Updated: Apr 17, 2019
I'm passionate about crochet and I feel very fortunate that I found a hobby that calls to me like this one. I wanted to find something to do with everything I made- a person only needs so many hats/scarves :) I thought an Etsy shop or craft fairs might be what I wanted to do but they didn't call to me. I felt like a failure when I couldn't get it off the ground but it made my passion for crochet feel like a chore- and I didn't like that.
It wasn't until a friend of mine said they heard that the local hospital was collecting homemade red hats for preemies that a light bulb went off. I could crochet things and DONATE them. How awesome is it to be able to do good WHILE doing something you LOVE?
I went on a mad dash looking into charities that might use or need something that I could crochet. There are so many awesome things people are doing with crochet goods! Some make octopuses for preemies- the twirly tentacles remind them of when they were inside the womb and doctors think they provide comfort to the baby. There are ladies who make crochet "boobies" for woman who survived breast cancer. I couldn't believe I didn't think of looking into this before.
When my work announced their partnership with the Girls and Boys Club for our holiday party and that they were collecting hats and mittens for it- I reached out and asked if homemade items were okay and they said "of course!".
I whipped up a bunch of hats and mittens for some little boys and girls and was so excited to bring them in. It was so much fun making them and thinking about the kids that would get to wear them. I plan to find another charity and continue the #CrochetforGood. I hope that regardless of your hobby, but especially if you have one where you can give back- you consider it too.
**This is too funny NOT to share. This was my first attempt at mittens and my first two didn't match so Finley got the odd one. He was NOT a fan but wore it the rest of the night. :) #thatfacetho