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September 14, 2010

Knitting for charity is a popular past time for knitters of all shapes and sizes. Every community has knitters and these same communities also have people who want and appreciate knitting and often are in need of a gift of love. Magic happens when these two groups combine.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is one such community. Knitters come together to stitch and visit and create items complete with love and joy stitched right in. Groups have formed throughout our fair city. Completed hats, scarves, sweaters, baby layettes, and blankets are just a few of the items that fly off the needles of local knitters. Often these items, which are advisably simple and washable and easy care, are donated to a number of organizations throughout Saskatoon.

A number of charities accept complete knitted items and provide warmth and love to those in need. Cloth for Kids is a Canadian charity where volunteers use donated fabric and yarns to create new clothes for Saskatchewan kids in need. Cloth for kids provides these items free of charge to a variety of professional agencies. Volunteers meet weekly on Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Rainbow Community Centre, 808 20th Street West, in Saskatoon, SK.

Other charities, such as Blankets for Canada (a non-denominational organization devoted to creating blankets for Canadians who need warmth) and Project Linus (provides love, security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need thorugh gifting afghans lovingly created by hand crafters across Canada) are supported by our local yarn stores (LYS). Both The Wool Emporium and Prairie Lily Knitting and Needlework Shop serve as drop off points for items donated to these and other charities.

As the warmth of summer is replaced by the chill of fall blankets are the perfect stitching project. As each stitch builds upon the previous our thoughts, feelings, and love wind their way around the yarn. Become a “blanketeer” by stitching up a Project Linus creation (a number of patterns can be found on this pattern/links page should you be in need of inspiration). A number of free charitable patterns exist on sites like Ravelry and Knitty.com.

Stitch away the cooler days and spread some joy amongst your fellow citizens. You will be warmed by knowing that a child or adult within your community will proudly wear your items and fully appreciate the love stitched into every stitch. This is the magic that happens when knitters meet charities.

Do you have a favourite charity where your knit or crochet creations are donated?

Do you have a favourite project that you work on for charity?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 14, 2010 6:07 pm

    Great post! i have emailed it to myself for future reference!

    • September 14, 2010 6:17 pm

      That’s great news, Sharon. Thanks for stopping by and giving it a read. I thought, since we are bidding farewell to the small projects of summer, it was time to think about doing some larger projects and spreading the joy of knit wear across the city of Saskatoon.

      What have you got on your charity list?

  2. September 14, 2010 9:11 pm

    In college I was in a knitting/crocheting group that made beanies and blankets to donate to a local hospital. I really miss it.

    • September 14, 2010 9:17 pm

      Knitting groups, or circles, can provide inspiration, motivation, and friendship. No matter what age I am, I’ve always enjoyed knitting with company. Knitting charitable items is one of the best type of knitting and I enjoy delivering the donations and basking in the thanks and appreciation of the recipients. The rewards are endless.

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