Winter Is Coming… Knit Faster

Winter is coming.. knit faster!

It’s been about four years since I first taught myself how to crochet, after seeing an advert for a new crochet magazine on the TV. I was on the lookout for a new hobby to try, and I used to enjoy knitting as a child (but had long since forgotten how to do it!), so thought this could be quite nice to learn.Initially, it was quite a funny idea – I was going to knit myself a ‘granny blanket’, and people joked about how comical it was to see a 22 year old crocheting. But I enjoyed it, and it meant I stopped snacking all the time as my hands were busy crocheting with every bit of wool I could get my hands on.
I crocheted watching the TV, on the train to work, on my lunch hours – It became a bit of an obsession.I had crocheted hats for friends and family, and I loved giving them to people – but I decided I wanted to do a bit more..So after browsing the internet for a couple of hours I decided to put my new-found crocheting skills to better use. This is when I began crocheting bonnets and garments for people who were really in need of them, instead of me just crocheting for a bit of fun – I wanted to help people. I started to crochet little hats and blankets for a number of small UK children’s charities, and blankets for UK animal shelters.After looking through various websites, it hit me how much these various volunteers and charities need people to donate their knitting and crochet items, especially some of the smaller ones; it was so sad to read how they struggled to hit their targets for donations due to not enough people being able to volunteer.
One site I came across listed their garment targets they wanted to reach by the end of that year, and it was so sad to see “1,000 premature baby bonnets needed – total received 41”. It broke my heart.With this in mind, I got cracking and began crocheting tiny garments at any opportunity I got and sending them off. To date, I think I have created around 350 tiny hats, which in the grand scheme of things is really not much at all. If I could create more, I would. But I know that my tiny contribution still helps.
It’s a hobby that brings me a lot of joy, despite knowing that some of the items I’m creating can often be going to a family going through a terribly difficult time.
With the cold weather setting in, I think this is a great opportunity for people to pick up those knitting needles and crochet hooks and get stitching! Even if it’s something you’ve never done before, there are so many tutorials online that can help get you started – that’s how I learned.Below I have listed a few of the charities that I have come across, but obviously there are hundreds – so please, do what you can.
I hope this post can encourage other people to take it upon themselves and do something wonderful for these charities.Thank you for taking the time to read this.

The Snuggles Project
– The Snuggles Project is a great charity who provide ‘snuggles’ (blankets) to animal shelters all over the world.

Preemies UK
– Preemies UK is a group of volunteers who knit and crochet clothing for premature babies. They’re always needing donations and people to volunteer.

Cuddles UK
– Cuddles UK is a volunteer, non-profit organisation based in the UK, who supply gowns, blankets and wraps to maternity units all over the United Kingdom. They attempt to support families dealing with the loss of a baby through miscarriage or still birth. Please take a moment to check this site out.

Bonnie Babies
– Bonnie Babies makes and sends tiny premature clothes, blankets sadly burial outfits to UK special baby care units, and also to the parents who need their support.

The Big Knit
– The Big Knit is run every year by Innocent, and looks to provide donations from every smoothie sold with a little hat, to Age UK – helping to keep elderly people warm during the winter months.

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