Knitters and crocheters are often generous people, both with their willingness to spend time on making gifts for friends and family, with their willingness to spend time teaching others how to knit or crochet, and with their willingness to make things for strangers.
From what I have seen, people in the US seem to have lots of different channels and organisations geared up to receiving and distributing homemade items to those who need them, such as church organisations, local shelters etc. But I have always felt that places like that are harder to find in the UK. It’s not that they don’t exist, it’s more that they’re not often open in advertising what they want and need.
I have found a site with lots of links for charity knitting in the UK, so have a look and see if anything takes your fancy.
There are a variety of different charities you could knit or crochet for. Blankets and afghans for your local care home, knitted mice and toys or blankets for your local animal shelter, baby items such as blankets, cardigans, hats, mittens for local maternity ward/ neo-natal ward although not all hospitals accept items like that, maybe knit a really cool blanket for children undergoing cancer treatment – its something to hug and keep when they leave hospital. Maybe you have/ had a loved one in the armed forces and could knit a nice pair of socks/ hat or something?
I like the look of this charity below so will have a nosy around the site later. They make blankets for children in hospitals, among other projects.
I have a pinterest board called inspired by others which is full of random stuff I like but which doesn’t fit in a category of it’s own. Right at the bottom there are a few pins regarding minion blankets and superman blankets, ninja turtles scarves etc. which can really set off your creativity for kids- not just a granny blanket for them, no, they need a star shaped spiderman blanket thank you very much!
There are also lots of groups on Ravelry regarding charity knitting. The people behind these groups manage to churn out an astounding amount of happy warm items for a variety of different causes.
If you fancy having a go at knitting for charity and spreading the homemade happy around a bit, then the above are just a few links to get you started.