Knitters all over the world are participating in initiatives to bring some love and support to the residents of Newtown, Connecticut, and the survivors of the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary school.
The “600 Monsters” group is aiming to provide a homemade stuffed animal to each of the students at the school, and all the children and siblings of the victims. The Ravelry group can be found here, Facebook page here..
Sharon of the Three Irish Girls yarn company has started a double campaign. She has developed a pair of limited edition colourways – Love Wins and The Giving Tree – that they are selling to raise funds to be donated to the families of the victims. In addition, she’s kicking off an initiative to knit blankets to comfort the grieving. Ravelry group here, Facebook page here.Â
For over 30 years, staff at the Ela Public Library in Lake Zurich, Illinois, have decorated a “mitten tree”. The tree holds hats, mittens and scarves that are knitted by staff and friends of the library, and at the end of the holiday season, the decorations are donated to local shelters Â and charitable causes.
85-year old Alice Minthorn of Jenison, Michigan, knits mittens for donation to charity. Her family estimates she has made “thousands” over the years, since she taught herself to knit at the age of 16, and is still going strong nearly 70 years later. She’s still using a pattern book she bought for 10 cents, the year that she started knitting.
A group of knitters in Tulsa Oklahoma makes hats and scarves every year to donate to needy students. Over 1400 hat and scarf sets were made this year, and those not needed by students will be donated to the homeless in the area.