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Charity Knitting Advocate

Hey Everyone!

It has taken me years, and having several jobs in unrelated fields (and one is a semi similar but different field) to finally put a name to what I am passionate about doing. For the past several years, I have had this ever growing passion for charity knitting, and sharing my experiences with others through this blog, other blogs I have kept in the past, my facebook page for this blog, and through ravelry. I have finally put a label to what I was working toward. That job title is Charity Knitting Advocate.  I love sharing the projects I have completed, especially the ones for children in need. Over the years, I had thought something along the lines of “why can’t I knit sweaters for kids in need for a living?” then that has become more of “why can’t I help lay a path for people who want to help children need, but don’t know how, or where to start, or where to go once they start, for a living”. The career is not based the final total of sweaters that I knit, but rather the process about what goes into it, the kids that are benefiting from it, and why people like myself choose to get involved. It is also a resource for those who want to get involved so they have aren’t struggling with how to go about it, or where to send their final projects. I want to help bring the resources that are out there, to knitters and crocheter’s who want to get involved but wouldn’t otherwise know how to go about it.

I love spending time on sites such as ravelry, finding new to me charity groups that have a program set up to collect hand knit items such as baby blankets, baby hats, sweaters, etc for children and babies in need, and many of them benefit babies and children right here in my own country, which is something else that is important to me.

If you have been following me for any length of time, you will know that I like trying different types and brands of 4 ply, 100% acrylic, worsted weight yarns for the sweaters that I make, as well as different types of 3 and 4 ply 100% acrylic yarn for hats and baby blankets for babies and children in need. I thoroughly enjoy sharing my experiences and what I liked or didn’t like about different yarns with you, my readers.

I got the question of why do I use and push 100% acrylic yarn for these projects. Cost of the yarn is just one of the several factors. The durability of the yarn, the ease of care, variety of colors, where the items are being sent, and so on and so forth.

Not only is 100% acrylic yarn cost effective (where I live I can purchase enough yarn to make a size 10 sweater for $10 or less). The 100% acrylic is machine washable and dryable like any other regular garment. The ease of care is important when sending items to third world, and developing countries as well ad the high poverty density areas of the industrialized world. The blankets and baby hats are to be machine washable and dryable especially if they will be going to a hospital for babies, especially babies who are sick, as the hospital will have to wash them before given to the baby so that and outside germs and pathogens are eliminated. You don’t really have to worry about bugs getting to the garment and damaging it if it isn’t “stored properly”. There are a ton of color options.

While I love working with Wool and other natural fibers that take a bit extra care for my own personal use, I push and advocate 100% acrylic for charity projects for children for all the reasons I listed above and more.

I am currently working on more projects for kids in need, and interspersing personal projects in, so that I can have fresh new content for you all in my blog posts, and help get myself out there, and see where it will go.

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Have Yarn, Will Knit Hats!

Hi Everyone!

This week, I have continued to work on hats for children living in rural India. The hats I was working on over the weekend, I was working on using up the last of the yarn I had used to make a baby blanket for a friend of mine’s foster daughter. What was left of that large 9.8 ounce skein of Bernat Baby Sport Yarn, I had plenty to make the blanket, as well as several hats.

I have also been using what I have left of a skein of Lion Brand pound of love skein of yarn, that I purchased in order to make a Christmas gift for a friend. Since that is done, I am now using what is left of that skein to also make hats.

I have also started in on a skein of Bernat Baby Sport yarn in Candy Print for hats. While I still have plenty of the Lion Brand yarn, I am enjoying having a cute girly yarn to work with to make a lot of child size hats.

This week I have been enjoying being able to work on hats, and having plenty of yarn to choose from to make these hats.

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Plugging away on my Current Sweater

Hi Everyone! 
The last week and a half has seen a slower pace of knitting than at other points in time. I have been busy with church, and getting ready for camp meeting. The past couple of days I have spent a lot of time working on my sweater, so I can try to get it done soon. If you have read any of my other posts, I like having more than one project in the works, and I like getting projects done. 

Over the years knitting these sweaters has taken on more meaning than just a project to work on. It has really sunk in that I am making something that will benefit children, and that is what motivates me to keep knitting, and to keep getting projects done. The more sweaters I can complete, the more children I can help. There are so many children, here even in my own country that need the help. 40% of the sweaters that World vision receives stay in the U.S., I would love see them bring in so many more sweaters that they are able to expand their work within this country, and help even more children. I can’t help but hope that the Native American/Alaskan Native children are being helped as well. I knit for them.