Sunday, January 25, 2015

In the most unlikely of places...

Doesn't Shohug look gorgeous! He LOVES the Bangladesh Cricket team and is very proud of his jumper in team colours.
Last week I received the loveliest of messages via our Facebook page from Susan it read
"Hello, I thought you would like to see the photo of the little boy in Bangladesh. I bought the wool from you and the lovely lady at the desk printed out the Bangladesh cricket uniform for me so we could get the colours just right. My 80 year old mother knitted this. These children have nothing, their father is my brothers rickshaw wallah.  I will be coming for more wool for sure.  He is very proud of his jersey"

I remember this very well as luck would have it, I was in the shop covering that particular day - Susan is often in purchasing yarn for her mother and another knitting group.  I remember it so vividly as I would have thought that Bangladesh would be the last place that warm woollies would be worn, but the northern part of the country gets very cold and at each end of the day and an extra layer is most certainly required, but often not available. After receiving this photograph I quizzed her a little farther and asked what is it that they do with the yarn?

The kids proudly modelling their hats & headbands
Her brother works in Bangladesh and friends of his run a school, through a church group they have been knitting hats, headbands, scarves and slippers for the children.  It gets surprisingly cold where they are and whilst most of the children are barefoot to school, the cold concrete floors are made more bearable by the slippers and the kids are kept cosy with the rest.

The slippers help keep feet warm on the very cold concrete floors
It has been a real joy to see our yarn being utilised in such a way that makes a real difference in peoples lives.  Whilst I knit for my pure pleasure and to make items for my family, it fills my heart with joy to see the smiles on the faces of these children as they have received knitted garments from our yarn and from Kiwi knitters.

A smile to make the heart sing
If you knit for charity and would like to share some of the joy you have shared through yarn please contact me either through or Facebook page or at & if you would like to help these beautiful children in Bangladesh, just let me know and I will put you in touch with the group offering support.  Thank you Susan for sharing this wonderful initiative.