Hi All, June has come and gone and I am still running behind on everything. I am working on the next topic to post, but it’s not ready yet and I’ll be offline for the next few weeks. So with that in mind, here are a few knitting charities that you can check out in June. Summer is a great time for charity knitting, because you can make lots of small projects that don’t make you overheat the way a large wool sweater would. Please stop by in July for our next project and lots of information on green knitting and how environmental issues intersect with women’s health.
Stitches of Strength: Yesterday I received an email from Laura Burton, the PR Coordinator at the YWCA Battered Women Task Force in Topeka Kansas telling me about a new knitting program that they have set up to support victims of domestic violence. According to the website, “We are asking community members to knit or crochet 6 inch by 6 inch straight-edged squares including the color purple to be put together into a blanket of support, hope and strength for survivors. The blanket will be displayed in public to raise awareness of domestic violence and at the YWCA Battered Women Task Force shelter to comfort survivors.” According to Linda, “This blanket is similar in purpose to a prayer shawl, with all of the hope and strength of the creators being passed on to survivors and their concerns expressed to people in positions of power. I think it will be a powerful symbol.” If you have time to knit one or two small squares before the end of September, it’s a worthwhile investment of your time and energy. More details are online.
Warm Woolies: Check out this Denver charity site (I love to promote my knitting neighbors!) for ideas on how you can knit Harry Potter designs for charity! With the last Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and the fifth movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix both coming out this summer, our spectacled friend has never been hotter. And for knitters, there’s more good news, Charmed Knits by Alison Hansel is here! I wanted to write a Harry Potter knitting book a few years ago, but I could not get a publisher to bite; they were all afraid of the legal issues. So I moved on to other projects, and have (obviously) been keeping busy. Alison’s book is not authorized by J.K. Rowling or by anyone else, but it’s still a ton of fun with all kinds of magical projects including the famous initial sweaters, house-color scarves, and even a pattern for your own owl. Right now, you can sign up for the Charmed Knits Knitalong, and get a free downloadable pattern if you don’t have the book. I haven’t bought a copy yet, but it’s getting near the top of my book buying wishlist.
Square a Square: I’ve been bored with knitting lately and thinking about doing some crochet for a while. I’ve even bought a few crochet books! So here’s a charity for others who like to crochet, and it’s a perfect for summer knitting, too, because it’s another afghan-square project. Blogger Shelly Kneupper Tucker is collecting granny squares to make afghans for all of the kids who go to Camp Sanguinity, a cancer camp in Texas, next summer. If you have some leftover yarn, a crochet hook, and 20 or 30 minutes, you can do your part to make a difference in someone’s life. It’s so sad when kids get cancer, and anything we can do to add a little sunshine and comfort to a young life is a blessing that will no doubt some day find its way back into our own lives. But in the end, giving is best done with no hope for receiving. It is, as the old adage goes, better to give than to receive. Hard to understand when you’re a kid, but something that becomes more and more obvious with each passing birthday.
Well, that’s it for now. I’m sorry I don’t have more time to post this month, but I hope one of these ideas inspires you do click those needles for charity during the dog days of sumer.