What Types of Items Do You Crochet for Charity?
I like to make necessities for charity--scarves, hats, and blankets--as well more "artsy" things, which I donate to charity auctions or sell for cash to give a charity. I'm a religious person, and during Lent, it is customary to "give up" something to remind you that others have not. For those 40 days, I "give up" my time and I knit and crochet solely for charity. I put aside all the projects I want to get done and focus on others in need. This gives me a good stash of charity items for when the need arises! I also make my own needlework charts from public domain clip art and make items from them. See my website below
Which Organization(s) Do You Donate Crocheted Items To?
I donate scarves, hats, stuffed animals, and blankets to my local homeless shelter. Sometimes I make items to sell at auctions for local charities, like our school and our domestic violence shelter. I also make afghans for Hospice and nursing homes.
- My website, ChartsForCharity.com, houses the charts I make from public domain clip art. They are free for all needleworkers for charity use! Please visit if you are interested.
Have Your Experiences All Been Positive?
I've had things not sell at charity auctions--bummer! You learn to get over it. :-)
Are There Any Pitfalls to Be Aware of?
Don't price your crochet items too highly. I realized I can't expect to be paid for my time, so I look at it as mostly a gift.
Which Yarn(s) Do You Use When Crocheting for Charity?
Red heart acrylic. It's what I can afford! And I LOVE the color selection for doing colorwork. Plus you can wash and dry it easily. (I also have a wool sensitivity.)
Where Do You Acquire the Yarns?
JoAnns, Hobby Lobby, and Ben Franklin.