I'd been knitting for so long I found myself getting bored making the
same old pattern in different colors. So I turned my attention to
creating new patterns, simply because I couldn't find anything
interesting on the web or at the craft stores.
I find great joy in giving my creations away to local charities in my
community. If you are interested in outreach I have a few suggestions
for you. Our local fire hall has a 2 day Christmas Bazaar every year, my
hats and scarves are generally gone the first day.
My basic ski hat is simple, I can usually turn out one in an evening if
uninterrupted. I had a lot of fun one year supplying our local
homeless shelter with hats in all sizes
By far my favorite outreach is my church's Christmas boxes. These gifts
of love are given to families that have lost loved ones, single persons
with no family, the spiritually needy, or sometimes just to say thank
you to a community member that has really put their heart into helping
us all. Our entire church family donates handmade items such as candles,
canned fruit and jellies, scarves, hats, blankets, quilts, bread, candy,
pies, etc., then we gather ourselves together to go a'caroling and
deliver our boxes.
Another year I made lap blankets for the
children at our women's refuge.
This year I'm having fun making a passel of new-born hats as an outreach
to unwed mothers.
There is great joy and satisfaction to be found in doing something to
brighten another persons day. I encourage you to find someone to help in
your community today.