I've been watching The Doctor Blake Mysteries on Netflix while knitting and crocheting. It's an interesting series. My favorite character is the housekeeper, Mrs. Beazley . She's an avid knitter. She even tries to help their lodger to learn to knit at one point. The whole series set in the late 50's is full of great costumes. What does this have to do with charity knitting and crocheting? Glad you asked. Often these vintage patterns have a practical use and are just beautiful. Women's shelters, children's hospitals, long term care facilities, or just an elderly relative who could use something to give them a smile. So many of these patterns are FREE! Ready for a little look?
Babies attend a lot of special occasions but one of the most important is the first time mom and dad bring their little one home from the hospital . Not having the money to afford something special for that first trip home is hard. As knitters and crocheters we can solve that problem. By donating something unique , a handmade gift that is picture perfect, to a local hospital. These patterns might give you a starting point:
For children there are some well written vintage patterns that would make lovely warm clothes for the winter. Every parent likes to think that their child will go out in the cold bundled with warmth. A little handmade love makes the heart happy.
I thank you for reading the blog today. This has been a bit special to me because I am privileged to have handmade things from my grandparents and great grandparents. I like to think I'm standing on their shoulders while I do my work at Out of the Parc Designs. They were very community minded people . I hope you'll be able to use these ideas to contribute to those in the present... and maybe the future.
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