Sunday, October 4, 2015

2015 Charity Project

For the last couple of years, Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild has enjoyed doing a charity project together at the end of the year. Quick recaps of these projects are found at the end of this post.

This year, we're going to tag onto a project someone else has already started. Local knitter/instructor/dyer/blogger Tamera Goff, creator of the blog, Knit Oasis, has started a project to collect knitted (or crocheted) blocks that will be made into blankets and given to Youth Development Center.

Tamera has been posting patterns on her own blog throughout the year, and we can now jump in and select patterns for easy 7" x 9" blocks. All of these patterns are doable for new as well as experienced knitters and should be made with acrylic yarn (washable).

Here are a few pattern choices with links to the directions:

 Get it? It looks fun doesn't it. These knit up really quick and use up those small amounts of yarn you never know what to do with. . .

Tamera's site gives all kinds of guidance and permission -- Any color or combination of colors -- you can make up your own pattern -- you can crochet your own pattern (just stick to the 7" wide and 9" high measurement). She has many more pattern choices on her site as well -- Take a look and cast on!

And if you're not a knitter, Tamera teaches classes -- or come on out to the Lowcountry Fiber Fair in Walterboro on October 17. PFAG members will be there in force demonstrating various fiber arts -- someone will teach you there. (This really works -- A Fiber Guild member taught me to knit four years ago on the return bus ride from our day-trip to Asheville for SAFF and I've been loving it ever since!) These blocks are perfect for brand new knitters!

We'll collect your blocks at our November meeting. Let's make a lot!

Tamera visited Charleston Youth Development Center and did a lovely post about all she learned about their history, their current work, and the important needs they address. CYD is a local umbrella organization serving troubled and at-risk young people. It operates emergency shelters for children who have to be removed from their homes, sponsors lots of good programs like Big Brother/Big Sister, and the national summer Freedom School program.

Recaps of our other charity projects:  Let's Keep This Tradition Going Strong!
In 2013 we made warm felted insoles for Charleston Port & Seafarers' Society, a local organization that serves the needs of men and women who work on the ships that come and go from our port. .
Working at sea + wintertime = cold feet so felted insoles are a wonderful gift!
 Last year we made fleece blankets and gave some to the Emergency Shelter at Charleston Youth Development Center and some to Charleston Area Senior Citizens.
Barbara Vanselow delivers homemade fleece blankets to the Emergency Shelter at Charleston Youth Development Center in 2014

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