In no particular order, knitting for charity works for me because:
I am a process knitter (according to Stephanie Pearl-McPhee‘s definition,) and a stay at home mom of two kids. I do a lot of background knitting while raising children but I can’t use all of my knitted items without creating some sort of clutter or waste. So I give them away.
It gives me possibilities to use techniques, colours, and yarns I might not otherwise use for myself. Because it doesn’t have to fit, match my clothes, be a certain colour, I get to experiment and don’t feel like it’s a waste of time or yarn.
It it affordable. Now that I have more experience with different fibers, I wouldn’t spend my time making a nice sweater out of cheap yarn because it seems wasteful. However, a newborn hat made with soft baby yarn won’t pill or wear out fast. It will have a short but fulfilling life of covering a new baby’s head while being in its best shape.
It provides a lot of practice. After making a full bag of said baby hats, I can tell you how to shape a crown of any hat if you wake me up in the middle of the night.
It’s a chance to socialize and develop a local network of knitting acquaintances. Donating to local charities creates a real feeling of participation. A lady from our knitting group told me that once she recognized her donated hat on a passer-by. Plus, I get to talk to other knitters who care about the same cause.
It’s gift knitting without anxiety of not meeting expectations or disappointing a recipient. Someone will use it, and unless items are mailed in anonymously, someone in charge of accepting donations will thank for it. I believe, sincerely.
It’s mindless knitting that I sometimes use as a relaxation technique after a particularly challenging day. I could also add instant gratification here because most projects are small.
It’s perfect for summer knitting. You won’t sweat knitting finger puppets no matter how hot it is.
It’s a great way to use bits and odds of yarn that take up space.
It’s fun. I get to play by creating characters (finger puppets, stuffed animals and dolls) based on my children’s interests.
I knit in public a lot and people often ask me what I am making. I won’t lie to you — it feels good to talk about it, even with strangers.