Care to Knit is an organization whose mission is to provide hand-knitted and crocheted items such as scarves, lap shawls, hats and other related accessories for. Knitting and Gifting: This charity offers warm hand-woven or crocheted items to those in need. Your hand-woven gifts will be donated to hospitals, homeless shelters, and others in need in the United States and abroad. There is a Call for Items page on their website that specifies the types of knitwear that are needed.
I have been making lapghans for local nursing homes for years. They like the bright colors I use, and I try to make the items no longer than 48″ sideways, so they're big enough to keep the person warm and small enough that they don't get caught in wheelchairs. Most of my lapghans are beaten in a log cabin pattern that I adapted from a dishcloth pattern. Simply buy a stuffed animal from the store and then knit a sweater for the teddy bear or animal, then contact a local fire department or police about your donation, or mail your stuffed animal with sweater to the address listed on the website.
If you're not in a position to bring a puppy home right now, you can help by weaving or weaving a blanket to donate. The Hot Hands Network connects volunteer weavers and crochets with northern communities to provide clothing for children in remote locations. Below is a collection of 7 ways you can donate knitted items that are likely to be accepted with open arms. Knit big for small lungs - Donate your time knitting or crocheting to create blankets, hats, booties and more for babies in the NICUs of the country's hospitals.
As you practice, take advantage of the supplies you already have at home (such as knitting needles and that stash of wool you've been saving for a rainy day). Chase the Chill: A charity that combines yarn bombing, art and charity to raise awareness, lift spirits and share knitwear with those in need. Warriors of Hope volunteers knit hats and scarves and deliver care packages to cancer patients and cancer centers across Illinois. Calypso's Ocean supports parents through an online memorial and donated grief items for babies who died while still in the hospital or in the neonatal intensive care unit.
If you need more suggestions, just tell me what you'd like to knit and I'll see what I can suggest. Keep in mind that Care Wear now offers a multitude of ways to knit for hospitals, beyond clothing for premature babies. One thing I've noticed in the weaving community is that a lot of people would like to knit for charity, but they don't always know how to do it. National World War II Museum** - Knit Your Bit or Crochet Your Bit collection and distributes hand-woven scarves to veterans.