What happens to donated yarn

If it is lucky yarn, it goes to someone like the generous soul who knits sets of hats and mittens in all sizes for the un-mittened of Minnesota.

Look at this!  And these are only half of the ones I shared last week.

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The knitter (unknown) of these even sorted them into bags marked small, medium and large.  Some sets went to a program for families fleeing violence.  The others went to this lovely lady:


Rayanne staffs the information desk in the courthouse where I work.  She knits, and takes donated hats and gloves as well.  When families come in and she spots children without warm gear (sometimes with socks on their hands!) she takes out the box and allows each child to choose a hat and or mittens.  She does this gracefully and the children love being able to choose.  I watched one day as some very serious, stressed out little faces lit up at being able to ‘shop’ for a hat.

I’m sure there are lots of places that take donated yarn near you if you are going all KayAnn.  Or Jean – who has found a woman’s program where residents are learning to knit.

I’d be proud to think that some of my stash ended up in one of these items.


6 responses to “What happens to donated yarn

  1. What a great way to get hats and mittens to kids who need them!

  2. I am in love with Rayanne and the Unknown Knitter.

    • I know – me, too. She is so caring and kind to everyone who comes in, and not everyone who comes in is kind to her!

      On Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 10:32 AM, Yarnerinas wrote:


  3. This is so wonderful , Craft Activism at its very best. (And for those who don’t realize it, Minnesota is NOT a hats and mittens optional climate in winter. It’s such a beautiful thing that kids wandering into a courthous enot dressed for the cold get something warm and fuzzy.)

  4. That is very good story to hear after all of the wretchedness in the news lately.

    My mom knits preemie caps and burial gowns for her local hospital infant ICU — I was glad to give her a good portion of my stash.

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