Charity spotlight – Hats of Comfort

Do you have any yarn in your stash that you don’t plan on using? Whether you got it from a friend or purchased it long ago, perhaps you are hanging on to it simply because you don’t want it to go to waste. Spring is the perfect time to sift through your stash and get rid of unwanted skeins to make room for that new yarn you’ve had your eye on!

hats of comfortOne environmentally-friendly way to purge unwanted yarn from your stash is to donate it to a charity that means something to you. Hats of Comfort is one charity that is always happy to receive donated yarn. They provide hats and other handmade items to people who have lost their hair due to illness. To help, you can also donate completed projects made with soft yarn that won’t irritate sensitive skin.

Have you ever donated yarn to charity? It’s a wonderful way to give that stray skein at the bottom of your stash some new life and bring comfort to someone in need at the same time. Do you know of any other charities that accept donated yarn?

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The Snuggles Project – Handmade blankets for homeless animals

Since we recently celebrated National Puppy Day, a day for recognizing man’s best friend and encouraging people in the market for pets to adopt, we would like to introduce you to a wonderful charity dedicated to helping and comforting animals in shelters. The Snuggles Project is affiliated with Hugs for Homeless Animals, and they provide donated handmade blankets to shelter animals around the world.

dog and cat with yarn

The simple gift of a blanket means so much to cats and dogs in shelters. They are physically and mentally comforted by the softness and warmth, and they seem to sense the love and thought that went into each stitch. When the animals feel more at ease, they show off the happy, tail-wagging side of their personalities and are more likely to get adopted.

To donate a knit or crocheted blanket, take it to a participating shelter (look for the kitten icon) with a completed Snuggles Donation Form. This program is an inspiring way to make a difference in the life of a shelter animal even if you’re not looking for a pet.

Inspired by a fellow crocheter

Urban_Chic_Hat_200pxEarlier this week, Kathy posted about her marathon crochet weekend and how she is making scarves and hats for Project Valentine. Like many of you, I was inspired by her post and I decided to make something to contribute to this wonderful cause. I love searching through our past issues and patterns because I can always find timeless designs I can’t wait to make. During one of my “searches,” I came across the Urban Chic hat in our Winter 2012 Issue of Love of Crochet.

Urban Chic Flower

The flower motif at the top is truly stunning, and I found some sequined yarn that complements the design beautifully. I think this will become a go-to pattern for me because after the motif is made and the shaping is complete, it is easy to keep going without having to refer to the instructions. I love a pattern that looks gorgeous, but allows me to just keep stitching!

What are your favorite types of projects to make for charity? Do you have any go-to patterns from our previous issues?

Marathon Crochet Weekend!

It was a marathon crochet weekend for me, as I was super busy trying to whip out some projects for a non-profit called Project Valentine.  I managed to crochet three hats and two scarves, with one scarf still in progress. I’m hoping to finish it this week.

projectvalentine-crop

Project Valentine’s mission is to “make life a ‘little sweeter’ for individuals undergoing cancer treatment in the Denver metro area.” They create care packages, which are assembled and hand-delivered each year to people undergoing cancer treatment on or around Valentine’s Day. My sister and I had the privilege of learning about them after our mom received a Valentine care package from them during her chemotherapy treatment in 2006. It affected my sister so much, she started volunteering with them and is now a prospective board member.

Any time I can find time to crochet is great, but it’s even “sweeter” when I can do it to help others.

How about you? Do you donate your knit or crocheted projects to a charity?

The Mother Bear Project

Knitting for Charity

We know many of our readers love to knit and crochet for charity. In today’s post, we’re excited to highlight the Mother Bear Project, a nonprofit organization that provides hand-knit and crocheted bears to children affected by HIV/AIDs in Africa.

The simple gift of a handmade bear can help children feel comforted and loved in a very real way. Here’s a touching story the Mother Bear Project recently shared with us. It was told to them by a Peace Corps volunteer who distributed bears to children in Botswana.

“I have to say, this was such an amazing thing for the children in my village. They were overwhelmed and so excited. They were literally “awwwing” as they saw the bears and were giddy. I want to share one story with you also: One of the little girls, around 4-years-old, that is an orphan at my center and who has a very difficult home life, arrived in the morning worn out. When she was called up to receive her teddy bear, she skipped over with excitement and hesitantly took the bear from me. I believe her hesitation was because she is rarely given anything to call her own, barely even food. She held on to her teddy bear and hugged it and hugged it all the way back to her seat among the excited and antsy children. A few minutes later, I looked over at her and she was fast asleep sitting up in her chair, clutching tightly to her teddy bear. It gave her such comfort in the moments after receiving it that she was able to sleep, even surrounded by noisy children. It did exactly as it was intended — it soothed her soul. In turn, it instantly put me at ease because I knew she had something that would provide her comfort and love, even when she doesn’t get it at home. I want to say a resounding THANK YOU for this. Your agency is exceptionally special and I will forever be grateful for moments like that one.”

Knitting Charity Mother Bear Project

What an incredible story! To find out more about the Mother Bear Project and get involved, please check out their website at www.motherbearproject.org. You can also follow them on Facebook or find them on ravelry.

Charity Spotlight

It all started back when they were in high school. Three regular dudes who loved to ski and snowboard picked up some crochet hooks and learned to crochet hats that they could wear on the slopes. They enjoyed crocheting so much that they even sold a few hats to family and friends.

Later on in college, a trip to Uganda gave them a deep desire to help others break out of the cycle of poverty. They thought about what they had to offer — and they turned back to the humble crochet hook and decided that was all they needed to get started and make a lasting difference.

Since then, they launched their own nonprofit called Krochet Kids International. They work with people in Uganda and Peru and teach them how to crochet. By paying fair wages and selling the finished crocheted items on their website, they are helping to empower and employ over 150 people.

Stop by their website to buy a hat or to learn more https://www.krochetkids.org.

Charity Spotlight

Knitting for charity is such a personal way to give from the heart, and we are excited to let you know about a new charitable organization called Embraceable Wraps that is currently accepting donations.

Embraceable Wraps provides handmade wraps, blankets, hats, and socks for women undergoing chemotherapy. Their motto is “a hug in every stitch” (don’t you just love that?) and their goal is to help chemo patients on both a physical and emotional level.

As many of you know, chemotherapy can often make patients feel chilled and weak, and it can sometimes lead to hair loss as well. Shawls and hats can help chemo patients stay warm and feel loved and cared for during a difficult time.

The demand is great, and Embraceable Wraps is always looking for knitters to pitch in. Many knitters use their own yarn and patterns, but Embraceable Wraps also provides yarn for those who cannot afford their own.

Along with serving as a volunteer knitter, there are other ways you can help. You can sponsor a knitter, and you can also donate yarn. Embraceable Wraps prefers yarn that is brightly colored or a pretty pastel, soft to touch, and machine washable.

Embraceable Wraps has patterns, yarn, and shawl pins available for purchase on their website. The proceeds benefit Embraceable Wraps.

For more information, visit http://www.embraceablewraps.org.