I love to knit. It relaxes me and I enjoy trying new patterns. Probably the biggest reason I knit, though, is because there are so many people in need.
I knit slippers because I was told that many homeless people have only one pair of socks so if that pair gets wet, or they want to wash them out in the sink at the shelter, they have to go barefoot until they dry. But with a nice pair of slippers they can keep their feet warm.
One of my clients was a teenaged girl in foster care who had received a donated afghan (not one of mine). She told me that when she moved from foster home to foster home, the afghan was one of the few things that was hers and hers alone to take with her and she always slept with it on her bed.
I've had some pain in my wrist lately so I've slowed down, but when I think about people with cold feet or hands or lonely kids in foster care, it inspires me to want to do more and more.
Here are photos of some of the items I've donated.
These are round afghans folded in half. They probably aren't the most practical but they were fun to make. And a good way to use up scraps.
I was tempted to keep this one because it's so cheerful
Some of these items are cotton wash clothes. I made a pocket in them to hold soap and other personal care items.
Here is an assortment of slippers (and a balaclava) that I made.
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