December 30, 2001
11:17 PM   Subscribe

Attention hipsters: Afghans for Afghans is a grassroots project inspired by "the Red Cross Knitting Tradition" which is soliciting hand made afghans to send with the American Friends Service Committee to refugee camps. So if you've recently taken up knitting to be trendy or to deal with these troubling times, make yourself useful -- knit or crochet an afghan for an afghan refugee. (And hurry, the deadlines are fast approaching.)
posted by palegirl (7 comments total)
Wouldn't the time spent knitting be better spent making money to buy (machine-made) clothes with? Or am I being a "cold bastard" now, as usual?
posted by frednorman at 11:38 PM on December 30, 2001

Maybe the weavers can get really hip and weave angsty feminist poetry into the blankets.

Or a giant fabric rendering of the Starbuck's menu.
posted by generic human at 12:21 AM on December 31, 2001

save on postage, throw a blanket on the homeless guy down the street.
posted by sadie01221975 at 12:55 AM on December 31, 2001

Then they'll need a Afghanistan afghan stand.

That's so fun to say. [credits to Steven Wright]
posted by jbunch at 6:26 AM on December 31, 2001

i used to say a lot of crap like the stuff above...great idea. my grandmother knitted stuff fot doughboys. up till about a year and a half ago, she taught elementary school children knitting (did that forever) so dont be a knit wit folks, knit, i have (forgot mostly) During the great war, materials were short...hell i dont need to explain. no one will probably care. Great post palegirl. i wish i had my extra knit scarf gram made, i'd sent it to ya. (ohh it was lime green but master job:)
posted by clavdivs at 8:44 AM on December 31, 2001

"That's so fun to say' by jove it is fun and kinda spunky. Wright is a genius.
posted by clavdivs at 8:45 AM on December 31, 2001

Oh, that's so clever! Why, the name of the blanket is the same as the name of the people! However did they come up with that?

It's a worthy cause, sure, but I think the Afghans would be just as happy to have a quilt or a comforter. It doesn't have to be so twee.
posted by kindall at 9:02 AM on December 31, 2001

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