When I read about Annie hosting 40 Days for Others, a Lenten knit-for-charity project, I was all over it. Knitting and Lent: perfect. I usually don't give up much for Lent. We already don't eat that much meat, so going meatless is not that much of a sacrifice.
Instead, I try to do something. This year I joined our parish faith sharing group and my husband became the sponsor for a guy going through RCIA. And he and I committed to reading the Book of Samuel (because that is the name we have chosen for our adoptive son. See a small little positive update on my adoption blog.)
So I also decided to knit for charity this Lent. I plan to use some of my wool and wool blend stash to make mitten, hat and scarf sets for the homeless women at this cool shelter in Chicago. Here's my first set (one mitten still needs a flower--pattern here). I've started my second set already. There are so many charity knitting and crafting projects out there, and crafters seem to be so generous.
Finally, because I know someone's going to ask for it, yes, you can buy the pattern for the knitted Jesus here.