Thursday, March 31, 2011

Where are they now?

Whatever happened to your __________?
Write about the fate of a past knitting project. 
Whether it be something that you crocheted or knitted 
for yourself or to give to another person. 
An item that lives with you or something which you sent off to charity.

Back when I first began to crochet, I remember concentrating on scarves. I know now that most people start with a scarf. It's easy for learning and provides instant gratification. After about ten scarves, all of them gifts for family and friends, I found myself bored with them. But I was still new to the craft and I was a bit shy of trying new patterns. 

So at that time, with a handful of scarves, and the chilly/foggy "summer" months in Monterey, I started to think about people in need of warmth locally. A member of my crafting group has a charity so I brought the idea to her. We then told the group about it and I was thrilled that so many others were willing to pitch in and provide at least a scarf for the initial cause. 

It become such the success that first run, with over fifty scarves that were given to a local teen shelter, that I made it a small mission of mine to donate at least one or more crocheted or knitted items each month. 

It's been over a year and a half, and not only have I donated scarves, but also hats, mittens and most recently, about 10 crocheted afghan squares for Warming Up America. I do wonder what happens to many of those items. Sometimes I'll see people downtown and wonder if they're wearing mittens I made, or perhaps a beanie. I do hope that all of them are in use, if not by the receiver but maybe reclaimed by someone else. 

Currently, I am not donating locally which is something I prefer to do, but since the crafting charity group closed, I've since started to donate nationally as well. Now, some of those items would be sweet to come across. I suppose I would need to travel. Seattle anyone?

Some of my pieces donated to charity:

Crocheted Hat using Lion Brand's Thick'n Quick - great stuff for charity!

Fingerless mitts, crocheted. This was actually my first attempt at mitts.
Free yarn cowl!! :)
I acquired this yarn at the Maker Faire in San Mateo
last year during a Lion Brand mini seminar.
This stuff makes great quick and easy pieces. 

I'm usually in a rush to get them out, so I tend to forget to snap photos. This is something I should really work on.

Seriously, I'd love to learn about any charities you donate to or know of. I'm always looking for new ones! Share in your comment. Thanks in advance!  

always, PLUR,
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  1. Did I tell you about my charity group, Warm Up Winchester? I think I did, but I thought that I would mention it again. Check out our page on Ravelry - we have a side charity project going on right now, before the push for hats and scarves.



  2. @Amy Darsie thanks for the info! I'll definitely look into it. :)


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