Around this time of year lots of us are thinking of those less fortunate than us. Chatting with the ladies in my knit and natter group (Yarning) the other day it became very clear that we’ve all run out of people to knit or crochet for. Our confessions amounted to the same thing. That we would LOVE to have new
victims, ahem, “recipients” for our yarn-y efforts. That put me on a mission to find groups that want your charity knitting or crochet.
It turns out there are loads of charities who can really be helped by knitters or crocheters. To make things interesting I’ve tried to include a wide range of projects.
It is amazing the hugely inventive ways which charities are using yarn talent. This list is just a small taste. “Let’s Knit” magazine features a different charity each month so it’s worth checking their website regularly.
Without further ado, here are my favourites:
(All these charities are actively looking for donations at this time. If you are reading this weeks or months after the original post, December 2016, it is definitely worth clicking on the links and double checking that they are still taking donations).
My Favourite 10 Charity Knitting/Crochet Seekers:
- Hampshire Hospitals are looking for people to make “Twiddlemuffs” to help people with dementia. They even have a PDF with all the information that you need to make one.
- Naomi House and Jack’s Place accept donations to their shops to be sold to raise money for their local work.
- Bliss (A Charity For Babies That Are Born Premature Or Sick) have knitting patterns suitable for premature babies. They do ask that you contact your local hospital directly to give your donation. If you don’t feel able to contact your local hospital Preemies UK will distribute your makes if you send them to them.
- Knitted Knockers UK recruit volunteers who knit cotton prosthesis for women who have single or double mastectomies. You have to apply for this one!
- The Big Issue sponsor The Big Knitathon around November each year. You can find details of how to join in by clicking on the title.
- Project Linus supplies blankets to children who really need a sense of safety and security. It’s named after the character in “Peanuts” who is permanently welded to his blanket (how cute is that!).
- Oxfam need a range of items, mainly to sell in order to raise funds. They are catering to the trendy festival crowd and can get up to £35 for a nicely made blanket!
- Knit for Peace match donations with charities. They send out a monthly email newsletter to keep you posted on where your items are being used and have a range of pattern suggestions for a range of abilities.
- Loving Hands is a similar organisation to Knit for Peace but you may choose to go with this one because it focuses on UK charities.
- Finally UK Hand Knitting have a brilliant list of charities that need knitted items and links to what they need.
So, Do You Feel Inspired?
Hopefully there’s a cause in amongst this lot that tugs at your heartstrings. Who knows, some of your “downtime” over Christmas may mean a charity knitting boost for someone who really needs it.
If you know of other charities looking for knitters/crocheters (especially in Hampshire). Please do leave the details below or on my Facebook Page.