Ortiz is our Community Service VP.
members of The Greater St. Louis Knitters' Guild make a
variety of beautiful and creative knitted items that are
distributed to people in our community through a number
of organizations that recognize who can most benefit from
the warm items. Many generous people donate yarn and needles
for our projects.
are provided access to a pamphlet of Guild
Patterns when they join our guild. There
are lots of other guild patterns on our Members
Only Patterns & Tips Page. We have
links on our website to free charity knitting patterns here.
you have any questions, please contact Sally Ortiz, our
Community Service VP at the email listed in your member
directory or via email@example.com
(please be sure to put "guild", "yarn"
or "knitting" in your subject line).
If you don't get a response in a few days, email again or
call her at the number in your member directory.
(Board of Religious Organizations) BRO.com
This organization helps every age and can use each knitted
item-especially layettes for babies, sweaters, mittens,
hats, etc. for children, and anything warm for seniors-such
as laprobes, slippers, bed jackets, shawls, etc.
below to see some of the teddy bears we dressed in 2007
to donate to BRO.
Washable baby, sport, or double knit yarns are knitted into
hundreds of easy to make, tiny hats for preemies that many
of our area hospitals are eager to receive. There are never
enough caps to meet the need. Note on baby cap sizes: a
preemie cap should fit over an orange and a regular baby
cap would be grapefruit sized. Please use machine-washable
acrylic yarn for preemie hats (do not use wool for preemies
as wool around oxygen can spark).
Cute, colorful knitted caps from a variety of patterns are
delivered each fall to various agencies to help warm hundreds
of children each year.
2011 ushers in a new challenge.
See the Programs Page for details
on the current 12K Kiesewetter Caps for Kids
challenge issued by Sallo O and Candy G.
Soft yarn is knitted into comfortable hats for both women
and children. We Care Caps are a summer chemo cap: baseball
caps creatively decorated with knitted embellishments which
are welcome in our hot Missouri and Illinois summers.
Example of a We Care Cap
embellished with a poinsettia.
Cap variation with a
pink knitted bow.
St. Louis Knitters' Guild members model finished caps
at our January 2004 meeting.
popular chemo cap is "Candy's Happy Hat".
In Feb. 2005, guild members responded to a challenge
to make at least 1 happy hat before the next meeting
by making 165 chemo hats!
hats are lightweight, fun to knit & wear plus
quick to make!
pattern is here!
The goal of Project Linus is to provide a "blanket
of security" to children facing substantial distress
in their lives. Washable yarn is knitted, crocheted, quilted,
woven or sewn into blankets which are then distributed throughout
the local community for children undergoing difficult situations,
especially aiming toward pediatric cancer patients. Children
come in all sizes, so we welcome all sizes of blankets.
Suggested sizes: Preemie blanket: 15"
x 18" to 24" x 24". Newborn blankets"
25" x 30", Toddler blankets: 35" x 40"
to 45". Child's blankets: 40" x 60". Click
on Afghan Links for various
links to free patterns for blankets & afghans! More
St Louis Project Linus or Project
Linus National Headquarters
be sure if you do use satin ribbon in your blanket to tack
it firmly all the way around as it can come loose &
be a choking hazard!
The Humane Society needs these machine-washable soft pads
for the cages for rescued animals. Any knitter can make
a square to fit the cage -another very easy project. Squares
should be approximately 12" or more. They should
be knit firmly, preferably in thick or doubled yarn, no
fringe. Please be sure not to use wool as the
animals tend to chew on them. If you're interested
in the Knit'N'Purl for Pets program, see our Knit-In
Z, is hidden behind the results of her Pet Squares
Challenge - 59 pet squares in one month! Great
on the photo to enlarge photo.
A pediatric rehabilitation center in St. Louis near Lindbergh
and Ladue. Most of the patients are foster children and
many have been abused or neglected. They range in age from
newborn to age 16. Ashley Schwartzman, the Volunteer Director,
says that the "kids" can use anything! They have
an outside playground, so mittens and hats are needed. Many
are in wheelchairs and could use lap robes. Afghans are
greatly appreciated also. As with most kids, items that
are machine washable are desired.
make 7" x 9" "squares" of worsted weight
yarn which are later sewn or crocheted into afghans, laprobes,
crib covers, etc. For more information see Warm
Up America Squares - Click on the photos to enlarge.
2010, Joan R and Susan R have challenged us to make Warm
Up America Squares during the Olympics, February 12th to
28th, 2010. Here is our Warm
Up America Handout Please be sure to weave
in your ends and be sure your squares measure 7" x
9", there is a template on our handout to use.
projects have included:
Tree of Warmth which was covered with mittens for children
sweaters for bears & dresses for Dolls which the Salvation
Army gives to children of prisoners.
adorable stuffed animals that brighten the holidays for
a recent Knit-Along, we knit prayer/comfort shawls.
Here is a pattern you may use: Three
in One Shawl. More info on prayer shawls
are at Prayer
Shawl Ministry and FriendshipShawl.org
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