Yarn Crafting Kindness!
Thursday, 11 November 2021 | Admin
This World Kindness Day (Saturday, 13th November) we thought it would be a great to share with you some ways in which yarn crafters are making people smile!
Yarn crafts are such an amazing way to spread kindness in the world - whether you prefer knitting or crochet, the potential to brighten someone's day is within those needles and hooks!
So let's take a look at the ways in which people are spreading kindness with their yarn, and maybe find a way that you could join in, too!
Random Acts of Kindness
The Random Acts of Crochet Kindness Facebook Group was set up for people to share acts of kindness through crochet (although all acts of kindness are appreciated!) with the sole purpose of making the world a bit lighter and brighter! And if you take a look at some of the posts, they certainly are!
One of the most popular posts in the group are the Post Box Toppers (If you've not seen these the head on over to the group to check out the spectacular array of creative designs that can't help but put a smile to your face!)
Knit for Peace is a charitable organisation that believes that knitting (and crochet) is good for people; it's fun, therapeutic, and brings people together by way of helping others in need. Giving is about time as much as money, with many hours spent creating for those in need. It is thought the charity now has about 40,000 volunteer knitters, with distributions going to hospitals, women's refuges, refugee drop in centres, prisons, community groups, hospices and developing countries in desperate need.
If you would like to make a donation, then you are encouraged to do so locally to cut down on the environmental impact (and to save on postage costs, too). The website has an extensive list of local charities allowing you to connect with local projects more easily.
You can find all the information HERE.
There is a plethora of Facebook groups that bring together people who want to make items for both premature and angel babies. Parents are often not prepared for these events and to have something made for their baby is truly special. I (Louisa H) actually learnt to crochet for this very reason - and went on to teach parents in the neo-natal unit to knit or crochet something for their own babies whilst they sat in the breakout room in need of a distraction (you can find out of this is something offered at your local hospital). This is such a delicate time for parents and so if you want to contribute then take a look at these Facebook groups to see how you can get involved:
Preemie and Angel Babies UK
Octopus for the Preemie
Fundraising Craft Groups
Another great way to spread kindness with your yarn is to raise money for a good cause! A lot of craft groups and local charities will sell handcrafted items to raise funds and gladly welcome donations for this purpose.
This UK Crafters For UK Wildlife and Pet Welfare is a great example of a charity who do just that! They have a monthly newsletter letting people know what they need, and where to send you donations to.
You can also check with your favourite charities to see if they run online auctions of donated goods to raise funds (many smaller, local charities do!).
Secret Yarn Stash Inspiration
Here at Secret Yarn Stash we have the loveliest of customers and we want to also share what they have been up to in spreading the kindness!
Regular customer Kirsty Dobson of Mokaroo Crochet is holding a raffle in aid of Halton Haven Hospice in Runcorn who cared for her mum. The raffle will be held at the Charity's Light Up a Life event on Friday, 3rd December - if you're local why not pop along and support the event.
Here is the Crochet Nativity Set that Kirsty made in memory of her mum, Pat Williamson:
How could you spread some kindness through yarn crafting this World Kindness Day?