Two things that I do a lot: Write and make things. Using books and videos, I successfully learned how to both crochet and knit in 2006. I became heatedly determined to learn after two failed attempts to learn crochet. I knew I could do it and finally got it. Back then, I didn’t expect yarn to become a major part of my life.
I primarily crochet about 6 days a week, but I do knit with needles and looms occasionally to spice things up. It’s true that knitting and crocheting can have therapeutic benefits.
I have a fairly high anxiety level and high level of creativity. Once I got past the frustration of learning handicraft skills that felt odd to my hands, I began to use crocheting as a tension reliever. I crank out a lot of stuff!
Paying attention to a pattern can take my mind away from my stresses. Needing to do something with the great piles of items that I make led me to donating many items in our community.
I used to have yarn stash that I was satisfied with, but stoically liquidated most of it to pay for new water heater a couple years ago. Assuredly, the yarn went to good homes as I’ve found other crocheters and knitters to be generous also.
I make blankets, hats, and scarves throughout the year. Those are greatly needed in this area during the cold weather months. I’m glad that the items that I make are useful to other people. (Lots and lots of dish cloths.)
Now I endeavor to start making socks since they are much-needed wear items all year round. They are particularly needed as donations to social service agencies that help provide basics to people in low-income or homeless circumstances.
If you have yarn that you’re not using, I want it. (From a smoke-free home, preferably.) I’d like sock yarn and worsted weight yarn. I do like an occasional chunky yarn also! If you’re in Freeport or nearby, I can pick it up.
I’m looking for yarn without conditions attached since it is possible that I will use the yarn for personal or business-related projects. I’ve sold many items to friends who wanted custom-made creations for gift-giving and also have sold many items on consignment at the Stephenson County Visitors Center.
To see other handmade items I’ve donated around the community and to get an idea of where you relocate your useful stuff also, take a look at this past post:
Getting Unstuffed: A Place For Everything
I have a Facebook business page where you can get a look at the other types of things I’m able to make with yarn: Rita’s Really Great Stuff
If you’d like to donate yarn that you have readily available, send me an email at RitaHawk17@comcast.net so we can work out the details.
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