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« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2004 07:50:21 AM »

I have a big problem with buying yarn because it's pretty but not ever using it all.  I also have a lot left over from other projects.  I'm running out of room for all the yarn.  My other problem is that I'm trying to save money (I'm going back to school in the fall) and I want to limit the amount of new yarn I'm buying, satisfying my urge to knit only with the existing stash i have.  

Recently, I've been using my half used balls of yarn to knit baby hats.  So many of my friends and coworkers are having babies and these small hats only take an hour or two to complete and the parents love them.

I've also been thinking about kntting hats for the homeless.  There are a few regulars that hang out near the hospital I work at and with it being so cold out they proabbaly really need a little extra warmth.  I don't know of any knitting projects for patients at my hospital, although I've been keeping my ear out.  

Another place to donate projects to would be a local women's shelter or rape crisis center.  Sexual assult victims often have their clothes taken from them at the hospital as evidence, but hospitals usually don't have much more than scrubs to send them home in.  I know that the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center accepts donations of clothes (and I'm sure scarves, hats, sweaters, or socks) to give to women as they leave the hospital.

So that's my list of things to do with left over yarn.
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« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2004 08:05:00 AM »

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these are great ideas cbradio.
what do you craftsters think about doing something like this on a larger scale?  i think getcrafty did something similar...anyone have more ideas/input?
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« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2004 11:15:38 AM »

Yes, I think get crafty did a scarf or hat drive and it was successful.  I don't know if people would want to donate items to a specific charity or one in their area.  I live in Boston, and BARC came to mind because my roommate does legal work with them, and I know of a few other shelters in the area like Rosie's place or the pine street inn, but knitters in other areas may have other groups in mind.  It would be cool to get people across craftster involved in making clothes, hats, blankets, or whatever to donate to aid organizations in their area.

I'm meeting with my knitting group tonight (okay, it's really just me and my friends knitting and drinking together but whatever) and will brainstorm some ideas.

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« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2004 11:54:42 AM »

I'm on the humane society list.  They accept yarn donations or you can knit mini 10" x 10" blankets for kitties and puppies in cages, they need that kind of stuff too.
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« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2004 12:33:44 PM »

that's cool.  I should make a blanket for my cat too.
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« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2004 09:11:44 PM »

Doesn't every knitter have this problem?  I love the blanket/afghan idea, though!  
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« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2004 11:07:21 PM »

these are all such great ideas!  i was looking on the nyc craigslist and there have been postings for animal shelters... i'm going to see if i can bring some of my things there.  i also have a TON of hats that i've made that have no homes, but i think some of them are too thin for this horrible weather ny's been having.  has anyone tried to line their hats with fleece or flannel or something?
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« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2004 04:11:35 PM »

There's a cool pattern in the book "Weekend Knitting" by Melanie Falick designed to help you use up some of your stash.  It's called "Felted Stash Accessories Bag" and it's a cute striped bag that you knit from various odds and ends and then felt.  It's supposed to be about 10" wide by 6" high when done, but theoretically you could make any size you want.  As long as the yarns are around the same gauge it should work.

Also, I'm an eBay junkie and I often will sell random balls of leftover yarn in lots - people buy them, esp. if they're nice yarns.
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« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2005 11:27:00 PM »

Michaels is involved with:

http://www.warmupamerica.com/join.html

Some have a box you can drop off squares


http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/caps.html



You could also hit your local library(s), find some books, and practice on some stitches systematically through the book . . .
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