It is that time of year again! I am putting in a plug for Northern Adirondack Hats for Hope Initiative in NY.
If you have been reading this blog for any length of time you know that this charitable group is a Spin-Off Group from Emily's Hats for Hope Initiative. Our Spin-off was started by 5 women, including myself, (full disclosure) in the Northern Adirondacks who saw a need for providing warm accessories for our friends and neighbors.
It is a hard thing to see friends and neighbors struggle to make ends meet to the point where they cannot afford truly warm clothes for their families. My family and I have many wonderful friends who had been asking themselves the same question: "How can we get organized to help?" After doing a lot of research and seeking information on other groups in the area, the answer finally came a year ago when we approached Emily's Hats For Hope Initiative for their support in setting up a spin-off group. They graciously offered their help. (yes there are several spin-off groups around the world! Check to see if there is a group near you!) That is a thumbnail sketch of our history. Not long ago we celebrated one year of being in operation, of making a difference. I've been amazed at how many people have told us they are so happy to have a group like ours in this region.
Oddly there was a glitch in a post from last year and the entire post got cut in half. As a result I am going to republish that blog post in this week's Idea OUTpost:
Truly Free Ebooks for Knitters and Crocheters: (ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 11/20/2016)
Many of our larger yarn and wool companies do us the favor of producing FREE ebooks for use in charity work. We've covered this idea before on the blog but with my patch of the Adirondacks expecting 11-18 inches of snow, (as seen above) I thought today would be a great day to update!
The easiest way for me to keep this blog organized was to try to do this by yarn company. As you know companies that produce yarns, patterns, books, and tools for fiber artists change hands a lot so sometimes we have to go to the good old Way Back machine at Archive.org to find and mine the goodies. I think it's marvelous that we have these amazing resources at our disposal don't you?
Red Heart, owned by Coats and Clark, produce many affordable yarns, tools, and patterns for our use. I once was one of those people who refused to use Red Heart yarns because their basic yarns were not very high quality. However, and happily so, Red Heart has vastly improved their yarns and their tools over the last few years to be competitive. Lets check out their offerings of free ebooks for charity.
Yarnspirations has done us the favor of putting some of their patterns on ISSUU. Yarnspirations encompasses some of our favorite yarn companies all rolled into one great site. Bernat, Patons, Caron and Lily Sugar & Cream. ISSUU is a great site for finding lots of cool things like pattern books or "lookbooks". I love it. (and Its free)
Last but not least there's Archive.org a great resource for older Paton's projects here: Knitting magazines? Yes right here. How about crocheted hats? Yes right here. Crochet Today magazines! Yes right here.
So today's Charity Idea OUTpost is finished. I hope you find something useful to get you on your way to donation!
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