Updated: Feb 6, 2022
May times, stitchers (crocheters, knitters, seamstresses, quilters, etc.) have many projects that they are working on at one time, referred to as WIP (work in progress). I can't even begin to tell you how many projects are currently in my WIP basket. I have a hat that I started that I am ashamed to say I never finished for my nephew, who will be 2 in July. Why so many projects, you might ask. Well, it's because we are motivated for different reasons to stitch.
I am usually brainstorming ideas as to what will be my next pattern. I design patterns for others to continue to crochet/knit after taking their beginner class. My patterns are motivated by seasons, upcoming holidays, events, etc. I have recently designed a knitted glove pattern as I was thinking about our 46th President, Joe Bidden. A lot went into buying the yarn, the color, etc. I chose green yarn to represent his Irish background.
As I was looking into my next project, I came across a campaign by the Lion Bran Yarn company called Hat not Hate. It is an anti-bullying campaign started by Shira Blumenthal, the Brand Ambassador for Lion Brand Yarn. I have decided to support this campaign because I have been volunteering since high school, and I enjoy helping others. It is one of my passion that my mother has passed on to me. She also enjoys helping others. It also falls along with my business goal, to help others "stitch, learn, relax and share." My mission is to teach others how to stitch (crochet, knit, sew, etc.), to realize that it is a therapeutic hobby, and share their project with someone else as a gift or as a donation.
I truly enjoyed designing this quick crochet hat pattern because Thick & Quick Wool-Ease is one of my favorite yarns. You start to crochet or knit, and you realize that you have finished the project.
As I crochet and knit, I am intentional. I design for beginners and intermediate crocheters and knitters. I also crochet, knit, and sew with a cause in mind. There are so many causes out there to support. If you can't find a cause, you can crochet or knit hats, scarves, gloves, blankets for the homeless, and hand-deliver to make a personable experience. A handwritten note would genuinely make it a special gift. As you stitch, think about how you can support a cause.