Can you spare a little comfort?


Knitting and Crocheting for CharityKnitters and crocheters are known for their kind, giving ways. We’re always ready to help. Dabbing tears with that spare skein, untangling a mess, even lending a much needed stitch marker. We’re a charitable bunch in general.

I’ve recently learned of a serious need you can really wrap your yarn around and cozy up to.

Comfort Dolls for Swaziland Africa

Dudenza Comfort Dolls Charity for Africa

Remember our friend, Leanne who was the author of the Flashdance Chair Socks? (Adventuregurl on Ravelry)  She has started a new Ravelry group:

Comfort Doll Knitters and Crocheters

A welcome message from Leanne:

I will be traveling to Swaziland, Africa in July 2012 for the second time, with a wonderful organization called Heart For Africa. The first time I went to Swaziland and handed out Beanies/Caps to the vulnerable children there. This time, I’ll get to pass out knitted and crocheted Comfort Dolls and a pair of TOMS shoes to the deserving and grateful children there. Would love to have you join the cause. :)

Floral SeperatorKnitting Pattern for Charity in AfricaThe need is great, and Heart for Africa is hoping to receive 10,500 of these dolls from knitters and crocheters like you.

My first project of the New Year will be to stash bust my scraps into a little comfort for precious children. Children who are orphans – to which poverty, sickness and hunger is a daily reality. If you can even make one of these cute little friends to brighten a child’s life, we hope you’ll knit or crochet along with us to fill Leanne’s suitcases!

Thank you, Crafty Friends! Joy of the Season to you all. ♥





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  1. Posted December 30, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Oh my! I am so totally “all in” to making some of these little dolls! My daughter and I enjoy making and donating items to Christian organizations but I was a bit tired of baby hats, etc. These are adoreable and we will most definitely make some. Thank you so much for posting about them!

    • Mom
      Posted December 31, 2011 at 8:09 am | Permalink

      Oh, I’m so glad, Carol! It makes me so happy to think of the joy of little ones receiving a little friend of their own. :-)

  2. Leanne
    Posted January 1, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for posting this on your blog!! You are a very beautiful soul, and your Comfort Dolls are ADORABLE! :) Thanks again.

    • Mom
      Posted January 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

      Awwww, Thanks Leanne! I hope to add some more little friends to ride to Tanzania with you soon. :-)

  3. Erin
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    I’m on board! Plus I’ve spread the word to the three knitting groups I’m involved in and already have a few bites ;)

    • Mom
      Posted January 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

      Yay Erin! That’s so great. :-)

    • Posted January 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

      Wow that’s awesome Erin. If you’re on Ravelry you could sign up to the Comfort Doll knitting group and we can cheer each other on!

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