Knitting for Nutrition is a collaboration between Hilary and Roanna. Hilary lives in Burkina Faso and works with the Peace Corps. She handles the nutritional training and all locational aspects. Roanna lives in Italy where she frequently works alongside the poor. She handles the knitting and administrative parts of the project.
Knitted booties—but isn’t Africa hot??
Yes, Africa is hot. But when normal temperatures are around and above 100 F or 38 C you get used to it—and you start to feel chilly when it drops down to 70 F or 21 C. It is common in Burkina Faso to wear sweaters, scarves, hats and booties when the weather is cooler.
How do the knitted booties find their babies?
Roanna will be visiting Hilary in February 2012 and will be transporting all booties at that time.
Yes. Burkinabe people love bright colors—the brighter the better! Take a look at all the pictures on the site–the women are wearing highly colored clothing. They love color! This means that for our specific project, bold primary colors and florescent colors will all be wonderful knitting choices!
How many pairs do you need?
Our goal is to have 70 pairs of hand knitted booties by January 2012. We estimate this will be adequate to give one pair to every baby in Hilary’s small village at the nutrition training that will be held in February 2012.
Can I see the baby who receives my pair of booties?
We plan to photo document this project in its entirety. We will begin by documenting the booties as they are received so you can see the progress—be sure to check back with us periodically to see all the wonderful handcrafts!
Then, in February, when Roanna arrives in Africa, she will photo document the nutrition seminar and the babies who receive booties. Our site will be updated with all the pictures upon her return (remember there is no electricity in the village!)
I see you posted a pattern, but I’ve been making booties for years and I have a pattern I love—can I use it?
Yes! Please feel free to use whatever pattern you desire! We selected our pattern because they are simple, beginner-level patterns, and come with helpful step by step pictures for your convenience. Please size your booties to fit a 6 month old’s foot.
Can I crochet instead?
Yes! We have both a knit and a crochet pattern to download here.