Warming the World

August 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Knitting is many things to many people: self expression, a way to keep busy, a way to “do it yourself.” One constant throughout history is that knitting has always been about warmth and love. Handmade items take time and dedication – to receive a handmade gift is to know you are cared for by the maker. Creating that connection of care is the goal of many handmade charity organizations worldwide.

Meeting formally as a group, or maybe on their own, people who knit items for charity have impacted countless lives, including their own. A feeling of purpose, joy, and participation comes from making items for those in need. As an added bonus, it is a great way to use up yarn from the stash. Maybe making for charity will not change the world, but it does change lives. Receiving a warm wool blanket directly impacts the receiver in many ways, with warmth, comfort, and tenderness in a time of uncertainty.

Whether you are making a full-sized sweater for an adult or a hat for a premature baby, there are as many ways to make a difference as there are ways to suffer. Doing it yourself never had such a positive impact as doing it yourself for others.

Get Involved

Join Charity Knitting at the Rose Tree Fiber Shop. Founder Michelle Eppert has inspired a small army of charity knitters. The group follows the ideals laid out in the book Knitting for Peace. It is starting with the international project Afghans for Afghans, next shifting their skills to the national level with Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation, and just in time for the holidays they will select a local charity in Story County, Iowa, to which they will donate hand-knit and crocheted items. Information for upcoming meetings at http://www.rosetreefibershop.com.

Donate Yarn to a charity knitting or crochet group of your choice. From prisons to your local yarn shop, there is a place for your unwanted yarn to be put to good use.

Find a charity you are passionate about
that accepts handmade goods . Send them what you make directly. For a list of organizations accepting handmade gifts go to http://www.woolworks.org/charity.html.

Toasty Roasty Noggin’

Get started today! Make and send in a hat for a premature baby in need of head warming.

Materials
DK Weight Yarn must be very soft and machine washable! (Wools are not accepted) 20g each in color A and B.
Size US 4 Double Pointed Needles
Yarn Needle

Sizes:
1–3 lbs, (3–5 lbs, 6–8 lbs)

Gauge: 24 sts and 28 rounds = 4 inches

Directions
CO 48 (60, 72, 84) sts.
Work [k1, p1] for 1/2 inch.
Knit all one round.

Change to color B, knit all 1/2 inch.
Change to color A, Knit all 1/2 inch.
Repeat color changes until hat measures 4 [4 1/2, 5]”

Shape Crown
Rnd 1: [K4, k2tog]; repeat to end – 40 [50, 60] sts.
Rnd 2, 4, 6, and 8: Knit all.
Rnd 3: [K 3, k2tog]; repeat to end – 32 [40, 48] sts.
Rnd 5: [K 2, k2tog]; repeat to end – 24 [30, 36] sts.
Rnd 7: [K 1, k2tog]; repeat to end – 16 [20, 24] sts.
Rnd 9: [K2tog around] – 8 [10, 12] sts.
Rnd 10: K2tog around – 4 [5, 6] sts.

Cut yarn, leaving a 6” [15 cm] tail. Thread tail through remaining sts, and fasten off securely. Weave in ends.

Packaging Your Donation: Use a separate sealable bag for each item or set. Include a donation tag, with your name. Include your name and address with your donation.

Send your Donations to The Preemie Project, 2607 Flagstone Ct. Coralville, IA. 52241.

Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · DIY · Kristin Roach · September 2009

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