A lot of people who knit and crochet take part in creating pieces for various charities. In this blog post we chat to Janet Bishop, an experienced knitter and crocheter, who has taken part in various charity projects and we ask her what sort of thing she creates. We have included a few links to other charity projects and hope this post will show fellow crafters that there are tons of charities out there who need your help. The work varies so much that whatever your passion and skill level you are sure to find a charity to suit you.
JMCrafts: Tell us about the work you do for charity
Janet: It’s mainly knitting I do , making miniature size blankets and miniature size hats for premature babies . The little hats I knit are in white and the blankets are in white, blue and pink, The charity I knit these for is called Linus.
JMCrafts: What do you get from doing your charity work?
Janet: I enjoy knitting generally so it was no hardship to do some knitting for this charity . It was like giving something back.
JMCrafts: How did you learn about this charity?
Janet: I first learned of this fund raiser through my local Women’s Institute who had been approached by the local fund raiser for Linus.
JMCrafts: Have you carried out any other charity work in the past? We would like to show our readers that there are a variety of different projects they can help out with.
Janet: I have also knitted Trauma teddies to give to children who have been bereaved or who are in hospital and also bunny rabbits for a meningitis charity which were sold to raise money.
And here is one of those rabbits, how cute are these!
Janet is doing an excellent job helping different charities and if she has inspired you to look into charity knitting and crocheting further here are some links you might be interested in.
Linus – (Janet’s Charity)
Project Linus UK is a volunteer organisation. They aim to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new home made patchwork quilts and knitted/crocheted blankets, and give volunteers across to UK the opportunity to contribute to their local community.
Linus Blankets for Babies & Children
The Big Knit
The Big Knit is a joint campaign between Age UK and innocent drinks to help vulnerable older people. You knit the hats, innocent drinks wear them and 25p of every drink sold will go to Age UK.
Age UK The Big Knit
Blankets for Battersea Dogs’ Home
Battersea is asking crafters across the country to help its most sensitive dogs, by knitting them a special security blanket. These blankets will go with theme when they leave the home. The site includes a free pattern so you don’t need to worry about what type of blanket to make.
Battersea Dogs’ Home Blankets
The bunnies knitted by Janet and fellow crafters can be purchased here Meningitis uk shop