Our Goal? To create 200 warm Hats / Toques for our Gogos and their Grandchildren in Alexander Township, South Africa.
A Gogo had written how bitterly cold the last winter was and their homes aren't as well insulated as our Canadian ones. The Children also leave for school very early in the morning and have to either walk or catch taxis and it would be freezing. We also found out that with rolling blackouts in Johannesburg, even the small heaters wouldn't be giving much warmth.
So a call went out to Grannies willing to knit, crochet "Hats for Africa". Nothing warms the heart and body like a Canadian Toque lovingly created by Wakefield Grannies and Friends.
The project evolved and Sally introduced an idea her Granddaughter had: We could hook Hats on a Loom. This is how the "Hooking Grannies" began and we gathered at Molos every Friday at 12h00 and with Hopie's weekly invite to Grannies to join her and other Hookers for delicious soup and mellow company had more Grans arriving. We also had those wonderful Friends and Relatives that knitted or loomed at home. Thank you Mama Lemieux, Mary Alison and Alex, Judy, Joanne (who has supplied the Grannies with so much fabric and wool over the years), Nora, Ellie and Jackie. All this would not have been achieved without you.
To our Wakefield Grannies who made this all happen ..... Thank you and Mercedes, who patiently taught, picked up stitches and organises the left over bits and pieces which will be used for future projects.
Grannies, we reached 218 Toques! Some really large and some tiny but most in between sizes and the leave Canada for South Africa with Eadie Jane end May.
Well Done Everyone !