One of my Favourite Crochet Pieces
Health Benefits of Crochet and Knitting
Who would have thought. The Day the Doctor would prescribe Learning How to Crochet? He did not say it in so many words, but he did tell me to find a hobby. I have worked my way through the the whole mental illness textbook prescriptions list, meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, soul searching and looking for answers to questions I probably will never be able to find out.
So Instead of wasting my energy worrying about tomorrow instead of focusing on today. I taught myself how to crochet. At a time when my stress levels were through the roof and it was either go back down that deep dark tunnel, which is an easy option, reaching for those tablets, or do something about it.
Crocheting for me is more than a hobby, it really was a life saver. Sounds a bit over exaggerated, but I am being honest.
Between writing and crocheting I managed to overcome a serious addiction to painkillers. And came through the other end of a very dark tunnel. Crochet will stay with me forever now, and I will share my journey with you and others who have been inspired by crochet
I was never any good at dealing with Stress. But the Rhythm of the technique and the "zone" I can go into really is the best meditation technique I have came across.
I have also read a few similar stories on How Crochet has saved peoples lives. and one that was very inspirational is Crochet Saved my Life
I love to share the craft with everyone so they too can feel the benefit from crocheting, or giving to others.
And I have found some charities who help people through crochet too.
Crochet saved my life
Your Handmade Crochet items Are needed
SO you want to crochet for a worthwhile Cause. Personally for me the feeling of giving a handmade gift to someone who needs it and appreciates it is fantastic. But, I must admit, I know that feeling when you have spent months, days and hours on a crochet project for the recipient to just look at it, and to be honest you know it will be in the back of the cupboard before the end of the day, never to see the light of day again.
Lets find those beautiful handcrafted projects a loving home.
I have become an expert at working out who not to crochet items for. I know, its sad isn't it? even more so as some of those are children. Although disclaimer here my nieces and nephews adore everything I have ever made, one Niece loves animals and we have a crocheted zoo for her, and the other niece loves everything Princess. So I am never without ideas for them. And know each one I make is loved just as much as the first one,
However in this digital and brand led world, there has been the odd child who has screwed their little button noses up and some have even said, well... its free anyway.
Others have claimed they could have made it, others say their 6 year old would be able to make it, in fact. I have heard many exclaim "how can you charge for something that cost nothing"....
Wow what about my materials, my time....sigh.
To any fiber artist, to hear these words are devastating. Hours of love poured into every stitch. But never fear there are people who just love receiving these gifts. Sometimes its the onl gift they may receive
So I decided that I would look into where I could donate my ever growing collection of crochet projects. That live in my unwanted bucket in my house. I am going to find new homes for them all.
Here are some of my Favorite Causes that accept crocheted items, and will give to loving homes
Handmade Items Yes or No
Crochet Dolls for a Great Cause
Free Better Friends - Helping Support Children going through Cancer and its treatment
This is probably the most beautiful idea I have come across. Crochet Dolls made specifically for helping children who are going through cancer, other illnesses and their treatment.
One of the side effects is the devastation felt whilst dealing with loss of hair.
You can request a Feel better do by following the instructions at their website. I know of 1 little girl who loves her Feel Better doll.
Please hop on over to Feel better Friends Website where you can see the fantastic work they do or how you can help
Crochet for Cancer
Crocheting for Cancer patients is very worthwhile and appreciated. I remember my mother losing her hair, she was devastated, but there was a woman's charity who made knitted and crocheted hats for patients. She loved having a hat in every color to suit her chosen outfit for the day.
If you would like to learn more about Crochet for Cancers work please stop over and see their fabulous work, even just sharing their page is amazing help
My mum liked her hats with a soft cotton lining which was really easy to attach.
See how you can help and donate - CrochetforCancer.org
Warm Crochet Hats for Soldiers
Beanies for Bravery
I know the designers over at Snappy Tots. Currently they are running Beanies for Bravery which helps to send out hand knitted and crocheted beanies to soldiers. Sometimes this is the only gift they will receive.
The Crochet Hats need to be made specific colors and dimensions and there is a FREE crochet pattern to use, which should be followed.
BFB also encourage you to send a hand written note, just to say our thanks to our brave soldiers. .
You can find all the specifications and details on how to contribute here on Snappy Tots Website
Crochet For Cancer Hats and Caps
Crochet For Cancer
Crochet for Cancer is a Christian based non-profit charity that donates crochet hats and chemo caps to help people when dealing with hair loss during treatment.
This is a personal favorite of mine and I know the organizers and their work is amazing. They even allow the use of their small donated collection of free hat patterns to be used for people who wish to make Chemo hats for their local oncology department. Please respect the copyright of the patterns, and only use them as they were intended.
Crochet Cancer has enabled many people to even form their own groups and help bring the gift of a lovingly handcrafted cap to those who are going through treatment.
My mother lost her hair when she was receiving treatment, and I remember still with a pain in my heart, the awful time she went through. I did not crochet at that time, but her neighbor did and she loved every one of those caps. They were comfortable, she felt dignified and she was so taken with the creativeness of each cap, she was spoiled for choice. I know how much those caps meant to her, and when she could match to her outfit, well,that was just a bonus.
The Preemie Project - For the Love of Babies
The Preemie Project has been going since 2005 giving gifts fo warmth and support to those families who need it. Yes those babies need to keep warm. In addition to preemie clothes the charity also helps those dealing with bereavement. and have a wonderful list and guidance on what they need and you can make for those families
If you are wanting to donate to your local preemie unit, please contact the hospital itself and ask if they have special requirements. (some accept and some do not so please make sure you follow their units specific guidelines.
Read more about the Preemie Project HERE
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Have You Sent The Gift of Handmade to a Cause? Do you know of any other Causes that deserve to be mentioned? Please let me know and I can add them.
Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on November 10, 2014:
Pleased to read that crochet became a life-saver for you, Lisa. It IS a very meditative type of activity and very calming. Thanks for featuring these links for crocheting for charity as I've been thinking about this very thing lately.
Barbara Badder from USA on September 16, 2014:
I've been designing crochet patterns for my website and I'm going to need to start finding the perfect charities to give the finished items to. Right now, I still have family members to give some of it for gifts and surprises, but I can see I need to donate some of them.
One year, I did donate 17 hats. Good job on the hub!
Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on September 07, 2014:
Thank you ajgodinho and great to see you over here too
Anthony Godinho from Ontario, Canada on September 05, 2014:
Thank your for sharing your inspiring story of how Crocheting came in the form of a lifesaver for you. Wishing you all the best as you continue your journey. BTW, beautiful work with bunny. Stay blessed!
RTalloni on September 03, 2014:
Good for you on every level. I've tried to help a relative who is a prescription drug addict but the choice to return to the drugs keeps her from getting help she could have. I've tried to encourage her to crochet, offering the needed supplies, etc., but consistent refusal has resulted in a downward spiral. I'm so glad you recognized this would happen to yourself and that now you are writing about what has come of your choice to look for better answers. Thank you for sharing some of your journey and for posting info on these organizations that reach out to help others. By the way, if you have never read PsychoBabble by Richard Ganz you might find it interesting.
Jim from Kansas on September 03, 2014:
Anything that can help a person deal with stress, is a good thing. I have a teddy bear made my my grandmother's sister. You never know when you might be making a family heirloom.
Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on September 03, 2014:
Your story is inspiring along with your talent for crochet. That bunny in the first photo is fantastic. I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't love receiving that item. The charities you've listed here are great ways to find welcome homes for your hard work. Nicely done.
Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on September 03, 2014:
I'm about to have my children's poetry book published and all the profits are going to kids cancer research. I'll let you know when the book comes out. I had planned to make hats for cancer patients at the hospital where I have my chemo treatments, but I've been so busy lately that I've not yet started them.
Elizabeth Lynn Westbay from United States on September 03, 2014:
Crochet is very soothing, I am lucky that my crochet is loved. I was at a second hand store and I saw a bunch of crocheted blankets. I wanted to save them but sadly I can't store them right now.
savateuse on September 03, 2014:
What began as a hobby turned into a lifestyle..? Your crochet work is simply fantastic!
Nick Deal from Earth on September 03, 2014:
So glad you touched on the health benefits of crochet because it's crucial for our mature adults~
Fay Favored from USA on September 02, 2014:
Your work is lovely. This is something I never learned to do but admire those who do, especially for a cause. Blanket Buddies is the only other one that I know of that make items for charity.
Rhonda Lytle from Deep in the heart of Dixie on September 02, 2014:
I'm not good at crochet but I like to do it. I find it very calming and like you just get in a zone. Of course, mine result in huge throws that are never square because I don't count as a I should but still I enjoy it. This was so sweet of you to post. Good activity for even better causes. Way to go!
SheilaMilne from Kent, UK on September 02, 2014:
I've been doing crochet for years off and on so I can understand how it helped you. I find it very therapeutic. I wish I could find a few UK outlets for some of my bits and pieces though my new grandson is a good cause at the moment while he is tiny.
I do know of Teddies for Tragedies and Mission for Seamen, but those are the only two off hand.
Ann Hinds from So Cal on September 02, 2014:
No matter how hard I try, crochet defeats me. Fortunately, I can knit. Our guild makes hats for the babies and blankets for a group who takes kids to see their mothers in prison on Mother's Day. Lots of beautiful crocheted work, done by people who care. There is always a place for something handmade with love. The bunny is adorable!
Ann from Yorkshire, England on September 02, 2014:
I can't crochet but was just looking up knitting for charity - thanks for this Lisa.