Category Archives: charity

Together We Create!

Since the Knit Picks staff have all been at home these past few weeks, we, of course, have been knitting and crocheting up a storm! We all have different reasons for it – first and foremost, it’s something that we obviously love to do, but it also helps us stay connected to each other and to our online community, even if we can’t be out & about. So we thought we’d share some of our projects with you and would love to see what you are working on during this extraordinary time! Of course, we’ve been working on our blocks for #WarmUpTogether! It’s been a lot of fun; for me personally, I’ve been rediscovering my love of crochet! While Warm Up America isn’t able to accept the blocks and other projects at the moment, we’re keeping them all safe until we come back together.

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Teaching Others to Knit

Update! WUA has made the difficult decision to suspend accepting donations. In the meantime, keep crocheting and knitting those squares and blankets so you’re ready to send them in when they’ve reopened their submissions!  With many folks now home bound for the time being, you might find yourself looking for ways to engage creatively with your loved ones in the same position. We, of course, suggest teaching them to knit – and with #WarmUpTogether, they’ll be helping others in need!

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Knit Patterns for Warm Up America #WarmUpTogether

If you’re longing for connection to community right now, join us! WeCrochet and Knit Picks have partnered with Warm Up America to create afghan and blanket projects to go to seniors and others in need in our communities. If you’re home and looking for something to do, let’s share the love and #WarmUpTogether! Warm Up America accepts knit and crochet projects and squares made in machine washable yarns. If you would like a full list of washable yarns we offer, scroll to the bottom of this post. Here are the ways you can help . . . Make a Square to Donate Warm Up ...

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Warm Up Together with Knit Picks and WeCrochet

Update! WUA has made the difficult decision to suspend accepting donations. In the meantime, keep crocheting and knitting those squares and blankets so you’re ready to send them in when they’ve reopened their submissions!  Knit Picks is teaming up with our sister brand WeCrochet to encourage our community to craft for a cause. We are supporting Warm Up America! (WUA), the charity that warms peoples’ lives, and encouraging donations to this important organization. To participate, knit or crochet any of the following: 7″ x 9″ squares (any gauge, any stitch)Finished blankets, from throw and lapghan size and largerOr choose ...

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KNit Picks comfort knit pet blanket
Charity Knitting & Crocheting Roundup

For most of us, there comes a time when we may experience a lull in our project queue, or perhaps a lapse in inspiration. It’s times like these that one may ask themselves, “Who can I knit/crochet for? What can I make?” We’ve included here a list of several amazing charity organizations that would be more than happy to be on the receiving end of your creative efforts, who work to warm the hearts and bodies of those in need.  

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Craft 2 Give Back
The “Craft to Give Back” Wrap-up!

Over the last two months, one of the first things I did upon waking up every morning was to eagerly check the Instagram hashtag #craft2giveback. Akin to watching the gift pile under the Christmas tree grow, I tallied with great joy the burgeoning number of handmade projects submitted to our campaign to raise money for the United Nations Refugee Agency. I was absolutely blown away by your generosity. 1,791 projects were submitted to local charities - that's thousands and thousands of hours of love!

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Bridge Pedal 2015

Many of us here are avid bike riders - it's easy to do, living in the Portland OR/Vancouver WA area! Each year, the city of Portland shuts down the 10 (now 11) bridges over the Willamette River for bikes to safely ride across for Providence Bridge Pedal. All proceeds go to health and wellness charities around the area, including a portion to fund concussion and neurocognitive testing, known as ImPact testing. Several of us have done it over past couple of years but this year, we put together the official Knit Picks team of employees and spouses - complete with cute shirts! All of us signed up for the 11 Bridge course, so this photo was after we rode between 30-35 miles in the hot sun and we're all a little giddy and sweaty! We had a great time, even with some course issues.

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Charity Spotlight: Knots of Love

We're focusing on charity crafting this month, with the release of our new book Helping Hands: Made With Love, Given With Heart. You can buy the book (on sale for just $5.99!), or download the ebook for free! It contains six patterns in both knit and crochet, that are perfect for donating to a charity who could really use your help. In the book, we highlight some worthy campaigns, one of them being Knots of Love. We wanted to learn a bit more about them, so we asked Christine, from the organization, to answer some questions. Click through to read all about it!

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Knit Picks and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

You've seen it all over your Facebook freinds, Twttier feeds and the news. Celebrities, sports figures and everyday people are taking part. It's the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - where you are are challenged to make a donation to ALSA.org and post a video dumping a bucket of ice water over your head. It seemed so silly at first, but has gained in momentum and the last total I saw was 90+ million dollars raised to fight ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig disease). This week, Knit Picks and the rest of the Crafts Americana team at Vancouver WA office were happy to take part, as ALS has affected members of our families. We made a donation for everyone who took part (22 staff members), along with personal donations.

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