On March 17 Nicole Haschke, of Knitting For Charity fame, sent out her newsletter including a great idea for using up scrap yarn. Of course I thought what an awesome idea for my Charity Idea OUTpost Blog! Thus, Snappy, Scrappy Projects is our idea for today.
Nicole Haschke took over Knitting For Charity has been one of the flagship charity sites for knitters for years. Nicole Haschke took the blog to the next level stepping it up to a clean modern looking blog with easy search tools. Her newsletters contain great information but also have that same clean, bright look as the website. If you knit for charity you should take the time to look around Knitting For Charity. I use the site fairly regularly. Now that I'm spokesperson for Northern Adirondack Hats for Hope Initiative it's even more important that I find good resources for my donors to use! Jane's Leftover Scarf is a perfect example. I know the folks in our Hats For Hope group use up every ounce of good yarn they have so they can keep folks warm. (good segway there LOL)
Anyone who knits, crochets, loom knits or sews will usually have yarn or fabric left over. We have piles of scraps because we always think there will be a way to use up those scraps. Indeed there are even children's stories about not throwing scraps away such as "Something from Nothing" by Phoebe Gilman alternatively "Joseph Had a Little Overcoat" by Simms Taback. Hardly a new concept but with the popularity of fiber arts now charity can benefit from this idea... nothing thrown out. Quick, fun, easy projects to work up using little balls of leftover yarn. If you like to recycle yarn buying from a thrift store or a tag/garage/yard sale is a fantastic way to save good yarn from the trash. Other places to find good yarn in group lots would be craigslist, ebay, local garage sale sites and Ravelry!
Now to the patterns. On Ravelry (not a member yet?? Seriously? LOL) you can find great patterns for using up all your scraps:
I am a big believer in shawls, wraps, stoles and ponchos. They are warm but best of all they are like a hug for hurting. There are several organizations that use shawls as an outreach for so many reasons (Prayer Shawl Ministry and Friendship Shawls). Grieving, the elderly, cancer patients, hospice patients, and just to show someone who is experiencing a hardship you love them. I've made several warm wraps/hugs and they do make a massive difference in how people feel. Just knowing someone cares is extremely uplifting. Patterns are available to take your leftover yarn and make a beautiful symbol of your empathy.
If you have really small amounts of yarn you might want to knit or crochet a tiny bunny for The Tiny Bunny Movement or a small toy for your local hospital's maternity ward or children in the emergency room. There are a lot of groups that accept toys that will fill needs all over the world. Including Operation Christmas Child. These little items will mean so much to the recipients!
Those who work regularly knitting for charity often have their niche, something they do well and do quickly. Need doesn't wait for perfection or for fancy stitches. I thought I'd just share collections of blanket patterns so that you can begin now collecting leftover yarn.
Thanks for reading my blog today and for putting forth the effort to donate to people who need our support. No matter what anyone says your talents ARE appreciated by the people who are the recipients of your gifts.
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