Crafting For A Cause
We are not meeting in person at this time.
We will continue to do our yearly hat drive for Dove House and the local Homeless shelter. In addition to this, we’ll be crafting to support two groups: Welcome Blanket; and the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Crafters can make items for one of these causes, or for any other cause. Drop your donation by Bazaar Girls at any time during business hours.
The Welcome Blanket Project www.welcomeblanket.org aims to connect people already living in the United States with our country’s newest immigrants through stories and handmade blankets, providing both symbolic and literal comfort and warmth. From their website: …A welcome blanket is traditionally created to lovingly mark the arrival of a new person into the world. In the Welcome Blanket project, each handmade blanket is a physical manifestation of this celebration of new refugees and other immigrants: “Welcome to the United States and your new life here! We are so glad you have arrived.” Please see the Welcome Blanket website to see the blankets other have made, and to learn about pattern requirements before you begin your project: blankets must be 40″ x 40,” for instance, but there are no material restrictions.
We will also be making “fidget muffs” to give to those struggling with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-type illnesses. Fidget muffs are knitted, sewn or crocheted mitts or muffs with textured yarns, buttons, sparkly things, and other bits and bobs added. They are designed to provide a stimulation activity for restless hands for patients suffering from dementia. There are numerous photos of “fidget muffs” or “twiddle muffs” on the Internet, in case you’d like to check out the possibilities.
We are also still making Ann Budd’s ‘Fading Memories’ Shawl to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. Every time you purchase this pattern from Ravelry or buy yarn from us for this purpose; a portion of the proceeds goes to the Alzheimer’s Association. Links to the pattern and yarn for purchase are available on our website HERE.
As always with Crafting for A Cause, we will help you plan your project. We also have lots of free yarn in our Free Box, and we offer a 10% discount on supplies for those doing charity knitting. And if you don’t have time to spare to make a Welcome Blanket or a fidget muff but would like to contribute, please consider donating some yarn or supplies to the free box. And as I mentioned earlier, hats! We always accept hats.