Interested in entering my holiday charity knitting/crochet giveaway, but not sure where to start? This post is meant to be a reference with some links and info to help you get inspired and organized.
Step 1: Find an organization seeking help from knitters/crocheters
If you are saavy enough with the interwebs to find this blog, you should have no problem locating plenty of interesting projects to knit or crochet for. This is especially easy for those on Ravelry, the free social networking community for yarnies. There are 16 pages of Ravelry groups tagged with the word “charity” (check them out!). If that’s too overwhelming for you, the Charity Knitting group forums are a great place to look for where knitted and crocheted items are needed.
Last but not least, don’t forget to check with staff at your local yarn store. Many LYS owners collected handmade items for local projects during the holiday season.
Step 2: Learn and follow the specifications of the organization to which you are donating
Some groups ask for donated items to be made from all wool. Others want everything to be machine washable. Many leave the pattern choice up to you, but some prefer all items be made from the same pattern or in a particular color. Pay attention to these requirements and do your best to meet them. If you are dying to use up particular stash yarn, make sure to find an organization whose needs match what you’ve got.
Step 3: Make your item (the fun part!)
I suspect that you guys, like me, have pattern queues longer than your arms and should have no trouble figuring out what to make. However, if you are in the market for a few simple free pattern ideas that work well, check out a blog post I wrote during last year’s Charity Challenge with links to five great patterns.
Step 4: Photograph your item so you can enter my giveaway.
Information on entering is on my contest page.
Step 5: Donate Your Item
Mail or drop off your donated item. If the organization you are making for allows it, you may want to include a little note with care instructions and kind words for the recipient.
There you go! Charity knitting/crocheting in five easy steps. Still have questions? Please post to the comments or email me. I can’t wait to see what you make!