At UK Hand Knitting we talk a lot about charity knitting projects and have even launched a campaign for National Knitting Week asking you to Commit to Knit for a charity this autumn.
So we thought we should tell you why we are so passionate about knitting for charity.
- Doing something practical – as knitters and crocheters we have skills we can put to use in a good cause which can be more satisfying that dropping some coins in a box. And what you make could be loved by someone who really needs it.
- Standing in the street shaking a collecting tin can be difficult for some people. Instead you might be more comfortable making something for the charity to sell to raise money. Plus there are two beneficiaries – the charity and whoever buys your lovely knitted object.
- Knitters come up with some really innovative and interesting projects for charities – breast prostheses, dolls for dementia awareness, brightly coloured woolly hats for homeless people, mice for animal charities, hats for premature babies, and so much more.
- Charity projects are often small or ask you to contribute to something bigger like a blanket or bunting. This makes them perfect for stashbusting [link]. So you can use up all those odd balls of yarn for a good cause (and make more space for new yarn).
- You can team up with friends, a knitting group or even online contacts to do a charity knitting project and have a lot of fun doing it.
- And let’s be honest, we’re addicted to knitting but there is an upper limit to the amount of knitwear you can fit in your home (really!) and that friends and family can wear. So charity knitting lets us do what we want and create items that will really be appreciated.
If you already knit for a good cause, you can nominate the charity to be part of our campaign here and if you think you would like to take up charity knitting look out for details of how you can sign up to Commit to Knit in the next few weeks.