I am still in sweater design mode over here at "Chez Ooo! Shiny!". The design process is going well and I'm really glad I chose a project of this size to get my knitwear designer feet wet. Hopefully, next week I will have something fun to show you! And if all goes well, I plan on having the pattern available as a free download too. Stay tuned...
Today I'm going to take a break from posting about the doll sweater to talk about a charitable crafting opportunity I recently discovered. It never ceases to amaze me how handcrafted items can bring comfort to those struggling.
Project Night Night
Here is an excerpt from their site...
"Project Night Night donates over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year, free of charge, to homeless children who need our childhood essentials to feel secure, cozy, ready to learn, and significant. Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children’s book, and a stuffed animal -- all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag. By providing objects of reliable comfort, Project Night Night reduces trauma and advances the emotional and cognitive well-being of the children we serve."
They accept newly handmade "crib size" blankets. The blankets can be quilted, knitted, crocheted, no-sew or purchased. Book donations should be appropriate from age 0 to pre-teen. And stuffed animals should be smaller than 30 inches and new. Way more information is available on their site. There is a lot of room for creativity under their guidelines.
I just love the thought of making a cozy blanket and stuffed animal that can bring a smile to the face of a little one in chaos. It's just a small thing to me, but if it can help a child through rough times...it's priceless. Also, I ran across this book the other day and thought it was a neat resource for making a little doll for this care package.
Please remember that this is but one way to "craft for charity." My blog-mate, Alex, and I have also done projects from the Knitting for Peace book by Betty Christiansen and we're planning a sewing project to make dresses that will be donated to children in Haiti.
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