What Types of Items Do You Crochet for Charity?
I crochet blankets for the Linus Blanket Project. I have been using one pattern that is on their list of crochet patterns, and the first year I turned in 58 blankets. So far this year I have turned in 49, and will turn in 6 more this week.
The blankets are very simple to make, the pattern I use is the "Sideways Shell Baby Afghan". It can be seen on the Linus Blanket Project website. It uses only 2 stitches, a single crochet, and double crochet. Also, it can be made into either a large blanket or a baby size blanket. I crochet in the evenings, while we're in front of the TV, as it is so easy to do.
Which Organization(s) Do You Donate Crocheted Items To?
Linus Blanket Project-groups are in many areas of the US. Check out their website and find a group near you. Our group is made up of mostly quilters, but crocheters and knitters are showing up at the gatherings also. They also give blankets to kids who have a parent who has been injured or killed in the military.
- If you love to crochet, find a group that you like, and grab your yarn and hooks, and get started! Enjoy!
Have Your Experiences All Been Positive?
YES! I even have been supplied with some yarn that is donated to the Project, and also my community knows I use a LOT of yarn, and drops off yarn to me, especially during yard sale months!
Which Yarn(s) Do You Use When Crocheting for Charity?
I like to use medium weight yarn, as it is a lot easier than using a double yarn when I use baby weight yarn.
Where Do You Acquire the Yarns?
I even have been supplied with some yarn that is donated to the Project, and also my community knows I use a LOT of yarn, and drops off yarn to me, especially during yard sale months!
I also purchase yarn myself, but very little, because of the support from my community!
Amy Solovay, About.com Crochet, says:
To Everyone: Here's a link to the Project Linus web site, and a link to the pattern for the sideways shell baby afghan.
You all might also enjoy reading about Laurie's experiences with Project Linus.
I wish you all the best with your charity crocheting.
To Carol: Thanks for sharing your story! You are an inspiration! Thanks so much for the information about the Linus Blanket Project, and also the information about the pattern you like to use. I am sure other crocheters will find it helpful.