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Toni Klueppel Emerson is our Community Service VP.

The 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.

Members 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. 

If you have any questions, please contact Toni Klueppel Emerson, our Community Service VP at the email listed in your member directory or  via info@stlouisknittersguild.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.

THE SIMUNYE PROJECT

We've been asked to make onesies (click for recommended pattern), beanies, and comfort dolls (see next paragraph for preferred pattern) for a group of high school seniors from Principia School who will be going to South Africa this spring to participate in the Simunye Project. They will be part of a group of high school students from Australia doing service projects in orphanages, day care centers, a primary school, and an after-school care program. Information on this Australian group is available here and at http://thesimunyeproject.com/.


Donations will be collected at the February and March meetings, as March 26th is the departure date for the students. Please put the GSLKG tags on each item. Beanies and onesies are the priority, but they’d love to have dolls too. When asked how many they need - “as many as you want to make” (just be sure they have brown faces). The pattern they prefer can be found at http://www.heartforafrica.org/files/Duduza_Dolls.pdf. Note that this link refers to a different project in a past year, but it's the pattern that this current project is using. People don't need to put on the label that this link refers to, because we'll use our own guild tags instead. They've also asked for baby hats. No pattern was provided, because they just want simple beanies. (Hats –beanies- will be included in our Hat Challenge total.) For more information contact Patty Langton, 618-444-6174, pattylangton@gmail.com.

 

BRO (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.

Click below to see some of the teddy bears we dressed in 2007 to donate to BRO. 

Great job!

Baby Hats
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).

 

Caps for Kids
Cute, colorful knitted caps from a variety of patterns are delivered each fall to various agencies to help warm hundreds of children each year.

   

Chemo Caps
Soft yarn is knitted into comfortable hats for both women and children.

Another 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!

The hats are lightweight, fun to knit & wear plus quick to make!

The pattern is here!

Project Linus
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 info at  St Louis Project Linus or Project Linus National Headquarters

Please 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!

Pet Squares
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 Schedule.

Ginny Z, is hidden behind the results of her Pet Squares Challenge - 59 pet squares in one month!  Great job! 

Click on the photo to enlarge photo.

Warm Up America

Knitters 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.org

Warm Up America Squares - Click on the photos to enlarge.

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.

Holiday projects have included:

  • A Tree of Warmth which was covered with mittens for children
  • Knitting sweaters for bears & dresses for Dolls which the Salvation Army gives to children of prisoners.
  • Knitted adorable stuffed animals that brighten the holidays for children.

At a recent Knit-Along, we knit prayer/comfort shawls.  Here is a pattern you may use:  Three in One ShawlMore info on prayer shawls are at Prayer Shawl Ministry and FriendshipShawl.org

To find out more about the Guild and its activities, please browse our site by clicking on the menu button on the left. This expands the options. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@stlouisknittersguild.com.

 

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