Wool Squares 2015

It's Back!!!

The Close- Knit Community will be returning to Abergavenny on 22nd March 2015. And it will be bigger and more stunning than ever!

This project is about celebrating our community and its link to Swayimane, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. We want as many people as possible to join in. So get your knitting needles/ crochet hooks out and make a square!

Squares should be 20 x 20cm (about 8 x 8") and made out of synthetic wool (so the wool doesn't felt on the tree and it's easier to wash when it's time to recycle the squares and turn them into blankets for other charities). Any colour goes- the brighter the better!

And not knowing how to knit or crochet is not an excuse! We are running informal 'learn the basics' sessions at Emmeline's Homebaking, Baker Street each Thursday 7- 9pm. More details on our Forthcoming Events page.

Pop by our Facebook page, Close Knit-Wales and South Africa, for suggested patterns for either knitted or crocheted squares. Or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The link between Abergavenny and Swayimane was established in 2013 through Wales Africa Community Links, funded by the Welsh Government's Wales for Africa programme.

Some sobering reading about the situation in the area where Zimele operates

The 2014 PACSA Food Price Barometer is a research document that makes terrifying reading. PACSA (Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action) reports on a society in crisis. It is against this backdrop that the work of Zimele takes place in South Africa. The report states: “A significant number (45.2%) of our households are female-headed. Female-headed households are typically the most vulnerable sector of our society, women being the lowest paid and shouldering the highest burden of care. Almost half of all people of working age are unemployed, many having given up hope of ever finding a job." It continues, "Food is not the first expense which households pay but typically one of the last because food is one of the few expenses which households are able to control. The 2014 PACSA Food Price Barometer has shown that as economic pressures increase on households and certain foods became unaffordable, households substitute those foods for cheaper products. These cheaper products have now become unaffordable leaving households with no further choices but hunger.” Please read this document, it will open your eyes to how KwaZulu Natal’s impoverished communities simply cannot survive without support from projects such as ours.

Link to doc…