I begyndelsen af året annoncerede jeg, at jeg skulle til at starte en velgørenhed hæklet projekt med det mål at donere håndlavede hæklede elementer til en anden organisation hver måned i løbet af hver måned dette år. Here’s the first month’s update.
January Donor Organization
The organization I chose for the month of January was Bridge and Beyond. Jeg posted earlier this month about why I chose them.
Hvad jeg har lavet
For at være ærlig, I’m a little embarrassed that I didn’t do better in handcrafting more items for donation to this organization. I’ve made two pairs of mittens and am almost done making a very large, very warm scarf. I wanted to have a bigger donation but by the time I got started and got going there just wasn’t a lot of time to make stuff. The goal I set mid-month was “to try to make at least one pair of mittens for donation. I will also be making at least two hats and several scarves.” No hats and only one scarf. On the plus side, I had never made mittens before and I feel like they came out really well so I’m happy with that. And I love the texture on the scarf. Plus it’s better to do something than nothing right?
Hvad er det næste?
I’ll be finishing up this donation in the next few days and putting it in the mail next week. (In addition to finishing the scarf, I need to add thumbs to one of the mitten pairs and weave in all ends). Then it’ll be time to start working on February’s donation. I’ll be doing my mid-month update on the second Sunday of February, which is when I’ll set my specific plans and share more about the month’s chosen organization.
Some Things I’ve Learned
I loved the idea of doing this monthly charity crocheting. And I think it’s a good thing and intend to stick with it. But I’ll be honest in saying that I’ve learned a few things that have dampened my enthusiasm slightly:
- I’m not a very generous crocheter after all. I noticed that I tended to feel a slight bit of resentment when making crochet items for others. I wanted to be using that time and energy and creativity to make something for myself. Jeg er lidt flov over det, og næsten ikke vil indrømme det på bloggen, men jeg følte jeg bør være ærlige om det, fordi det er sandheden om, hvad der virkelig foregår, som jeg gør det. Mange mennesker, jeg kender, er meget generøse crocheters der næsten aldrig gør noget for sig selv. Jeg er det modsatte. Jeg hovedsagelig gøre for mig selv. Jeg ønsker ikke at være un-generøs, så det er bare noget, jeg har tænkt mig at være opmærksom på og lære fra, som jeg fortsætte med velgørenhed crafting. Jeg er sikker på jeg vil have mere at sige om det som tiden går.
- Jeg er en sjusket crocheter. Dette er egentlig ikke en ny åbenbaring for mig. Jeg er en utålmodig Crafter. Jeg er ikke altid sørge for, at jeg har pæne sting. I don’t like to make a bunch of color changes. I’ve learned lots of adaptations when making things for myself. Men, when I make something for someone else I want to give it the care it deserves. And the truth is, I don’t like having to be so careful in my work so I don’t end up enjoying the process quite as much. Ærligt, I’m starting to think that I’m more interested in art crochet and crocheting for my own wearable enjoyment than any other crochet. Vi vil se.
- I don’t own easy care yarn. My January donations are going to homeless people so of course they need to be easy care. Faktisk, most items that you donate should be easy care. I didn’t realize until I started crocheting for charity this month that I really don’t own this type of yarn. Jeg kan godt lide luksus garner og dem næsten altid kræve hånd vask. My go-to workhorse yarn is Paton Silk Bamboo which is a silk bamboo blend. I do have some acrylics but they’re mostly novelty yarns and wouldn’t have been practical choices for the donation items. I had four skeins of Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease for the scarf but now I’m out of any kind of easy-wash wool like that. So I’m not sure what that means as I move forward. Something to figure out.
At the beginning of this project I invited others to join me in doing 12 in ’12. I tried to use a linky tool so everyone could share their work. Men, it doesn’t seem to want to work on this blog. So here’s the deal … if you made a crochet donation to charity in the month of January and you blogged about it, send me the link to that post via email and I will add it here (nedenfor). You don’t have to be someone who committed to doing 12 in ’12. Anyone who did charity crochet can send me their link. But I ask that you follow these basic rules:
- Send me the direct link to the post about the donation.
- One link only per blog per month.
- At least some of the items you donated must be crochet.
Crochet Others Donated
I’d love to know what you have learned about yourself and your stash from doing charity crochet work. Am I the only selfish crafter out there?
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