Friday, February 20, 2009

Knitting for Charity

Many of my friends knit, my mother knits, my daughter knits--I am what you would call a nervous beginner! But I do receive an email from Lion Brand Yarn, a company that sells yarns, patterns, etc., in the hopes that I'll become inspired. :) Their newsletter features:

  • Free patterns - added every week
  • Screensavers, Comics and More
  • Access to Lion Brand Contests
  • New Yarn Announcements
  • Stitch of the Week
  • Knitting and Crochet Events
  • News and articles of interest to knitters and crocheters

My mom knit me a pair of fingerless mittens and a hat:

This week they had a link to a charity that collects knitted or even felted squares to turn into blankets:

Knit-a-Square's role is to provide warmth by collecting handknit or crocheted squares from all over the world that are then stitched together locally by the Soweto Comfort Club, a church group in South Africa, to create blankets for children in Soweto and Johannesburg, South Africa areas, including those helped by Hotel Hope.

Millions of babies and children around the world live in poverty and are cold. If you love knitting, then knitting for charity is a wonderful way to help make a child or baby blanket to keep these children warm.

Knit-a-Square's website has a lot of information on knitting, including this helpful page, How to Knit, as well as how to Felt.

We have a local knitting store, Pins and Needles (this links to a newspaper article about the shop owner, a former FBI agent), that is currently holding free Kid's Knitting classes on Fridays from 1-3 pm. This event is free, on-going, and open to all. From a friend:

So far, the girls (ages 6-15, plus, us moms) have learned the garter stitch (the basic knitting stitch), purl stitch, and yarn overs.

I'm going to try to make it today and bring my (over-one-year-old) project with me. I do wish more boys would get involved in this as well, as it is pointed out at Knit a Square that men were often the ones doing much of the knitting in the past.

Contrary to popular prejudice, men knitting used to be commonplace and was not exclusively a female preoccupation.

In fact, many historians back the view that it was men who created knitting and contributed significantly to its development.

One view is based on the theory that Arabic fisherman, skilled in knotting fishing nets, probably spread the knowledge via the Mediterranean.

I know that Waldorf schools teach a lot of hand work to the students, and a friend whose boys attended a local school for a couple years learned to knit and enjoy it.

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