Our monthly round-up of how you can use your knitting needles for a good cause
Each month, we round up stories from charities that need your help! This month, we are looked at Knitted Knockers, Hats for the Homeless and Octopus for a Preemie and highlighting how you as knitters can help to raise money! We know that you are a very giving and charitable bunch, so scroll down to find out how you can help. If you are a member of the Let’s Knit Together private Facebook group, don’t forget to let us know what you’ve been making for charity so we can add your pictures and comments to the blog.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and one way we knitters can put our needles to good use is by crafting Knitted Knockers! These are handmade breast prostheses for Breast Cancer sufferers and survivors who have experienced a mastectomy. They don’t require a bra, are not hot or heavy, and can be worn sooner after surgery than traditional prostheses because they are softer against the skin. Visit knittedknockers.org for the pattern and to find out where to send your makes.
Hats for the Homeless
Last year, UK Hand Knitting received more than 4,000 hats which were distributed to a selection of worthy charities helping those who have fallen on hard times. This year, the target is 5,000 hats – and they need your help to get there! Visit ukhandknitting.com throughout the month of September for lots of free patterns, and send your knitted headwear to Hats for the Homeless, PO BOX 151, Bingley BD16 9DT by 30th November 2021.
Helping premature babies through their first few days of life, Octopus for a Preemie is looking for donations of knitted or crocheted octopuses to give to preemies during their time away from their parents. Calming and comforting, babies can play with the toy octopus’ tentacles and snuggle close. For more information and to find out how to donate your knitted octopuses, visit octopusforapreemie.com or visit the Facebook group, Octopus for a Preemie UK.