I'm not a great knitter but last year I got all enthused and knitted three hats and four scarves! Quite an achievement for me. I really got addicted to the meditative routine of knitting. This winter I haven't really got the bug yet but with lots of wool and needles from last year's enthusiasm I thought I'd turn my hand to a project I've been hearing about for a few years, called Wrap With Love. This is an Australian initiative as far as I know, I'm sure other similar schemes exist in other countries. People volunteer knitted squares which are sewn together to make blankets for people in need.
As it says on the Wrap With Love site - "There are millions of people in the world suffering extreme cold. In 1982 Wrap with Love began with the idea to help as many people as possible by providing warm Wraps to ward off hypothermia." From 1992 when it started to last year, 2007 they have distributed 157046 wraps! The deadline this year is August 1 when volunteers collect and sew together all the squares. If you want to make your own squares, here is the page which shows instructions. I am aiming to make at least four, a drop in the bucket, but with enough drops it all adds up. Next year I will start earlier.