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Sep 5, 2013 10:24:05   #
mama k
I love to make things. All kinds of crafts but now that I retired and am naturally a loner I don't know what to do with things I make. It has stopped by creativity.
Sep 5, 2013 10:35:28   #
I give a lot to my family and friends of course,and have started donating items to different events. I know you wonder what in the world you will do with everything you make, but don't stop doing what you enjoy. Something will turn up and someone will be able to use it.
Sep 5, 2013 10:38:46   #
Susan from NJ
mama k wrote:
I love to make things. All kinds of crafts but now that I retired and am naturally a loner I don't know what to do with things I make. It has stopped by creativity.

That's wonderful that you still want to do what makes you feel good and is productive. If family and friends aren't in need, perhaps consider donating them to a worthy cause? I don't know what it is you make, but I'm sure that there are many people who would welcome what you have to offer.

I donate to the Lakota Indians in SD so if you would like an address please PM me.
Sep 5, 2013 10:39:49   #
I've been retired for over 10 yrs. now and am also alone so have lots of time to knit/crochet. Learned a long time ago not to make things for my family as they are never seen again. I have since been making things only for Charity and although also never again seen I know they are appreciated. Our church provides items to the hospital for newborns and for Native Americans who live in poor conditions.
Sep 5, 2013 10:41:11   #
mama k wrote:
I love to make things. All kinds of crafts but now that I retired and am naturally a loner I don't know what to do with things I make. It has stopped by creativity.

I am not a fan of dust collecters of any kind...however that being said....most of the stuff I make are welcomed at the thrift shops. Scarves/hats/cowls/fingerless mitts......etc. I don't have $$ to waste as do many in this economy.
Sep 5, 2013 10:41:17   #
Since most of my friends are gone now, I am a bit of a loner too but I still love to knit. I donate things to charity or if a local church (for instance) is having a bazaar, I give them my things to sell. I recently found a wool shop nearby that takes in knitted goods to be sold at fall charity fairs. Ask in your wool shop -- I'm sure they will find a place for your goods. Above all, don't stop knitting -- it is the best way to keep going when you are alone. Good luck and keep smiling.
Sep 5, 2013 10:51:35   #
crispie (a regular here)
Your posting struck a cord with me and I have been thinking about it since I read it. I am also retired and started knitting again with great energy and enthusiasm. That decreased greatly when I saw my items, given to a local charity, being bought by seemingly affluent individuals, and my items not going to the people I thought I was helping. Sure, the charity sold my items for pennies and used that money for charity, but it was not the same. I also stopped giving items to members of my extended family, except to those who actually wore them or appreciated the items. I have now found an abused women's shelter and my items go directly to those individuals. Good luck and I hope you find a directions--knitting should be fun and satisfying.
Sep 5, 2013 10:51:58   #
layettes for newborns for the local hospital, newborn hats, chemo caps; prayer shawls for one of the local churches; hats, mittens gloves, scarves and sweaters for children and adults for one of the local charities. (The one I worked for here puts up a Christmas tree with those items hung on it, and allows the clients to choose what they need from the tree) Some groups take a family and give them Christmas gifts, so even sweaters and larger items could be made and donated for that. Even knitted toys for children could be given to some group that helps children.

I currently work for the Red Cross, and our local chapter accepts stuffed animals to be given to the children of fire victims who come to us for help. If you are an animal person, you might even knit some animal sweaters, booties and toys for the local animal shelter or rescue group. I just lost one of my beloved dogs this summer, and am knitting a blanket in her memory for the rescue group.
Sep 5, 2013 10:58:55   #
I can't foresee that happening any time soon, fortunately! (LOL) When I'm not knitting for me (just started doing that pretty much within the last year) or for family members, I knit for Afghans for Afghans, a local thrift shop (raises $$ for Evergreen Lutheran HS in WA state), and then on Thursdays my LYS hosts a weekly charity knitting "party" in the afternoons. Knitting for Afghans for Afghans, I've learned to knit sweaters, mittens, and socks -- check them out. They're an awesome group!
Sep 5, 2013 11:18:20   #
Neeterbug (a regular here)
I usually give to relatives but I'm running out of things to give them...too many afghans, scarfs, and hats. Now my projects are going into the closet waiting for someone to find to give them.
Sep 5, 2013 12:01:25   #
stirfry (a regular here)
My knits go to a baby charity. Other crafts I do, I keep to a minimum. Make decorations for birthday parties and Christmas. My DD hates chacka (don't know how to spell that at this moment) so don't make things for her. I sometimes give things to my neighbors for them to sell at their garage sales.
Sep 5, 2013 12:59:16   #
I keep some things in my car and when I see someone in need for an item I have, I stop and give it to them.
Many times I have seen some folks cupping their hands and blowing into them and rubbing them together on a frigid cold winter day;
I stop and give them a pair of mittens (sometimes a set - hat/mittens/scarf if needed).

My other charity items goes to the directors of the organizations who see to it that the items are given to the folks who need them.
Sep 5, 2013 13:17:10   #
LEE1313 (a regular here)
I knit for charity's.
Just found a wonderful school on Cape Cod. Sort of a college for children with special needs. And they play Bingo and needed Bingo prizes. So I am busy knitting cell phone cases, Minion hats and will get some fingerless gloves done also.
I have made lapghans for Vets homes.
Shipping is too costly for me, so I need to find places that I can drop off my projects.

Good luck finding the perfect place to donate your work
Sep 5, 2013 13:57:48   #
Kathie (a regular here)
mama k wrote:
I love to make things. All kinds of crafts but now that I retired and am naturally a loner I don't know what to do with things I make. It has stopped by creativity.

Around here some of the schools are in need of hats and mittens for children who are sent to school without them. That could be a place to check if you knit either of them.
Sep 5, 2013 13:58:20   #
I've been knitting for charities as directed by the Lord, but have recently been requested to start knitting a stash of baby items for the great grandchildren to be (hopefully not for 10 years or so, lol). Who knows if I'll be able to knit when they get here so I'm going to begin right after the two Tardis hats I've planned for my 19 year old granddaughters.

Please DON'T stop knitting. Just keep searching for a charity that touches you. If not for people, remember the animal shelters desperately need blankets, nests, etc. for the cats and dogs they pick up.

Good Luck.
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