Sources for Affordable yarn
Yarn crafters who make projects to donate to charity are always looking for good sources for affordable yarns to use.
Some ideas for free or inexpensive yarns:
- Community organizations such as the Girl Scouts may be a good source of free yarn. Yarns are donated to these groups, and can often times be more than the organization can use. To find a local Girl Scout council in your area go to: https://www.girlscouts.org/en/about-girl-scouts/join/council-finder.html
- Websites like https://www.freecycle.org/search are sources of free items people are wanting to give away.
- Goodwill and other consignment shops have inexpensive clothing. Sweaters made of wool can be found in these shops for very little cost. Unraveling the sweater and reusing the yarn in the project of your choice is another way to get inexpensive yarn.
What sources can you suggest for acquiring free and inexpensive yarns to use in charity projects?
Here at Krafters Korner we love creating handcrafted items from a baby blanket to a safety pin beaded ship with lots of other exciting creations in between. We just celebrated our 10th year in 2018 as a division of the National Federation of the Blind. Let’s take a moment to meet our incredible founder and president Joyce Kane.
Joyce is a native new Englander with the Yankee “can do” spirit. She resides in Stratford, CT in a beautiful three-story colonial home. She currently lives with her son J.C. Her 100-years-young mom lives next door. Joyce and her late husband John were married for 42 years. John was always a huge support to Joyce with her crafting adventures. At an NFB convention in Orlando John told me that his philosophy was that a happy wife made for a happy life. Check out the Kane Brewer Fund on our website to learn more about John and how his legacy assists others to reach their crafting dreams. Joyce and John were blessed with three children and five grandchildren. grandchildren.
Throughout the years, Joyce has always stayed active in promoting her crafting passion. These activities ranged from owning a yarn shop to teaching community education classes in all types of crafts.
She has also been very active in the Girl Scouts. Teaching girls of all age’s new crafts.
Joyce lost her vision 12 years ago from diabetic complications. Sure, she initially missed seeing this or that…but she soon learned through trial and error. As a totally blind person she effortlessly began knitting, crocheting, quilting, beading and several other crafts again. Joyce does not slow down with learning new crafting techniques. We can all learn from her willingness to try new experiences. Currently Joyce has begun her own embroidery business she is calling it “Color My World”. She will make custom items from t-shirts, bags to table runners and many other items in between. She uses a computerized embroidery machine that she just started to learn a year ago. Her creations are gorgeous.
Joyce searched for a group of likeminded blind people to share tips and tricks of the crafting world with. After she did not find such a group…she set out to begin her own group.
The Krafters Korner currently has over 50 members and we average around 40 classes a year. Joyce has provided renewed joy and excitement to many. Not just in her geographical area, but virtually all over the world. Joyce gathered a group of people to help create the foundations of this division. They saw the importance of teaching in a format that will not be hindered by the miles that may separate us. This has been accomplished in unbelievable ways. Stop by our website and check out our classes www.krafterskorner.org.
I have been personally so encouraged through my friendship with Joyce, and I know others feel the same. Thanks for your passion Joyce and for creating Krafters Korner!
I am having a great time knitting hats for charity. My local yarn store collects them and when they have plenty, they give them to an agency in the next town that serves homeless families.
A friend of mine bought a big bag of yarn from Michael’s, several colors, to use in a party game, and he gave me all the leftovers, which was quite a lot. All the colors go together so I can mix them however I like.
I’m enjoying trying different patterns and seeing how they come out. So far, I am using rib patterns, because they are stretchy, so the hat could fit a variety of people’s heads. They also create warm, cozy hats. I’m making my hats with 2 different colors, one main and one for some stripes, to jazz them up a bit.
The hats are pretty small, so they’re very easy to throw in a bag and work on during a meeting or whatever. Plus, they don’t take long to make. I’m a slow knitter, and I’m making a hat a week. The yarn store owner tells me another person is undergoing cancer treatment and bashing out hats while she waits around for doctors.
It’s fun, trying different things on something quick that doesn’t require a lot of thinking, once it gets going, and then turns into something attractive and useful, without adding to my already extensive hat collection.
I’m lucky that my local yarn store is coordinating this project. but I know other Krafters Korner members are knitting or crocheting for charity through their church or local hospital, and a Google search for “knitting for charity” also turns up quite a few possibilities.
Ongoing Crochet Class
Our Krafters Korner President, Tammy and our former Treasurer Cindy have been holding a phone and email hybrid class teaching us to crochet. This is an ongoing class in which there is a conference phone call to discuss the techniques as well as a private email list for the class participants to discuss the techniques learned in class.
Our most recent project was a Gingerbread Man. These will be fun to make for the upcoming holidays.
These cute little Gingerbread Men were a nice quick project to make. I like making little projects like this to try a new technique or skill out without a large investment in time or supplies.
If you’re interested in learning how to crochet with crafting hints directed especially for those of us blind crafters, sign up for this ongoing crochet class here:
I am thrilled you are reading this post. Krafters Korner is a division of the National Federation of the Blind. We are crafters from all over the world. Many of us are blind or work with others affected by blindness. We all love crafting and sharing with one another.
One way we share info is through our listserv. We post on a wider range of crafting topics with the spirit of helpfulness. If you would like to join our list serve go to: listserv.
We also offer a wide range of fantastic classes for all abilities in many crafts. These classes are taught over the phone or email. The phone classes involve calling a chat line number on the given night. Here you will be able to hear both the teacher and your fellow classmates. We laugh a lot. We encourage one another and overall have lots of fun. The email classes help meet the needs of people’s busy schedules. Each class has a separate group and the instructor emails you directions on the craft. You and your classmates can email each other with questions or concerns.
In order to take these classes you will need to become a member of the Krafters division. Our dues $20 per year. These give you unlimited access to our classes and allows you to vote at membership meetings. If you are new to our group, your first class is free to help you experience our learning environment. To learn more about our membership please go to: Membership.
To see the latest classes we offer go to: current classes.
We also offer Monday night chats. These have different topics ranging from crafting ideas to blindness tips and tricks. To learn more about these chats and see a schedule check it out: Monday night chat
Please ask any questions. This is a group where we all want to help one another and see others succeed. Whether you are newly blind and so discouraged on where to get started…or you may just want to learn a new craft. You will find an incredible amount of priceless help here that will continue to strengthen your crafting toolbox. You may find that you want to teach a class here as well. We welcome new teachers. Check out our teachers info page at: Teachers.