Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Charity Projects

Hi everyone

Posted off these two separate packages for the group I belong to - Knit4Charities. Now if you look closely you will notice that all these items are crocheted, so don't let the groups title fool you. There is also a lot of sewn items which are sent in too.

All these projects have been worked over many months. I have a drawer in which I put these projects and when a charity comes along which can use them, off they go.

This lot went to the Footpath Library. The blanket is approximately 90cm square and while it looks easy as a simple granny square blanket, for me it was a nightmare. I DISLIKE Mohair, and this yarn is an acrylic pretend mohair. It took me ages and ages to work this. I do know though that the blanket is warm. I definitely could not work on this during the warmer days!!!

Footpath Library, originally uploaded by Aussie Maria.

And this lot is off to Women's Refuge NSW

Now the reason I do this is multi-fold.  I have the time now.  I can only make so much for me and my children.  I love to try out new patterns now that time is not an issue.  Whatever I make will fit "Some-one" - no size issues.  They will be put to good use.  And I was lucky enough to have a MIL who had a large yarn stash who gave it all to me for these projects - not great yarn, but when washed and conditioned becomes lovely and soft (I then know that the items are machine-washable too!!).  For a very, very long time I have wanted to do a little bit for the community.  I used to volunteer at my girl's school and for their sporting groups - which included them being volunteer Life-Savers.  Now I have found something I can do at home for "Some-one" else!!

And as a post-script, I will become a bit quiet around here for the next 2-4 weeks as I move from my lofty eagles nest down to the tree-tops.

Bye for now

P.S - I discovered Knit4Charities quite a few years ago, but did not have the time or inclination to participate, so I stored it away in the back of my mind for 'one-day' time.  I have only recently started participating.  The reason I am blogging about it is that I hope that some other like minded people who are looking for something like this may just find it.
As the group leader, Pam, says - one item will fit and help one person who needed it, that is all she asks of those in the group.  Butterfly effect, I hope


  1. Maria,
    You are doing brilliant work.
    This is exactly why I am crocheting for others. There is only so many things you can make for yourself, your home, your family. This is why I am working now for the Elderly. I'm having such a wicked time and I feel at last I have a purpose!
    Well done to you.
    Love Suex

  2. Good on you Maria.
    I joined the CWA. The amount of work they do ,unsung, most of the time, is truely amazing and I have met an amazing group of women from my suburb who have become valued friends.
    PS Are you moving house?

  3. Beautiful work as always. My Mantra for my charity crafting (it will fit someone in need). 1 item by our over 800 members means 800+ people are helped.

  4. My reasons for being in K4C exactly!

    Those things for the Refuge are so cute! And I do the same thing - knit and put it away for a suitable charity later.

    DD bought 2 x 500g of acrylic "mohair" a few years ago to knit herself cardigans. Never happened. Although I, too, don't like knitting with mohair (and other "sticky" fibres), I guess I will have to do something with all that yarn - after all, I paid for it!

    Erg! Moving! Hope it's not too stressful.

  5. I think it is absolutely wonderful the work that you do. One day I might make some things too although I have no idea how to crochet. Your crochet looks fantastic and I am sure the blanket will be treasured!

  6. Maria beautiful worthwhile work - this is something I may well do in the future - do they have a UK branch? As you say there is only so much you can make for family and friends - I am not quite at that stage yet but do manage a few squares for SIBOL! I am intrigued by moving from you lofty eagles nest to tree tops is this a summer/winter thing? Oh and thanks for the lovely message on my blog about the chickens - I loved preparing that post - bought it all back to me and they are such characters - you will know what I mean having had some! Take care **Kim**x

  7. Maria what an amazing job your doing. I love the blanket.Have a great Easter.