I heard about the The Fistula Project Salt Lake City when I was at the Rocky Mountain Knitter’s retreat last month, when Linda Chamberlain told us about the project and her experiences in Uganda. She brought bags of yarn for anyone who wanted to help knit blanket squares for women who have undergone Fistula surgery.
The subject was still fresh on my mind after reading “Cutting for Stone“, so it was a timely request. I took home a bunch of the yarn and have been working on squares. They make great projects to keep in the car. If any local knitters would like to make some squares, I have lots of yarn that I can share.
Linda also recommended watching “A Walk to Beautiful”, available free on Youtube or Netflix. This award-winning documentary tells the stories of several Ethiopian women who suffered devastating childbirth injuries and were ostracized by their communities, and their journey to seek surgery and restore their lives.
Linda and her husband Will are doing a free presentation at the SLC Main Library this Sunday afternoon for anyone who is interested in hearing more about the project and/or making blanket squares:
The Fistula Project
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Meet & Greet: 1:45 pm-Presentation: 2:00 pm-Meeting Closes: 3:30 pm
Salt Lake Main Library, 210 East 400 South
FOURTH FLOOR MEETING ROOM
(Of course, bring your knitting!)
Blanket Squares should be 11×11″, knitted or crocheted, in washable yarn (acrylic is fine!) – bright colors preferred.
Linda’s Garter stitch squares:
With US10 needles and worsted-weight yarn (or thinner yarn, doubled), cast on 40 sts. Knit 76 rows (38 ridges), not including the cast-on, then bind off.