Global to Local Knitting Volunteerism
Knitting Volunteerism (formerly known as “charity” knitting or crochet) is familiar to many of us. I learned to crochet at my grandmother’s apron when I was in kindergarten (both the apron she wore and the afghan she made also went to the Hadassah sale). While my first projects were Barbie “skirts” (tubes), I soon graduated to granny squares and small blankets that went into the Hadassah afghans.
Many of us are likely familiar with some of the more prominent “charity knitting” (and crochet) projects that have been around for a while: Save the Children’s hat campaign, which collected thousands of caps for newborns worldwide, and the Knit for Kids sweater project, and the Linus blanket project. These and similar campaigns have inspired me and thousands of others to take up our needles and hooks for children in need, nationally and internationally. But there have been few opportunities to set our needlesmith skills to work for children closer to home – for me, in Philadelphia. Until I stumbled across notices for the upcoming Philadelphia Area Knit Out.
The sixth annual Philadelphia Area Knit Out 2007 (and crochet) event is coming to the Philadelphia Convention Center on Sunday, September 16, 2007, from noon to 5 p.m. The project is calling again for contributions of small blankets and soft “huggable” stuffed toys, to be distributed to children endangered or injured in domestic violence cases. All donated items will be displayed at the Knit Out, and instruction will be available for those wanting to learn to knit or crochet. The event is free (although financial contributions are invited) – so inspiration can be provided, or found.
Finished in just a few hours (scarf and all), he’s 9″tall, soft as can be, and ready for hugging action somewhere in Philadelphia. Who needs TV.