I think it was in early 2013 (there or thereabouts) I started seeing comments about this thing called "Moogly". Rave comments on Ravelry and discussions on facebook about how this blog was the new "it" thing among my friends who were into fiber arts. I thought it was a company that made and sold products marketed towards fiber arts. But no! It is a blog written by the very gifted Tamara Kelly! It has become a hugely popular blog for crocheters. It's 6 + years in existence with all the tutorials and patterns has made this blog the perfect, self-contained, one-stop charity resource for crocheters of all levels. How cool is that?
As my regular readers know I've got a long time interest in charity and now help to administer 2 charities on Facebook. The first project I completed start to finish was a wheelchair blanket for my grandmother who was living in a nursing home. Once I knew I could actually create something that large, I began to explore charity groups online (we had the latest in dial up internet service ;) While my hobby has now become a business and I've turned my deep interest in charity to helping administer the charity work, I have never wavered in my belief that fiber artists are some of the most giving people in the world.
Moogly's designer Tamara Kelly has graciously made 332 patterns, some knit but most crocheted, available for free through Ravelry. Her blog has project after project offered, free of charge. It takes a lot of work to create these wonderful gems and offering them for free to the public is generosity in action! Tamara Kelly also works with other designers to multiply the number of free projects available to charity knitters and crocheters. Through Crochet-a-longs (CAL) and a signature link party many designers get exposure for their latest patterns. Hooking on Hump Day is a Wednesday link party. (let's face it, Wednesday can be a bit of a drag and we need something to which we can look forward.) This link party is hosted by Moogly blog and also Petals to Picots. Not all of the link party projects are free but they do send you on a hunt through some of the coolest projects and who knows what you'll find along the way?
Along with the free patterns, charity crafters will find many free video and photo tutorials that will aid in learning new stitches, techniques, and diy finishing touches. Fiber artists might also be interested in the classes available at Craftsy. Video and pictorial tutorials just help us kick our skills in to a higher gear. I'm always trying to learn something new!
The charities I have been involved with do have specific requirements for their donations, please make sure to check the requirements before simply donating a project. That important note being shared, let's check out some of the great projects that are available to us as charity crocheters shall we?
For babies and children:
If the charity you work with focuses on shawls Tamara Kelly has some amazing shawl patterns for you to use. Stunning patterns to suit many different styles. I know the prayer shawl ministry is a blessing to many. If your church or group participates these shawls are perfect.
Sometimes we are needed to help with special projects like Operation Christmas Child or donating to the local nursing home or homeless shelter at the Holiday time. Small gifts are needed and handmade gifts are especially welcomed. Tamara Kelly shares some great small projects we can make up and give away. It's never too early to start planning for charity at the Holidays.
There is so much more to the Moogly Blog! I could go on about the scarves, shawls, mittens, home decor but really I know my readers will want to go explore the rest for themselves. In all seriousness. This winter has been very hard on people in the United States. Just today the National Weather Service put out another Winter Storm Warning. Those folks who were devastated by the last storm haven't fully recovered yet. I know many of my readers are actively helping those in need right now, even as I write this. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Please visit Moogly on Facebook or one of her social networking pages. Leave a nice comment to thank Tamara for her kindness in giving away so many free patterns and introducing us to other designers.
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