I had a theology professor in college who said many things I will never forget; but one comment in particular really struck me. He was attempting to explain the meaning behind the story of creation, and his reflection was that “love wants to create.” No strings attached, no expectation of a return—just love pouring itself into the act of creating, because that’s where the energy behind love tends.
I remember asking myself at the time whether what he said was really true. In various situations, relationships, and circumstances since, I have found that love and creativity are almost inextricably linked. If I needed anymore proof, it came in the form of last Saturday’s Charity Knit & Crochet event at Yarn Soup.
The number of people who attended and the many causes discussed tells me that within the heart of the person who creates, whether by knitting, crocheting, or any other craft, is a love that wants to manifest itself somehow. And how thrilled am I when the medium for that expression is yarn!
What this event also proved to me is that there are many people in this world who need such a gift of love. Whether it’s children who need a special toy to engage their sense of play, or families left behind economically who need warm hats, mittens, and blankets to stave off the bitter cold, there is someone out there–and most likely within the Tri-State area—who needs the creative gift you have to give.
This time of year is difficult for many, but it’s also a time when we crafters have more opportunity to indulge our creativity. Christmas gifts have already been given, the weather keeps us indoors more, and we all look for a diversion to keep our spirits up until spring finally arrives.
If you are looking for an opportunity to meet a need, below is a list of some of the causes mentioned on Saturday. I’m also including a link to an article with excellent tips about charity knitting and crocheting, such as checking with an organization first to assess their needs. These projects can be a great way to use up your stash, try a new skill, and meet others with common interests.
And, of course, spread the love that’s burning inside you.
Afghans for Afghans
Sends knitted and crocheted afghans and garments to those suffering in Afghanistan.
Grant County Hat Project (Grant County, WI)
Hats for all kids in need in Grant County. Contact Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maria House &Teresa Shelter (Dubuque, IA)
Serves the needs of homeless women with or without children.
Mother Bear Project (Minneapolis, MN)
Sends knitted toy bears to children affected by AIDS in Africa.
Project Linus (Bloomington, IL)
Provides blankets to comfort children who are ill, traumatized, or in need.
The Preemie Project (Coralville, IA)
Provides hats, booties, and blankets to comfort premature and critically ill infants.
St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care (Milwaukee)
Sr. Edna creates and sells jewelry from handknitted items to benefit the residents.
Click for Babies—Period of PURPLE Crying Caps (Farmington, UT)
An organization that strives to educate parents about infant crying and prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Tips for charity knitting (and crocheting): http://knitting.about.com/od/knittingcharities/qt/charity_howto.htm
For a comprehensive list of charities, you can also check out http://www.interweaveknits.com/community/charities.asp.