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For a Good Cause


Knitting: I’m honestly surprised I haven’t blogged about this already. I had to go through the archives to make sure.

 I’m a big fan of knitting in general. I could go on and on about the ins and outs of it, but what I want to talk about specifically today is charity knitting.

 There are many people who need knitted things, whether to keep warm or “just” for comfort in a time of crisis. You could make hats for the homeless, socks for soldiers serving overseas, blankets for children in the foster care system, hats for premature babies…the possibilities are endless!

The Knit-A-Square project accepts donations of 8” knitted or crocheted squares that are then made into blankets and given to AIDS orphans in South Africa. They also accept handmade hats and other items of clothing.

Project Linus accepts donations of handmade blankets and afghans to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need.

Socks for Soldiers provides members of the armed forces with socks and other items to help them keep warm and also to brighten their days.

You don’t even have to go through an established charity: you can always donate your handmade items to a local clothes closet or homeless shelter.

Don’t know how to knit? No problem! The library has lots of resources to help you learn in no time.  Go here for how-to-knit books available in our catalog and here for CLP’s knitting resource list.

Not only that, but there are knitting groups that meet at the Main, Carrick, and Woods Run branches. Check them out!]

Want to knit for charity, but not sure what to make? For more free knitting patterns that you will know what to do with, check out Knitting Pattern Central.

~Eva, CLP-Allegheny

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