KNITTING FOR CHARITY

Do you love to knit? Are you passionate about knitting for charity? Or, you would like to know more about knitting for charity -- worthwhile charities to knit for, free patterns you can use for charity knitting projects, great new techniques, information about yarn or supplies, and so on?

If so, you have come to the right place!

At Knitting for Charity, we love to use our favorite hobby to benefit people in need all over the country and the world. And what better way to help others through our needles than to share what we find with you, fellow knitters and would-be knitters?

Let Me Introduce Myself

I'm Nicole Haschke. As you may know, Nellie the Knitting Nut and her friend Kitty originally started this website. They took on Kyla Quinlan, who then took over the website.

I was a member of Kyla's team for a few years. She decided to move on to other endeavors, and she asked me to take it over. I am now the sole flag-carrier for this illustrious site! 

So, let me share a little bit about myself. I've been knitting for almost as long as my younger daughter has been alive! When she was about 4 months old, I received a gift from a fellow knitting friend. She sent me a box full of yarn, needles, and a cute little "Learn to Knit" book. 

I gave it a try one day while baby was napping, and I was hooked immediately! My first project was a little change purse with a button. Then I made a small bag. Next I made myself a scarf. I couldn't stop knitting!

A year or two later, I discovered charity knitting. I was so happy to find a way to combine my newest obsession with a way to help people. I especially loved it because it meant that I could use my meager resources to do not only something I loved, but also something that could help make the world a better place.

A few years later I joined Kyla's team, and the rest is proverbial history.

Here's a little more about me: I now live in Oklahoma after living most of my life in Ohio. I'm married, and we have two beautiful girls. My collective pet name for them is "the girlios." Our family is rounded out by our dog, Winnie, a black terrier mix who loves nothing better than to climb into my lap while I'm trying to knit! (I love her anyway, though.)

Aside from knitting and writing, my hobbies include tennis (both watching and playing), social media, and dyeing my hair crazy colors. I enjoy volunteering at both girlios' schools, and I lead children's worship at our church.

I just love this website! I really enjoy sharing with all of you the many wonderful charities available to knit for, as well as free patterns, ways to save money on knitting, and tips on how to make your knitting even better and more fun. I am so thankful to all our subscribers and visitors who have done so much to help others by knitting for charity.

Here is just a little bit of the feedback we have received from some wonderful charities:

From our Friends at The Humble Stitch sites.google.com/site/thehumblestitch

Folks, one person I forgot to thank - someone essential to our success - was Kyla at Knitting for Charity. An astounding 35% of traffic to our website came from her wonderful, positive article about The Humble Stitch. Thank you, Kyla!

From Steve at Kids Knits www.kidknits.org:

I am Steve, the father of Ellie, who is the founder of KidKnits. We have been noticing a steady flow of traffic to our website, www.kidknits.org ever since the blog post was made, and we wanted to express our thanks... We appreciate what you are doing through your blog, and would love to know if we could help you in any way.

From Christine at Knots of Love www.knotsoflove.org:

Hi! This is a fabulous piece!! I can't thank you enough for writing it. As you know we donate over 3,000 caps per month and if I had more caps I could EASILY donate them. I am certain we will garner many move volunteers because of this magnificent mention. Thank you so very very much!!

From Lora at Outreach to Appalachia outreachtoappalachia.webs.com:

I just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for featuring my group in your newsletter! We have grown by leaps and bounds since it has come out and people have found us. I have such a heart for the people of Appalachia and the poverty that they suffer daily that it is awesome to have so many new helping hands! I am forever thankful. Have a blessed day!

In short, you'll find the answers to just about ALL of your questions about knitting for charity - how great the need is, the variety of projects you can get involved in, what kinds of yarn to use, how to save a ton of money knitting for charity... and much, much, more!

So explore these pages. I know you'll find something to get started knitting right away...

Knitting Book Review: Clara Parkes' Knitlandia

Note: a reader suggested that I review certain knitting books and knitting-related novels. I LOVE this idea, if only because I don't read as much as I would like to, and this will encourage me to read more! So here's my very first knitting book review: Clara Parkes' Knitlandia.

Because I myself am a writer, I tend to compare myself to nearly every other writer I read, whether it's in blogs, magazines and newspapers, or books. And the highest compliment I tend to give to a writer whose work I love is, "I should probably quit, because I'll never write that well!"

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Enchanted Makeovers: Offering New Life and New Hope to Homeless Women and Children

Most of us are familiar with the television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." Enchanted Makeovers is is a little like that television show, in that it works to transform a living space. Yet it is very different in that every living space it seeks to transform is a shelter for women and children.

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Free Plus-Size Sweater Knitting Patterns

Over the past couple of years since I took over KnittingforCharity.org, I've received quite a few requests for plus-sized knitting patterns. I have posted a few collections already; here http://www.knittingforcharity.org/how_to_find_free_knitting_patterns_for_plus_sizes.html you'll find a general selection of plus-sized patterns; here http://www.knittingforcharity.org/knitting_bucket_list_item_sweater_coat.html you'll find a collection of plus-sized sweater coats and jackets.

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Manos Cooperatives: Supporting the Women of Uruguay through Hand-Dyed Yarn

Over the past few years, I've become much more mindful of where the things I buy come from. I've become much more aware of the horrible amount of slave labor that is responsible for many of the items I normally buy without a moment's thought. At the same time, I've discovered companies that are taking a stand against this by being proactive in providing jobs to impoverished and oppressed people. When a company goes out of its way to provide opportunities for people who have none, to pay them a good wage and provide them with benefits so that they can support themselves and their families, it makes me want all the more to purchase products from that company

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Get Free Help with Knitting with YouTubeChannels

One of the biggest ways the Internet has revolutionized knitting has been through online videos. These days, it's very common to hear a knitter say that s/he learned to knit through watching YouTube videos. And, indeed, YouTube is rife with incredibly helpful videos for knitters of all levels: those just starting out, those wanting to learn new skills, and those wanting a bit of hand-holding for more complex knitting tasks.

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The Pink Slipper Project: Helping Victims of Domestic Violence through Charity Knitting

The Pink Slipper Project is a program designed to help women and children living in domestic violence shelters. While it was featured in a Knitting Nuggets Newsletter about four years ago, it has not been featured on the Knitting for Charity website until now.

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Knit up Some Yoda Fun, Let Us! Free Knitting Patterns with Yoda

Ready for some free knitting patterns for Yoda, you are? A lot of great Yoda patterns, there are. Enjoy perusing them, you will. Find them fun and adorable, you are bound to. Make great gifts for children and young-at-heart, they do.

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