There are so many special things about the knitting community, but the one that stands out is our tremendous capacity to give. We convert our hearts, our souls, our labor into our magnificent creations. We create warmth. We create comfort. We create style. We do this with our own hands. We then selflessly share our creations and ourselves with those in need. We pour our love, our frustrations, our trauma into our textiles and then we selflessly give them to help others. As a community, this has become our defining act.
If you are new to knitting or simply looking to become more involved in charitable work, there are endless opportunities within the knitting community. Here is a list of our favorite seven.
It is human nature to gravitate to communities when we most need them. Start a knitting club to join lives centered around knitting. Get to know your neighbors, help to heal each other, make friends, share joy and tears, and CREATE! Not sure how to start? Advertise in a community newspaper or in Facebook marketplace. Meet at the local library, at your home (if you feel comfortable) or even a coffee shop.
If you experience the joy of being part of a knitting club, consider creating at least a few projects each year to benefit charitable organizations in your community. If you struggle to find charities within your community, ask your local hospital if you can knit baby caps for newborns or socks for patients in hospice care.
There several national organizations that not only welcome knitters, but actually NEED volunteer knitters to fulfill their missions.
Most communities host at least a few annual fundraising charities and are always looking for eye catching, high dollar goods to auction off to raise money. Hand knitted weighted blankets and children’s sweaters always yield top dollar at fundraising auctions.
So many valuable lessons are shared through knitting. Give the gift of knitting by donating your time to teach others this time honored craft. Contact a local Boys and Girls Club or other children’s organization to ensure that an appreciation of knitting is shared with younger generations. Reach out to community centers and offer to host a class. Knitting offers endless opportunities to connect with others through mutual appreciation of the craft.
Do you want to earn money with your knitting but also be charitable? Opening an online store to sell your knitted textiles is a great way to earn extra income. Add a charitable component to your new knitting business by donating a portion of each sale to the charity of your choosing.
If you notice a need in your community, maybe your calling is to fill it. Pass out blankets in homeless camps, ask people in need how you help, support women and marginalized communities. You have this skill for a reason and it feels good to share it with the world in meaningful ways. Looking for some inspiration? Check out how this woman created a quilting business that now employs her entire family and has made her town famous.
You are blessed with a beautiful skill. Now is the time to share it for good.