Saturday, December 6, 2008

Homeless in Daegu, South Korea

I have passed this man, who would be identified as a beggar in my new home: Daegu, South Korea. I have probably given him around W10,000 total, but it never seems enough. When I was walking up the steps today from the underground mall, I completely didn't see him. One of my students, D.W., asked to use my camera. When I asked why (because I was already up the stairs and couldn't see who or what he was taking a picture of), he stated, "Because I want to remember those less fortunate." So, hat's off to D.W., age 17 years old, who brought up my remembrance of all the knitted items I could donate to this very cold and miserable individual in a blisteringly cold day in Daegu, South Korea.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Where Do You Get Your Yarn?

I received an e-mail today from a fellow member of Knitting for the Homeless asking where we get the yarn for our projects. I thought this was a really good question that I'm sure new members will have as well, so I am posting my reply here.

Personally, I can't stand having extra yarn lying around (no stash for me!), nor can I bear to throw my extra yarn out, so most of my charity projects are made from yarn leftover from other projects. However, there are many more ways to get your hands on some yarn without spending a ton of money.

Begin by checking your local thrift stores and garage sales. Back in my "stashing" days, when I finally got around to destashing, I donated a large amount to our local thrift store, and other knitters and crocheters do as well. No luck there? Try Craigslist, an online classifieds listing that will bring up ads in your area. If you can't find anyone trying to get rid of any, you can always post your own ad asking for donations.

Are you a member of Crochetville? Check out their For Sale, Trade, or Free forum in the Recycling Center (although I think you need to have Villager status to be able to access it). And of course, Ebay is always an option, if you're looking to buy out someone else's stash.

I hope that helps. Does anyone else have any suggestions?