For the past several weeks I've had an idea percolating in my heart and mind. I have been knitting most of my life and as you can imagine, I have collected a bit of a yarn stash. Because I am also a spinner, I have amassed even more yarn created from wool and llama fiber. (Little side note here: I live in Southern California which has a mediterranean climate. I don't wear much wool.) As I've been working through my stash, decluttering what I'm not going to use in the future, I contemplated how I could either make some money from my efforts or share what I have with others.
About a month ago, I decided that I wanted to somehow sell items knitted from my handspun (and often hand dyed) yarns and donate all the profits to a charity. We have sponsored a young orphan boy (now almost a man!) from Uganda through an organization called Ugandan Lambs Project. Another charity that I am passionate about is GENERATE HOPE, which focuses on helping young women who have been rescued from sex trafficking slavery. These were the two groups I planned to give any proceeds I earned from selling my yarns and knitted and felted items.
Just last night, I had a conversation that opened a door to help Generate Hope NEXT WEEKEND. They are holding an auction event in San Diego and are going to have an arts and crafts table to sell any crafted items they receive for donation. This will include anything knitted, crocheted, felted, sewn, quilted or beaded.