Knitting for charities
What groups or individuals would benefit from your stitches?
Ask your friend, coworkers, family members, local hospitals, doctor's office, public health nurse, shelters, transition houses, hospice, local nursing homes, day care centres, police officers, victim assistance programs, social worker, places of worship, food distribution centres, local government officials
Snuggles Project: Knit blankets for homeless animals
This is a United States-based charity
Contact your local animal shelter to volunteer to knit for them.
Project Linus: Knit blankets for seriously ill and traumatized children, ages 0 to 17
This is a Canadian based charity
Do an online search for a Project Linus in your area.
Blankets for Canada Knit blankets for Canadians who need warmth
Where can you find free or inexpensive yarn?
Ask your knitting friends, thrift shops, yarn shops
What kind of yarn should you use?
When knitting items such as toques, mitts, gloves or socks choose a yarn that is durable and easy care. When knitting blankets or baby clothes choose a yarn that is soft.
Next Post: Sunday, November 11 (approximately 5 PM PST)
My dad's Remembrance Day speech
(I couldn't think of a better way to remember than to re-post my dad's speech from last year)
My Top Secret Christmas Knitting Project
Once upon a time, a knitter got wrist pain and the experts said, "I recommend you take a year off from knitting."
After winding two skeins into balls (to find knots or other problems), I cast on 80 stitches from each ball. I worked in Stockinette stitch for 7 inches [17.78cm] and then began shaping by decreasing two stitches every second row until 40 stitches remained and the sleeves measured 14 inches [35.56cm]. I worked in 2 x 2 rib for 8 inches [20.32cm]. Three days later, I cast off loosely in pattern with right side facing.
I'm loosely following a pattern I wrote in 2010--making changes as I go. Basically, I'm knitting like I write. What it looks like when it's done will be a surprise for you, me and the intended recipient (who doesn't even I'm knitting it. So please, sh-h-h ☺ )