Here’s a question: who do you make things for: family, friends or yourself (to keep or sell)?
Something that I’ve noticed lately is that some charities/organisations are increasingly asking for donations in the form of handmade items. I saw on a Facebook post from Starting Chain they had compiled a list of organisations (mostly US) that are crying out for crocheted items, click here to see what ones.
There’s a couple more closer to home (in the UK). Natasja from Crochetime is collecting crocheted hexagons to make into blankets for kidney dialysis patients at the Royal London Hospital.
Another cause are the knitted drops of blood for the NHS Blood and Transplant campaign to raise awareness and encourage people to give blood. It’s quite hush hush as to what they’re planning for the knitted drops but I’m sure it’ll be imaginative.
A project for later on in the year is the Innocent Big Knit which is in November. It involves participants knitting or crocheting a little hat to go on bottles of Innocent fruit drinks.
When a bottle with a hat on it is sold then 25p goes towards Age UK – a charity for the elderly. Go onto their website to download their free patterns. This owl one is so cute.
These are just a couple of suggestions, if you want to do something local contact your local hospital or old peoples home to see if they could do with some blankets and to see if they have certain requirements e.g. that the blanket can be tumble dried. Some homeless shelters may appreciate hats and scarves if that’s more your thing.
Do any of you know of any other charity knitting/crochet efforts I can share?
Bye for now, and happy knitting/crocheting.