Yarn For a Cause

I have a blogging friend who has fallen on hard times. She has kids and a disabled husband.  I won’t share her story as it’s not mine to tell. Suffice it to say, she is looking for ways to make extra money to help support her family. She taught her self to knit and crochet. Right now she is knitting with dowels that she sharpened with a pencil sharpener.  She unraveled a used sweater that was too small to make balls of yarn. She is very clever and crafty. It would never occur to me to do something like that. I didn’t even know  you could unravel a sweater to get the wool. She is using the mesh bags that oranges and onions come in to make scrubbers. She hopes to be able to sell these items to help supplement their income. When many people hit on hard times they don’t make lemonade out of lemons. They just give up. My friend is trying to make lemonade. I really admire her for that.

Last night I got to thinking about the few balls of yarn and crochet hooks just collecting dust in my closet. I was going to be crafty but gave it up after less than a month. Mr. Bernie kept on me to toss the yarn. I didn’t need the crochet hooks. Something told me to keep it. Call me a hoarder, call me lazy but I still have them.  I believe my friend is the reason that I never let them go. I’m going to send them to her. I’m also going to use my handy day Hobby Lobby coupon to pick up a couple more things to put in the box.

Which brings me to the title of my post. I thought there might be other folks who thought they were going to knit or crochet and don’t.  Some of you might have some yarn or mesh bags you no longer want. Perhaps that sweater you thought you might wear again, but know your not going to.  You have that mesh bag from the bag of onions or oranges. Would you want to donate it to someone who will be able to use it? Go ahead and send me an email if you have something you would like to send. My email button is in the upper right corner of the blog. Even if its one skein of yarn or a set of knitting needles thanks to my friend, Michele, the needles are covered. How about crochet hooks? You know they will go to a good home and they will stop collecting dust at your house!

She has no clue about this post. She will once she checks her email. I will talk to her later to see if she wants the items sent to me or directly to her. I’m not sure how she is going to feel about this post. Lets hope that she is pleased.

Please feel free to share this post with your friends. The more help the better.

Sometimes a little act of kindness can really help uplift and change someone’s life.




  1. Bernie, your friend must be congratulated for makeing the best out of a bad situation. Sound like an exceptiona lady.

  2. When people are under a lot of pressure to survive their hiden creativity comes to light. Your friend should be commended for her creativity in useing the limited resources available to her.

  3. Your right the story is not yours to tell, but I must say that your friend is really creative in the way she things. Good for her. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Youre reallya awesome doing this kind of idea..Love it..Thanks for sharing this post to us..

  5. I feel horrible! I missed this post and haven’t been to Alicia’s blog in forever. I have all sorts of knitting/crocheting stuff that I haven’t touched in forever. I will send some goodies her way.

  6. I am always glad to see that I have hung onto things for a reason after all!

  7. Hi, all!
    I’m the friend that Bernie is referring to in this post. I can’t thank her enough for doing this for me. I just don’t have the words to express how much this means to me.

    And, to all of you who have things to send me, who are sharing this, and who are sending positive thoughts – Thank You, too! I’m in a pretty dire situation and, knowing that there’s something I can do (with all of your help) to try to change this, keeps that light at the end of the tunnel shining brightly. If you do send anything, PLEASE make sure to send me a return address so I can thank each and every one of you properly.

    • *hugs* We will get you up and running with your crafts and a shop in no time flat. You are a good person and we are not doing anything that you wouldn’t do for someone yourself.

  8. What a great idea of redistribution!! oh, and I have projects I’ve been lugging around with me that really should go to a home where they do not collect dust!! Bernie, you are wonderful for helping your friend and helping me, another friend shed things that I really don’t need and I’m happy to mail out.

  9. That is so sweet! I use mine all the time, but I might be able to send her a couple of things of yarn and a hook or two if she wants it. :) Also, if she gets a shop up I’d love to feature it and talk about it on my blog too when the link is ready.

    • Oh, Angie, that is wonderful! I think we are good with the yarn for now. However, when she gets her shop up and running I will get the two of you together. What a wonderful offer!!

  10. My grandmother used to knit, she has been gone quite a while and I hung on to her knitting needles because it was a little bit of her. As I got older and just moved them from house to house I realized that when I talk about her and her knitting I am no where near where I keep the needles. I would be honorer to send them to you for your friend, they are different sizes and I think they sure could use being put back into action. If you still need them just let me know and they will be on their way in no time. :)

  11. Bernie—You are AWESOME! Check your inbox.

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