It seems like this year, especially the months of October and so far November have FLOWN by! With all the work I have to do and all the orders that have been piling up I have not even thought about gift giving. Then as I was reading my Facebook feed I saw a post from Maria Segares of the Underground Crafter on the Holiday Stashdown Crochet Along. It caught me up short! I thought is it that time of year? Then I thought to myself: "Girl if you are too busy to realize it's nearly Thanksgiving, you are too busy." Allow me a few moments of your time to talk about holiday crocheting... and to give a bit of a mea culpa.
First the mea culpa: By the 8th of November I will have visited with 6 health care professionals and specialists in 3 states in as many weeks. Yes, that's crazy. I'm also trying to keep up with my regular workload, volunteer my time, and take care of my family all while taking time to manage my chronic conditions. (I'm not sick, I have some chronic health issues that sometimes cause me to feel under the weather) I realized I'm not in the holiday spirit and I certainly haven't found enough time to deal with my charity giving. I really enjoy using my talent for charity. It's not a good thing and I intend to remedy my attitude, work on my commission load, and get into some charity projects ASAP. I have no reason not to enjoy this time of year to its fullest!
Maria Segares, is a marvelous crochet artist with a true dedication to both her art, her community, and charity. I find that I'm usually amazed at how tapped in Maria Segares website, Underground Crafter is to all things crafty. She's done some great work for charity and has bundled all her patterns in one place for easy access on Ravelry here: www.ravelry.com/bundles/crochet-for-charity. Every single one of these patterns are great for donations. I know Northern Adirondack Hats for Hope Initiative (NY) would really appreciate any or all of these beautiful patterns.
I am sorry to have missed the start of so many holiday crochet alongs like the CAL Central Holiday Stashdown Crochet Along. It's not too late to join other crocheters on Ravelry and on Facebook for the "Stashdown"! There is a cowl I want to try for sure and I'll try to get that done for our Hats for Hope group. There are 17 total patterns used in the Holiday Stashdown. You can join Maria Segares and all of the other great designers here: www.facebook.com/groups/CALCentral/.
The good news for me is that Jennifer Dickerson of Fiber Flux has not started her Holiday Crochet A Long is coming later this month! Are you interested in a little holiday crochet warm-up both literally and figuratively? Check out last year's Holiday Crochet A Long on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYBhZf2O04I This cute project is perfect for the holiday decor in your home. Just as an F.Y.I, the recently completed Forest Splendor Shawl CAL is stunning! The clues and pattern are available on the Fiber Flux Blog Jump right in! Be sure to let Jennifer Dickerson know you've started one of her CAL's on her twitter feed or Facebook page. Fiber Flux does a lot to help the charity knitters and crocheters.
Kali at The Friendly Red Fox has the cutest Holiday CAL running right now. She has designed a pattern for a holiday moose. The moose easily converts to a Reindeer. The moose/reindeer patterns are free on The Friendly Red Fox website. However, Kali has made these patterns available in an advertisement free format on Ravelry and Etsy for only $3.99! Act quickly there is a bonus elf pattern with purchase. This would make a sweet gift for someone special.
Of course we cannot leave out The Crochet Crowd. Recently "The Crowd" went on one of their famous crochet cruises. During this cruise they wanted to do something that would make a difference. As of last count Mikey and the staff collected 150 blankets to be donated to Project Linus. It's a beautiful thing. Thank you to "The Crowd". The staff at The Crochet Crowd has put together a magazine on ISSUU specifically for holiday charity giving. The Festive Ideas Charity Giving magazine contains 26 pages of ideas. (this is also available for download here: thecrochetcrowd.com/mikey-magazine-festive-ideas-charity-giving-edition/ It's wonderful to feel that I can be a part of this wonderful group on Facebook through the Crochet Crowd Stitch Social.
I hope this blog has given you some ideas for gift and charity giving. I'm aware how easy it is to become jaded about donating however, there are people who would truly appreciate the gifts you give freely from the heart. I want to thank Maria Segares, the designers for the Holiday Stashdown CAL, Kali, Jennifer Dickerson, and the Crochet Crowd for all their super hard work. Thank you all for reminding me what this season is really all about. 💟
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