Heart's Desire - Craft Fair for a Cause - Stitches for Cancer! (-)
Come support your local businesses and crafters for gifts for yourself or for your valentine! A certain percentage will be given to Stitches for Cancer! There will be raffles and a 50/50! We will be collecting donations for Stitches for Cancer! See their bio and needs below: We are a group of volunteers, located all over New England, who make and collect items to donate to local hospitals and organizations to help those in need. Each item that is made represents the support of a stranger to someone who needs the strength to fight cancer. Hand crocheted and knitted chemotherapy items are needed to help cancer patients during one of the most difficult parts of their treatment. Approximately 650,000 Americans receive chemotherapy each year, according to the American Cancer Society.Get involved and get started - Do you have any scrap yarn lying around and don't know what to do with it? Make a hat or shawl! Not only are you getting rid of that yarn you just can't seem to use in anything, you're also helping a cancer patient feel more comfortable in their time of need.There are many patterns out there for crocheted and knitted items. You can find them virtually anywhere. Patterns that are useful for winter may be too heavy for the summer; keep that in mind with the change in seasons. The other thing to keep in mind is the type of yarn you use is crucial. Cotton and most acrylic/polyester yarns are fine to use. Wool can be very scratchy on bare skin. Mohair and cashmere are very soft and pleasant on bare skin. Basically, if you were to wear a type of yarn and it makes you itch in the least, chances are it will be itchy to others.Shawls and lap blankets help keep patients warm and at the same time give them a supporting hug while they are going through chemo treatments. We've been told that shawls are starting to become popular items, so please make a special stitched hug for someone!Arm pillows are nice for patients to rest their arms or heads on while they are receiving treatment. Keep in mind that they don't need to be very large, just big enough for them to rest comfortably on it for an extended period of time.We collect items through each month and donate them at the end of the month to a local hospital or cancer center. Please contact us if you would like to send an item. Along with your item, please send this information to put on the Stitch For Cancer tag:© Your name© Your email (optional)© Type of yarn used© How to care of the item - machine wash/dry on what setting or hand wash/lay flat to dryIf you can't crochet or knit, please donate some yarn to someone who can! Just because you can't stitch doesn't mean you can't help. Hats, shawls, lap blankets, pillows and skeins of yarn are more appreciated than money. Receiving a skein of yarn you've picked out yourself shows more uniqueness than a dollar bill. Though we appreciate any effort at all!