Has your own little world expanded at all over the past two months? (See Expand Your World for the post that started this mini-series.) We’ve looked at reaching kids, seniors, soldiers, needy families, special families, and other cultures. Today, we’re wrapping up with a fun way to weave warmth for others.
If you love to crochet or knit … or even snip and tie fleece, there are many ways for you to use your hobby to love others. Here are just a few places to start:
- Soldier’s Angels — I’ve mentioned them before, but they have a “sewing team” that makes blankets, scarves, and pillowcases for deployed soldiers, wounded warriors, veterans, and babies of deployed fathers.
- Project Linus — Makes blankets for children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. Over 350 chapters across the United States where you can donate your materials, time, or handmade blankets.
- Prayer Shawl Ministry — Knits or crochets shawls for patients in hospitals. They are used for warmth during procedures and recovery, comfort during grief, and the reminder of the prayers of others. See their links page for chapters across the United States.
- Knots of Love — Knit or crochet caps for chemo patients and others with serious illnesses. Has groups in several states and offers patterns on their website. Also has offshoot groups for kids to make scarves.
- Crochet for Charity list at the Daily Crocheter — While I’m not sure all of the links are current, it’s a great list of potential ideas.
- Knitting for Charity — If you’d rather knit, I found this site’s collection of tremendous organizations, patterns, and ideas.
- On your own — Perhaps you could contact a local homeless shelter, hospital, or nursing home to see what items they distribute or need. Or, if you don’t have the time to handcraft items but still have a stash of unused materials around your house, maybe you could donate yarn to a local group for them to use.
A little warmth can go a long way, especially when it’s handcrafted with love.
What about you? What hobbies do you have? Could you use that interest to create something to touch someone’s life?