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One of my Favourite Crochet Pieces
Health Benefits of Crochet and Knitting
Who would have thought. The Day the Doctor would prescribe Learning How to Crochet? He did not say it in so many words, but he did tell me to find a hobby. I have worked my way through the the whole mental illness textbook prescriptions list, meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, soul searching and looking for answers to questions I probably will never be able to find out.
So Instead of wasting my energy worrying about tomorrow instead of focusing on today. I taught myself how to crochet. At a time when my stress levels were through the roof and it was either go back down that deep dark tunnel, which is an easy option, reaching for those tablets, or do something about it.
Crocheting for me is more than a hobby, it really was a life saver. Sounds a bit over exaggerated, but I am being honest.
Between writing and crocheting I managed to overcome a serious addiction to painkillers. And came through the other end of a very dark tunnel. Crochet will stay with me forever now, and I will share my journey with you and others who have been inspired by crochet
I was never any good at dealing with Stress. But the Rhythm of the technique and the "zone" I can go into really is the best meditation technique I have came across.
I love to share the craft with everyone so they too can feel the benefit from crocheting, or giving to others.
And I have found some charities who help people through crochet too.
Your Handmade Crochet items Are needed
SO you want to crochet for a worthwhile Cause. Personally for me the feeling of giving a handmade gift to someone who needs it and appreciates it is fantastic. But, I must admit, I know that feeling when you have spent months, days and hours on a crochet project for the recipient to just look at it, and to be honest you know it will be in the back of the cupboard before the end of the day, never to see the light of day again.
Lets find those beautiful handcrafted projects a loving home.
I have become an expert at working out who not to crochet items for. I know, its sad isn't it? even more so as some of those are children. Although disclaimer here my nieces and nephews adore everything I have ever made, one Niece loves animals and we have a crocheted zoo for her, and the other niece loves everything Princess. So I am never without ideas for them. And know each one I make is loved just as much as the first one,
However in this digital and brand led world, there has been the odd child who has screwed their little button noses up and some have even said, well... its free anyway.
Others have claimed they could have made it, others say their 6 year old would be able to make it, in fact. I have heard many exclaim "how can you charge for something that cost nothing"....
Wow what about my materials, my time....sigh.
To any fiber artist, to hear these words are devastating. Hours of love poured into every stitch. But never fear there are people who just love receiving these gifts. Sometimes its the onl gift they may receive
So I decided that I would look into where I could donate my ever growing collection of crochet projects. That live in my unwanted bucket in my house. I am going to find new homes for them all.
Here are some of my Favorite Causes that accept crocheted items, and will give to loving homes
Handmade Items Yes or No
Your honest Opinions - DO you like to receive something handmade
Crochet Dolls for a Great Cause
Free Better Friends - Helping Support Children going through Cancer and its treatment
This is probably the most beautiful idea I have come across. Crochet Dolls made specifically for helping children who are going through cancer, other illnesses and their treatment.
One of the side effects is the devastation felt whilst dealing with loss of hair.
You can request a Feel better do by following the instructions at their website. I know of 1 little girl who loves her Feel Better doll.
Please hop on over to Feel better Friends Website where you can see the fantastic work they do or how you can help
Crochet for Cancer
Crocheting for Cancer patients is very worthwhile and appreciated. I remember my mother losing her hair, she was devastated, but there was a woman's charity who made knitted and crocheted hats for patients. She loved having a hat in every color to suit her chosen outfit for the day.
If you would like to learn more about Crochet for Cancers work please stop over and see their fabulous work, even just sharing their page is amazing help
My mum liked her hats with a soft cotton lining which was really easy to attach.
See how you can help and donate - CrochetforCancer.org
Warm Crochet Hats for Soldiers
Beanies for Bravery
I know the designers over at Snappy Tots. Currently they are running Beanies for Bravery which helps to send out hand knitted and crocheted beanies to soldiers. Sometimes this is the only gift they will receive.
The Crochet Hats need to be made specific colors and dimensions and there is a FREE crochet pattern to use, which should be followed.
BFB also encourage you to send a hand written note, just to say our thanks to our brave soldiers. .
You can find all the specifications and details on how to contribute here on Snappy Tots Website
Crochet For Cancer Hats and Caps
Crochet For Cancer
Crochet for Cancer is a Christian based non-profit charity that donates crochet hats and chemo caps to help people when dealing with hair loss during treatment.
This is a personal favorite of mine and I know the organizers and their work is amazing. They even allow the use of their small donated collection of free hat patterns to be used for people who wish to make Chemo hats for their local oncology department. Please respect the copyright of the patterns, and only use them as they were intended.
Crochet Cancer has enabled many people to even form their own groups and help bring the gift of a lovingly handcrafted cap to those who are going through treatment.
My mother lost her hair when she was receiving treatment, and I remember still with a pain in my heart, the awful time she went through. I did not crochet at that time, but her neighbor did and she loved every one of those caps. They were comfortable, she felt dignified and she was so taken with the creativeness of each cap, she was spoiled for choice. I know how much those caps meant to her, and when she could match to her outfit, well,that was just a bonus.
The Preemie Project - For the Love of Babies
The Preemie Project has been going since 2005 giving gifts fo warmth and support to those families who need it. Yes those babies need to keep warm. In addition to preemie clothes the charity also helps those dealing with bereavement. and have a wonderful list and guidance on what they need and you can make for those families
If you are wanting to donate to your local preemie unit, please contact the hospital itself and ask if they have special requirements. (some accept and some do not so please make sure you follow their units specific guidelines.
Read more about the Preemie Project HERE
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