The Humble Stitch Project since the beginning of the year. However, this year's official kick-off began on September 14th and will continue through December 19th, 2012. More info here. Basically, The HS Project collects hats, scarves, mitts, and other handmade cold weather clothing for our homeless neighbors here in South Florida. My little group has already sent in two packages this year and we're gearing up to send more. Right now, I've finished a hat (unisex), a woman's scarf and a set of fingerless gloves. Linda and Kristen have also donated some squares for the Knit-A-Square project which we also participate in via The Humble Stitch. Knitted and/or crocheted 8 by 8 inch squares are sewn together to create blankets for orphans of AIDS in South Africa. Even if you don't like to knit or crochet but would like to contribute, The Humble Stitch gladly accepts skeins of yarn (preferably acrylic) and knitting needles/crochet hooks.
If you'd like a lesson in how to make broomstick lace, there are many sites on the Internet that you can access. However, I found the best place to learn was from a blog called Speckless. I've learned how to make several items by following Heidi Hengel's instructions. She's a wonderful teacher and generously shares her knowledge via her blog.
I've also seen crocheted rocks sitting on fireplace mantels, and on bookshelves and window sills. Oh, they make great paperweights, too.