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.