Warm Up America, the nonprofit that was founded by knitter Evie Rosen in 1992, is a perfect example of how knitters and crocheters can come together to have such an impact. Because of the nonprofit and the multitudes of knitters and crocheters who donate their time and treasures to it, warm, cozy afghans have brightened the lives of people in homeless shelters, hospitals, hospices, veterans’ homes, nursing homes, AIDS facilities, daycare centers, Red Cross chapters and churches.
Because of the organization’s kindness, more than one million afghans and articles of clothing have been donated to people in need. And one of the ways it helps people is by collecting knitted and crocheted 7” by 9” rectangles that are then assembled into beautiful afghans. The rectangles can be knitted using any color yarn and any pattern, but they need to be made with a medium weight yarn that’s machine washable and dryable.
The squares can then be mailed to the WUA! headquarters in Texas. But some craft stores, such as Michael’s, also collect squares that are made with a specific pattern. Either way, it’s a fun little activity that makes a big difference!
Speaking of fun projects that are accomplished a little bit at a time, I almost completed the first draft of “Pockets Full of Mystery” just before Advent. But when Advent started, I decided to return to adapting one of my screenplays into a novella. Since it’s a Christmas novella – and it’s still the Christmas season through January 13 – it just seemed right. And since we’re still in the Christmas season, I’m extending the previous offer through Jan. 13, and I wish everyone a blessed, merry Christmas season!
Offer (good through Jan. 13, 2019) – Members of knitting ministries (and those who knit regularly for charity) who would like a free PDF copy of “Rosie’s Scarf: A Short Story & Infinity Scarf Pattern” can let me know through the Contact form, and I’d be happy to email you a free copy.