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:
The results of our first three months of charity knitting are here. So far, members have knit a total of 119 items and 46 dishcloths.
Since summer will eventually come we can put away the wool and pick up the cotton for dishcloths. Our food shelves would be very grateful. One food shelf said they serve several hundred people each day. I know we cannot possibly fill that void, but we can make a generous contribution. And don't forget, a wonderful prize will be awarded in January to the member who makes the most creative dishcloth.
2015 is getting off to a robust start, thanks to the active participation of the Service Committee members. Our 2015 goals will be to:
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 market a program in which people may donate yarn and knitting supplies to the Minnesota Knitter’s Guild.
We’re excited to report that the Guild’s charity knitting projects this year will be to knit dishcloths for three food shelves (CROSS in Rogers, MN; Bemidji Community Food Shelf; and Northfield Community Action Center) and to knit clothing and other items for people in two women’s shelters (Committee Against Domestic Violence in Mankato and Women’s Advocates in St. Paul). In addition, we are partnering with our Northern Lights affiliate in Duluth. Our goal is to promote charity knitting throughout the state. There are several other knitting groups who will also be knitting for charities in their local areas. If you’d like your knitting group to be included in our efforts, please contact the Knitter’s Guild or Betty Hanna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, there will be fun rewards for your efforts! In July and December, we will have a drawing for anyone who has knitted anything for the charity project. In addition, in January, there will be a special prize for the most creative dishcloth and the most creative knitted item for the shelter. Start your needles clicking and send pictures of your contest entries to Betty at the above email address.
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 needles to Ascension Place and Kennedy High School where Guild members also taught adults and students to knit. Yarn was donated to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Center and Bundles of Love. We donated $200 to Vision Loss Resources to purchase their own yarn for their blind knitters.
2014 was also a record year for charity knitting. Knitters donated 707 items, mostly hats, mittens, scarves for 6 organizations serving primarily adolescents, and a couple of special group efforts. Donated items included:
Bundles of Love
Mittens to Afghanistan
Red Lake Reservation
Washington Technical Magnet School
Lutheran Social Services
Como Park High School
Barrels of Hope
Central MN Knitter’s Knit-a-thon
Many thanks to all of you who made this possible! We gave prizes this year to the group and the individual who knitted the most items. The Cambridge Knitters made a total of 279 items and Ginger, one of their members, made 64 of them!!
Special thanks go to our prize donors. Stephen Be’s donated a hat/cowl pattern for Guild members that they could access on line for several months. Blue Sky Alpacas donated the group and individual knitter’s prizes consisting of a project bag filled with yarn and a hat pattern for the winning group members and a similar project bag with yarn and a shawl pattern for Ginger. Finally, Knitter’s Pride donated 2 sets of interchangeable needles that were used for prize drawings.
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.