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  • Yarn Heroes: Make & Do!

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    Make & Do Crew's Jessica Coppom and the "Granny Gives Back" Hooded Blanket!

    Dear reader: You've made it through an intense weekend! We hope you had a fun, safe, comforting Thanksgiving and avoided any Black Friday stampedes. We gave you a break from Yarn Heroes on #GivingTuesday, but we're back with one of the most fabulously creative forces for good on the internet: Jessica Coppom of Make & Do Crew. Jess is a yarn craft master, but her work goes beyond just yarn. Visit her website for all sorts of interdisciplinary crafts! She'll show you how working with yarn can be a gateway to much more. We were so thrilled that Jessica donned her "Miss Make & Do" costume for this interview, where she tells you more about what goes into so much Making and Doing!

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    LB: The Granny Gives Back Hooded Blanket is one of the most amazing designs I've ever seen. Certainly an amazing addition to the great patterns our Yarn Heroes have made this season. What inspired it?

    Make & Do Crew: I wasn’t sure what I was going to make for Yarn Heroes until I came across Project Linus—a charity that gives blankets to kids who have been abused, hospitalized or otherwise in need of a good dose of support. I was so inspired by their story that I instantly knew I wanted to design a hooded blanket that would feel like a safe place for a child to recede and literally feel wrapped in love.

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  • Basic Hats to Make for Charity

    Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, and you may be feeling it's time to do something generous. How about making some basic hats to donate? They're a great project, because they're useful -- you can make preemie hats for a NICU, chemo caps for a hospital, or warm hats for the homeless. Since they don't take too long or use up a ton of yarn, you can make several to donate at once.

    If you're looking for places to donate, check with a local hospital or homeless shelter, or try one of the following charities:

    Basic Knit Hats

    Basic Crochet Hats

    When knitting or crocheting for charity, especially if you're making hats for cancer patients, there are a few things to keep in mind. You want to avoid stitches that are too open or loose, as well as any extreme textures. People going through chemo likely have sensitive skin on their heads and need something comfortable. Textures (like cables) can be uncomfortable, especially when laying down, and open stitches won't provide needed warmth. It's also important to use a soft, washable yarn. The softness is important for the same reasons you need to be mindful of texture -- people who are sick and in pain need the most comfortable, easy to wear hats possible. Since they will likely be wearing the hat a lot, it needs to be easy to care for. The patterns above all call for Vanna's Choice® yarn, which is 100% acrylic. You may also want to try 24/7 Cotton® or Heartland® yarns. All three are soft, affordable, and washable. Make sure to avoid wool, too, as some patients may have sensitivities.

    Giving hats to those who need them is a great way to do something nice this season. Armed with the right yarn and basic patterns, you can really make a difference.

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  • Yarn Heroes: Join Moogly and Crochet for Charity!

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    Charity Crocheting with Tamara Kelly of Moogly Blog!

    We hope you have been having even a fraction of the fun that WE have been having with Yarn Heroes, Lion Brand's campaign to inspire knitters, crocheters, and crafters of all kinds to make comforting items for charity. The X-Men have Wolverine, and we have MOOGLY, who should need absolutely no introduction. But in case you're a yarn maven who has been living under a rock, Moogly (aka Tamara Kelly) is one of the guiding lights of the online crochet community, as well as one of the most generous souls you will ever meet.

    We got a chance to catch up with Tamara to talk about her approach to charity crafting, and we are so thrilled to share her insights!

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    LB: Greetings, Tamara! We were so thrilled that you were one of the first people to sign up for Yarn heroes! Can you tell us a little bit about why you got involved?

    Moogly: I love how charity focused the crochet community is! And it doesn’t have to be hats for babies or blankets for the homeless or any of the usual things – you can find a way to help almost any organization you care about, even if it’s a yarn bomb to help raise awareness!

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