Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Knitting for Charities

Knitting for charities is a tradition dating back to the Spanish American war (1898). During this time, knitters knit for mariners who were away at sea during Christmas-- reports the Seaman's church organization (http://www.seamenschurch.org/cas.htm)
Although, I wouldn't be surprised if knitting for charities is a even older than this reference. Speaking generally, knitters are a generous by nature.
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I 'googled' knitting for charities and found 2, 530, 000 listed sites.
Here's what I found:
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Knit a Square
...and make an AIDS orphan warm
http://www.knit-a-square.com
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Knitting Circle Canada
This site shared helpful tips on how to form your knitting circle as well as a list of charities that would benefit from your stitches.
http://www.knittingcircle.ca
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Interweave Knits--knitting charities for a Better World
On October, 2010 Interweave Knits compiled a list of charities, please view it here:
http://www.interweaveknits.com/community/charities.asp
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When selecting knitting charities, don't forget to look in your own backyard. Ask yourself (and others), what groups or individuals would benefit from my stitches?
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Others to ask:
your friends, coworkers, family members
public health nurses
your local governmental officials
Ask those working at:
local hospitals, doctor offices
local nursing homes, day care centres
police stations, victim assistnace programs
places of worship, food distribution centres
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It has been my experience that once word spreads that you are knitting for charities inexpensive or free yarn becomes easily accessible.
If you are having trouble locating yarn, recruit your local yarn shop, thrift shop or post an advertisement in your local paper.
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When selecting yarn for charity knitting, it is important to bear in mind durability and ease of care.
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This year I was able to find two groups who were looking for knitted items. I gave toques and wristers to a group who was distributing knitting to the homeless. I gave baby hats, sweaters, baby blankets, finger puppets as well as a large bag of yarn to a group who was knitting for a children's hospital. Next year I hope to continue this tradition. It's fun and it makes me feel so good.

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Question: Do you knit for charities? Which ones? Included a link.
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Today on 30 Days of Decadence (
http://30daysofdecadence.blogspot.com) Kelly Yeakle shares a recipe for Mulled Wine, courtesy of Wiccan Together
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I just visited Wiccan Together (
http://www.wiccantogether.com) and found a wealth of information. I'll be back.
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Today on Daily Dose of Decadence (
http://decadentpublishing.blogspot.com) Kimber An shares her uplifting, thought provoking article--All I Want For Christmas
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Next Post: a short story: My Fiancee's Sweater

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