“Stitching for Good” Donna Burkholder
Do you or did you ever knit or crochet? For some reason I was called to take up crochet again. I learned from my grandmother, and periodically I feel the urge to pick it up again. I find that the contemplative nature of crochet or knitting provides a sense of calm and peace. It’s such a lovely way to share of yourself by creating a piece for someone.
Now, I will be the first to say that I don’t attempt complicated items. In fact, I am currently limiting myself to finding new stitches for scarves. As I started on my third scarf I wondered if the projects would be even more rewarding if there was purpose to the creating. I began to think about the homeless men and women who begin to suffer from the cold even here in San Antonio. Would a scarf stitched with love provide more than just respite from a biting wind? Where to go with that thought?
Unity Church of San Antonio has been a partner with Haven for Hope for over two years because of Birdie’s dedication to monthly spiritual gatherings for the women at the center. She reached out to Haven for Hope and they enthusiastically agreed to accept hand stitched scarves for their clients. Spirit in action!
If, like me, you haven’t stitched in a while, or are just picking up the hobby, you can get some one on one help from Bobbie Langdon who works at Unraveled The Chic Yarn Boutique at Carousel Court 1876 Nacogdoches. She is there Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Thursday evening.
You can find some great YouTube videos with patterns and how to instructions for simple scarves or hats.
Here are a few YouTube videos with beginner instructions and patterns for crochet scarves:
Here is a site for knitting.
We will deliver the scarves this winter so just drop them off at the church office as you complete them.
HINT: We recommend you use acrylic yarn because it is machine washable. Haven for Hope assists men, women and families so all types and sizes are welcome.
Let’s get those needles moving!