Knitting for Charity
As the knitted hat-wearing “Innocent” smoothies sold from the shelves of our supermarkets, a huge amount of money was being raised for Age UK through “The Big Knit“. With that in mind, we wanted to tell you about a few different ways that you could use your knitting skills to get involved, and help the good causes that need our support. Whether you knit jolly jumpers or snugly scarfs for yourself or loved ones, so many people appreciate something that’s thoughtfully handmade. Especially at this time of year. So here’s a list of some of the current opportunities to help make a difference.
Knit for Peace is a charity that collects all kinds of knitted donations to distribute to many charities, communities and hospitals around the World. They also offer an incredible knitting holiday, as we recently blogged about , where all profits made are distributed to charitable and environmental projects in India, including Knit for Peace.
But rather than you doing all the hard work, Ricefield Collective has a very different story to other knitting charities. “We are an innovative social business that sells our products to a global clientele while training, employing, and empowering women from the Ifugao region of the Philippines to stay on their ancestral land- the Banaue Rice Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.” The beautiful designs and colours used on their knitted garments, together with the big smiles on these ladies’ faces, make this a very humbling cause.
If you’d prefer more of an entertaining way to raise money and awareness, Save the Children has officially designated Friday 13th December as “Christmas Jumper Day“! There are many ways to take part in this year’s events, such as donating a pound to wear a Christmas jumper, an embellished jumper of your own, or a specially designed one from John Lewis, on the 13th. Another fun way to raise money before December 30th, is to bid on your favourite of the uniquely customised jumpers, designed by 14 of Britain’s best fashion designers. But it’s no ordinary auction! The lowest unique bid will win the jumper!
So which way would you choose to knit for charity?
Last updated: December 6th, 2013.