With Halloween behind us, we are now officially entering into the holiday season.  I love the holidays, and winter is my favorite of the four seasons here in the Midwest. 

I mentioned that I started some Christmas knitting early, and things are coming along.  I have also done some Christmas shopping, and actually, have been squirreling things away since September.  That’s a pretty good jump on things, eh?

Another thing I tend to think about during this time of year is knitting for charity.  For those of us looking for more than the usual outlet for our love of knitting, it can be a great and enjoyable activity.  There are many books and websites dedicated to the listing of current charities in need of either custom-made items (such as hats for premature newborns), or just common, hand-made items to provide warmth (both physical and emotional) to people (or sometimes even animals) in need.

While there are many large-scale efforts that you can become involved with online or through the snail mail (knitting hats for our military troops, etc…), it is always recommended that we look locally for organizations that might need a hand.  Many churches will accept donations of warm, hand knit items, as will soup kitchens and community centers.  Is your local school or animal shelter holding a rummage sale or even a bake sale to raise money for their organization?  How about donating some nicer quality hand knit hats, mittens or scarves to be sold as part of the fund-raiser?

The possibilities are endless, and they encourage us to do something that modern technology seems to have made less of a priority in many of our lives: to get involved in our communities.

Happy Holidays ~ and as always, happy knitting!

Last year's hats for the homeless

 

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Some resources for charity knitters

http://www.interweaveknits.com/community/charities.asp

http://www.knittingforcharity.org

Knit along with Debbie Macomber: A Charity Guide For Knitters

 

Do you love knitting but the economy is affecting your ability to be a charitable knitter?  Try stopping in at your local library to find some great books of patterns.  Check around with friends and relatives, or even a local knitting group.  You will be surprised how many people have old, acrylic yarn they are looking to get rid of or give away.  Many charity knitting organizations may also provide you with yarn and even patterns.           ~Kristen

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