Overheard at a tea house:
Lady One: “Hey! Sorry I am late traffic.”
Lady Two: “That’s ok. I brought my knitting and I got a cuppa.”
Lady One: “Oh my days! What are you knitting now? Tea towels?”
Lady Two: “No, no, this one is for charity. It’s for preemie babies!”
Lady One:“Are you sure it’s just not another excuse to knit???”
Me over on the next table: The penny drops.
I am one of those kinds of knitters who will accept any opportunity to knit. Why not use my talents to give back to the community? Why not hone my skills with each project?
All kidding aside, there are so many benefits to donating your knitting and crochet work to charity. In addition to helping others in need, it also gives knitters and crocheters the chance to get more involved in the community by discovering new volunteer opportunities. In addition, there is the opportunity to learn a new skill, increase your skill base or teach others the skill. There are patterns that challenge all skill levels. Mastering the skill gives me such a feeling of satisfaction. However, knowing that I am making something precious for others makes the experience richer. It brings me an amazing feeling of self-worth, helps me relax and practice mindfulness and gives me joy. What’s not to love?
Here are some guidelines to knitting or crocheting for charity:
- Follow the pattern. The pattern is there for a reason. They have been tried and tested.
- Make sure the garments are big enough (unless you are knitting for premature babies.
- Don’t use a free pattern to sell your stuff. These are intended for charity
- Ask your local yarn store for help either with the pattern, finding a suitable/affordable yarn or with the pattern instructions. Yankee Yarns is the nerve centre of all things yarn. Any of the Knitteristas that come into the shop to knit can help out.
- There are many charities out there that rely on the generosity of knitters to help them raise funds and awareness of issues. Check the details of the charity and make sure it is a reputable one. You can click on the UK Handknitting website to help you with this.
The vintage poem appeared in an Australian newspaper in 1918 for the war effort. And if you think about it, there were knitters from the US, Canada and the UK all clicking away to ensure “our boys” had warm things to wear on the front. It looks like we are still doing this only now it is in remembrance of all who fought and fell in the wars. We have had a load of knitted and crocheted poppies come through the door. It is impressive and heart-warming to see all these ladies come through the door to drop off their donations at Yankee Yarns. There are Plenty of Poppies!!! Wouldn’t it be great if we could see 150,000 Poppies??? We are working on it!!!
Read the post from the Mansfield District Council Facebook page below: