One of my more underused talents is crocheting.
I say “underused” because I found myself this year realizing that I don’t donate enough of my creations to further society, as I counted up the amount of hats I made last year that were all for me and my children, and was almost disgusted with myself. It seems silly as I type it out, but it was quite the revelation that I came to this year that I don’t donate items and I even know why.
If I had to guess “why” – I have an overwhelming sense that my item won’t be ‘loved’ or that the individual who receives it won’t know how long it took to make, or won’t appreciate the work.
In other words, I’m concerned about myself.
Psh. What am I thinking?
I have begun using up small amounts of yarn to create Peyton Hearts, as I describe in a blog post titled On My Hook – Peyton’s Heart Project.
I’m also telling myself that I don’t care what happens to my items, as I’m using a Lord given talent to get rid of my yarn hoard, and without any of my own doing, I hope that the things I create are going to further the kingdom in some way.
So – I’m tasking my self this year to make 12-crocheted items, and gift 12-homemade things, as part of My Year of Twelves goals, and in that task, I am willing to cross-over the crocheted items, if they are given as gifts.
This post is about the items I intend on making for giving to a non-profit camp that my husband and I are involved with. They have a yearly golf tournament and asked members of the board (which includes my husband) to give prizes, gift cards, or other donated items as giveaways for the golfers and attendees.
Now, my husband and I don’t golf. I will admit, I have a certain perception of what a ‘golfer’ at one of these functions will probably look like.
But, when my husband suggested that his wife crochet a few items, the other board members (about nine in all) were all for me creating and preparing items for the March tournament date.
So here’s my plan on what I will be making for the give-aways for this charity.
Coffee Gift Basket – Two coffee cozies and cups and two 1/2-pound bags of home-roasted coffee.
My husband roasts our own coffee at home occasionally, and it can be a labor of love to roast the coffee beans.
I made up my new go-to pattern for the simple coffee cozies and bought two $2 re-usable cups from Starbucks to put them around. I’ll try to post the coffee cozy pattern on an separate post.
Plant and Crocheted Plant Hanger
The plant is one that I rooted from my existing Golden Pothos. I’m also thinking about including the device/components that could hang the plant, but I haven’t decided that yet. Not including the yarn cost, this one cost us $15 for the 10″pot.
The yarn is called Red heart Cordial. I ordered it from the JoAnn’s website last year and have yet to do the hangers I planned making from it.
The pattern is from Vicki Howell’s blog. She uses t-shirt yarn, but I found this cordial-type yarn works up beautifully and is just as strong and stretchy. Again, if I have time, I’ll post the photos to make this quick gift.
A Couple Crocheted Hats
The pattern I used to create the pink hat (already made) is from here: Girl on Fire Beanie by Wichecrafts.
If I have time, the hat I want to create will be similar to this: Koala Earflap Hat. I have the yarn type to make this hat, but I’m unsure at the moment if I’m willing to pay the $5 for the pattern, or come up with one myself that is similar. I think it would make a great giveaway gift to the grandparent of a little one….
Scrubby & Dishcloths
I know, I know – I kind of think they’re cheesy too but they’re trendy right now. REALLY! And who doesn’t need dishcloths and a cute scrubber. I made the flower pattern up in my head for the scrubber, and I’m sure free dishcloth patterns are plentiful over at Free Crochet Patterns. I already have the cotton yarn, so it’s just a matter of making them!
If I really want to get creative, maybe I’ll include an apron for the soap bottle too!
I know there are ten-million other things I could create from yarn. These are things that I think are both cool to get and for the most part, useful.
Hopefully they will be appreciated…but that’s not why I’m making them now!
Have a great week! I’ll keep you posted on what gets finished.