Crafting for Charity

maybe you don't need another afghan (or hat or scarf or mittens) but you still love to make them? Or maybe you want to help, but you don't know what you can do? Here are some sites that will help your projects to find a good home with someone who will very much appreciate your efforts....
"We cannot all do great things,
but we can do small things with great love."

Mother Theresa.
Recycled Yarn
an online tutorial (with pictures) showing you to unravel a  sweater and recycle the yarn into new projects
(I've been scouring the thrift shops and tag sales for sweaters to recycle!
a note of caution, though- be sure to look at the tutorial before you go looking for sweaters - you need to know how to check the seams to be sure they're usable-
sweaters from "Old Navy" are great!)

How to Crochet- lessons for "left-handers"

How to Crochet- lessons for "right-handers"

Yes, You can
Learn how to Knit!

Artists Helping Children
A New Jersey based organization reaching out to hospitalized children.
They need soft toys  and tote bags crafted and sent to the address provided on the site.
You can use your own patterns, or they provide a few, even some that are easy enough for children to make and don't require any sewing or knitting skill.
A very worthwhile project!

The Prayer Shawl Ministry
Love this one!
(I made a shawl for my daughter when her daughter was born)

Warming Families
Serving the needs of the homeless and displaced by donating blankets and other warm items to shelters

Warm up America!
Send a single square or an entire afghan to warm and comfort the cold and homeless of America.

The Snuggles Project- Hugs for Homeless Animals
Donate a little of your time and your leftover scraps of yarn or fabric to make snuggles security blankets for your local humane societies and animal shelters. Crochet, knit, quilt or sew cloth blankets in the following guideline sizes:
14" x 14" for cats and small animals
24" x 24" for cats and small to medium dogs
36" x 36" for medium to large dogs
There are sample patterns on the site.
The Snuggles Project is a very good project for kids and people learning how to crochet, knit or quilt because the Snuggles don't have to be perfect.
The animals love them any way they can get them.
All that is required is that they be made with love.