"Hier is my 314ste kombers vir liefdadigheid."
What was your first thought when you read that?
1. That sounds familiar. Where did I see that?
2. What the...! 314 blankets? For charity?
3. Where's the translate button?
Initially, when I started seeing these posts pop up in my Facebook feed I was definitely thinking the second thought. I know how cumbersome a crochet blanket can be. Then I started noticing this kind of post popping up in my feed round about every second week with the number of blankets increasing.
This lady intrigued me immensely. I wondered what her 'why' is. And you'll be surprised.
Christa van Wyk is a pensioner, like many. But unlike many, she devotes her free time and own funds to crocheting blankets for 'Cause We Can' in the Western Cape. Although she is not part of the charity she donates all her blankets to them. She does it from the heart and, in a way, as a stress relieving activity.
She was born in Namibia and went to school in Gogabis. During 1976 she moved to Windhoek and stayed there for 20 years. Thereafter she spent ten years in Walvis Bay and returned to Windhoek for the final nine years in Namibia. During 2015 she moved to the Western Cape to be near her two daughters. Her only granddaughter is now three years old.
Christa says she has always been a very patient person. This truly is evident from her responses to all the questions on these Facebook posts of her. She patiently answers every question - sometimes the same question gets asked twice! That, to me, already says a lot about this very generous lady.
Here are some of the frequently asked questions (starting with the most frequent!) with answers:
2. Which yarn do you use? Mostly Charity dk Pullskein or Chick dk from Checkers.
3. How big is a blanket? All of them are 120 x 130cm.
4. How much yarn is needed per blanket? About 9 100g skeins.
5. Who gets the blankets? It is donated to 'Cause We Can'. Christa also sells the blankets and price is available on request.
6. Do you get yarn donations? Sometimes, but mostly she pays for it herself.
While typing this I suddenly wondered why number six is not number one? Why are we more interested in the yarn type than whether this lady has enough yarn to carry on her charitable work? We should rather ask 'Do you need more yarn? in stead of 'Which stitch pattern is that?'
As it turns out Christa can indeed do with yarn donations and will gladly accept any support. If you would like to support Christa please get in touch with me so that I can give you her email address.
Of course, my last question to Christa was how her ideal craft bag will look like. Her answer can be expected: it should hold up to 10 skeins of yarn with space for her hooks!
Until next time.