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:
2016 proved to be very challenging, yet so successful. We began the year by knitting items for 2 women’s shelters and dishcloths for 3 food shelves. In December, however, one of the women’s shelters said they had received enough donated items and did not need things from the Guild. The Service Committee came through again and nominated another organization needing warm clothing.
We had another record year from all of our knitters. The Twin Cities area knitters donated 775 items, which were distributed as follows:
7th Street Community Center
Bemidji Community Food Shelf
CROSS Community Center in Rogers
Northfield Community Action Center
Bundles of Love
Total number distributed was 760 items. 15 items were retained due the Charity Program’s knitting contest. These items will be distributed in 2016.
Many thanks for everyone who participated in the Survey Monkey that allowed all Guild members to vote for the most creative dishcloth and clothing item. Sheri Braun won a $100 gift card for her beautiful “fox gloves.”
Karen B. Lehman also won a $100 gift card for her “Blue Plate Special” dishcloth.
We also received another 1600 skeins of yarn from generous donors, tying last year’s donations! Some of the organizations that received the re-gifted yarn include: Bundles of Love (151 skeins), Vision Loss Resources (200 skeins), St. Paul’s Church in Stillwater (100 skeins), Heart House (100 skeins) and our affiliates in Duluth (170 skeins). 362 skeins were given to the Silent Auction. This year, the Guild raised slightly over $1,000!
We are very much aware that there is so much more charity knitting going on throughout the state. In an effort to try to be better informed about the amount of charity knitting, we started collecting information from anyone in a knitting group. Although we’ve only begun to scratch the surface, we’d like to present our 2015 results and let everyone know that we will be looking even harder for charity knitting in 2016:
Northfield Yarn Knitters
Rocking Horse Farms in St. Cloud
Laura Knitters - Northfield
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Northern Lights Affiliate - Duluth
How does Steven do it?? He even received a shipment of hats from Hawaii!! Way to go everyone! We’re certain there’s more charity knitting out there, and we would appreciate your help in locating other groups throughout the state.
In 2016, Guild members will be knitting for Jeremiah House which helps low-income single mothers and their children by providing support and education to help them attain economic independence, and shawls for LifeSource, a non-profit organization, with its main office in Minneapolis, serving MN, ND, SD and western WI families whose loved ones have donated organs or tissue upon their death.
Many grateful thanks again to all of our generous and creative knitters!
The Service Committee’s charity work began in earnest in July. By the end of the year, people had donated 119 knitting needles in various sizes and over 1600 skeins of yarn to the Guild! This enabled the committee to donate yarn and
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.