This is kind of a special blog post for me because I am able finally to announce that we have started a Spin-off group of Emily's Hats for Hope Initiative entitled the "Northern Adirondack Hats for Hope Initiative". We are DEEPLY grateful to the volunteers and other spin off groups for their warm welcome and support. As a way to give some very fresh ideas and to support the artists involved, I wanted to share a post about this year's Crochet Charity Drive.
I first learned of this latest endeavor on Stacey Williams wonderful page "Busting Stitches" I follow Busting Stitches on Facebook so when I saw Stacey Williams update included a pattern for the Crochet Charity Drive I was pretty excited, as you can imagine. However, a little history about this project might be enlightening. Sonya Blackstone, of Blackstone Designs, fills in a little of the backstory here. I quote "So, what is it?
18 designers bringing 18 brand new patterns, so you can make them and donate them to give someone a little handmade love and comfort! There is no designated donation place, you donate to the place(s) of your choosing.
In the Fall of 2015, I started a Crochet Mitten Drive where 15 designers came together to make 15 brand new patterns, so that we could donate mittens to those in need. It went very well and this made me want to do more!
I'm so excited to present the first scarf pattern in this Crochet Charity Drive event! At the end of this pattern you will find a list of the other bloggers and when you can get their pattern." (Sonya Blackstone)
Exciting how the Crochet Charity Drive coincides with the advent of of our new charity group!
Sonya Blackstone had the very first charity pattern entitled the "Lorelai Scarf" published on August 26, 2016. You can find this very fun pattern here. The second pattern by Stacey Williams is the "Purple Lace Crochet Cowl" which you can find here was published September 2, 2016. The next pattern will be published on September 9, 2016. Now there is a Facebook group specifically for this Charity Drive which should be a lot of fun. Naturally the list is available on Sonya Blackstone's blog page. Some of the other Indy Designers I've covered on this blog will be joining this effort including Whistle and Ivy and The Lavender Chair.
Obviously these designers are lending their talents to us so a note of thanks would be in order. I do want to thank all 18 designers for their willingness to contribute to this Crochet Charity Drive. This effort took time and planning, it will also take time to create a fresh look, write out a pattern, and then publish it for our use. It's extremely gratifying to see these designers pool their talents to help us provide winter warm items for those who might not otherwise have the funds to buy something handmade. Of course you can't put a price on hope or a premium on the love that goes into the work.
If you are interested in other items made during the Crochet Charity Drive you can check out last year's patterns from the Crochet Mitten Drive here on ravelry. Interested in hats? Check out Knitting for Charity on AllFreeKnitting.com or the crochet hat collection on AllFreeCrochet.com here. If your charity accepts donations for all ages and or is working with a specific gender (ie battered women's shelter or men's homeless shelter) don't forget to embellish appropriate to the setting. The people who receive these items will appreciate the time and effort it took to put a little extra into the hat/scarf/mitten :)
I will be keeping up with the Crochet Charity Drive. I'm sure it will be of interest to many of my fellow fiber artists who donate their time. Thank you to all of you who make charitable work possible with your donations!
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