I don’t have a huge stash of yarn, just left over skeins sitting in tubs begging to be finished. Most of the time I use these gems when giving knitting lessons to little ones.
Over the years I’ve had friends ask me to teach their kids how to knit. My daughter was the first lucky one I taught to knit. It was a slight learning curve for her but mostly for me. I thought it would be a good idea to let her start by making small squares and then attach them together to make a blanket. I don’t remember how long it took for her to get the blanket done but after many tears she finally did.
Little did I know that my idea for this first knitting project was the base for an actual charity. I found Warm Up America when I was teaching a group of homeschool kids for a craft class. This little charity out of Wisconsin has local groups that knit 9′ x 9′ squares assemble them and give them to needy here in America. Since there was no group already in our area we improvised by sending our finished squares to the main headquarters in Wisconsin.
Their website is full of great information and has all the patterns for knitting or crocheting the 9′ x 9′ squares.
I still enjoy teaching kiddos how to knit and seeing their satisfaction at a finished project. It’s even better when they know they are helping others. I can’t think of a better way to use up extra stash or those nagging 1/2 skeins.