Venturing into new designs

This year, we have had to implement some new ideas due to client demands and industry demands. Check these out and tell us your feedback….we love hearing from you. The blankets are all Hilda Gaya’s masterpieces…she just found out she loves making them

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Thankful Hearts and Beautiful Smiles

Volunteers of Crochet Kenya spent an afternoon sharing their time, love and encouraging the ladies who attend Faraja Cancer Center support groups. These ladies were attending the breast cancer survivors support meeting on July 28th 2015.

I met Irene Wanjiru who is a breast cancer survivor. She was with her sister, Nelly Wairimu who has been by her side from the moment she was diagnosed with cancer. Love makes people do extra-ordinary things. For sure Irene mentioned that the journey was long and hard….still is; but her sister never gave up on her.

The gift of good health and restful mind is often searched by many. Walking down the halls of Faraja Cancer Centre, I saw people being treated, others undergoing chemo, others waiting in line just to know their health fate. It made me stop for a minute and pray for peace of heart and mind for each of them whom I saw.

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But the ultimate satisfaction of our donation was seeing women, young and old smiling and so excited waiting to be adorned with crochet kenya hats.

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All crochet Kenya members and volunteers who attended this donation had the priviledge of meeting the ldies who chose their hats and the most humbling thing was seeing friendships being formed.

For sure, this is not our first nor last donation to the patients who are affiliated with Faraja Cancer Center.

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What we have been up to.

Since December, I have been up and about making crochet items for sale in order to raise money for purchasing yarn that we make for donation caps. It definately has been a busy start having made a few precious items for little children.

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We plan to have the next donation in April. I am still trying to finalise the details. Once I get all information correct, I will inform you for those who wish to join in.
For the ladies, we have made a few items as well like bracelets, hair clips, hairbands, trendy hats, purses, handbags etc.  Of course thanks to free patterns by so many creative people out there willing to share the patterns, we have been able to improve on our standards of crochet items.

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St. Andrews Tumaini Childrens Home appreciate our gifting

We made another donation to Tumaini Childrens home in Embulbul, Kajiado North county near Ngong town on wednesday 24th Dec. Loise, Tatuu (a volunteer crocheter) and myself were present to donate these lovely hats that we made.

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Sample of some of the crochet hats donated

The home has 26 children who are orphaned and HIV+. The crochet
kenya gang decided to donate to these kids simply because the gift of giving doesn’t harm a soul but rather uplifts it.

We unfortunately didnt get any pictures taken because the home has a policy against photography to protect these kids from ill-minded people who take advantage of them to get financial donations but instead pocket the donations. Its sad. However, we still got to do our thing and appreciated the heavenly smiles that each kid gave us.

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More hats for donation

For sure, we said that it will not be the last time we see these kids. They made a mark in our hearts.

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Thanks to all who once again participated in our venture by sending in crocheted hats and headbands…..I am in awe of all your support.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY

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Crochet Newsboy Pattern Updated!

I just love newsboy hats especially if there is a twist to them. Keep up good job

Classy Crochet

Hello friends!

I am finally slowly emerging from yarn hiatus and crawling back into reality.  First up: updated child and baby sizes to our fabulously quick and stylish newsboy cap!  Previously only available in a women’s adult size, I finally caved to multiple requests to provide the pattern with more options.  Turns out, making adult styled hats for small people turns out adorably.  🙂

Get yours on Ravelry, Etsy, or Craftsy today or buy it right here!

Note: If you’ve previously purchased this pattern on Etsy and would like an updated version, please email me your receipt and I’ll send you a new copy right away.

Thank you everyone for your patience while I clean up my life and get back to business.  =D

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Our first donation

We finally made our first donation to  Kenyatta National Hospital on October 3rd.

Crochet Kenys partnered with Childhood Cancer Foundation which planed the event. It was purely a kids day where the kids were entertained, fed and adorned with gifts.

We donated 45 hats to these kids and the gratitude they showed us back is just beyond our imagination.

We are planning on going to another hospital by the end of october God -willing.

If you wish to join us, let us know. Here are some pictures of kids wearing hats we donated.

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These are the hats we donated. We tagged each one with a beautiful message of encouragement, and hygienically packaged them. This took a long time to do even thougg they were only 45 hats. I wonder what wew will do when we reach the tunes of 1000 hats.

Crochet Kenya Registration approved

Crochet Kenya Reg Certificate (2)

Crochet Kenya is officially recognized by the government of Kenya as a Community Based Organisation.

It has been a long 2 month journey of creating artifacts and selling in order to raise funds for registration and stocking more yarn for donating the crochet caps. And thank God that this journey only took 30 minutes of my time yesterday at the Ngong District Commissioners office, in Kajiado North. I got registered and issued with the certificate within a record time of 30 minutes. That is amazing to see our government work efficiently. Now they need to be paperless. It was a bit tedious going to and fro to the photocopier to make copies whilst all it needs is scan for them to keep records.

In the past two months, we managed to get good support from local kids shops who were ordering baby items like these. Thanks to Robics Baby Clothes and closes friends who ordered baby and adult items….we managed to save and get money to register the CBO.

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For those who wish to make orders of such beautiful baby items you can contact me 0721715636 or check our facebook page : Crochet Kenya

God bless you all.

 

 

 

Its all about Donations: Crochet Caps for Cancer Patients

Crochet Kenya is a community based organization whose mission is to share love and show care by creating unique and timeless crochet chemo caps for cancer patients in Kenya. We are a group of 11 members of which 3 of the women members meet at their own time to  crochet beautiful caps, cloches and hats for donating to various hospitals in Nairobi.

We sell other crochet items like cawls, ponchos, scarves, headbands in order to raise money for buying yarn for the chemo caps we plan to donate.

This is how we package the hats we donate. The most important thing is that we try to work in a hygienically safe environment while crocheting. Each completed chemo cap is tagged with an inspirational message from the Bible. This is just another simple way of encouraging those ailing to keep trusting in God.  Our purpose for this project is envisioned in our vision: to show love, care and compassion one stitch at a time.

We believe that providing a crochet artifact like a chemo cap, scarf, bracelet or necklace, cancer pin, to someone undergoing treatment is a not only a simple way of showing them that we care but also a way of uplifting their spirits. These crochet artifacts are a way of saying “we are with you through it all” as we brand each donated item with scripture notes. And of course the bottom-line is to make each patient feel pretty and wholesome in our donated items.

Some of the items we are selling are below:

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IMG-20140725-WA0001 Our famous scarf. We have made this scarf for sale to raise funds for more yarn.

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We need your support to continue with the cause. What is more important at this point is getting volunteer crocheters because we need to move at a fast pace to fulfill our cause. If you have the time and passion to assist this group, kindly contact one of the people below:

a) Elizabeth Muema – 0721715636 or e-mail foreignerseo@gmail.com

b) Loise Ndunge – 0707074462 or e-mail ndunge0@gmail.com

This is what we purchased this month to make for donations

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May the peace and understanding of the living God be upon you this day.