Philanthropy = Love for humankind
It is exciting to see the growing interest of our members in creating and contributing items for Philanthropy. Our very own co-President Tania Marshall made the hats shown as “homework” for her machine knitting class. She used hand work to finish them off. What a great idea – to make something for others as part of your own learning. And – note the fact that she labeled her hats with fiber content and simple care instructions. Thanks, Tania, for being such an outstanding example.
Another member reported that she had sent ten hats so far in 2023 to the chemo suite where her father had been cared for, so that counts toward our guild’s philanthropy efforts. Please feel free to make things for your favorite charity. If you send them on your own, we just ask that you tell us so we can continue to inspire others. Perhaps make a scarf or hat to test out a new technique or stitch.
If you want to make top-down hats, the patterns are on the website. As I said at our March meeting, you don’t need to do a gauge swatch for a top-down hat because you can keep increasing until you get the circumference you want, and then can measure from top to bottom and know exactly how you will end up.
You likely have yarn in your stash for potential philanthropic items. Scarves and hats in particular, of all colors and fiber types are welcomed by local charitable organizations, and are a terrific way to use up small quantities in stripes or other techniques. Blankets large and small are welcome as well. We just need to make sure to label donations with washing instructions.
There is a place for all of these items, made of a variety of fibers, appreciated by the recipients.
If you have a favorite charity you already support, please let me know. Feedback is a gift.
— Colleen Lukoff, Philanthropy Coordinator