Send Cheer: A Cancer Support Knitting + Crochet Drive

Send Cheer

Hello, Heather here. Cancer is something that unfortunately touches all of us in one way or another. For the last four and a half years my mom has been fighting metastatic breast cancer and sadly this year she got news that it spread to her lung and liver.

My mom's body is tired but she is a fighter. Yesterday she began her third round of chemotherapy and the doctors expect that she'll lose her hair again. 

All this news right in the middle of the holiday season got me thinking that my mom is not alone in getting a diagnosis this time of year. There are many, many people dealing with cancer.

How can we as knitters and crocheters help people in this type of situation? A patient's health and treatment plan is between them and their doctors which can often make the rest of us feel helpless, but we're not. We can provide cheer and encouragement through our hand-craft. A hat or shawl may be just the thing to brighten a person's day!

That's why I'm asking you to join me in making a hat, shawl or lap blanket as token of support to a cancer patient this holiday season. We will be supporting the John and Dorothy Morgan Cancer Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest in Allentown, PA. Donations sent to Make Give Repeat will be sent on to their facility and given to the patients there as they come in each day for treatments. If you have a cancer center near you or even a patient that you would like to support, please do so!

What to make:

As the owner of Ewe Ewe Yarns I am making all of the hat, shawl and blanket patterns 50% off through the end of December 2016. Use code: SENDCHEER on eweewe.com or Ravelry to download the pattern of your choice to use for this charity drive. You can also browse our free patterns!

Some Hat Patterns:

Clockwise From Top Left: Criss Cross Cable Hat (Ravelry | Ewe Ewe), Pinapple Expressions (Ravelry | Ewe Ewe), Ripple Effect (Ravelry | Ewe Ewe), Sand & Sea Hat (Ravelry | Ewe Ewe)

Some Shawl Patterns:

Clockwise From Top Left: Groove Cruise (Ravelry | Ewe Ewe), Mint Julep (Ravelry | Ewe Ewe), Radiant Wrap (Ravelry | Ewe Ewe), Saturday Stripes (Ravelry | Ewe Ewe)

What yarn to use:

Easy care yarns are always best when donating knitted garments. NobleKnits.com is generously offering 15% OFF these easy-care yarns through 12/31/16 plus they have free shipping in the US! Use code: SENDCHEER.

Sock + Sport weight yarns: Wisdom Allegro Wool Free Sock Yarn; Ewe Ewe Yarns Ewe So Sporty superwash.

Worsted weight yarns: Aalta Core wool/acrylic; Plymouth Baby Beenz acrylic, Coffee Beenz wool/acrylic, Jelli Beenz wool/acrylic; Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted merino superwash.

Bulky weight yarn: Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky merino superwash.

Visit NobleKnits.com and use code: SENDCHEER.

How to donate:

Download and print this hang tag and attach one to each garment you plan to send. Be sure to fill out your name and email address (in case the recipient would like to send a thank you!) along with circling the garment care instructions and fiber content.

Download the Send Cheer hang tag PDF file >

Where to send: 

Make Give Repeat -- Robyn Devine, Omaha. Robyn just moved, and is in the process of setting up a new PO BOX - she will share the address for sending knitted and crochet items on Tuesday (or Wednesday)!!

Simple Stroller Blanket

Pattern: Simple Stroller Blanket, by Sara Gresbach (free Ravelry pattern)

Yarn: any bulky yarn works (see my notes for substituting yarn below)

Needles: US size 11 / 8.0 mm

One of the items Nest Maine needs in abundance this season is stroller blankets. Simple and small, stroller blankets are perfect for wrapping around little ones who are out in the frigid temps in their strollers (and car seats) during winter months.

For families without permanent housing, much of the daytime hours are spent outside moving from place to place, which means if there's little ones in the family, they're spending time outside everyday in freezing weather - often without blankets to keep them warm. A simple stroller blanket, smaller even than a crib blanket, can help keep these little ones snug and cozy, and provide comfort, security, and stability in a time of constant change.

Don't have any bulky yarn, but want to make stroller blankets? Just hold some worsted weight double!! That's right, if you grab two strands of worsted weight yarn and hold them together, you've got yourself bulky weight yarn! This is a great way to use up stash yarn and make some fun color combinations for these blankets!

Afghans For Pine Ridge

Afghans For Pine Ridge Reservation is a group that knits and crochets afghan squares to benefit residents of South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation.

Pine Ridge Reservation is the poorest spot in the USA. The average life expectancy for residents is only 47 for males and early 50s for women. The unemployment rate is 90% and the teen suicide rate is four times the national average. Basics such as running water, heat and food are scarce for many residents let alone jobs and health care. These challenges are particularly difficult to deal with given the geographical isolation of the Rez and the incredibly harsh climate.

We accept blanket squares of all sizes and fibers. No square goes unloved or unused. The squares are sent to Pam, a Lakota woman and seamer-extraordinaire, in Louisiana. After seaming, she sends the finished afghans to Pine Ridge Reservation social service agencies or individual families who request them.

HELPFUL HINTS

  • Knit or crochet your squares - it doesn’t matter which!
  • Use any color (except all black or all white)
  • Use any pattern (the less holes the better)
  • Use any fiber you like - the warmer the better! Please note that if you’re using wool, superwash is preferred.
  • Please mark wool because some people have allergies. Also, we need to know if the fiber is superwash.
  • Please do not “knot & snip” or weave in your ends. Leave about 4” of yarn.
  • All sizes are welcome, but 6” and 12” are preferred.
  • If you can, enclose a few postage stamps in your shipment. Once seamed, Pam ships the afghans from Louisiana to South Dakota and it gets very expensive for her. This is NOT required but is very much appreciated.
  • It is much easier to let you know when your squares arrive if you put a piece of paper in your parcel with your Ravelry name, real name and email address. :-)

MAILING ADDRESS

AS4PRR-Pam Little Sparrow Wingard
16854 London Avenue
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
70819-1829

Knit With Love

Knit With Love is dedicated to providing knit or crochet items to people in need, whether they are homeless, impoverished or sick. We believe the gift of a hand-knit or crochet item provides warmth to people who may have little else, and can also be a tangible showing of love and support that will serve as an encouragement in this difficult time. Every item is donated to a person who greatly appreciates the hand-made gift. As of August 2015, we have donated over 8,000 hand knit and crochet items to people in need in thirty-nine countries. None of this would be possible without our incredible volunteers who work so hard to create beautiful items for so many people in need!

WHAT TO DONATE

We donate knit and crochet items to people ranging in age from newborns to adults living in such a wide variety of climates that virtually any item you wish to make will be given to a person who greatly appreciates it!

Beanies/caps are one of the main items we donate. These go to homeless children and adults throughout America, cancer patients in hospitals, and very impoverished children in orphanages and hospitals abroad, among others.
Blankets are greatly appreciated by cancer patients in hospitals, impoverished babies and children abroad. Many people who have received our hand-made blankets lack adequate shelter, so these blankets provide much needed comfort and warmth!

Scarves and prayer shawls are another main item we donate. Width and length can vary to your own preference, but we prefer scarves that are at least five inches wide. Scarves and prayer shawls are greatly appreciated by homeless people in America, cancer patients in hospitals, and impoverished people abroad.

Sweaters, especially for children, are greatly appreciated by impoverished communities in cold regions. Children coming to orphanages in impoverished locations often have just the clothes on their back.

Miscellaneous items such as bags and purses, stuffed animals, socks and gloves are also greatly appreciated! When we donate to people in need in places such as African countries that are in warmer climates, they enjoy things such as bags and stuffed animals.

MAILING ADDRESS

Knit With Love
32565 Golden Lantern, Suite B, # 190
Dana Point, California 92629

If you have an email address, please include this with your donation so that we can send you a confirmation letter and thank you for your donation!  If your live locally and would like to drop your items off, please contact us and we will schedule a time to meet.

Warm Up America

Warm Up America distributes warm afghans, caps and other items to tens of thousands of people, thanks to the generosity of knitters and crocheters around the country.

The Foundation receives requests for afghans and accessories from a variety of social service agencies, including homeless shelters, battered women’s shelters, American Red Cross chapters, veterans homes, senior centers, hospices and religious organizations serving families and individuals in communities around the country. It maintains a database of these requests and fulfills them on a first-come, first-serve basis.

While Warm Up America prefers that you use medium/worsted weight acrylic yarn (which is washable and dryable), but you can also use washable wool. Please tag washable wool squares so they can be sewn together with other similar squares.

ALWAYS ACCEPTING

  • Finished adult, child, and baby size afghans
  • Adult hats
  • Scarves
  • Baby clothing
  • 7" x 9" knit and crochet sections

MAILING ADDRESS

Warm Up America!
3740 N. Josey Lane, Suite 102
Carrollton, TX 75007

Purple Stitch Project

Purple Stitch Project (PSP) is a web-based charitable organization to benefit babies, children and teens with epilepsy. The 1st goal of this initiative is a call to action for people who knit, crochet, or sew to make purple (the epilepsy awareness color) gifts for kids with seizure disorders. These gifts will serve as a reminder that they are not alone — that they have community support.

WHAT TO MAKE

The Purple Stitch Project suggests a wide variety of items, from toys to beanies to blankets and more, all made in just about any fiber you'd like!! Check out their project instructions page for ideas!

MAILING ADDRESS

Please send all finished knit, crochet and sewn items to:

Purple Stitch Project
9901 Brodie Ln, Ste 160 #268
Austin, TX 78748
USA

If you’d like, you may also download to include with your item a “Made especially for youby___”, Purple Stitch Project gift tag. Click here to download!

Knit For Kids

Knit for Kids began in 1996 by Guideposts magazine as a way to send hand-knit or crocheted sweaters to children in need. Thanks to volunteer knitters, over half a million children have received something new for the first time in their lives. As children grow out of their sweaters, they often become cherished hand-me-downs to other children.

In 2009, Guideposts magazine turned the Knit for Kids program over to long-time partner World Vision in order to help even more children in need.

SUGGESTED PATTERNS

Knit For Kids prefers you use their patterns (available for free download here) for donations to their organization. They have sweater, blanket, and hat patterns available for both knitters and crocheters.

MAILING ADDRESS

Knit for Kids
c/o World Vision
210 Overlook Drive
Sewickley, PA 15143

There is no need to insure or express ship your sweaters, caps or blankets. We accept knitted items all year! Please print a packing slip and include it inside your package.