Moon Chronicles

The Waxing Gibbous Moon

The Waxing Gibbous Moon

Welcome to the Moon Chronicles, where we look at the various phases of the moon and see how they apply to a favorite subject:  Knitting and the community around it.  

The “Waxing Gibbous  Moon”  is a fascinating  phase. At this stage, depending on where you are located, more than half of the moon is visible. According to folklore, the waxing gibbous  moon (next up in my neck of the woods) calls for alignment with purpose – it’s a time of momentum – a time to move forward and focus on goals.   I am not sure  it is because of the moon’s influence, but lately I  find myself determined to “move forward”  by  finally finishing  projects that have been abandoned and sending  them where they can do the most good.  Perhaps that is part of the Moon’s magic, whatever its stage.  It sheds light on the  fact that, under its guise, we are all connected  and our talents can  help one another.  

With this in mind, and for those who may be interested, here are some charities that are pleased to have new and washable  knitted or crocheted goods.  Some also take extra skeins of clean yarn and equipment. 

Warm Up America  Warm Up America! is the national nonprofit that recently celebrated 30 years of providing handmade clothing and blankets to people in need.  Click on the link to discover how to get involved.

The Linus Project - This well-known non-profit provides blanket support and warmth to children who are seriously ill or have suffered trauma. Founded in 1995, they have donated almost 9 million knit or crochet blankets.  There are chapters throughout the country and you can find a local one close to you by going directly to the site.

Knit for Kids - Devoted to providing world-wide support of children through donations of all types  of knitted or crocheted goods.  This is good for those of us who have smaller items, such as hats, mittens or scarves on hand. 

Hugs Society - This organization is  for people who support animal welfare. It’s dedicated to soothing animals in safe shelters and providing them with security blankets or soft washable flat knit or crocheted squares through a program called Snuggles.

(A  click on any of these linked websites, will take  you  directly to the organization for more information.)

The simple truth is that by helping and focusing on one another, we move forward with purpose – just like a Waxing Gibbous Moon suggests.

The Lantern Moon company was started with that in mind.  You can read here to learn more about Lantern Moon’s initiative to help support and work with artisans in other countries;  see how  Knitter’s Pride supports the  education of  children and  provides fair wage employment for women by going to their site, as well.

The  subject of support and advocacy is important to all of us.  If you have a cause that you are supporting, please don’t hesitate to tell us about it or your shared projects.  We’d love to hear from you.

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