Lately I’ve sifted through several knitting charities in the United Kingdom. I know we have many readers there who are eager to knit for charity. While I found many that didn’t work out for one reason or another, I did find one particular organization that stood out as one that I would be happy to promote and encourage for UK knitters.
That organization is called Knit for Life, and if you’re a knitter in the United Kingdom who just can’t seem to stop knitting and/or can’t seem to find people or places to offer your knitting, I think you’ll find this organization to be exactly right for you!
About Knit for Life
One thing that drew me into Knit for Life is its very reason for existence. On their website, they state, “…we quickly realised that, whilst so many people love to knit, they don’t always have a reason to do so.” In other words, this program is the perfect depot for those with newly-empty nests, retirees, homemakers, or anyone else with more time to knit than they know what to do with!
Another thing I love about Knit for Life is that it’s also perfect for those with the opposite problem: their time is very limited, and they simply don’t have the time to search for the perfect charity. They just want to have one simple place where they can send their knitting to, because when they take the time to knit, they want to know their knitting is going to someone in genuine need.
Finally, for those who prefer to knit for their local communities, Knit for Life also has you covered. They offer a full list of local charities, complete with links to their websites.
How You Can Help
First, head for the Knit for Life website. This is where you’ll find information about what this organization offers, including a list of the causes they support, patterns you can use for donations, and additional resource links.
From here you can do one of two things. You can join Knit for Life and become a part of their team; you’ll just need to download a copy of their membership form, fill it out, and send it in.
Conversely, you can simply use the Knit for Life website as a resource, using their links to charities and patterns to knit for charity on your own. You can check out their large-scale charities here or use that list of local charities here to find a way to support your own community.
Regardless of which way you go, you’ll almost certainly want to check out their wonderful pattern page!
Any way you choose to work with Knit for Life, as a UK knitter I think you’ll find this a simple and effective way to knit for charity!