How Crochet Makes the World Better
How do we make the world a better place? That is a conversation I have been having with my friends and family lately. As I look around me, I see many who are careworn. Friends, neighbors, family, and community members who have lifted me now need lifting of their own. I’ve always been a big believer that we can make a huge difference in the world by lifting up the people around us—like ripples in a pond.
Marly Bird wrote an incredible article in Love of Crochet Fall 2016 about giving to those around us as well as our favorite charities—and there are so many patterns in this issue that are perfect for gifts. I just had to share this excerpt of Marly’s article with you.
The Joy of Giving
In my experience, crocheters are some of the most generous makers in the crafting world. More often than not, crocheters are stitching for loved ones or charity rather than creating something for themselves.
Charity is often thought of as giving to an organization, such as a veterans hospital, the Red Cross, or a local church. But charitable giving also embraces giving to a neighbor in need or a family who is struggling.
My role as national spokesperson for Red Heart yarns has helped me become more involved in charitable organizations than ever before. Red Heart has recently partnered with the Red Cross to launch the #StitchAHug campaign. The Red Cross helps families who have lost their homes to fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other disasters. Through the Stitch A Hug campaign, crocheters and knitters have an opportunity to offer support through their passion by making a blanket that they then donate to the Red Cross or a charity of their choice.
Before you begin crocheting, pick your charity. Organizations often have specific needs and rules that you’ll want to know before making something.
Yarn: Check the organization’s acceptable fibers and preferred color choices.
Pattern: Many charities offer recommended patterns and will be quite specific about the project size. For instance, a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) may be seeking hats only for newborns, or the animal shelter may be seeking pet blankets forlarge crates. There are often detailed instructions for finishing as well. If the charity doesn’t offer a pattern, choose one that follows their guidelines.
I designed the Baby Hugs Charity Blanket with the charity crocheter in mind. The project is easy, customizable, and portable; it’s great for men, women, and children—and dogs and cats too!
Your mission: Pick a charity. Check the guidelines. And let’s go! As you make the designated number of Hexagon 1 motifs for your Baby Hugs Charity Blanket, share them on Facebook or Instagram with #BabyHugsCharityBlanket and #StitchAHug.
— Marly Bird
So, are you up for the challenge? Whether you are crocheting for your favorite charity or the family next door who had just lost their job, we can all make a difference with hook and yarn.
In Love of Crochet Fall 2016 Editor Marcy Smith chose patterns that make great gifts, and be sure to check out Mary’s Baby Hugs Charity Crochet Blanket. Download or order your Fall 2016 issue today.
P.S. Share your favorite crochet charity or an instance you lifted someone’s day or they lifted your through crochet. We all love an inspirational story.