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  • Yarn Heroes: Charity Crafting with All About Ami

    Charity Crafter All About Ami as Yarn Hero Capatain Kawaii

    Yarn Heroes Chapter 2, Charity Crafting with All About Ami

    We hope you have enjoyed the first two posts of our Yarn Heroes, a series all about celebrating Charity Crafting! We were extremely fortunate to collaborate with fifteen of the most creative, generous and spirited yarn bloggers and designers to create new free patterns, host giveaways for new charity crafters, and tell inspiring stories... all while wearing colorful costumes that show just how empowering knit and crochet wear can be!!

    All of our jaws dropped to the floor when we saw Stephanie from All About Ami's charity crafting character... Captain Kawaii! We had an opportunity to catch up with Stephanie and find out more about inspires her to make an impact on the world through crocheting.

    Show Us Your Moral Fiber - A Charity Campaign Slogan

    LB: We hope Yarn Heroes illustrates how empowering yarn craft can be, not just in terms of personal accomplishment, but also giving back to charity and helping others reach their potential. It's hard not to look at this awesome picture of you as Captain Kawaii and really feel an electric power of pure joy! What is the most empowering part of yarn craft for you?

    All About Ami: One of the most rewarding parts of blogging and designing has been hearing that I have inspired others to learn how to crochet.  After seeing images of my creations and reading through the step-by-step process, people feel like they can tackle the challenge and do something out of their comfort zones.  Taking up such an amazing hobby and creating something with your own hands has empowered people and given them a sense of achievement and accomplishment.  People have shared their stories with me where crocheting has helped them through a particularly tough time, a stay at the hospital, or has helped them manage their depression or anxiety.  We as knitters and crocheters can use our hooks and needles for good by teaching and encouraging others to take up our beloved hobbies, unleash their potential, and do things they never dreamed were possible.  Even if it’s not knitting or crocheting, we can encourage people to seek out something they are passionate about!

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  • Yarn Heroes: Mama In A Stitch


    Yarn Heroes, Chapter 1: Mama In A Stitch

    Greetings fiber fanatics, crafters of all kinds and stitchers of all stripes! We want to help every crafter, from beginners to seasoned experts, unleash their inner Yarn Hero! This fall, we've assembled a super group of 15 of your favorite yarn bloggers and designers to inspire you to pick up your hooks & needles for a good cause. Every week, we'll be telling you the stories of these uncanny Yarn Heroes, finding out what issues and causes are dear to them, and giving you a closer look into the lives of these fine folk from the frontiers of fiber! Up first, the inimitable Mama In A Stitch!


    LB: Tell us a little about unleashing your inner Yarn Hero – What inspired your charity project, "The Loft" Pom Baby Blanket?

    Mama In A Stitch: A while back, I was researching blanket sizes to make a sizing guide for the blog, and I came across Project Linus. It just seemed so incredibly special.  Now, having a child of my own, I can’t imagine the difficulty these families and children face as they battle serious health issues.  I remember receiving a hand knit hat from the hospital when my daughter was born, and it meant so much to me! I specifically asked the nurse, “Is this handmade?!” When she said yes, I couldn’t believe that someone would take the time to make something so special for someone that they’d never met.

    This was before I’d ever touched a crochet hook or knitting needles.  I hope that the blanket that I’ve made can bring a smile to a family that is facing difficult times.  I also hope to use up some of my partial skeins of super bulky yarn and use the same pattern to make a blanket for a cat or dog in my local shelter.  We are major animal lovers in this house and my daughter will be especially happy to take that donation to the shelter with me.

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  • Charity Crafting: Be a Yarn Hero!

    Charity Crafters called Yarn Heroes in Costumes

    This giving season, Lion Brand is calling on knitters, crocheters and yarn crafters of all kinds to unleash their inner Yarn Hero and craft for charity! We want every fiber fanatic to know that they can help create a more giving world, one stitch at a time.

    We have assembled a super group of 15 of your favorite yarn bloggers and designers to show you how charity crafting can make an impact on real lives. Over the course of the next month, these bloggers will be posting patterns, hosting giveaways, and sharing their inspiring stories of crafting for charity. Every week, we will post interviews with the Yarn Heroes right here on The Notebook discussing the power of charity crafting and the causes dearest to them. You will find each Yarn Hero listed at the bottom of this page.

    You can also learn a little more about Yarn Heroes by watching episode #30 of Tea with Shira below.

    As fun, colorful, and hopefully inspiring as we hope you find Yarn Heroes to be, we acknowledge that we are just scratching the surface of charity crafting. All around the country, there are people who have dedicated enormous amounts of their lives to knitting and crocheting for others. You are harder for us to find, because you are so busy doing good for your fellow person!

    Please share your stories with us at yarnheroes@lionbrand.com – over the next four weeks, we will be selecting four charity crafters to each receive $250 worth of yarn for the cause of their choice.

    We are deeply grateful to the following organizations for helping us get the word out about giving back this season! These are great resources for learning about and getting involved with charity crafting.




    So be a Yarn Hero this giving season, and put those hooks and needles to good use. Just remember, if you plan on donating a crafted item, make sure that any charity you wish to donate to has the capacity to accept your donation!

    To Our Readers: Submit YOUR stories of charity crafting to yarnheroes@lionbrand.com for a chance to win $250 in yarn support for your charity crafting cause - we'll be picking winners every week, and it never hurts to let us know what you are doing for the world!

    Meet the Yarn Heroes - Crafting for Charity

    [Moogly] [Mama In A Stitch] [All About Ami] [One Dog Woof] [Sewrella] [Delia Creates]

    [Underground Crafter] [Sh*t That I Knit] [Kristy Glass] [Two of Wands] [Twinky Chan]

    [Make & Do Crew] [A Crocheted Simplicity] [Little Red Window]  [B-Hooked Crochet]


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