FINDING four small children tied to trees in Africa has been a disturbing experience for Cookstown missionary Rodney Davison.
Rodney is currently stationed with F.A.M.E (Friends of Africa Missionary Endeavour) around 200 km north-east of Nairobi in a semi-arid area of Kenya.
F.A.M.E. started up a child rescue centre catering for AIDS orphans which caught the attention of a group of knitters from Desertcreat.
Heather McIvor from the group, which is run in the Parish Hall, said the women have decided to donate their knitted children’s clothes to the premature baby unit in Craigavon and Rodney Davison’s charity in Kenya.
Newborn babies, many suffering from Aids are called ‘Fish ‘n’ chip’ babies because many are sent home from hospital wrapped in newspaper for warmth.
To assist these tiny babies the knitting group is inviting people to knit small jumpers which will be sent to Africa. Average knitters can complete a jumper in an evening using an easy, quick pattern such as this one:
Knitters are advised to use only use double knitting and no baby pink, blue, white or pastel colours as these garments may never be washed. Bright and mixed colours are best on a mixture of stripes.
Double knitting wool
Size 6 (5mm) needles for tight knitters
Size 7 (4.5mm) needles for loose knitters
Cast on 44 stitches
Work 18 rows in K2 P2 rib
Work 30 rows stocking stitch (1 row k, 1 row p)
Cast on 12 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows and change to K2 P2 (for sleeves)
Rib 22 more rows
Next row rib 21, cast off 26 stitches, rib 21 stitches
Next row rib 21 cast on 26 stitches, rib 21 stitches
Work 22 rows in K2 P2
Cast off 12 stitches at the beginning of the next two rows
Work 30 rows stocking stitch
Work 18 rows K2 P2