The first blanket I made using Lion Brand’s Lemon Swirl Big Scoop Ice Cream Yarn. This one is made using Lion Brand’s Cotton Candy Big Scoop Ice Cream Yarn.

I really like the way that these variegated yarns look in the finished project.

Blanket #3 is still on my hooks and is about 2/3 of the way finished. I’m using a variegated baby yarn for it too…but the color changes are much more frequent. The effect is that the blanket is more of an all over variegation…more specks than stripes. I like it very much and would love to find more yarn like it in different color combinations.

One of the things that I hope my blog posts do is inspire others to create and donate. Creating beauty and joy is a pleasure…even more so when we share the joy. If this post inspires you to make something I’d love to hear about it.

I’m including a list of organizations that welcome donations of blankets (large and small) below for those who might be inspired to make and donate but who may not have found an organization to donate through.

Afghans For Afghans
Sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to those in need in Afghanistan.

Binky Patrol
A binky is a sewn, knitted, crocheted, or quilted blanket. They can be anywhere from 2 feet by 2 feet for preemie babies up to twin size. Blankets are donated to children with chronic or terminal illnesses, those in foster care or experiencing trauma.

Blankets For Canada
Blankets For Canada members participate in making and distributing blankets for Canada’s homeless. Members can make and donate squares or can join squares or make entire blankets. Check out the Facebook group for more information.

Blankets of Love
Is an Australian based group which collects beautifully handmade quilts for distribution to those who have lost a baby.

Bridge And Beyond
This group has a blog and a Facebook Group. The mission of the group is to create, collect and distribute, quilted, crocheted, knitted, and loomed items to help the homeless in Central Ohio.

Care Wear is a nationwide group of volunteers who knit, crochet, and/or sew, providing handmade baby items to hospitals for distribution to families in need. Their site includes a long list of hospitals and other agencies and the items they need.

Forever Warm
Provides parents of stillborn children with a blanket that they can wrap their children in for pictures and/or burial. Parents may keep the blanket as a personal keepsake to remember their child.

Friends Of Pine Ridge
Friends of Pine Ridge acts as a central point for collecting and funneling much needed items to the various organizations that serve the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The needs on the reservation are vast and include hand made as well as store bought items. Check out the Friends of Pine Ridge website for information on what is needed or join the Yahoo Group for daily updates and new challenges.

This is an Australian Internet based association of dedicated knitters, crocheters, sewers and other crafters, who give warm clothing and comforting items such as blankets and toys to needy people throughout Austral

Knitters and Natters Facebook Group
This is an international group of Facebook friends who work together to knit/crochet various items for charities in the US and abroad. They make baby clothes, squares, granny squares, hats and more.

Knitting For Brisbane’s Needy
Is an online group focused on knitting, crocheting, sewing, and crafting items for the needy of Brisbane. Many types of items are welcomed.

Knit With Love
Knit With Love is dedicated to providing knit or crochet items to people in need, whether they are homeless, impoverished or sick. Knit With Love accepts donations of afghans, blankets, caps, beanies, prayer shawls, and etc.

Knots Of Love
Knots of Love’s primary goal is to brighten the lives of those in need with kindness and love. All Knots of Love creations are given free of charge to people who are battling cancer or other life-threatening illnesses or injuries.

Newborns In Need
Newborns In Need provides care care necessities to agencies and hospitals serving premature, ill, or impoverished newborns.  Newborns In Need distributes items free of charge to babies in the United States.

Warm The Homeless
Warm The Homeless provides warmth to people in need through handmade blankets. Knit, crocheted, or quilted items are welcome. Hats, scarves, and mittens are also welcome.

Warm Up America
Warm Up America collects and distributes complete afghans or baby blankets, mittens, hats, scarves and 7×9 rectangles to be joined together to form afghans. Items are donated broadly to women’s shelters, nursing homes, children’s hospitals, hospitals and hospices, daycare centers, veterans homes, churches, AIDS facilities, homeless shelters and American Red Cross Chapters.

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