I love yarn. I love the colors and the textures. I buy yarn sometimes with no idea what I'll actually make out of it. I just love how it feels and know I have to do something from it. I went to art school, and some times the urge to create something is so overwhelming I can hardly stand it. I learned to knit, hoping it would satisfy that urge (and be much less messy than pastels or paint!). I now have quite the collection of yarn, and I've learned to make all sorts of stitches. I can make my own patterns for scarves and hats. I even made a dog sweater, which my dog quickly tried to eat. It's become my new creative outlet. Leave it to my friend Felicia to give purpose to something that started out as a frivolous hobby.
I'm continually inspired by Felicia's generosity and the spirit of giving she's instilled in her daughter. She isn't of excessive means, but her compassion for her fellow humans is endless. In the face of illness or misfortune, she will inevitably find a way to give. Now, she's laid down the gauntlet for me and anyone else willing to follow. Felicia's challenge is simple. Make one hat and one scarf every month. Use good yarn, and treat it as if it's a gift. Then, give it away to a stranger who needs it.
I'll wonder later why I didn't think of that. Regardless, I accept. I hope more people will, too. If you don't knit (or crochet), what's stopping you from learning? (If you live in the DC area, heck, we can even teach you.) Find others who know how and ask them to tech you and join the cause. The goal is warm heads and warm hearts. The more the merrier. Go to her blog to find out more!