As the weather turns colder there is nothing I like more than curling up with a nice warm crochet project, a cup of cocoa, and a good movie. As a matter of fact since I stopped smoking a few years ago, I have become obsessed with crocheting. It gives me something for my hands to do during down times like waiting at the doctor’s office or watching TV.
With so many projects, I end up with lots of scraps of yarn, small amounts that are leftover from a project but not enough for another project. Once in a while, I end up with full skeins because I order my yarn online, and occasionally once it arrives I just don’t really like the yarn I ordered for the specific project. After a few months of projects, I end up with a storage box full of scraps and leftovers.
With all this yarn, I make a scrapgan. It’s an afghan with no real pattern or special design. Basically, I make a large size throw using up all the leftover yarn. It’s always a surprise what it’s going to look like because I use all types and thickness of yarn from sparkly metallics to pipsqueak fluffiness. The variation of yarn makes for a wonderful sensory experience.
Clover Soft Touch Hooks are my favorite
Once I complete a scrapgan, I give it to a local homeless person so they can keep warm in the cold weather. You don’t have to crochet to do this, you can knit or quilt and use your leftovers to make blankets and throws to give to the homeless in your community.
In addition to scrapgans, I also make scarves, hats, gloves, and baby blankets that I give away to people in need in my community.
Do you craft? How do you give back to your community with your hobby? Let me know in the comments.
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