Anyone can join in anytime, it's very casual, and we also can teach you for free to knit or crochet.
We sit and socialize while we crochet and knit. Folks show the items they have made before they give them over to be donated. Folks learn new stitches from one another and share ideas.
Presently we are meeting at the downtown Fallbrook Square at Alvarado and Main from 9AM to 11:30AM ( or whenever you want to come and go) every other Monday as long as weather permits. Future dates are Oct. 12 and 26, Nov. 9and 23, Dec.7 and 21. Masks and social distancing are required. Just come whenever you want. Someday, we hope to return to our weekly meetings at the Fallbrook Library but there are no plans for this right now.
We crochet or knit 7X9 inch patches, any color or combination of colors, twin size blankets ( about 49x72 inches more or less), afghans, baby, lap and small cuddle blankets, hats, scarves, bears, etc. Whatever you make we will donate to someone.
If you are making something for the nonprofit Fallbrook Blanket Project you are welcome to use the yarn and needles we provide. If you are working on something of your own you must use your own yarn.
Many people do this, even before the quarantine, and not all are even in Fallbrook. They contact a friend in the group or myself to give what they have made for the project.
We give our handmade items to North County women's and family shelters, fire and flood victims, Camp Pendleton YMCA and hospital, senior centers and youth groups, Fallbrook charities and fundraisers for the food pantry, and REINS. Over 3019, and counting, items have been created and given away.
Yes, as requested . We are open to the needs of the moment and to recommendations of additional charities. We have given to the victims of a recent home fire in Fallbrook and gave to Paradise fire victims, to someone living in his car, and more. We are here to help others in our own small way.
We give to fundraisers for our charities and they use the items in their silent auctions. We have sold items at the Harvest Festival, Community Center Christmas Tree Lighting Event and will be showing/selling at the Fallbrook Art Center in Nov and Dec. 2020. A few items have been sold to individuals. These sales generate publicity for us and we use the income to purchase ( mostly thrift store) yarn.
We donate new and like new items so it must be clean and in very good condition. Yes, if at all possible our expert crocheters and knitters can usually complete an item.
Our project has a good reputation for helping others and individuals donate money. We also make proposals to foundations and local agencies and receive donations. People also donate yarn.