Once I started to knit in earnest, I realized that there are only so many homemade gifts you can make for people before you run out of projects. You can either fill drawers and boxes with finished products no one will ever see, or you can knit for charity. When I first read the book, Knitting for Peace by Betty Christiansen, I felt like I could finally do my part to care for the children of the world. I've made countless sweaters, socks, and hats to be sent far and wide to different charities, and with each item sent out I can take a breath and hope that perhaps one more small life will be affected in a positive way. I will hug all those children with the tiny loops and stitches I knit for them.
|"afghans for Afghans" Child's Vest - 2007|
|"Caps for Kids" Hats - 2007|
|A Daisy Hard at Work!|
From the moment I became Rowan's Girl Scout Leader and realized I would be helping the girls earn their light green Daisy petal: Considerate and Caring, I knew I wanted to involve them with Project Linus. The girls had so much fun creating the blankets as part of this important lesson and loved the idea they were helping an unknown child. It was hard for some of them to part with the finished blanket, but I had planned ahead! Each girl got a remnant from the fabric they had chosen to work on. On each remnant I put a label with their name and a little poem I wrote: