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Sara 07-24-2005 11:04 AM

Knitting for charity
There are apparently lots of places to give your knitted items away. Shawl ministries, homeless shelters, mittens for disadvantaged school kids, etc.

Katykoolkat is a sweetheart who knits for preemies at her local hospital, I believe.

There is a charity for merchant marines that gives items to these men who often spend months at sea. I have an address for that one, but I'll have to find the magazine article first. I'll post it later.

So what are your favorite knitting charities, people? Have you started one? Inquiring minds want to know!

dustinac 07-24-2005 11:06 AM

Our local hospital has ladies knit blankets and hats for babies who need them to go home in.. But you have to be very good with experience... so after I finish my beg. advanced knitting class and Christmas.. I'm going to check again... :XX:

KatyKoolkat 07-24-2005 08:30 PM

This is true, but has anything actually made it to the hospital yet?!? LOL...I suppose I just want to get everything perfect first.


PS My fav charities are newborns in need ( and touching tiny lives, both of which provide clothing and necessities to parents of preemies.

BinkyKat 07-24-2005 08:34 PM

I found a link one day for this site
One of these days I will get on the stick and check if my local humane society could use the same type of item for the animals kennels. Just another charitable idea for you all ;)

MaggieL 07-24-2005 08:38 PM

I haven't knit for charities yet. But, I want to knit for cancer patients. Mom and dad both passed from colon cancer 3 years ago.

amy 07-24-2005 08:42 PM

Here's a website that has an index of many many charities, organized by state, so you can find one near you.

I started making charity items, but never sent them in. :blush: I wanted to make more before sending them in, but have been so busy with other projects.

I really like the idea of knitting chemo caps for cancer patients who've lost their hair. Headhuggers has great patterns for this purpose (I've got lots of her patterns in the hats section of free patterns).

Licensed2Cook 07-26-2005 12:08 AM

I just read a call for knitters to knit for the military in Afghanistan, you can find the article in the Aug-Oct 2005 issue of Cast-On magazine. I just received mine today. The item is a Balaclava - hood that goes under their kevlar helmets and covers their mouths and necks leaving an opening for the eyes.

I will be collecting hats, mittens, scarves and such for the PADS clientele in the DuPage County area of Illinois at the Heartland Knitting Retreat in December; for those of you that might be attending you are welcome to start knitting something now but it is not a requirement of attending.

Carol_OH 07-26-2005 09:18 AM

I'm a member of a yahoo group, All Crafts 4 Charity, and they pick a charity a month, which is cool so this way the charity gets dispersed around the US and the world. In fact, I tossed the name of a local-to-me charity to have the group knit for, and they chose it for January!

check 'em out!

foldedbird 07-26-2005 10:04 AM

Our knitting group just started doing chemo caps.

I'm very interested in that Cast-On magazine issue, too. At our last meeting we were just talking about knitting for military.

foldedbird 07-26-2005 10:06 AM

Can you buy Cast-On magazine in a store? I see that it's the TKGA mag...

Edited: I sort of answered my own question, but I can't find it in my area. Has anyone seen it at Michael's or Joanns?

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