What do people do with all the blankets and afghans that they make?
A woman in my knitting group is retired and each week she's always working on a new afghan pattern. She must easily make 45-50 blankets each years. What would you do with that many extra blankets? There's only so many gifts you can make of that kind of item.
Unless she has this extreme emotional attachment to her creations and wants to keep all of them, she can always donate them to charity. In my hometown of Sacramento, we donate anything from knitted and crocheted blankets to preemie hats to local hospitals, the police and sheriffs' departments, shelters churches, etc. You can join organizations where people get together and work on their donations. And, if you are giving to a registered charity, you can deduct your yarn and your mileage when attending the meetings. Most people who knit and crochet keep their friends and families in many of their creations, so they expand their giving to charity. If she decides to make blankets for charity, make sure she follows the guidelines for yarn (usually acrylic) and the acceptable sizes (preemie, baby, teen, and adult).
I also make afghans and I give them away or sell them. I usually double at least one of the yarns in the afghan to make it very durable and strong. All of them I have made have turned out well, I have made over 50 of them. Right now I am working on 4 of them. I even donated the Steeler Afghan I made to a Concert my Husband put on at the theater in town. It was the prize on the raffle that night. I have never heard anyone complain about my afghans as a gift. They make a very nice gift. I make them at least queen size so two can lay under them together or you can put it at the foot of the bed.
I usually make one every winter, which means I should have quite a few of them. I actually only currently have one. Most of mine seemed to have "walked away" over the years...lol. If she is working on a new one every week my guess would be she is donating them to a charity of some sort. I don't want to speak for her, but I have been crocheting since junior high. I find it very relaxing. So I could see how a retired person could be working on a new one every week and enjoying it.
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