Wednesday, May 28, 2008

May donations

May was the last meeting of the year for the Madison Knitters' Guild and the last chance for donations for the annual Charity Knitting Challenge. Seventy five items were donated, in addition to 36 hats for mailing to Guatemala. This brings the annual total to 761, exceeding our goal by 50%. Charity knitters, give yourselves a pat on the back!

In addition to a pat on the back, a special door prize drawing was held for all those who brought charity items at the May meeting. Thank you to Judy Pruski for 10 sets of hand made stitch markers, to Blackberry Ridge for a beautiful vest kit with sheep on the pockets, to Gail for specially made knitting project bag and to the Guild for an autographed copy of the latest book by none other than the Yarn Harlot herself, Stephanie Pearl McFee.

The items collected at the May meeting were:
11 blankets (two chaild sized, 7 baby and 2 adult)
1 shawl
4 baby sweaters
24 baby hats
4 pair booties
1 pair adult socks
18 scarves
3 chemo hats
7 kids hats
2 adult hats
36 baby hats for Guatemala

These items will be saved for distribution in the fall, when the weather is warmer.

Cute premie hats and booties.

Stylish baby berets!!

Baby sweaters and jackets!
Lots of scarves, warm and frilly and fuzzy.

Hats, hats, hats.

Stuffed animals with hand knit clothing.
and more blankets.

And more blankets.

Thank you to everyone who participated! People in Dane County will be warm and cozy because of your efforts!

April Donations

April was another star-studded month for charity donations. A total of 61 items were donated, including 1 adult sweater, 1 baby sweater, 5 baby blankets, 5 larger blankets, 6 scaves, one hat and scarf set, one hat and bootie set, 7 hats, 7 baby hats, 6 premie hats, 9 pair of booties, and 12 chemo hats.

This brought the donation total for the year to 650 items, 150 in excess of our annual goal!!

In addition, the Guild received a substantial donation of synthetic fiber yarn for use in charity knitting. The yarn had been "stashed" by Fran Walls, a prolific crocheter, who died in December. Her husband, Larry, donated the yarn to the Guild. A photo below shows some of the yarn that was made available to Guild members and others for charity knitting.

Here is a photo of some of the many donations.
On the wall, you can see our scarf "thermometer" used to tally the donations.

this photo shows some of he blankets and hats produced!
This is a photo of some of the hundreds of skeins of yarn made available by Larry Walls, in memory of his wife, Fran. Thank you Larry and family. Your donation will make a difference to many, many people.

Our unending thanks to Pat, without whom all of the charity knitting would be for naught. Pat finds homes for all these knitted items making sure that people in need receive them. Thank you, thank you, thank you!