I recently joined this group and am very excited. I have been knitting for too many years to admit to!
For the most part, I have been knitting for others. Last year, I spent most of my time knitting for different charities that supported premature newborns. For these different charities, I have knitted sweaters, hats, mittens, and booties. I have found that children's clothes are much more fun to work on. You really aren't limited by color or design, and, the best part, the projects work up quickly - before you get board with them!
The charity that I have been knitting for this year is The Ships Project. (www.theshipsproject.com) This project was started in October, 2001. What ever our feelings about the war and our participation, I feel we have to support our troops, who don't have the choice to not participate. The Ships Project sends hand made hats, and slippers to the troops. These can be either knitted or crocheted. To date, the project has sent approximately 200,000 items to the troops. Many of the service men write back to the Project founder and express their gratitude that people at home haven't forgotten them.