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Subject: New service project for knitters?
Date Posted: 1/13/2009 12:17 PM ET
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Hi there!

Okay--the Special Olympics scarf project got me knitting.  (It was my first completed knit project ever!)  Now the little group of moms that worked on our scarves while our kids took classes last semester needs a new project.  Most of us are brand new to knitting, so we need the project to be really simple.  Anybody have any leads?

Thanks!

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 4:42 PM ET
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Okay--I found the website for Project Linus: www.projectlinus.org/index.html

They collect homemade washable blankets for seriously ill children.  I knew that they collected quilts, but apparently they also take afghans and such.  The site includes pattern ideas.  Has anyone made blankets for them?

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 4:55 PM ET
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Here's another blanket project:  knit or crochet squares that get joined into blankets that get donated to folks who need them.  They also have patterns on their website.

www.warmupamerica.com/home.html

Again--has anyone done this?  Have any experience with the organization?

 

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 5:10 PM ET
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Okay--I'm so silly.  I keep answering my own question.  I just found a website that compiles lots of charities to knit for:

www.knittingforcharity.org/knitting-charities/

I'm still curious who has experience--good or bad--working with a particular charity.  Thanks!

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 8:45 AM ET
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Dana, a couple of years ago, a group of us on PBS started doing the squares for Warm Up America.  I know that I knit several square and sent them in.  One member was going to join them all and send them but she disappeared so I don't know what happened to them.  I guess you could just knit the square and send them directly to WUA. 

I really enjoyed knitting the squares because it gave me a chance to try new patterns plus their website gave quite a few sample patterns.

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 1:48 PM ET
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I found a list of hospitals from all over the country that requested hats, blankets, clothing and burial gowns for preemies and newborns.  I have a box of these items ready to go, but I am just a little wary - I believe I am going to drop the contact person a note or an e-mail just to confirm everything's a go before I ship my precious projects out into the great beyond.  The site I visited was www.bevscountrycottage.com

Date Posted: 1/15/2009 11:25 AM ET
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Try contacting your local YWCA and Salvation Army.  They have need for hats, scarves, blankets and such and you'll be helping members of your own community so you know it will be put to proper use.  Local hospitals also have needs for hats and blankets and often just don't make it known.

Date Posted: 1/15/2009 8:44 PM ET
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Ooh--I never thought of calling a hospital or the local Salvation Army directly.  Good idea.  I like the idea of projects that stay local.  (Project Linus looks like it's supposed to stay local, too.)

Thanks for your anwers!

Date Posted: 1/20/2009 9:50 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/23/2009 5:31 PM ET
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Last summer/fall/winter I sent monthly projects to ship's support

 

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ShipSupport/

 

They send home-made hats and slippers overseas to our military....homemade "hugs from home"....very nice group, lots of easy patterns to work with.



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Date Posted: 1/24/2009 12:16 PM ET
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Susie, do you need to join the group to get the patterns and mailing address ect?

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 10:30 PM ET
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You can get the patterns without joining the group, but you do need to join the yahoo group to get the mailing address......

 

a few photos

 

Marines in their knitted hats

http://www.theshipsproject.com/ChristmasTroopPhoto.htm

special units....

http://www.theshipsproject.com/PhotosfromSpecialUnits.ht

 

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 10:31 PM ET
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You can get the patterns without joining the group, but you do need to join the yahoo group to get the mailing address......

 

a few photos

 

Marines in their knitted hats

http://www.theshipsproject.com/ChristmasTroopPhoto.htm

special units....

http://www.theshipsproject.com/PhotosfromSpecialUnits.ht

 

Date Posted: 2/4/2009 6:32 PM ET
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Many assisted living or nursing homes need lapgans for their chair-bound residents.  Also, this web site lists charities from A to Z in need of crafted and other donations: 

Sewing Charity     http://www.dotdigital.com/sewingcharity/alphabetical.html

I've been crocheting for years, and have donated mostly to nursing homes because of the gratitude shown by the elderly when receiving handcrafted items.  After putting the time into a project, it's rewarding to know it's appreciated.  Plus, the residents get to talk to someone new besides the staff, when you go in to drop off your donation. 

Enjoy.

P.S.  I'm not a crochet spy in the knitting forum.  I'm trying to learn to knit - that's why I'm here. 



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