Maybe not change the world, just part of it?

If you’re a member of Ravelry, you may want to check out the Darfur: End the genocide group.  They’re sponsoring making pencil cases for the HELPSudan project.

There are several pencil case patterns available for both knitters and crocheters.  There’s a contest running until March 31, with prizes for the first and second place winners.  The winners are determined by comments on the cases.

And you can make your case as fancy or plain as you like.  Some have ties to close, and some zippers.  Interested in trying Fair Isle knitting for a small project, I used Kieran Foley’s pattern (free) and made a few changes:

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While it looks complicated, it knit up quickly.  And was really fun!  Best of all, I feel like I’m contributing to a worthy cause.  Making a difference.

The pencil cases will either be used by children in Africa, or sold by the HELPSudan project, and the money used to help kids.  Either is fine with me.

I’ve looked at several of the cases posted, and all of them are lovely.  It’s nice to see a project made with loving care for others.  And making something for someone else I’ve found is a good way to feel better.  No matter what the news or economy says.

There aren’t a lot of rules for this project.  As far as I can tell, none.  Some projects restrict the type of yarn or the size.  All for very good reasons.  Too many rules (usually written by non-crafters such as bureaucrats) can be discouraging, especially to beginning knitters and crocheters.

Here’s a close-up of my pattern:

Closeup of pencil case

Closeup of pencil case

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