I think its safe to say that when I first started working for charity with Project Linus I didn't have a clue what I was doing. I knew I wanted to help people, especially children, but I did not know how, well not really. Project Linus gave me a place to start. Patterns, blanket sizes, colors and materials . So I decided that maybe others were as confused as I was at the beginning.
Everyone crochets, knits, weaves, or looms at a different pace and tension . Tension simply means how tight you knit, crochet, loom or weave. So measurements for size are extremely helpful. I found that I tend to knit and crochet more loosely than my daughter so when we work together on projects we like to have an approximation of size so that what we send to charity actually works. Its important to note however PLEASE follow the charity guidelines as closely as humanly possible because charities do not always have a backup plan for items they cannot use. They like to put their best foot forward as much as you do.
So where do I find my tips, hints, how to's and size charts. There are a few key sites you can go to for good solid information on how to help charities. (for ideas on charities accepting donations see the archives of this blog )
knitting.about.com/od/knittingcharities/qt/charity_howto.htm tips on knitting for charity
www.lionbrand.com/blog/7-tips-on-how-to-knit-and-crochet-for-charity/#sthash.FuyciJPU.dpbs 7 Tips on knitting and crocheting for charity
www.thepreemieproject.com/volunteer/measurement_guide This is the volunteer guide for the Preemie Project. Measurements for The Preemie Project are important and of course if you wish to donate to this organization follow the guidelines.
www.reliefshare.org/wordpress/2011/04/14/we-are-busy-making-baby-cocoons-for-the-hospital-want-to-help/ Love making baby cocoons ? So do I therefore the measurement chart at Relief Share was excellent. You know they have a facebook page and a blog. If you are interested in sewing, knitting, or crocheting for charity Check out Relief Share's work!
www.bevscountrycottage.com/size-chart.html If you have googled charity knitting, crocheting or sewing there's no doubt you had Bev's Country Cottage pop up in your results. Bev is amazing and has been for many years. If you are looking for hints, tips , tricks, places to donate, patterns or even a place to purchase yarn see Bev's Country Cottage as your complete source on Charity work.
www.craftyarncouncil.com/standards.html The Craft Yarn Council has been a part of the knitting/crocheting world's lexicon for many years. Their work to improve the quality of fiber and to standardize yarn weights, along with offering classes to knitters and crocheters has been amazing. Since they are basically the first word in yarn standards they also have measurement charts. Head on over to their page and check out the list of charities and sizing charts .
www.redheart.com/articles/crochet-and-knit-charity-ideas This is a list of charity ideas compiled by Red Heart Yarns. Of course all the ideas come with great patterns and yarns! I like that :)
I hope this blog has been helpful for you! If you have any questions about the charities or the charts please write the websites directly they'd LOVE to hear from you. Thank you all for reading the blog today.
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