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.
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.
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.
But really I’m just so humbled so many of you were interested in sending anything at all!
Yarn can be sent to:
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.