happy crafting !