Friday, April 9, 2010

Charity Knitting and Stash Busting

My mom has generously donated a lot of yarn to my knitting endeavor, and I have been looking for creative, helpful, and fun ways to use this yarn. While chatting on twitter one day, someone suggested that I should use this yarn to knit for charity. What a great idea! So, I am currently working on a plush purple baby blanket to donate to SisterLuv Crafts.

I've also joined a great group on Ravelry - Sharing Our Gifts - that will be posting a new opportunity for knitting for charity every month.

Another great place to donate hand-crafted items: The Snuggles Project.

While browsing some new blogs for Follow Me Friday, I stumbled upon this article at Cosa Verde. In honor of Earth Day, several crafters around the blogosphere are pledging to not buy any crafting materials during the month of April. What a great way for me to bust my stash and help the environment (not to mention my bank account!). I'm going to give this a try! Why don't you join me? (If you do, link up your post in the comments section!)

I hope to make a dent in my scrapbooking/papercrafting supplies as well as my yarn. My first project: and up-cycled birthday card. To make your own, cut out the front of a birthday card that you have received (provided it isn't too special to you!), and paste onto a new card. I have a bunch of cheap blank cards and envelopes that I bought a while ago, so I used these. You can also cut out any cardstock paper, fold it in half, and use that as a card. You can even make your own envelope! (In this pic you can see some of my papercrafting supplies as well as my favorite coffee mug!)

Here's a few other articles & blog posts that I found along my blog-hopping:

15 Reasons to Bust Your Stash at Croq Zine

15 Ways to Bust Your Stash at Croq Zine

Dollar Store Crafts (one of the April Stash Bust hostesses) - lots of articles and ideas, too.

Crafting All Through the Night at

And some fun project ideas:

Make a Monk's Bag out of a Pillowcase at Croq Zine

Diamond Scrap Pillow at Sparkle Power



The Foss Family said...

Great idea, Margo! Lion Brand Homespun Yarn is very soft & cuddly. Plus, it's durable & knits up fast!

I was looking at my "Prayer Shawls" Book just last week & am planning to make one triangle prayer shawl & one oblong one to take to a nursing home. I still have some yarn left after I sent you a bunch!!!

Another idea Idea I had was to make light-weight chemo hats for cancer patients and soft, cotton preemie hats for babies.

Love, Mom

Cheryl said...

Using what you've got is the best kind of crafting. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday. I'd love if you added the party button:)

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