I mentioned recently that I had got back into knitting and that I wanted to knit for a charity. So I found one, Knit One Give One, or kogo for short.
I wanted to find a charity that I could knit things for that would potentially go to homeless people. Though, with us going into our winter I know there are a lot of disadvantage people out there now, especially after what we have been through the last two years.
Kogo seemed like a good one for me. This is their mission statement.
KOGO enhances social inclusion through volunteering and providing hand knitted items of warmth and comfort to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our community.
While I could be knitting lots of things like jumpers and cardigans, I know they will take me a while to do. It seemed like a good idea to concentrate more on things I can do faster like beanies, scarves, and fingerless mittens. So that is what I’ve been doing.
What I’m knitting is fairly basic and I have found I can knit a beanie in a day, fingerless gloves in two days, and a scarf in 3 to 4 days. I’m trying to spread out what I’m knitting so there will be a range of things.
Basically, I am giving myself a month to see how much I can knit in that time. I have purchased quite a bit of wool so I hope to be able to knit heaps.
Doing this for a charity is my way of volunteering. I don’t really want to leave my house so this is the best way I can think of to volunteer my time.
Dave and I believe in donating to charity and spending a bit of money each year doing that. We use to hate claiming it on our tax because that seemed like a cop-out. However, we have realised that if we claim the money then we can give away what we get back plus what we normally do. Over the years we will be able to donate more and more while giving away the normal amount that we do each year. It seems like a good plan.
Our focus has been on people who have suffered, especially during the pandemic. Hence knitting for people. I can’t do a lot, but I can help people stay warm during the cold months.
I haven’t got a lot of items, but I have some photos of what I’ve done so far.
I’ve tried to knit with more than one yarn so it would make everything thicker, plus faster to knit. I’ve had to combine some yarns because I didn’t have enough of one. I mean it isn’t all plain and that is because I’ve been trying out some things as well.
I still have lots of wool left and I will be knitting lots more.
If you want to check out kogo then click here to go to the website.
Do you do anything like this? Would you consider it if you could?