There’s really nothing like a blankie to make it all better!
I may be a bit biased. I’m am a card-carrying member of the “Blankie Club.” When I was little, I didn’t have the slightest interest in thumbs, pacifiers, teddy bears, or any other security object. It was all about that lovely little square of soft, nubby goodness (the fabric pilling was the absolute best part! I still adore that texture.) I remember regularly making my dad climb down the creaky stairs to the basement playroom after dark upon discovering that my blankie was not in my bed at night. It rode with me on car trips, soothed me when I was home sick, made an awesome super hero cape, lovingly swaddled my dolls, was the door my sisters’ and my under-the-table fort… I still have it tucked away in a special box in my closet. Not even my wedding dress got that treatment–I sold it a month after my wedding and never looked back.
So, to launch the Acorn Tree series on ways to give back with our crochet, I had to start with my favorite yarn-related charity: Project Linus!
Many of us love to crochet but aren’t sure what to do with our creations. When all the Christmas, Hanukkah, baby shower, wedding and birthday gifts have been made (or, God forbid, those we lovingly craft for are less than thrilled by our gifts), we may still be searching for a place to share our work. If you enjoy making blankets and afghans, Project Linus is a great way to “plant yarn and grow love”!
The mission of Project Linus is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers” and to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
There are several ways to get involved with this charity:
- Become a “blanketeer” and donate crochet items or financial gifts to support the ongoing work of the organization
- Find and join a local chapter (or start one near you!)
- Be inspired by their free patterns on the Project Linus site or in their Ravelry group
- Shop the Project Linus store for great craft supplies, blanket kits (mostly for quilters), gifts, tote bags, and other merchandise. All proceeds benefit Project Linus!
Have you already gotten involved with Project Linus? Let us know about it in the Comments section below. Got photos of the items you’ve donated or your local chapter meetings? We’d love to see them! Email firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll add your photos to the gallery.
As always, friends, plant yarn, grow love!