I became involved with the project Afghans for Afghans shortly after 9/11, when I lost my job.
I heard about the project from a mailing list that I'm subscribed to and decided that it sounded an interesting cause, a way to build a bridge between cultures, to show another side of America and Americans.
I have used a variety of yarns, including Lion Brand Homespun, Wool Ease, Wool Ease Chunky, and Woolspun. I enjoy using the patterns on the labels along with creating my own patterns. I have found that while I was unemployed (several months after 9/11) that this kept me busy and I had fun doing it.
As to the number of items, I am not exactly sure, I just know that there have been dozens and dozens of
hats, mittens, socks, afghans, and sweaters sent to Afghanistan to help keep the displaced refugees and
citizens of Afghanistan warm. Here is the link to their web site:
this might help with answers to numbers. We are a virtual group and, as of yet, I have not met anyone other
than by email. Time spent on projects varies by person and the time that we all have to work on things. I find
that I spend at least 3 or 4 hours a week working on something. I like to crochet while I watch TV and relax.
A few newspapers have reported on the project but nothing locally where I live. Some of the articles are available
on the web site listed above.
Hmmmmmm...............effect............... Well, there are several children that now have warm hats, socks, afghans,
and sweaters, along with their parents, grandparents, and other adults. I hope that this has affected their
perception of what Americans are really like - kind, caring, and multicultural.