For a little more than a week I’ve been crocheting blankets to donate to my favorite animal shelter, South Valley Utah Animal Shelter.
So far I’ve made:
- Lion Brand’s Baby Throw – three of them
- Crochet with Raymond’s Granny Mandala – one of them
Plus one bed with edges, and one little cave. Both of these patterns I made up as I went along. I don’t have any pictures of the blankets yet, but I’ll upload them here on crochetbomb and in our Ravelry notebook when I have them. I’m also playing around with a pattern for some crocheted toys, though I haven’t finished any yet.
Donating things like these – blankets, toys, beds – are a great way to help out your local shelters. They provide a homey comfort for the animals to snuggle up with, and they provide you with an opportunity to help your local animals in need and feel great doing it! What could be better than doing something you love for a great cause?
Donations are also a great way to practice crochet for beginners, and to destash yarn.
I chose bright colored yarn because this supposedly helps bring a more welcoming experience to the shelter, which encourages people to stay longer, which means a higher chance of adoptions.
If you’re interested, but don’t know how to get started, take a look at the Snuggle Project.
The Snuggle Project came to my attention after reading a lovely reddit post of the same subject. I hadn’t heard of it at the time and I absolutely love that people post about things like this. I haven’t used any Snuggle patterns yet, but I will be crediting the project for my donations on their site.
If you do (woohoo!), please give credit where credit is due and report your donations. It only takes a minute, they mostly want to know how many and what sizes you donated. I couldn’t find out if donations still count as Snuggles (anyone know?) if you don’t use their patterns, but based on A Snuggle By Any Other Name, I think they count if you got the idea from them.