When you join the Guild, you have the opportunity to contribute to these and other projects that give us the joy of knitting, along with the blessing of helping others.
One of the purposes of the Service Committee of the Minnesota Knitters' Guild is to sponsor projects that benefit anyone from infants to seniors by knitting warm items made with love and good thoughts. We select a new knitting project each year, such as hats for the homeless, chemo hats, or stuffed animals for hospitalized children. After we’ve amassed the multitudes of items our loyal knitters have made, they are donated to various charity organizations throughout the Guild membership. In past years, the Guild has knit items for needy babies at the Hennepin County Medical Center's Midwife Clinic, for families on Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations in South Dakota, for women at Shakopee Women's Prison, citizens of Afghanistan, and other projects that are sure to touch your own personal choices. We also donate yarn or funds to organizations that in turn knit items for other charity organizations. For example, the Service Committee donated funds to the Duluth Salvation Army Auxiliary so they could purchase the yarn they need for their own charitable knitting. Finally, we sponsor knitting lessons to requesting organizations such as group homes and high schools.
Check back on our website for information and updates on the current and past years’ projects. Better yet - join the Minnesota Knitters' Guild, and learn how you can help.
Here are articles about our current and past projects:
You knitters are rocking!! We now have over 400 items knitted and are starting to send them to the various organizations that the committee approved. 25 items were sent to Barrels of Hope, at least 61 to Changing Gaits, and over 30 to Bundles of Love. Although that wasn’t one of our selected charities this year, there were many “left over” hats from last year and a few very small hats that were knitted this year. Bundles of Love is very grateful for our donations.
Yarn has also been coming and going. To date, we have receiver over 850 full and/or partial skeins, and have “redistributed” nearly 750 of them. The most recent donation of 65 skeins has gone to the University of Minnesota and Masonic Children’s hospital for family members to learn how to knit while their own family members are hospitalized. Guild members have taken about 150 skeins of yarn and are doing a great job turning them into functional items to donate.
We have mostly hats and scarves and are in great need of mittens. So, if you have unused yarn, mittens would be greatly appreciated!!
The Service Committee’s has selected its 2015 goals, which are:
Select a theme for the 2015 charity knitting program and 3 organizations to donate knitted items to, one in the Twin Cities and 2 in Greater Minnesota
Improve the Silent Auction process
Promote charity knitting projects at the State Fair, and other knitting venues
Develop and formalize a process in which people may donate yarn and knitting supplies to the MKG.
Happy Knitting and don’t forget the Silent Auction in December!!
The Guild kick-off for the Service Committee’s charity knitting project had its formal beginning at the July Guild picnic. At that meeting, 132 skeins of yarn were selected by Guild members with the express purpose of returning it at a future meeting as “something else!!” Everyone was reminded that we are knitting for adolescents this year.
At the August meeting, 32 new items were collected and a report was given regarding our status to date. We now have a total of 187 items, 152 of which are a delightful variety of hats. A drawing was held for every individual and group who contributed knitted items. Laura Halfpenny, from Waterville, Minnesota won a $50 Visa gift card for Heidi’s knitting group and Shirley Unger won a lovely skein of Rowan Kidsilk and a scarf pattern to knit it into. Anna Smegal’s group in Cambridge has been very busy. They have knitted 83 items so far and Laurie Moffat has made 35 of them! We only have 3 knitting groups at this time and are looking for more. If you’d like to add your group and knit a few things for the charity project, please submit your names to Betty Hanna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a year-long service project for 2009: The "Block of the Month" club (8-by-8-inch squares knitted out of machine-washable fibers, to be assembled into afghans at our January 2010 meeting). Finished afghans go to Bundles of Love, Children's Home Society and Family Services, and Range Center, Inc. Visit our blog for monthly patterns.
The Minnesota Knitters' Guild has been supported the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency for many years. We regularly collect yarn and knitted clothing for public-health nurses to give to the families they care for.
Get the most out of your love of knitting! Membership benefits include pre-registration for Yarnover, a subscription to our quarterly Cable Gram, organized public service projects and camaraderie with fellow knitters. Annual dues are $30.