Even though I love charity knitting, I go through phases when I get out of the habit. I start knitting things only for friends or family, or I stop knitting altogether. Or, I start a bunch of projects and never finish any. It’s easy to be excited about knitting for charity when you’re starting out, but sometimes it’s hard to keep up the steam. But right now, knitting charities need your help more than ever. Here’s why:
1. The current economic downturn has more people in need of assistance
Now more than ever, there are people who are jobless, homeless, and in despair due to no fault of their own. Knowing that someone’s out there doing a charity knit project on their behalf can make all the difference — as can a warm blanket, pair of mittens, or hat.
2. New knitting charities keep popping up
As the popularity of charity knitting increases, more charities have started accepting knit items, or even focusing the majority of their attention on those who knit for charity. If we drop off our donations, there aren’t enough new charity knitters to take up the mantle.
3. Nothing’s as rewarding as knitting for charity
If you’ve never knit for charity, you don’t know what you’re missing! Not only do you get to explore free knitting patterns, use your creativity, and play with new styles of knitting you might not have tried before, you get the added satisfaction of knowing that all of your effort goes towards helping someone in need.
4. It’s a great way to keep the craft going
People who never think of knitting will suddenly perk up when you mention knitting for charity. If you really love to share your love of knitting with everyone else, then get them involved in charity knitting, maybe start a party or a charitable knitting circle. Regardless, it’s a great way to share your love of knitting and enjoy a much needed opportunity to socialize with your friends. So remember, if you’ve never knit for charity, it’s time to start — and if you’re already experienced in charity knitting, don’t lose your steam!