I am so enjoying learning how to knit and it has been a wonderful outlet for me in the evenings. I have been practicing and learning each day. Progressively, I am getting a little better, but I am no speed demon and certainly am still in the learning stages.
My mother-in-law gave me a big stack of knitting magazines to help inspire me and my knitting projects. As I was flipping through them, I noticed all of the great charities that were listed that take knitting donations. I had not thought of how learning this skill could benefit others, but now I am thinking about this hobby in a new way. If I can learn how to knit, I can benefit someone else.
Our church has a knitting club and I am a little too embarrassed to go at such an early stage, but it might benefit me to sit with some experienced knitters and let them teach me a thing or two. I have also been calling my poor mother-in-law often to brag about figuring out how to purl, how to cast off, and my daily progression on my scarf. She is so sweet to talk to me and encourage me that I am doing well or just to offer moral support when it takes simple things, like learning to purl, an entire day. Talk about slow!
I wanted to provide some links to organizations that take knitting donations. Please list any organizations that you have worked with/for and if you have had any experience knitting for charity.
These lists provide some added motivation for learning this new skill- what a gift it would be to share my handmade efforts with others.
Cubs for Kids
Interweave Knits Charity Knitting List
The Duulan Project
Newborns in Need
Threads of Love – find a chapter in your area!
SusanB’s Charity Page
Headhuggers Chemo Hats
Bev’s Afghanistan Project Page
“Ray of Hope” UK Charity Knitting
Special Knitting Forces
Stitches from the Heart
Project Linus Baby Blankets
The Daily Knitter Charity Knitting
Red Scarf Project – Norma Knits Blog with info
Guideposts Sweater Project
Afghans for Afghans
Knitting for Veterans
Warm Woolies – Knitting for Orphans and Poverty Stricken Children