Are You One of the Yarn Heroes?

yarn-heroes-logoI am pretty good at keeping secrets, but I don’t always like to do it! For a while now, I’ve been holding back on sharing something with you all. Today, I finally get to tell you all about it.

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As regular readers know, I’m a long time charity crafter. Sure, I believe in doing my share of “selfish” crocheting and knitting and I love to make gifts for family and friends. But, there’s something very powerful about using our hands to create something to provide comfort to someone we don’t even know. Earlier this year, I even started a monthly charity spotlight where I feature a charity that accepts crochet or knitting gifts along with a free crochet pattern that would be appropriate for donation to that organization.

Charity Guide

I’m not the only crochet and knitting designer and blogger who feels charity crafting is important, and the folks at Lion Brand decided to bring together a group of us for a celebration of the Yarn Heroes who contribute their time and talents to help others.

I’ll be updating this post regularly through December 15, 2016 to include more details — including links to free crochet and knitting patterns that are perfect for charity projects — but I wanted to share some key information with you since the official Yarn Heroes announcement is being made today on the Lion Brand Notebook.

  • Get $5 off any $20 or above yarn purchases for charity crafting at LionBrand.com through December 15, 2016 with coupon code YARNHEROES2016.
  • Be on the lookout for giveaways! There will be plenty of chances to win yarn over the next few weeks. (These giveaways will be open to those with mailing addresses in the U.S. and Canada only.)
  • Use the hashtag #YarnHeroes if you share your version of one of the featured projects (or any project you make for charity) on social media.
  • Lion Brand is on the lookout for 4 Yarn Heroes who will each win $250 in yarn for the charity of their choice. You can learn more about how to share your story and enter here.

You can check back here for updates throughout the Yarn Heroes campaign, or you can subscribe to my weekly email list. I’ll include links to the latest Yarn Heroes patterns and giveaways each week (and you’ll also get access to the other goodies that I share exclusively with my subscribers).

In the meantime, feel free to check out some of my posts and patterns that are perfect for charity crafting. Click on the image to link to the post.

3 Tips for Making the Biggest Impact with Your Charity Crochet or Knitting, with a roundup of 10+ free #crochet patterns for charity on Underground CrafterSandy Dunes Binky, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter | This beginner-friendly motif blanket is perfect for donation to the Binky Patrol or as a stashbuster.How To Get Started Crocheting or Knitting For Charity in Your Local Community on Underground Crafter including a roundup of 15 free crochet patterns perfect for donation!Not Too Fussy Cap in 4 Sizes, free crochet pattern in Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn by Underground Crafter | This unisex beanie has just enough texture to keep things interesting but not enough to make it “fussy” for the wearer. It’s designed to meet the donation requirements for Christmas at Sea, a program of the Seamen’s Church Institute that provides warm accessories to mariners during the winter months. You can learn more about this program here: http://seamenschurch.org/christmas-at-seaYarn Heroes Patterns and Giveaways

These links will be updated during the blog hop after they go live.

What’s your favorite way to donate your crochet or knitting projects?

Are You One of the #YarnHeroes? on Underground Crafter

26 Comments

  1. nariman owes
    November 15, 2016 / 6:51 am

    i like crochet

  2. nariman owes
    November 15, 2016 / 6:53 am

    I like knit too

  3. Maggie
    November 19, 2016 / 10:37 am

    I crochet men’s and women’s hats and scarves, to donate to homeless shelters, soup kitchens, churches, etc., also chemo caps for cancer centers.

  4. Lisa Molinski
    November 19, 2016 / 10:39 am

    I am a medical clinic director for a non-profit called Hope clinic. We see indigent non insured and homeless patients. I crochet hats and scarves and give them away when it starts getting cool outside. It’s a blessing to see the smile on their faces.
    Love bringing joy to people.

  5. November 19, 2016 / 11:29 am

    I have been knitting and crocheting for years. I donate hats,scarfs and earwarmers every year to the local schools for children who do not have warm headwear. I also donate to our sister church on a reservation.I akso make baby hats and booties for the local Guidance Crnter a place to go if you are pregnant and want advice onwhether to keep the baby or givr it up for adoption. I also make babay hats and blankets for the local hospitals OB dept.

    • November 21, 2016 / 6:08 pm

      Great suggestions for local charities, Tootie! Thanks for sharing.

  6. November 19, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    Since I was diagnosed with cancer last year, I make hats and leave them at the Infusion centers or the doctor’s office to help keep heads warm when there is no hair. To date I have given over 100 hats and I will continue.

    I also make blankets that I donate to young mothers in need and lap robes for veterans.

    • November 21, 2016 / 6:08 pm

      Kathy, your story is so inspiring! 100 hats is pretty incredible. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Jacque Dooley
    November 19, 2016 / 4:32 pm

    I love to knit. I’m a newbie at knitting and crochet. I knit better than I crochet. I’m retired and spend time in doctor’s offices with my husband. Take my knitting with me. Would like to get into a charity group knitting caps.

  8. Lynn Ketchum
    November 19, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    I crochet and I donate my items to Koats for Kids, Emerson Elementary School, the North Precinct Neighborhood Officer. Two of these are organizations are in my neighborhood. I’m helping the kids in my neighborhood.

    • November 21, 2016 / 6:06 pm

      Thanks for sharing these organizations, Lynn. It’s great that you can contribute locally.

  9. Emma Graham
    November 20, 2016 / 10:29 am

    I’m new to your site but I love to crochet. Need to know of groups in my area.

  10. Jonisue
    November 20, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    I would love to crochet for charity! Not fast, but acurate!

    • November 21, 2016 / 6:07 pm

      Your enthusiasm is wonderful, Jonisue. Most charities don’t need you to be fast :).

  11. Yolanda Derstine
    December 9, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    I like to loom knit hats while I watch TV. I donate them through Operation Christmas Child to go in their shoebox gifts. One year I made 100. I have begun practicing my crochet stitches by making afghan blocks for Warm Up America. I believe our Michael’s craft store is a collection point. The beauty of that is that I don’t have to make the whole afghan by myself.

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