Would you like to donate crochet items to Charities?

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Here are 25  great organizations that you can donate your crochet skills to if you are interested in giving back to others.

  1. Scarves for Special Olympics. “Handmade scarves donated as a result of the 2012 Special Olympics USA Scarf Project will be a symbol of unity, support, compassion and empowerment, as the Special Olympics athletes, coaches, families, volunteers and supporters wear them with pride in knowing they have become part of the Special Olympics family.”
  2. Red Scarf Project. This is a cool project that donates red scarves to foster youth bound for college. I learned about this one from Daily Crocheter where this is a comprehensive lists for where to donate crochet items.
  3. Operation Gratitude. This organization sends care packages to troops overseas. They accept crochet scarves from September through December to help keep the troops warm during the colder months of the year. Did you see the story about two eighty year old sisters that crochet for Operation Gratitude?
  4. The Ships Project. This is another organization that sends care packages to overseas military. They accept a variety of donations throughout the year that go to members of the Marines, Army and Air Force.
  5. Give a Hoot, Make an Owl. This organization accepts crochet owls to look over and care for children in foster care.

To read the other 20 orginizations on the list please:  Click Here

Reference:  http://www.crochetconcupiscence.com/2011/09/25-charities-that-accept-crochet-donations/

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Hi my name is Mimi and I’m a yarn addict!

Q:  When you purchase yarn, do you have a project in mind, or do you buy on impulse and save the yarn to use whenever the need arises? 

A: I purchase yarn whenever I can however,  I usually stick with Simply Soft these days because I’m making granny square blankets!  Although Red Heart has the Super Saver brand, I feel it’s a little rough to work with and drys out my hands when working on big projects such as a blanket.  I also feel the quality of the final product feels more comfortable to against a baby’s skin or when I’m lounging on the couch with my blanket!  It is a little harder to work with from time to time because my hook doesn’t catch the yarn fully and I miss one strand of the four, causing it to look messy.  I usually catch those as I’m working the row and take out the yarn and re-do the part that is messy.

Q:  Are you a yarn hoarder, who buys on impulse just because the yarn was too luscious to put down? Or are you a practical yarnie who only buys what is needed for specific projects?

When I first started buying yarn I would buy multiple colors all in one purchase.  Later I realized you usually need two or more of each color to finish a project depending on how big the blanket I’m making is going to be.  It sucks to have to go back to the store and buy another skein of the same color because the die lots tend to vary from time to time and you end up with two colors instead of one.

Q:  Is there yarn bagged, boxed, stored, shelved all over your house? Or is it neatly piled away in as few storage containers as possible?

I have two bags of yarn I was given that I don’t want to use because there is only one skein of each color and you can only make a weird multicolored 70’s inspired blanket with the colors I have.  The yarn I use for random projects I have stored in portable plastic drawer units you can buy at Michael’s, Walmart, Target, etc.  I on the other hand, saw a guy with a big work truck filled to the brim of stuff one day at QuickStop in Pacifica.  I saw the units and asked him if he was going to dump them.  He said he’d missed the dumps by 5 minutes and was bringing them tomorrow.  I asked if he would mind following me to my house and letting me have them for free. I told him I crochet and it would be perfect to store my yarn in.  He agreed and he helped me unload them.  They came from a storage unit in Pacifica.  The lady was moving to Florida with her husband and she just wanted to dump everything and start over new!  Lucky Mimi!

Q:  Are you addicted, or can you quit at anytime? Inquiring crochet minds want to know!

YES, I am addicted.  NO, I cannot quite at anytime!  There is always something new my friends on Facebook are forwarding me!  They never wanna purchase the products so, I just stick to my granny square blankets because I crochet for a living currently and don’t have time to make small projects on the side no one will want in the end.  Plus, I’d have to use the yarn from my stash which I might need on a future product!   I’ve made everything from crocheted hoop earrings with sports teams colors and the correct sports ball as a center bead, to purses, scarves, blankets and beanies of all types.  I love making character beanies they just cost more to the customer because they are a lot more work then just a basic beanie!

 

 

 

 

Question Credit:  http://stitchstirrers.wordpress.com/2007/10/28/prompt-yarrrrrrrrn/