Wednesday, December 05, 2007


I crochet'd a wool cap for Jonathan when we went to Snow City on 16 November. Since the event was over we thought of giving it away. Then 2 weeks ago, I decided that we could pass it to a friend who was going to Naning, Guangxi.

She's going there with a group of friends to do community work and train the people there in special education. Found out that she was going to visit an orphanage there and had this wild idea that perhaps I could do a few more wool caps for the kids.

Wild idea turned reality. With Jonathan's head as my guide, and with sheer "agaration" I managed to crochet 6 more. Tried to get my mum to help me since she's an expert on knitting. Not that she didn't want to help. She said her eyesight doesn't allow her to do that anymore. But she ended up giving me all her yarn which was a great help! Thanks mom!

My friend then told me a last week that she was going to visit the very poor rural areas where facilities are minimum and suggested giving the wool caps to the children there. Why not? I only wish I had more time to crochet more caps.

But I'm happy that on 5 Dec, these wool caps will make their way to Naning. Temperature during winter is really low and I hope these wool caps will warm the heads of 7 children.

I really admire my friends and her group for doing this at their own free time, vacation leave and out of their own pocket money. God bless all of them for doing this.

The dome-like caps were easy to crochet. Using thick yarn, I took about 2 days to crochet each cap. Very amateurish work and I hope they don't come apart when the children start wearing them.

Jonathan enjoyed being my model. He laughed each timeI changed the caps to take pictures of them. He was really a great help. My friend has promised that when she gives the caps to the children, she will take a picture of them and email them to me. I certainly look forward to that...for sure!

I just might pick up knitting or go into advance crochet so that maybe next time my friend goes to China again, I can do better caps for her to bring over.


chowchow said...

Well done Serene! I love all your wool caps esp the brown ones and of course the christmassy ones. Jon looks def cute with them on. I am glad that he enjoyed them as much as you enjoyed making them and for such a good cause.


Tks chowchow. Appreciate the compliments!

Nic said...

Well, the caps have made their way to warm the heads of 7 kids, not in Nanning as planned, but in Yunnan where temp dropped to as cold as -10. Some are so poor they have to borrow clothes from other poor neighbours. Torn and old clothes given to them are treated like treasures. Most of them have CP too. I've told the teacher and staff the origins of these caps. They were so touched and will pass on the message. They believe it will encourage these families to learn that someone in Singapore who has a child with CP has given something to their kids.... made with her own hands!