I wrote the following guest post for my friends at Help a Mother Out. The full post can be read here.
Some knitters seem to think there is no problem that can't be solved by knitting something. Whether it's for servicepeople deployed to combat zones or a neighbor who's lost everything in a house fire, a certain type of knitter will always leap into the breach and organize a drive to knit socks or a cozy blanket or a prayer shawl.
been knitting and crocheting since childhood, and don't get me
wrong--I've done my fair share of charity needlecraft, starting with
granny-square lap robes for my local nursing home when I was in junior
high. I just don't think that knitting is the right response for every
problem. For one thing, it's slow. Do you know how long it takes to
knit even a preemie cap? If handknits were really the solution to a
problem, there would be a serious imbalance between supply and demand.
That's a bit facetious, but I wonder if all that knitting time wouldn't
be better spent lobbying or protesting for change, and whether knitted
donations aren't more about gratifying the the donor than fulfilling a
I had these doubts in mind when I approached the Women's Daytime Drop-in Center and asked if they needed a knitting teacher.