- Wool Works - This page summarizes (by state) different charitable organizations that accept knitted goods or knitting supplies. This website has also assembled patterns suitable to use for charity.
- Interweave Knits - Here is another list of charitable organizations.
- The Knitting Connection (Based in MA) Volunteer your time (with knitting), your extra yarn or your finished projects.
- Newborns in need (http://www.newbornsinneed.org) - Help dress newborns in need with your crafts.
- Women's Educational and Industrial Union (no website listed... Fiber Arts Department, 356 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116. Contact: Alice Lam, ext. 156, 617 536-5651.) They reportidly have a knit-a-thon makin 6 in squares to help battered women's shelters... If anyone has any more information about this I would appreciate it.
- Pine Street Inn (A Boston Homeless Shelter) has had a knit-a-thon the last two years around Thanksgiving... hopefully they'll do it again!
- Knit-a-square - Help keep an AIDS orphan in Africa warm by contributing 8x8 knit (or crochet) squares.
- http://www.cubsforkids.com/ - Helping homeless children. Knit clothing for teddy bears. The charity provides the bears, and distributes the bears to children at holiday time.
- http://www.chemocaps.com/ - These hats are distributed at hospitals to cancer patients. The knowledge that someone took the time to hand make a hat for them is encouraging to the patient.
- http://www.stitchesfromtheheart.org/ - helping preemies around the nation
- The Purl Foundation - Helping homeless individuals through the winter in NYC. A friend of mine is involved with this charity, so although it is not Boston-centric, I wanted to give it a shout out.
I have not even scratched the surface of knitting charities that are out there... but it is something to think about. If anyone knows of any upcoming knit-a-thons in the Boston area, please let me know. I would love to rally people to participate. If I had more friends who knit, I could set one up of my own... Maybe it is time to find a social knitting group...
Basically, if I make something, ANYTHING, there are not a shortage of places to donate the knit items.