Since my last project for the Bernat blog was quite complicated (the Satin Lace Edge Cardigan), I’ve decided to choose a simpler design this month. I’ve really been wanting to try out the Bernat Baby Stretch yarn, so I hunkered down at my computer to browse the Bernat website for a fun, simple pattern using medium weight yarn.
It took quite a while to decide, because Bernat has so many patterns! But, I enjoy searching through Bernat’s patterns, since they can be sorted in so many ways: By Craft (knitting, crochet or other), Skill Level (Beginner, Easy, Intermediate, or Experienced), Type (hats, sweaters, toys), or according to who you want to knit for (Woman, Baby, Man). The search goes quickly too, unlike some other yarn websites I’ve tried.
After my search, I was drawn to the knitted Buddy Toys.
Sweet, simple dolls, that look very easy to make. Just right! The Baby Stretch yarn is stretchy and soft – and has an interesting texture. Should work very well for this project.
I think they will be a perfect project for my charity knitting. One excellent charity that I love and respect is the Treehouse Children’s Advocacy, an advocacy center for children who are victims of physical or sexual abuse. This past year, I donated two hand-knit blankets, and they gave me a tour of their facility. During the tour, they showed me the room where the children are examined by a professional. After their exam, each child is allowed to choose a blanket and a toy. (Some of the victims have never been to a doctor before in their life, so they can have quite a bit of anxiety.) My husband and I were very impressed by the facility, and by the professional staff there.
I hope the knitted Buddy Toys will offer some comfort and hope, to help an injured child heal their body, mind, and spirit.
I’m trying to connect Treehouse Children’s Advocacy with BernatCares.com so other knitters and crocheters can donate to them as well. In the meantime, you will find lots of other options for your charity crafting on the BernatCares website. Awesome!