When Chance and I plan to travel to see N. in 30-45 days, we're hoping to bring lots of toys and things for him to keep. I'm guessing that he will have to share many of these toys and new items with his friends, but he will know that we brought them specifically for him. As I was thinking about this, I realized that if a child in the orphanage was not matched with a family, they would not be presented with the same opportunity. Who would bring them a new teddy bear? Do they have a single toy that they can call their own?
Especially since we have learned that Bulgarians rarely show affection to children, Chance and I have discussed different toys and objects that would foster this kind of appropriate interaction.
And doesn't every child need such a toy?
(This is when the dreamer-in-me begins to emerge and then gets me in trouble...)
Of course all 150 of N.'s friends needs a new toy! Of course they do!
They need something snuggle-y and cuddle-y so they can practice showing affection. Right?!
Because of this, I am recruiting knitters from around the world to join with me in making knit dolls for the children of Nakso's orphanage.
I'm sure that everyone knows at least someone who knits.
It might be your mother, your grandmother, or the little old lady in the back of the church service. And so as not to be exclusive, it might be your husband's best friend's grandfather (This kind man also owns a metal detector. Very handy for when your husband loses your engagement ring. But, another story for another time...)
So, my plea is for any or all knitters to join with me in making 150 dolls for N.'s friends. Remember though, we could be traveling in approximately 30 days. That's not a whole lot of time! I can use all the help I can get.
I'm going to post a link to the pattern for these dolls, but if you'd like a hard copy or if you need more instructions, please feel free to email me!