Philanthropy February 2023
Our Guild members not only make things for various charitable organizations, but also support other groups who make things for others. Arlene Shaposhnick, a former Guild Philanthropy Chair, spends time each week working with residents of Seacrest Village in Encinitas. Thanks to you, I was able to provide her with a tub of yarn for their activities.
Scarves and hats of all colors and fiber types are welcomed by local charitable organizations. Do not limit yourself to any yarn type. Blankets large and small are also needed. Just label all items with washing instructions.
Please continue to independently make things for your favorite charity. Keep a tally of the items and the organizations you contribute to, as the Guild maintains a yearly count.
I have written two top-down hat patterns for your use. One is for the typical warm snow hat, and the other is for those who have lost hair due to a medical condition (aka chemo cap). I prefer this method because I have better control over how long the final hat will be, and I do not need to make a gauge swatch for sizing since I can measure as I go along. The patterns are in easy to download PDF format – click on the following links to download:
Basic Knitted Hat
Basic Chemo Hat
I will collect completed, labeled items at each in person meeting. Guild Philanthropy tags for downloading and printing can be found here. I will not be maintaining a yarn closet for your philanthropy efforts, so dig through your stash and get creative!
If you have a favorite charity you already support, please let me know. Feedback is a gift.
— Colleen Lukoff, Philanthropy, Philanthropy@SanDiegoKnitters.com