Is it time to consider donating your yarn?
I’ve recently realized that I have actually never donated yarn to anyone.
How recently? Um… I sat down to write this article and realized I’ve never donated my yarn. That’s how recently.
I wanted to consider what might make folks reluctant to donate their yarn, because that was a thread I saw often in my survey. Some variation of “I know I should probably give away some of my yarn, but it would break my heart.”
At first I thought, “Well that seems like an overreaction.” And then I looked at myself and thought, “Oh, yeah? Well I don’t see you donating your yarn, you hoarder!”
So rather than attempting to read other people’s minds and wonder why they might not want to part with their yarn, I thought, “Perhaps I ought to look at myself and ask this question!”
Why I’ve Never Donated Yarn
I really want to write a list. Lists seem so logical. So organized. So precise.
But here’s the only real reason I’ve never donated my yarn:
I MIGHT NEED IT SOMEDAY.
That’s a little depressing, honestly. I wanted to have deep, psychologically heavy reasons why I’ve never parted with yarn once I’ve obtained it somehow. But nope. There’s my single, solitary reason!
I look at:
- The insane amount of acrylic yarn I own (it’s only gotten larger and more ridiculous since this photo was taken) and think, “I could make SO MANY blankets or scarves or hats or toys with these!!!”
- All my sock yarn and dream of knitting lots of gorgeous pairs of socks and some lovely shawls.
- My DK to worsted weight wool yarn and think, “these could make the most beautiful hats and gloves.”
- My novelty yarn and think “stuffed animals! Cell phone purses! Cute stuff!”
- The silly amount of cotton yarn I own and think “dishcloths! Washcloths! Hand towels! WEDDING GIFTS.”
Y’all, I’m hopeless.
And honestly? I’m pretty sure I’ve already reached SABLE (if you’re not familiar with this term, it’s an acronym that stands for Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy). No, my yarn stash doesn’t fill a room or anything like that. But I have a lot of yarn and, while I’m a reasonably fast knitter, I don’t think I’m going to put a dent into this stash until I’ve retired.
In fact, I might not feel the need to start donating my yarn until I am retired.
When You’re Ready to Donate
So suppose you’re not me and you’re ready to start donating your yarn. I frequently hear from folks who want to unload yarn, wondering where are the best places to donate.
The easiest methods for donating your yarn is to check into one of these places:
- Elementary schools. Many elementary schools use yarn for arts and crafts projects.
- Assisted living facilities. Many residents at assisted living facilities enjoy knitting and crochet as well as other arts and crafts activities.
- Churches. Not only do many churches have knitting groups, but often church Sunday school classes for children use yarn for arts and crafts projects.
- Thrift/second-hand stores. This is an often overlooked place to donate yarn. I’ve both seen yarn at thrift stores myself and heard of others who have found yarn here.
- Freecycle. This website offers a network of groups all over the world that allow you to post items you’d like to give away and items you need and would rather not pay for. This is a terrific way to prevent paying postage and find someone who could really use your yarn.
- Ravelry groups. There are two fantastic groups on Ravelry where you can unload excess yarn. One is ISO and Destash of Yarn and the second is Destash International. Use the magic of the Internet to your advantage!
Note that both of these groups have additional links to Ravelry groups that also allow for exchanges of yarn and/or supplies.
Let’s hear from you now: do you struggle with letting go of yarn? If so, why? And do you have additional ideas for places and ways for donating your yarn?