We have had a lot of interest in making items for our latest charity – red, white and blue blankets for our Veterans under hospice care. Feel free to make up your own pattern for a blanket, contribute red, white and/or blue squares to be assembled with others to make a full-size blanket, or use the patterns available for downloading on the Share A Knit Philanthropy page on Guild website. We will have washable red, white and blue acrylic yarn available at the Philanthropy table at every Guild meeting.
In addition, we are continuing to collect scarves, hats and baby items, as well as squares for our donations to Project Linus.
Remember that all squares should be 12×12 of washable worsted weight yarn, preferably acrylic. If your square turns out smaller or larger than 12 inches, don’t worry, just aim for SQUARE. Please check out the Share A Knit Philanthropy page on the Guild website for patterns of varying complexity available for downloading.
Finally, I want to reiterate the idea that you can make a difference in our philanthropy donations – whether those listed here or the Softies collected for breast cancer patients – simply by spending your time while at our Guild meetings working on a philanthropy project. Most of these items are easy knits, which means you can knit AND listen and learn at our meetings. If the only time you knit for philanthropy is at these meetings, you will have spent at least 11 hours per year, and will have made at least a scarf, a hat, a pair of Breast Buddies or several squares. Not a requirement, and no one will judge you if you do your own thing. I realize many of you knit for charity in other groups already – just a suggestion if you’re looking for time you don’t think you have.
–Ginny Newton, Philanthropy Chair