Kayla’s Charity Marathon

Hello everyone, it’s Kayla here!

Mom asked me to stop by and answer a few questions about the yarn I use for my charity marathon that I have blogged about here and that Mom mentioned in her recent stash report. I’m so humbled that so many of you are interested in helping me out with a yarn donation! I promise I’m content with what I have, but I also know that it feels pretty good to get rid of that Red Heart Acrylic in the back of your stash. I will definitely put whatever you send to good use!

Most of my charity work is done in 100% Acrylic worsted weight yarn because it is easy to care for. My favorite brand is I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby because it is very soft and economical. The Preemie Project has a great list of yarns that are soft enough for preemies. You’ll notice that the list discourages Red Heart, which I agree is too scratchy for garments but I don’t mind using for afghans.

In fact, I used to have a huge stash of Red Heart Super Saver until I crocheted it into my Acrylic Eaters afghan! This was recently donated to my school district’s holiday giving project.

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It really did use up a lot of yarn!

I am more than happy with scrappy afghan projects and would be so content with whatever scraps you send my way! One thing I really enjoy about my marathon is that I have cleared out a lot of the “junk” that I don’t want to work with anymore and made it into something nice for someone else.

Some people have asked about getting yarn specifically for this project. THANKS, you guys! I really am happy with scraps. However, one yarn that I have been purchasing specifically for this marathon is bright white yarn in sport weight. I use it to make blankets for parents who have lost had a miscarriage or stillborn and it is important that the yarn is a soft, fine gauge.

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Another initiative I donate to, Click for Babies, requires that hats are at least 50% purple, so I have purchased yarn for that. They provide hats to parents who have taken the Purple Period of Crying curriculum to prevent shaken baby syndrome.

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But really I’m just so humbled so many of you were interested in sending anything at all!

Yarn can be sent to:

Kayla Pins
313 W Buckeye St
Monticello, IA 52310

If you have Instagram, be sure to include your Instagram name so I can tag you in what I make.

If you’d like to stay up to date on marathon progress (I’m at 9.4 miles right now!) the best way is Instagram. I share free crochet and knitting patterns that are great for charity giving on my blog, Pins’s Needles. And I just recently started Pins’s Needles Podcast where I share my needlework in biweekly episodes.

Thanks again!

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