Hello everyone! Hope you had an awesome weekend. We spent the weekend being sick here at the Thomas household (boo)—welcome to flu season. On a more positive note, how do you like the look of my new site!? I’m pretty pumped to finally be on WordPress.
Today I have some exciting news and something extra special to share with you al. In just a couple weeks, I will be traveling to AFRICA! Kenya, to be specific (I know what you’re thinking—”Mandee is going to get ebola and I’m never going to get cute printables again.” Luckily, Africa is the second largest continent on Earth, and Kenya happens to be on the opposite side of where the ebola outbreak has been). The company I work for decided to build a school in Kenya in lieu of spending a lot of money on customer gifts this year. I was one of the associates chosen to go on the second trip—can you believe it!? I couldn’t be more excited!
Over the past couple weeks, I have been trying to come up with a fun way to get my readers (that’s you!) involved, and I think I’ve found the answer!
As part of the trip, each of us have a chance to teach something fun to the kids. For my lesson/activity, I want to teach the children how to make yarn leis (random fact: I was born in Hawaii, and I am part Hawaiian). Growing up, I use to make these whenever there was a special occasion like a graduation or missionary homecoming. They are super easy (and quick) to make. All you need are:
- Yarn (about 45 feet)
- And Scissors
Here’s how to make the finger knit yarn leis:
1. Take the end of the yarn, and place it in the palm of your hand (coming from the back of your hand to the front). Weave the yarn behind your index finger, and alternating with each finger. Once you get to your pinky, wrap the yarn around it, and weave it through the opposite way.
2. Wrap the yarn around all four fingers (going from the back of your hand to the front), positioning the yarn just above the loops on your fingers. Pull the loop on your index finger over the strand of yarn and behind your finger.
3. Repeat with all four fingers.
4. Continue to repeat steps 2 and 3 multiple times. The yarn will start to bunch up on the back of your hand. To see how long your lei is, take the end (the part that was in your palm) and pull it tight.
5. When you have reached your desired length, cut the yarn (leaving some to finish). Weave the finishing end through each loop (going from bottom to top each time.
6. Once you have done that, take the loops off your fingers, pull the finishing end tight, and tie it off.
Pretty simple right? Hopefully I’m able to explain that well enough to a few different classrooms full of kids!
This is the Part Where I Need Your Help
I’m going to be collecting yarn donations from now until November 12 (2014). I would be so stoked if you would like to donate a skein of yarn for the class (the more colorful, the better)! It doesn’t have to be fancy yarn, it doesn’t even have to be a brand new skein—if you have half a skein left over from a project that has ben laying around for a while, this is the perfect thing for it. Like I said, it only take about 45 feet of yarn to make these.
Update (11/14/14): The trip has been postponed. They are having a difficult time finishing up the school. We hope to be able to go either at the end of January or the beginning of February.
Oh, and did I mention, there is a fun bonus in it for you.
I did this card design especially for this purpose. In exchange for your yarn donation, I will send you a fun card with this design along with a picture of the kids wearing their leis!
And if you aren’t able to send yarn, but you’d still like to help, you can donate to Koins for Kenya (the organization we are working with). A donation of $40 buys a desk for three students to use, $100 buys 50 new books for the library, and $400 pays one year’s worth of tuition for a student to go to high school.
I am so excited that I found a way to get you guys involved with this awesome project, and I hope to be sending you all one of these cards when I get home!
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