We’ve all heard it before; “if you can’t donate money, donate your time instead.”
Time?! Time, some say, is worth more than all the money in the world. At least, that’s what The Bucket List tried to teach me… Sometimes, it isn’t initially obvious what you can do to help local charities. You have no interest in lifting heavy boxes, building houses, or jingling a little bell at the grocery store. So what can be done to quench your guilt? Winter, and the answer to your dilemma, are just around the corner!
Yes, I did just mention that season. When your driveway turns into a frozen horror, you likely start wearing your ‘warm woollies’ and a hat(we call it a toque here, but I’ve been told that it isn’t so elsewhere). A good hat is sometimes too much money for people who don’t even have enough for their groceries. This is where you can help out.
A hat(toque) is probably the easiest and quickest thing I have ever knitted! The age old past time of knitting is enjoyable and quite practical. I, like most knitters, find I can only make so many pairs of weird, lumpy socks. Instead of having your knitting creations take up space in your home, you can help your fellow human being instead!
Can’t knit? Try using a round knitting loom instead. They’re pretty cheap, come in sets with a few different sizes, and a metal hook. I’m sure you could find them online at Amazon* or something. Get yourself some thick yarn and knit away, my friends!
If you live in a warmer climate, and you don’t really get Winter, you can still knit for charity. Hospitals need baby blankets, hats, and “cocoons.” Just inquire at your local hospital, I’m sure they’d appreciate it. One could also knit socks, scarves, or mittens. Around Christmas, my local library has a basket where people bring hats, mittens, and scarves they’ve made, and then they are donated to the right charity.
On the matter of toques, what is it called in other countries? Do you just say hat? Let me know in the comments!
Some great beginner resources for making hats on a round loom:
- Knifty Knitter Round Loom Set with 4 Looms and hook
- Lion Brand Yarn Large-Eye Blunt Needles, Set of 6
- Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Yarn
*full disclosure: affiliated with Amazon–if you buy products from Amazon that I recommend, I get paid a percentage