Friday, April 15, 2011

#yyj Knitters: Knitting for Others

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Considering this is the last day of National Volunteer Week, I thought I'd post a piece from my Beginner's Knitting Class handouts on Knitting for others.

Knitting for charities is a great way to practice on small projects, and the charities are very appreciative of your efforts. Some groups even provide wool, needles and patterns in exchange for your knitting time!

Facecloths

James Bay Child Care Society – daycare centre

Our Place – for showers

Canada Comforts – for Haiti

Socks for Soldiers – for overseas soldier care packages

Baby Hats

Victoria General Hospital

Welcome Wagon

Knit Slippers

- Royal Jubilee Hospital


Community Knitters – Marilyn Guille has a group/listing of charities across Canada, and also coordinates pickup/dropoffs via Knotty by Nature Fibre Arts - http://www.communityknitters.com/


Below are some organizations for which the Victoria Knitter’s Guild coordinates pickup/dropoffs:

Afghansforafghans.org Woolen items as requested at website.

Canada Comforts Baby/children’s sweaters, hats blankets, any fibre.

Blankets for Canada 8”X8” washable squares; help assembling too. http://www.blankets4canada.ca/

Mex Tit Bits These are breast prostheses for women in Mexico who have had mastectomies. More information below from the coordinator of this project. In the meantime, you can knit some tit bits from this Knitty pattern if you are interested.

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/PATTbits.html

Or you can take a look at some ideas here:

http://www.titbits.ca/v1/tb_shop.html

Royal Jubilee Hospital Gift Shop Slippers, baby and children’s sweaters, just about any lovely knitting, except plain toques for children; they have plenty of these plain hats right now. Other stylish hats, any size, would also be welcome.

VGH Mother-Babe Unit Hats for newborns.

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