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Every Stitch Makes a Difference. Join Us For a Special Virtual Event

For Lion Brand, charity is a part of what we do and we know it is part of your lives as well. Instead of the regular knit and crochet-alongs, this summer, we have decided to try something different -- we want to encourage you in joining us in giving back to others in a charity knit & crochet-along.

In the next five weeks, join us as you:

  1. Pick a charity and gather materials
  2. Set your goals
  3. Share your progress with yarncrafters around the world
  4. Send off your finished contributions

Please comment on this post and make a promise to make something for charity by the end of this summer. When you name the charity, please tell us why they have touched you. If you need help finding a local/national/ international organization, click here to use our Charity Connection.

Join us next Thursday, and every Thursday for the next few weeks, for new ideas, stories shared, and more.

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  • Dvora

    Funny that you picked this for now. I am visiting my brother in LA and was looking at the knitting shops around here. The one closest to him is Stitching is an Art (the yarn shop for Stitching from the Heart). I had looked into knitting for this charity in the past, but had not done it.

    I walked there yesterday (Shocking in LA) and met a bunch of nice women. I bought a ball of Bella DK Tapestry yarn which makes the cutest self patterns. I am almost finished my first hat for them and will make as many as the ball allows. I plan to do this in the next couple of weeks before I leave LA.

  • Laurie

    I agree with Dvora...the timing of this is auspicious. I'm heading out in 10 minutes to my church's shawl ministry meeting. So, for my pledge to this virtual event, I'll try to finish all the shawls I'm half-way through. I have at least 4 on the needles now (I'm a process person, not a product person), so getting them done would really help out.
    I look forward to working with y'all.

  • Judy

    I have three organizations that I support by donating articles I have knit or crocheted: Knitting for Noggins - Arkansas Children's Hospital lets every patient admitted chose a handmade hat - that takes a LOT of hats, my church's prayer shawl ministry, and Project Linus, which gives blankets to children who need comforting. I have set numerical goals for two of these organizations - 120 hats to deliver in November (I have 101 now) and two prayers shawls per month. (Our shawls MUST be made from Lion Brand Homespun.)

  • Tena

    I am a full time charity crafter, I am working on a blanket for PROJECT LINUS

  • valerie andrews

    I crochet, almost everyday, for charity. I make chemo caps for Hospice, preemie caps for wee little ones, in the infant ward at the local hospital, prayer shawls for cancer patients, through the local Lutheran Church, and helmet and ski caps for homeless. I make those for the local shelter, and have recently decided to distribute them to homeless gentlemen living under the boardwalk along the Eastern Coast. My daughter and I intend to distribute them personally, later this summer. Some of my work can be seen on

  • Vicky

    I've been crocheting hat's and blankets for the charity Newborns in Need for a couple of years now. I love making items for them and will continue doing so for as long as my hands and eyes will allow me. I was recently given a lot of yarn that isn't soft enough for preemies so I'm looking for another charity to make items for. It is the most rewarding feeling.

  • Tammy

    I regularly knit for charity. I have some leftover wool in the approved colors and am knitting helmetliners for our troops. I found out about the charity on this site. I have one done and would like to finish the one in progress before the end of summer. I calculated that with the yarn I have I can do a total of 7 or 8 altogether.

  • Joann

    I've been donating to Project Linus for several years now -- in fact I have several blankets I need to send to my local chapter. The other charity I chose this year is the Seaman's Church -- I have bits of leftover yarn and if I can get at least one scarf made -- it's another neck that stays warm this year. I have a half dozen that I've made this year so far and have another one started that should be finished by Monday. They are going in the mail at the same time as the blankets for Project Linus.

  • Karen Angol

    This sounds like lots of fun. I want to make a blanket or chemo hats, but do not know where to send them. I live in Fredricksburg Va. Does anyone know where I can take them that is near me?

    <em>Zontee says: Hi Karen, someone had a good suggestion below. And just in case, I again recommend that you try our <a href="" rel="nofollow">Charity Connection</a> finder as recommended above.</em>

  • Karyn

    I have a couple of hats right now that I have finished and want to donate to stitches from the heart. I can't get to the store (it's a little to far to drive for me to get to, even though I'm in a suburb of LA so I need to mail them. The hat pattern from stitches is cute and easy to make so I will make a few more before the summer ends. I look forward to reading the posts.

  • Jaki

    This is good timing for me too. I have been thinking about knitting for my hospital's NICU or Cancer Care department for some time.

    I really appreciate that Lion Brand promotes this work and reminds subscribers of its importance. I like the way you highlight various charities and make it easy to find them and to find patterns.

    I will probably make socks out of Homespun (which I have lots of!) because some of my cancer survivor friends tell me that chemo often affects the circulation to the hands and feet. Warm, comfy socks I have made for friends have been really appreciated, especially through the long winters we have here in Maine.

  • Kea Haynes

    I love this idea! I use knitting as my therapy for raising teenagers and I love to make things that make others happy. That is why I like the idea of Warm Woolies. The organization sends socks, jackets, blankets, and sweaters to orphan children in Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, China, as well as reservations in the United States.
    Since I am addicted to knitting sox (they are portable and fun), I pledge to make a pair of socks a week for the rest of 2009. I think it is a reasonable goal and one well worth the effort. I am taking up donations from friends and family to help purchase the wool yarn needed to reach my goal. BUT the Warm Woolies website does provide yarn for repeat knitters for a small shipping fee.
    The goal for Warm Woolies as stated on their website is to send 10,000 pieces to orphaned children this year. Hopefully my contribution will give a child in need, warmth and love were it is needed most.

  • Louise

    I don't know of an organization that collects chemo caps in your area, but I suggest you call the Cancer Center of Virginia and ask who donates caps to them. I just stopped by my local cancer center and got to see all the caps they have on hand, the names of the 2 organizations that donate to them, and ideas for other things they could really use. Of course, I was lucky that I stopped by when they weren't treating patients, so they had time to talk.

  • Lindsay

    I decided to knit for The Snuggles Project, providing knit or crocheted blankets to shelter animals so they can have something to snuggle in in their cages. I'm a huge animal-lover, and this charity just tugs at my heartstrings.

  • Sonja S

    Thanks so much for motivating us! I have been telling myself for some time that I was going to knit something to impact someone's life and I love the idea of a knit/crochet a long. So I pledge to make at least 6 knitted cotton washcloths to put into Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. And since I just joined Monthly Dischcloth knitalong I can do two KAL's at once! =0) I'll just do washcloths instead of dishcloths for the pattern.

  • pat

    My job is requiring us to do community service time, BUT it all has to be connected to the job. Most of what we can do does not fit in with my job scheldule. So a few weeks ago I said I have lots of leftover yarn and I could just go back to looming hats and making scrap crib blankets for our local hospital. Thursday I thought I can also use the think pink book and make items for the cancer center. Volunteer work is great and rewarding. I am hoping when I retire in a few years I will be healthy enough to do volunteer work. Reading what others wrote has given me inspiration. I am starting on a hat with Lion's a pound of love.

  • Diane Wiman

    A friend is the Outreach Coordinator for a local nursing home. Every Fall there is a fundraiser, so for the last 3 summers, I get recruited to work up yarn items to sell in the crafts booth. Yarn is given to me from friends and neighbors because they know I've got hookin' hands.
    My done basket currently has 12 pair of cotton potholders, 6 baby hats, 4 child hats, 3 woman hats. Usually I also manage to crochet a baby aphgan and several bookmarks to donate.

    A way I was able to make my aunt smile was to order yarn online but have it delivered to her house. She is no longer able to drive, but loves to crochet for charity. To have a nice box of yarn arrive right there on her porch was a joy I could hear in her voice on the phone.

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  • Lisa

    Since starting knitting, 12 short weeks ago, I have wanted to do something for charity. I just found a charity at my husband's alma mater and will be making blankets for them to use with preemies and infants.

    Thanks for providing a place to share my knitting.

  • Susan McElroy

    Well, I am off to get my needles and get started !! What a fabulous way to spend the summer !!! Thank you Lion Brand !!!

  • Melissa

    OK this is just the boost I needed to commit to making at least 5 7x9 squares for Warm Up America through Pat Catan's Craft Centers this summer!

  • sandra

    Most of my knitting is charity knitting. I make sweaters for Guideposts Knit for Kids, chemo caps for the local Oncology Center and newborn hats for the Local hospital.

  • Rebecca

    I am writing all the way from Australia where I have just finished crocheting small rugs which I have then sewn onto a fabric backing and fill with batting to make cat carrier cushions for my local cat haven. This is a new project I made up from scratch and I'm happy with the result. In fact I am taking them out there tomorrow and can't wait to see my friend Ingrid's face. She runs the haven on her own - rescuing, caring for and responsibly rehoming up to 60 cats at any one time, plus working full time. It feels good to contribute, even in this small way.

  • Barbie

    I am co-chair of Hats 4 Haddash in my development. We knit and crochet hats, chemo hats, preemie hats, baby blankets, lap blankets, and afghans for approx 40 hospitals in our area and surrounding area.

    Our oldest knitter is 90 yrs and is going strong.

  • Susan

    I am knitting prayer shawls, and I am looking for a place in West Virginia to send them. Thanks,

  • Rosemary Harris

    I have been knitting for several years, with two friends, for the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester, the Mayo Clinic. We knit chemo caps, preemie hats and booties and for fun I crochet fuzzy/furry flip-flops with the different fun fur type yarns. We also make blankets on occasion. Our projects vary, according to what the house needs....we have even knit dish cloths for their kitchen!!
    Sadly, one of our friends died this past year...her daughter brought us all of her yarn, so we will try and finish it up for the Ronald McDonald House, in her honor!

  • Deanne

    I run a Ministry called Purls from the Heart (our mission is to provide comfort to children and adults in need of physical and emotional support). We mainly make comfort shawls, but we also do everything from Circles of Hope, to Warm Up America Blankets, to baby items, to lapghans, etc. Because not everyone knows how to find a home for all the things they make, we also accept donations of all hand made items and find a home for everything we receive.

    If anyone has anything they don't know what to do with, just let me know and Purls from the Heart will find someone who will use and appreciate your gift of love.

  • june mckee

    I am crocheting afghans/blankets for preemies at our local hospital and loving it. I am homebound because of disabilities so this is a wonderful project for me.

  • Autumn A.

    I knit "rabbit rugs" and "cat mats" for our county animal shelter. The "cat mats" can be made out of anything that the kitties would find cozy in their steel cages. But the "rabbit rugs" have to be out of 100% cotton, since rabbits are known to nibble on things when they are feeling threatened (as they would surrounded by the sounds and smells of all those predators (i.e. cats and dogs)). When I started knitting two years ago, I made a deal with myself, I would knit one "something" for me, and one rabbit-rug or cat-mat for the shelter. If I'm knitting for someone else, I do two as gifts and then one shelter donation. I have several rabbits (no none are angoras) -- and since I can't take on any more, I feel this helps those who are still looking for "forever homes" feel a bit of love while they wait.

  • janet

    I've been doing a "knit in" from the longest to the shortest day. Some of the things will go to local homeless shelters, some to MacMillan coffee mornings, some to other places. Wool has come from friends, my stash and ebay.

    And someone has commissioned me to make a couple of hats, and will contribute to their favourite charity when I send the hats on!

  • Pam Runge

    I knit or crochet children's sweaters for the Guidepost magazine "Knit for Kids" project. Also make afghans for our local Salvation Army. I pick up yarn at garage sales, thrift shops ,etc. My "stash" is huge and needs to be sorted....but I'd rather crochet!

  • Linda Chocholka

    I have always enjoyed crocheting baby blankets. Last year after I joined a Prayer Shawl group, I also starting crocheting small baby blankets for a NICU unit in my area. I starting using leftover yarn and now my prayer shawl group also donates their left over yarns. I have a few different patterns and have made a little card to go along with each blanket.

  • ANNE

    It is wonderful to see all this love. I just found an outlet for my baby afghans on this web site

  • Kim Yue

    I pledged this year to finally get to make a scarf for the Red Scarf Project (the last two years I missed the deadline).
    I'm hoping to get my MOMS Club involved in supporting me and adding to my gift with gift cards, etc.

  • Moe

    I am working on scarfs for the Red Scarf Project..have contributed to them for the last 3 years after reading about it on this site..Also working on Lap afghans for the Cleveland Rutherford Kidney Assoc in Shelby NC for patients to have during dialysis...Knitting just relaxes me so and love to help others...Hugs from Boston

  • Mary in Maine

    I have a shopping bag full of mittens, lab robes, and scarves which will go to our state homeless shelters (I work for the state Housing Authority). After seeing this week's patterns for socks, I am thinking about adding socks to my bags.

    I spend my weekends in the summer scouring yard sales for good deals on partial skeins of yarn, which will work perfectly for striped socks!

  • Jacquie

    I've chosen 'Gifts from the heart' to donate to, since I believe psychiatric consumers are some of the most overlooked people in our society. I don't knot what I'll make yet, but I've emailed the contact for some input.

    Thanks for making this a priority - it's always been something I 'meant to do'...

    I'm very excited!

  • Katie

    I am knitting hats for the local elementary schools in my area. I have a goal of "more than 20" with the count currently at 10. The school gives hats and mittens to children who don't have any. My lunch time knitting group makes dishcloths for Breast Cancer research. In years past, I have made and donated earwarmers to the schools and last year sent 20 pair of mittens to Afghanistan. My son was there and gave them to the locals who had no cold weather clothing.

  • Karen

    I knit for Project Linus. It is so heart warming to recieve notes from parents of children who have had the need for our blankets. Thank you for putting this challenge out there.

  • Joanne

    I just completed 2 blankets for Project Linus. I have been crocheting blankets for them for over 6 years and have lost count of how many I've made. I usually wait until I have a large box full and then mail them to my contact.

  • Carol Elder

    I'm crocheting Patriotic blankets for the Linus Project, which gives them to children of soldiers injured or killed in action. Last year I donated 58 kids size blankets to the Linus Project, and have given 19 to them so far this year. I have also donated hats to an orphanage in Africa for several years, plus the Guideposts sweaters. My church family keeps me in yarn, as well as our extended family.
    I'm also looking forward to teaching a friend to crochet so she can help make blankets too.

  • merry

    I am a self taught knitter & crocheter. Been doing it for about seventy years. I sent caps to Caps to the Capital and received a thank you post card in return. Have many scarves, caps, and some footwear made. My daughter thinks the Chemo caps are very pretty and would make just plain lovely hats! When I have finished supplying my familly, I want to see if the local senior citizens center would like a donation? No charge, just freebies!

  • Pat

    The last couple of months I have been crocheting 6x9 rectangles for the HAP org. The rectangles are used to make blankets for USA wounded warriors in hospitals here and overseas. I feel it's the least I can do for those who sacrifice for us. Learned of it from the Lion Brand website. Thank You!

  • Marilyn Jackson

    KnitaSquare - This is an organization located in Soweto, South Africa which uses knitted or crocheted squares and sews them together for blankets. They are used to keep children warm who are suffering from Aids or HIV. The pattern on the website is quite simple, even a novice like myself has completed several

  • Emily

    I am so excited about this. I have been crocheting for years and always make things and give them away, but I've never fully focused on giving many items to one particular charity. I think I'll make some premie caps and deliver them to our local hospitals. This is so exciting! Maybe I can get my mom to help me make some and I can teach some of my cousins who had talked about wanted to learn to crochet.

  • Barbara

    What fun!

    My church's knitting and crocheting group makes hundreds of baby caps for an organization called Knit One, Save One. I believe these caps are distributed to new babies in impoversihed countries to help reduce the infant mortality rate.

    We also send a pair of baby booties to every newborn inour little area, whether they go to our church or not. Kind of a little "Welcome" present.

    And then the church also has a craft fair in November to raise money for miscellaneous expenses-- last year our church paid for all the 6th graders in our town to go on an overnight (anonymously).

    I will undoubtedly do more hats and booties but right now I am working on a stuffed toy horse for the craft fair.

  • Julia

    My daughter is a labor and delivery nurse. She worked for a huge hospital in a metropolitan area. They had a need for little blankets and hats for the fetal demise babies. I started making little flannel blanket with crocheted lace around the edge for these little ones and then started knitting little hats. I don't ever know the women who receive these blankets to wrap their little ones in but I always pray that it will give them a little bit of comfort.

  • Kathy

    I am going to knit for the Handmade Afghan Project.

  • Anna Lovcy

    After years of reading about crochet-a-thons and knit-a-thons, I finally convinced a local museum to host one. I volunteer there and teach crocheting on the porch of an 1880s farm house. We're meeting on Saturday, July 25, 2009. I'm praying a lot of people show up (since I put the museum up to doing this). We'll be making 10" squares to sew together to make blankets for chemo patients to use during therapy (the rooms are very cold at the center). I'll let you know next week how things went. Just keep us in your prayers!!!

  • Brandy and Victoria

    My daughter and I are going to submit items for the afghans for angels charity here in arizona. It is a great tie in to what I have been trying to teach her about doing the "random acts of kindness" and "pay it forward" principles, so I agree, this is a perfect timing on lion brand's part for this idea...THANK YOU! We hope to submit at least an afghan each before the end of the summer. She is a beginning 10 year old and i am a busy mom of 4 total, so this will be interesting!

  • Rosemary Lazetera

    I found the website for Newborns in Need on Lion's website, and was able to make and send several pairs of booties, a couple of sweaters with matching booties, and a baby hat.
    It is a great organization, and I encourage others to make baby things and send it to them.
    Whatever we can do to help little sick babies is great!

  • Nancy Burk

    We have a knitting group at Rice University in Houston, TX. we started 7/31/08, doing neck gators and scarves for our soldiers. Since May, we have been knitting 6x9 rectangles for The Handmade Afghans to Thank Our Troops Project that we read about on the Lion Brand Newsletter. We have 50+ rectangles and will continue until HAP's next PTE (put together event) this fall. We celebrate a year as a group of knitters and crocheters next Thursday, 7/30, here at Rice U. We'll have sweets to eat while we show our various projects (personal and for HAP). Thank you, Lion Brand!

  • Karin Perkins

    I find Lion Brand's Charity Connection a great thing. They matched me up with Afghans4Afghans - a great group of people. This year I decided I would do one project a month for a new charity. In addition to A4A, I have done a scarf for the WWI Museum project, hats for the Seaman's Church, a couple of sweaters for Guideposts, hats for Knit for Noggins (but not 100+ like Judy), hats for the Ships Project, preemie hats for Save the Children. For July it's the Linus Project. and for August...hmm a cotton bunny rug sounds mighty tempting.

  • Cathie Anderson

    I think this is the greatest!! I crochet baby hats and sweaters for Stitches from the Heart and also crochet hats for preemies at St. Mary's NICU in Duluth, MN. So far this summer, I have 74 hats that are almost ready to go. I usually deliver them on the Feast of St. Nicholas in December. My only problen is finding places that will donate yarn for charitable crochetings. Good luck everyone on your stitching and congratulations to the charities for all the donations yet to come! I, myself, am hoping to have between 125 and 150 hats (if not more) before I deliver them in December.

  • Marna

    Probably 80% of the knitting I do is for charity. Mostly I do preemie stuff for our local hospital, prayer shawls for the hospital's chemotherapy unit, hats for chemo patients through my Hat Huggers group, and hats and socks for the Ships Project, my pet project. I always have something with me to work on.

  • Lulu

    My passion is crocheting for charity...I do prayer shawls, baby hats, scarves and baby blankies...I donate to different places, where ever i hear there is a need..I recently found a charity not far from home through the Lion Brand charity conection..
    Its a beautiful way to spread the love and joy..

  • Carol Mattson

    On the very same day that I read about your charity knitting opportunity, I stopped in at Creative Urges in Auburn, Ca. and the owner told me she was starting a group to knit helmet liners for the troops! We have met once, and will be adding knitters as the weeks go on. Not only is this a warm cozy something to send to our troops, but I have already met some new friends, will soon be learning how to make a face hole in the middle of a hat and can support others who are knitting along unselfishly!

  • Linda

    I have just begun to knit for Beanies 4 Buddies ( They make hats for kids going through chemo in Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. The organizer is in Fillmore, right here in Ventura County! She gets beanie babies donated and a hat is made for a child, and another one is made for the beanie baby, which the child receives as well. It is a very cute idea, and a worthwhile cause!

  • Lydia Krueckeberg

    I think this is a wonderful idea. I have been crocheting since I was 5 years old and have used it for therapy my whole life. I make hats, scarves,and blankets for the Ronald McDonald House and for homless shelters. When I got the Lion Brand Newsletter with the Give Back project I stareted to think: What can I do for people in my area? I called the Family Safety Nework. They work with families of domestic abuse. I have made a commentment to them and myself of 30 hats and 30 scarves by the end of October. I can't wait to go through my yarn stash and start stitching.

  • Ellen

    In the past I've knitted preemie blankets and hats for the Beth Israel Hospital NICU project in NYC. My daughter is now learning to sew in order to help out a friend who is making infant burial wraps and blankets, and I've offered to knit hats to go along with those. I have 13 hats ready to donate to the Care Wear project in the Albany, NY area, where I presently live, and have a ton of stash to use for that purpose. I'll be making 2-3 hats a week. I've also made red scarves for the Orphan Foundation of America.

  • Julie Sparks

    This is great to get more people involved. I have been knitting for Knit-for-Kids for about 2 years with some friends - to date our group has contributed at least 250 sweaters. Another friend introduced me to Knots-of-Love and I've made several chemo caps, both crochet and knit - they need to be of very soft yarn. I also have almost enough squares to finish a blanket for Warm-up-America.

  • Meg Murray

    I'm in Scotland and have just finished some charity projects. I sent some premature baby clothes to the unit in England which looked after my sons when they were born and received a lovely reply on Wednesday.
    On the same day I took 21 lap blankets, 18 baby blankets, 5 scarves and 3 children's jumpers to a local charity which distributes to Eastern European countries. The blankets and scarves were made from squares which had been sent to me to sew together - this is not a task I anticipate completing again at anytime in the future!
    My current project is to knit hats, balaclavas and gloves to send to the Seaman's Mission on the Falkland Islands. The sailors arrive on the islands dressed for warmer climes in flip flops and shorts. So the Mission likes to have emergency packs of warm clothing available. My husband worked there for 3 years so this is a personal challenge for me although I have had help from a couple of fellow knitters.
    My aim is to have 50 hats and 50 pairs of gloves by the end of the year - the totals so far are 15 hats and 4 pairs of gloves.

  • Mac

    This is a wonderful idea, to provide a place where kind souls can gather doing what they do best. I have been crocheting blankets for Project Linus for years, as well as being a gopher between the coordinator and the shut-in ladies who want to help but have no way to deliver their beautiful work to the collection site. The latter activity has been the most satisfying thing I have ever done because I get to visit with these dear people, most of them seniors, who still have so much to share. Afghans4Afghan is another of my favorite charities to crochet for. They are helping the children of this war-torn country not only by the garments they send but by spreading the good-will of the American crafters.

  • Jeanne

    Thank you Lion Brand for this program and your wonderful Web site that allows us to find these organizations. Thank you all of you knitters and crocheters who use your loving hands to make things for so many people. I have crocheted lapghans for the veteran's hospital programs for This program is great because they will send you addresses of VA locations in your state to ship your items to. I have also made baby hats for World Health Ministries programs. I think I will make more hats for a local group in the SF Bay Area. Happy creating everyone!!!!

  • Dee

    Every year I "adopt" a child or two off the Salvation Army Angel Tree at Christmas time. I try to get girls who are Barbie age and then I purchase a Barbie and knit a wardrobe for her. I knit on Barbie clothes all year round, so I have a good supply come Christmas. The more I have finished, the more girls I can adopt off the tree. Of course, I also try to buy the girls an outfit and, if I have the time (sometimes the trees don't get put up until just a few days before the deadline to turn in gifts) I try to knit a scarf and mittens or a sweater or vest for the girl too.

  • Dorothy Petry

    Due to health issues my husband makes stocking hats on a loom for the local Crisis Center and I crochet baby afghans~blankets and make baby hats. We make as many as time allows us during the year. Have about 300 hats and 4 baby afghans~blankets ready for this fall and time to make more before the snow flies. I think it is wonderful what others do to help those in need.

  • Vanessa

    As soon as I saw the Baby Love Diagonal Baby Blanket, I had to make it. I pulled out two skeins of a nubbly, fuzzy, super-soft yarn I had bought on clearance (about 170 yds. each), and when I got almost to the end of the first skein, I started the decrease so I could use all the yarn with no leftovers. It's not at large as the pattern, but it's a good size for a car seat or stroller blankie. I'm almost finished, and it will be dropped off at our local battered women's shelter. It breaks my heart to think about wives leaving their homes with their children and few possessions, and whenever I can, I like to drop off something new. Also, once a year I send a box of caps to Arkansas Children's Hospital. I have a daughter with disabilities and she has been there several times. It's great to "give back."

  • Betsy Pratt

    I have chosen to knit/crochet preemie caps and booties for Blue Bonnet Babies, a San Antonio organization that coordinates donations for preemies in various hospitals here.

    Thanks for spurring me on!!

  • Kathy

    I crochet caps for chemo patients and donate to the Wellness center in Redondo Beach Ca. While undergoing chemo myself, the nurses at Kaiser said I had to donate to them also. My church now sponsors a crochet hour before Wednesday night service to crochet hats. I would like to make sure everyone who makes chemo hats understands the importance of using 100% cotton yarn and including a tag with washing instructions. Bald heads are very sensitive and cotton just keeps getting softer with washing. I have also made items for preemies. During the school year (I teach 7th grade prealgebra) I make a cap or two a week. In summer I make more involved projects as I have time, but I can usually make 1 hat per 2 hour plane ride When going on vacation. My next followup appointment is Aug 4 and I have 8 hats ready.

  • Dana

    I know most crafters prefer giving their items away, but this is a great reminder to stop for a moment and really think about others. I have done Stitches from the Heart and Warm up America. I am going to join the ships project and eager to get going!


    I have knitted and crocheted for charity in the past. I am anxious to start a sweater or two for Guideposts Sweaters for kids. I have donated more than five in the past and am ready to start again. I donated hats to Caps for kids many years ago, but lost contact with the charity. I'm not sure it still exists. I think this will be fun to do together with everyone.

  • Robin

    Denver Public Library has an ongoing project of Knitting for Our Troops in partnership with the USO. Last year, they had a knitting/crocheting marathon weekend and many businesses (not just LYS) participated, providing space and snacks and support as we knit for hours. Our goal was to donate 5280 (we are the mile-high city so we use this number for lots of stuff) and we exceeded that number. I knit half a dozen hats for them then but haven't made any this year. So I pledge to make and donate at least three hats this summer to them.

  • Alice Kimble

    I knit for charity every day. I make baby hats to donate to the local hospital and baby items for a pregancy crisis center. During the cooler months I make hats, mittens and scarves to donate to the local homeless shelter. My husband also knits and has made several items to donate to the local homeless shelter.

  • Helen

    In January of this year, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Penndel, PA started a knit and crochet ministry for Community Outreach with the support of Our "Stitching Angels" group is amazing! Almost 200 garments (baby items: hats, mittens, booties, blankets, kimonos, burial gowns, sweaters; chemo hats; one prayer shawl) were made in about 10 weeks. Our Pastor had a Blessing ceremony in March. At that time, Pastor presented a member of the church with the prayer shawl. The baby items were then distributed to NICU and maternity units at three local hospitals. We meet at a local Panara Bread and use their Community Room. My son airbrushed a poster for us, which we have on a chair at the door to the Community Room. We invite all to join us.

  • Ellie Rosen

    Sounds like most of us knit for charities anyway! But it's nice to know that others are knitting as I do, smiling at the thought of bringing a little sunshine into someone's life. I knit for three chemotherapy infusion centers and for MUST Ministries, a local charity. My goal is to make 200 hats this year to give away.

  • Mary Ramsey

    I knit blankets for The Linus Project and also knit blankets for the dogs in shelters. I would like to work on a prayer shawl for my next charity project.

  • Pam Haschke

    Personally, I knit and crochet at least 5 chemotherapy caps each week. These are given to Halos of Hope, a charity that distributes chemo caps throughout the Central States Region. Over 100,000 people in this area have to go through chemo each year, so they always need hats.

  • Carol Dowell

    Yuma Yarn Artists meet once a month. It is fun to see all the items made and brought to the meetings! Our project at the present is to knit/crochet hats and mittens for each child attending pre-school in our town. We also knit Chemo Caps for Denver Children's Hospital and Premie Hats and Booties for North Colorado Children's Hospital. Our Prayer Shawl Ministry group meets once a week to make shawls out of Lion Brand Homespun.
    Ask any local hospital or pre-school in your town and I am sure they would happy to receive your handknit or crocheted items!

  • birgit1040

    Hi! What fun! I am a member of Crafty Angels. I knit and crochet, although crochet is my first love. Currently I have washcloths baby bats scarfs and some other stuff to send out. I will be making scarfs for men since we are always short on them. My goal is as many as I can make and still have a clean cup for coffee. :]
    Have a great day everyone!!!!

  • Sherry P

    I started looking for charties to knit or crochet for and I found the rectangle 6x9. You knit or crochet 6 x 9 rectangles from acrylic, 4 ply worsted weight yarn and send the rectangles only they then have volunteers put rectangles together to make an afghan. Check out the web site above for additional information. I have made several rectangles so far and while I was making them I prayed for the person that would receive the rectangles after they are put together into an afhgan, their families and the people that are taking care of the wounded.
    As of July 21, 2009, they have delivered
    2,572 handmade afghans to wounded military personnel to thank them for their sacrifices to our county.

  • sue moszak

    I am knitting and crocheting "chemo hats". As a ten year survivor of breast cancer this is an important service for me to be able to perform. There is a group of us who meet once a week for coffee, prayers and conversation while doing the hats. We have a team for our annual relay for life which is held in June each year and we give these hats away to anyone who wishes them. Those that are left we donate to the locate cancer centers. I carry some with me so that I can hand them out where ever I am if someone is in need. Love your site and this is a great way to spend the summer.


  • Dealonnia Alberson-Cook

    It seems everything that I knit or crochet is for someone else. So making something for charity is pretty much what most craftors do...we hardly every make anything for ourselves. I have tons of yarn in plastic binds that needs to be used and I feel the fast way to do this is to join an afghans project. While the afghans usually take longer to make at least I have the yarn eager to be used. God Bless to all

  • Margot

    I've crocheted snuggles for a local animal hospital who has kittens for adoption, caps for the capital, stuffed toys for a hospital and scarves for the Special Olympics.

    I'd planned on knitting a scarf to be auctioned for the local wildlife rehab center for next year. But I'll do it this summer instead. Maybe I can have two ready for next year's auction!

  • Letha Cross

    I've been thinking about contacting a charity to help support our troops overseas -- we always have them! This is just the kick in the pants I've needed. I've contacted American Angels and my plan is to make helmet liners, gloves, and blankets -- pretty much anything crocheted that they can use.
    I'm an Air Force veteran and know how it feels to be far from home. Anything that will help them to know we care will be appreciated.

  • Kathy

    I have been making 8 inch squares for Knit-a-square, an international organization that sends the squares to orphanages and shelters in South Africa, which are then stitched together and given to the many, many AIDS orphans there. These ladies work so hard and they always email back with gratitude, update on their progress, etc. They also have a great e-zine that you can view to follow along.

  • Stephanie B.

    This is great. I just finished another blanket for a neighbor of mine who is having her second girl and decided to do a hat for her which I also finished. I then decided to use the rest of the yarn to make as many baby hats as I could for a local hospital so I will continue on that mission. Last year I made a bunch of hats and gave them to our local library who distributed them to those less forutnate. I plan on doing that again through the fall as time allows.

  • Jan

    I have made numerous things for charities over the years and was thinking it was time to do it again. This sounds like a great project. I am going to read through the listing and see what might be close to me in PA.

  • Lee Revis-Plank

    I am knitting afghans for the homeless in Elkton MD. I actually live in DE, but go to church in Elkton. My husband is passionate about our church ministering to the homeless. I am called to do what I can for them, too. Like most knitters, I have a stash of wool left from other projects or wool that I just liked the looks of, so all I am really putting into each afghan is love and time. I plan to put each one into a box and giftwrap it with a big bow ... how many beautiful gifts do homeless people receive? Maybe I can give them a festive day, a touch of God's love, and lots of warmth for the next winter. Last year I knitted helmet liners for troops in Iran. God only knows what I will do next year, but I am sure I will continue to knit for some wonderful cause. You know, knitters are not able to sit and even watch the news without keeping our hands busy!!

  • Donna B

    I've been knitting and crocheting for years - usually gifts for family and friends - and only recently have I started knitting for charities. I've done three baby sweaters for the church project of a friend, numerous 7 x 9 squares for Warm Up America, and scarves for the homeless. I think I'll be doing more for Warm Up America, though. I belong to a group that has their annual convention in a different U.S. city each year. They've taken up the Warm Up America thing over the last couple of years. Volunteers knit or crochet the squares during the year, then the squares are collected and sewn together during the convention and the finished afghans are donated to a charity in that city. Whipping out the squares is super easy and quick, and it's a way to use partial skeins of leftover yarn. Maybe, someday, my stash will dwindle to manageable proportions. :-) Right now, it's taken over a good portion of the basement.
    Thank you, Lion Brand, for promoting charity knitting and crocheting! We all need to remember to pay it forward.

  • Claire

    I have just started crocheting hats, mittens and scarves for Link Romania, a charity which asks people to make a Christmas box full of lots of things for a whole family, and delivers them to Eastern Europe once a year. I really like the idea that along with pencils, soap, combs and little toys the very poor people there will be receiving something homemade, with love. I am also encouraging my two girls aged 5 and 9 to crochet (or help) something to donate too. This is a great idea!

  • Roberta

    I have been making hats for kids with cancer, and for the pediatric and neonatal unit at our hospital for about the last 9 years. i love making the hats and booties for the kids. I also belong to Angels for Hope We send angels, butterflies and smiley faces free of charge to anyone who is sick or has lost a loved one. We also send to families of fallen soldiers and a 100 year old birthday club Visit

  • pat

    For the lady who makes hats and blankets for stillborns-yes they do hold on to them. We place them in a memory box along with footprints and a lock of hair, if possible,and we used to take a polaroid picture also. If anyone is making hat for term newborns their heads are anywhere from 12 to 14 inches in diameter. The bottom band should be stretchy. Even we nurses go to pick a great hat for our newborns and love to find a great color, and themed hats. A few years ago I made candy corn colored hats and pumpkin type hats. I have started on my pound of love hat and hope to find time to make more. I'd like to do some hats for the chemo center. I just finished a prayer shawl for a coworker and she loved it. I love reading all the clips.

  • mary Mora

    What wonderful giving people, i am sure you will find that this project will surely snowball. i am with a group from the Holton Community Hospice and we are Knitting and crocheting Prayer Shawls or Comfort Shawls for our local hospice group. Thanks for allowing me to share.


    Karen, I volunteer for the local Relay For Life with the American Cancer Society. I know that the ACS takes hats and scarves for cancer patients. They are given out to those in need at no cost. Our local office keeps the hats there and also at the local Cancer Center. This is also true with wigs. There is no charge for them either. Just contact your local ACS office and they can help you find an outlet for your hats. As a volunteer, I want to thank you and the others who help with the Amercian Cancer Society. Without you they would not be making a difference in the lives of cancer patients. Again, THANK YOU to all who help!!!

  • birgit1040

    Letha Cross. I belong to a charity group on yahoo. I know we have military links in our place. you would have to join to look at them but hey its free and fun. Heres the link:
    I have started the first scarf today!
    Have a great day

  • birgit1040

    Donna B, LOL, never going to happen.
    I find myself in the yarn section, just to look! And my stash keeps growing. LOL Did you do the baby hats? I got hooked on those.
    Have a great day!

  • Gail P.

    On Nov 5, 2008 by father past away. He was in a va nurseing home. For the month of July I have been crocheting scrafs for the ventriens at the home. I will donate them in his name. I picked July because on the 15th she was dead 31 years. So i am doing it in both there mereny

  • Nancy Pawlowski, WY

    I have crocheted afghans for a local charity (Seton House) for the past 2 years. My sister has crocheted afghans for them for several years. We used to give them about 20 (one per kid), but they recently doubled in size (over 40 kids) so I found a quick pattern with bulky yarn and P hook that works up in 15 hours. My sister likes to experiment with new designs and stitches so her afghans are all different while mine are just different color combinations in bulky yarns.
    Seton House is a women's shelter that takes in homeless single mothers and their children to help them get back on their feet.
    We have also donated to kids' names from our church's christmas giving tree each year. I've also knit and crocheted hats, scarves, and teddy bears to donate.
    I recently found out about the wool helmet liners for the military at the local "All That Yarn" shop and made a tan one to donate.

  • Riki

    This is a GREAT idea! I do a lot of knitting for a hospital in Cincinnati - a good friend is a social worker there, handling all the deaths and they have a great need for little burial outfits for the fetal demise families. I knit a bunch while here in Thailand - and then take them to the US when I go - this time it will be in September. I love knitting for others - and this I call my 'tithe' knitting!

    No need to find materials ... my house is buried knee deep in yarn!

  • Lee

    My grand daughter calls me the "knitting machine". I am always knitting something. I found this email from Lion to be so interesting and inspiring that I called my mom in Florida, who is 92 and LOVES to crochet. I emailed her a pattern for the chemo hats and preemie caps and she already has plans for an afghan/blanket to send to disabled vets. I am am goig to send out some chemo hats and have decided to make two scarves for Project Red. It was so awesome to read about all the differnt ways to contribute. Thank you so much!

  • myrna meyer

    I started crocheting for Project Linus several years ago, but only able to do 2 or three. Friends found out and contributed yarn. Never enough though for afghans,and some baby yarn, so I started preemie caps with baby yarn and regular sized caps for whoever needs them. St. Mary's NICU in Racine, Wi to my south, and St. Joseph's NICU in Milwaukee to my north aprreciate the caps. Am now looking into some of your charities. Have done over 200 preemie caps this year so far. We can all do something for someone somewhere.

  • Janet

    Hi I run the Philadelphia Chapter of Project Linus. We provide new handmade blankets to sick and traumatized children. I plan on making a blanket over the few next weeks and hopefully I will receive blankets that others have made, to be distributed to children in need of a big hug in the Philadelphia area.

  • Aislinn

    Last year, I picked up a book called "Knitting for Peace" to inspire myself to make things to donate. It's a beautiful book with lots of patterns and narratives from people who both operate and benefit from the charities featured. For this charity knitalong, I'm going to make several pairs of socks for Children in Common, which distributes winter clothing to children in Eastern European and Russian orphanages.

    Thank you for always having a charity feature in your regular newsletter. It's so heartwarming and motivational to hear about all the people in the world who are using their unique skills and talents to make it a better, more loving place.

  • Cheryl

    We just started a prayer shawl ministry at our church. We have given away five shawls so far, and have at least 25 people in need on our list. We are a small group, but it is my personal vow to make no less than three prayer shawls a month. We are also considering chemo caps and baby blankets for the local hospital. Basically, wherever the good Lord tells us our talents are needed.

  • Phyllis Apkarian

    I didn't have to look far for a group that needed my talents. My church, Taftville Congregational Church, in Taftville Connecticut started up a group of knitters and crocheters "Luv 'N' Stitchers", dedicated to three distinct areas: preemie hats for the local area Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of L & M Hospital, chemo caps for adults being treated at the Echo Clinic at Backus Hospital,Norwich CT, and prayer shawls for the wider community. The need is always greater than our supply, but cancer is so limited that it can never defeat love, faith and caring.

  • Sandra

    When I saw a baby afghan pattern I loved, but did not have a baby to make it for, I thought of the Family Drop-In at our Community Centre. It started with just a handful of moms and tots getting together for coffee and play once a week, and has grown into a huge learning and support resource since then. The blanket was raffled off, and I got a chance to make one of the cute baby projects I love--so not only the meditative projects are good picks for charity--there are uses for the complicated ones too.

  • Marlene

    I started to crochet as a hobbie and find it very relaxing after a full day of treating patients. Being a physician is a calling, and I feel that I have been called to use this as a ministry as well. What a joy, when I gave my first afghan to a patient who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's. I was so delited to see your Charity Knit and Crochet-A-Long and am excited to participate. I have shared this with my mother-Norma, who just started to crochet as well, and she is eager to join in. We have selected the AHRC charity as it reaches out to young and old with developmental disabilties. I have pledged to do 2 hooded baby afghans and my mother is donating a prayer shawl and has just finished an afghan. Thank you.

  • birgit1040

    myna meyer
    If you are looking for a charity check out Crafty Angels. We are always looking for new Angels. We are local,country and worldwide. Check us out.
    We would love to have you.
    Have a great day

  • Susan Miller

    What a wonderful idea, and how wonderful to read all of the ways so many people are already crocheting and knitting for charity!

    I just began myself after an article appeared in our local paper about a new charity called Baby Blessings for preemie babies in our area. Since reading it, I crocheted 5 blankets and hats that I already donated, and have two more finished and two in progress. I searched for free patterns on-line and found many, all of which can be used for charity. From those, I learned how to change my own favorite baby blanket patterns to fit the sizes required for preemies.

    Yesterday I bought a ton of yarn at a sale at JoAnn's fabric store, and have more than enough to make 2-3 blankets and hats per week for probably the next year.

    I retired two years ago, but take care of our 11 month old grandson, so I stick to the easier patterns that I can pick up and put down without worrying about where I am in the pattern. I find it so relaxing to crochet or knit (but the crocheting is easier right now), and have been so happy to have this to do! When I first retired, I started delivering Meals on Wheels, but had to give it up last year to take care of our infant grandson.

    I have read the posts with interest about the prayer shawls for cancer patients, and plan to look into that. My husband is currently undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, and I think I'll ask him tomorrow if he can find out if they have a need for these here. His radiation treatments are given on one side of the building and the chemo on the other, and I'll bet he can ask there. I just did a search and found some patterns on Lion Brand web site, along with note cards to include and I just find that so touching!

    Thanks to everyone for all you do! You are all making this world a much better place!


  • ellen in indy

    i've been working for several months on items for -- two sweaters and five pairs of ginormous socks are done; a third sweater needs only its second sleeve, and i'm on the sixth pair of socks out of a planned seven.

    because the kids warm woolies help live in such terribly cold climates, including some u.s. areas, the sweaters have to be made of bulky yarn or two strands of worsted -- all at least 80% wool (or alpaca or llama). (socks for little kids also are knit of double-stranded worsted wool because they have only plastic sandals for shoes.)

    i use mostly lion's fisherman wool in natural brown, adding accents of bright-colored wool yarn -- turquoise for one sweater yoke, hot pink stranded with a pinky-lavender for another. the socks also get a brighter stripe -- no two pairs alike.

    part of the reason is price, of course. but the other reason is the yarn's durability and warmth, and the fact that the natural colors won't fade and the natural brown won't show dirt so badly.

    for those of you with extra acrylic, warm woolies ALWAYS needs baby blankets -- and accepts acrylic ones gladly. the warmer and thicker the better. check their web site -- -- for more info.

  • Teresa

    I have decided to participant in two charity projects. The first is Project Linus of Central Indiana and the other is Kindred spirits shawl ministry. I chose these two because my 15 year old daughter was in Riley hospital ICU 1 1/2 year ago and her grandmother gave her a blanket and called it her healing blanket. She never let the nursing staff take it off her bed. She is doing great now and still sleep with the blanket on her bed but it is now under her pillow so the healing will continue to flow from the crown of her head to the rest of her body.

    the blanket brought comfort and hope to her and I would like to help someone else receive the same.

  • KJ Herzog

    I keep a 'warm' basket. I use left over yarns to make caps, mittens, scarves and socks all year long. Knitting during my 30 minute train commute and while watching tv at nights means literally hundreds of items can be completed every year. I fact I have met people on my train who have been inspired by what I am doing and they have taken on similar endeavors.

    As for charities, I read the news and send the items where needed. (Always check that they are wanted first) Last year devastating blizzards in the Dakotas meant many items were sent to the Sioux Reservations. You can pick a church, a school, or an organization such as Friends of Wounded Knee. My other choice is battered women's shelters. I figure many of these women and children leave situations with just the clothes on their backs and need so many items. Though I do not have their addresses due to security concerns, most churches do and can deliver the items.

    I try to pick rural areas in the snow belt as warm items are needed, and in general there are not as many services available.

    The other hint - pick or develop patterns that can be easily adjusted. For example, I have created a simple sock pattern that can be used from infants to grown men. I simply adjust needle size, yarn weight and number of stitches. This makes it possible to create more items more quickly.

    The beauty of all this is that it helps others, but it also helps me - emptying spare yarn drawers, meeting people, and simply enjoying the craft of knitting.

  • Sheila

    I have a group here at work that knit or crochet during our lunch hour. We call ourselves the Knotty Knitters. We make scarves, hats, shawls, warm-up America blankets, baby blankets etc. to give to the Women and Children shelter. If we have left over items we give them to Aunt Ella's Pathway. She takes a lot of items in and check on charities in need and send them what they need. Neat Lady! I am excited that you are doing this. I just finished a hat and I think I will do up a sweater to go with it. It is for a 9 month old baby. This will go for a Christmas gift for the shelter.

  • Charlene

    This is such a great idea! I have been crocheting a and knitting since I was in elementary school. With the help of my assistant leaders we taught our girl scout troop to crochet some years ago. We crocheted squares and assembled a huge afghan, just about the time the afghan was finished a family in our area lost everything in a fire so we donated the afghan to them. We also made quilts for our local hospital pediatrics ward. This has grown into a yearly community event. Although my scouts are now adults graduating from college, I hope they will continue service to others.
    I don't know which charity I will donate to, or what I will make but I will decide in the next few days.
    My mind is also formulating a project for my school to become involved with involving knitting or crocheting..

  • SUSY

    I'm already crocheting and knitting for charity, I make about 20 different size hats, that go to MD Cancer hospital, I knit dishcloths that is used for preemie blanket, because I love the patterns you can make, I try to crochet at least 1 lap afgan that goes to altzheimer patients, I do what I can, but my personal goal is 100 cap for the cancer patients by the end of the month of august I have done 20 so far, still have a long way to go. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE

  • Ellie Russ

    I head up a group at Clays Park Resort in Canal Fulton, Ohio. We are busy crocheting afghans for the "Soldiers Angels" program for the veterans.

    Last year we made and donated 54. We are trying hard to exceed that goal this year.

  • Gloria Coppersmith

    For those yarnworkers searching for a worthy charity, might I suggest looking into donating to Native Americans through the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations in South Dakota? The Friends of the Pine Ridge Reservation has an excellent website with detailed information on items needed, addresses for mailing, etc. The plight of these poverty-stricken Americans needs our attention. Ladies, please help!

  • Carol MacDuffee Hanson

    I belong to a yarn club that meets monthly to knit &/or crochet for charity. We have made items for our local homeless shelter, animal shelters, Warm-Up America, Caps to the Capital, and preemie units of hospitals in our area. I retired recently, & was inspired to do more by Lion Brand's virtual charity event. My sister, Melody MacDuffee helped to start Soul of Somanya, a co-op in Ghana, Africa to help local beadmakers become self-supporting. I can't go to Africa at the moment, but decided to pick an African charity. I am knitting & crocheting squares for the Soweto Comfort Club. As mentioned in another post, these are 8" squares that one mails to South Africa. The ladies of the Comfort Club sew them together to make blankets for children in refugee camps, hospitals & orphanages. This is an advantage for me since I LOVE to knit & crochet, but HATE to sew! I am purchasing at least one skein of Lion Wool each time I buy yarn, to make these squares. The organization prefers wool for the children who are around open fires in the camps, because wool is self-extinguishing. They will accept synthetics also for those children who are in care. When I think "Africa", I think "hot" but in parts of Africa, especially the south, it gets extremely cold. I feel good thinking my squares will go into blankets to keep little ones warm. I vary the stitch patterns to try new ones & to keep from getting bored. It is a great way to use up leftover yarn as well.

  • Liz

    I am knitting a baby blanket for EChO- Evergreen Christian Outreach in Evergreen, CO. I will donate it to their silent auction this fall. The benefit is called Sweet Dreams. Hopefully someone will want to buy it and support this worthwhile organization. liz

  • Brandy and Victoria

    The afghan We are making this charity is coming along ok, due to the "ripper", we had to start it over. My 2 year old loves to rip my knitting off the needles. Anyway,we chose this charity because so many people out there have to deal with losses by themselves and it is nice to know that someone in our area has started a project like this, especialy due to their own personal experience and the willingness to change the outcome for others. THANK YOU CONNIE!

    Brandy and Victoria

  • BettyTuffner

    Each year our Council of Catholic Women fills a cedar chest or decons bench to raffle off. The chest is displayed not only at church and church gatherings, but at the local bookstore and at a couple of craft fairs around the area. We do the drawing at the Saturday Mass before Christmas. Tickets are sold to folks as far away as Washington and California. The money we raised in the past has been earmarked for a new kitchen which is now a reality. The chest is painted by one of us with a different theme each year. The rest of us get to fill it with just about every craft item you can imagine. We have even put the dry ingredients for muffins and soup in it. This year I'm putting a shawl in. The community really looks forward to this chest raffle each year.

  • Charlene

    I presented the charity project, "Knit-A-Square" to the law firm where I work to see if we could start a SquareCircle. They agreed and we recruited several staff members. So far we've sent approximately 900 squares to the Soweto Comfort Club to be made into blankets for children orphaned due to AIDS/HIV. It was really nice seeing the creativity of the beginner & seasoned knitters/crocheters.

  • Jacqueline Sousa

    i have been knitting for the aids/HIV orphans in South Africa through a charity called knit-a-square (KAS). they have a wonderful website that is easy to surf through explaining everything from the children's plight to mailing instructions. i have never felt so strongly about something as this charity. it really makes a difference and the communication back to the contributors and memebers makes you feel very much an active part of the organization. With special challenges issued monthly, i feel i cannot knit fast enough! I love this charity and what it is accomplishing around the world and to be a part of it is fulfilling.
    smiles to you

  • Lynne Emery

    I joined Knit-a-Square several weeks ago (KAS). It's a great charity with so many warm wonderful people involved. It is unusual for me not to weep when I read the monthly ezine that the charity puts out--sometimes tears of joy and sometimes tear of pure sadness. I am so excited to be part of a group of people from all over the globe who do not question the need to provide comfort to hiv/aids affected children in South Africa. They just do the work! Because one 8x8 crocheted or knitted square is just as important as 100, it's easy to be contributing to this group no matter how busy you are. This past week I sent a batch of squares and a few small knitted hats and plan to send more again this weekend. And I am blessed.

  • Debbie Posmontier

    I am knitting for which I learned about from Lion Brand Yarn Company's special charity feature last February. I have recruited 55 third and fourth grade girls at the school where I am a tutor. They have joined my Square Circle and have learned to knit by making 8x8 inch squares. We have sent 130 or so squares to Soweto, South Africa where the ladies in the Soweto Comfort Club are sewing the squares into blankets for AIDS orphans and other children in need.The girls have asked that we start the Square Circle again this year and I am looking forward to more lunchtime knitting circles. I even put some needles and yarn in the faculty room and the teachers knit on a shared square during their lunch breaks! Thanks, Lion Brand, for introducing us to this wonderful organization!

  • Sammantha

    As part of raising money for the 2008 San Diego Race for the Cure, I offered to donate afghans in the donor's name to our local Breast Health Center, specifically for women going through chemotherapy for breast cancer in return for a minimum $125 donation (the cost of a mammogram). As a 12 year breast cancer survivor, I've been actively involved in giving back to to the breast health/cancer community because I was blessed with survival of this dreaded disease. I donated 16 afghans last year and decided to continue because it just felt right! I've donated nearly 50 afghans, scarves, hats, shawls and wraps so far this year and will continue to do so as long as my hands hold out!

  • sarah

    I crochet and knit teddy bears for children in Africa with HIV/AIDS. I send them to the Mother Bear Project. Their website has all the information, and they'll get you a pattern to use.

  • birgit1040

    Hey everyone! My first box has been posted at the crafty angel site. Still have most of the scarfs which will go out soon.[14 or so] Just not enough to fill the box yet. If you want to take a peek, I'm Birgit Yacoub in Champaign.
    Have a great day everyone!!!

  • marge jonaway

    i am despetly looking for instrutions and requirements for us army wool scarves please

    <em>Zontee says: Hi Marge, check out <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> for different initiatives to support the troops and their requirements.</em>

  • Johanna

    I just read all of your comments and I must say I am proud to be part of the Lion Brand family, what wonderful people. I didn't know about the charity but I will start crocheting for charity tonight. I wil do hats and scarves. Thank you for the inspriation.

  • Susan

    A very inspiring post. We have three knitters in our family and would like to knit for a Native American charity...does anyone know of one? Blessings to all - Susan in Maine

    <em>Zontee says: Hi Susan, as it says in the post, you can use our Charity Connection to locate charities even by key word. When I type in "Native American", <a href="" rel="nofollow">these</a> are the results I get.</em>

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  • Kristy

    I'm looking for people to crochet and or knit baby Christening outfits for me. I will pay by piece and if you wanted you can use the money for charity. My name is Kristy please contact me by email if anyone is interested. Thank you and God Bless.

    <em>Zontee says: Hi Kristy, you may want to post this sort of request on or and other yarn community websites, where it's more likely to be seen by people who may be interested.</em>

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