I don't do charity knitting. Knitting is a selfish activity for me. I make things for myself and the people I love. I get solicited to make charity mittens for kids. I didn't do it. I do make mittens for a little kid every year. She looses them and they get dirty. This is her job. Mine is to make her more.
Anyway back to charity knitting. I believe in charity. Helping others is one of my core values. But, when it comes to my knitting needles, I have resisted it. There are so many things I have wanted to make that I will never be able to make them all in my lifetime.
So what changed? Years ago I saw something about the terrible suffering of women in Africa who had experienced an obstetric fistula. I never forgot the social ostracism they experienced. A week or so ago I read about and joined the Stitches-for-Sisters group on Ravelry. They are making 4" garter stitch squares to be sewn into blankets. I can make a 4" square. So far, I have made 10 of them. My basic pattern is to cast on 39 stitches and do a center, double stitch decrease on the right side and slip the center stitch on the wrong side. To make a neat edge, the last stitch of every row is knit in the back and the first stitch is slipped purl-wise with the yarn in front.
I will send them to a central US collection point and they will be mailed on to be sewed into blankets. The squares are small and all together should create a riot of color in a patchwork effect. The will then be sent to the Hamlin Fistula Hospital. Women receiving care at the hospital are given a blanket that they wear. You can see some in the NOVA video: A Walk to Beautiful.I like this project because I don't have to make an entire blanket. I can make as many squares as I want. I am using up my leftover wool yarn scraps. In a few days I will mail these out and go back to selfish knitting.