Spring Charity Knit-In 2018

As always, the knit-in is open to anyone who likes to knit and/or crochet for charity.  Please help spread the word! Feel free to bring a food item to share with the group.  We will have an oven and a microwave to heat up food.  Water, coffee, and tea will be provided.  

 
The first 25 people to check-in will receive a door prize.  We will have a drawing for three raffle prizes at the end of the knit-in.  Everyone can earn one raffle ticket for each of the following and there is no limit to how many tickets you can earn:
  •  Attend the event
  •  Bring a non-member guest
  •  Turn in a completed, handmade charity item
  •  Donate a ball of acrylic/washable yarn for charity
 
We will play a knitting related game. Participation in the game is purely voluntary and the winners will receive prizes. If you want to play, be sure to bring your knitting notions.  Game rules will be revealed at the knit-in.  
 
To RSVP for the knit-in, please email  knitatnightguildcharity@gmail.com with the names of the people in your group (which will help me with the preparation of door prizes), and also email me if you have ideas/projects for charity knitting or any questions. 

 

October Charity Knit-In

The purpose of this charity event is to get together, to do something that benefits others who are in needed, while doing something that we love.The purpose of this charity event is to get together, to do something that benefits others who are in needed, while doing something that we love.

This event is now open to non-members as well. Anyone who would like to knit or crochet for charity is welcome!  

The focus for this Charity Knit-In is on cold weather items – hats, and scarves. But you can choose to work on any other projects for charity. 

  • The first 25 people to register will receive a door price. Click here to register on evite.
  • Everyone present is eligible to get up to three raffle tickets for the raffle prize drawing at the end of the event.
    • One raffle ticket for being present.
    • One raffle ticket for donating yarn.
    • One raffle ticket for completing a charity project at the event.

What to bring:

  • Knitting needles or crochet hooks appropriate for the projects you wish to work on. US 11 needles/L11 hooks or bigger are needed for working with bulky yarns. The 2-hour scarf pattern calls for US 19 knitting needles.
  • Any pattern that you would like to use for the charity item you wish to make.
  • Any yarn that you would like to donate for this charity knitting event. The types of yarn needed are in worsted, bulky or super bulky weight with darker colors like black, browns, blues, and greens.

Click on this link for full description of this event!

KIK Mtg – Scrap Happy

We will be putting together kits for the Scrap-happy Celebration Hats which will be distributed to area Head Start students. These make cute, colorful hats that are fun to make! Bring some smooth, washable worsted weight yarn from your stash. Partial skeins are prefect! As little as 10 grams of yarn will make one of the 5 color bands on the hat. Five balls are needed to make a hat. If you have a scale you use to weigh yarn, please bring it. We will be winding 10 gram balls to put in kits. Bring in your yarn already wound into 10 gram balls and receive an extra door prize ticket! If you want to get started on one of the hats, bring size 7 needles for knitting in the round. If you have questions, please contact me at knitatnightguildcharity@gmail.com 

Materials: smooth, washable worsted yarn, scale for measuring yarn if you have one, size 7 needles (dpns or circular) 

Charity News – July 2017

Our Charity Event on June 3 was a very fun, successful event! We kicked off our newest charity knitting opportunity – Knitted Knockers. The Rose will be the recipient of the Knockers we make. They are very excited to be receiving these for the clients they serve who have had mastectomies. If you would like to help make Knockers, visit the knittedknockers.org website to download a free pattern. There is a very specific yarn list which must be followed. When you turn in a completed Knocker, you must include a note with the name of the yarn you used. This is a KnittedKnockers.org requirement.

35 Knitted Knockers were delivered to The Rose. They were very grateful. If our charity knitters who work on them can send it that many in the next few months, we should be able to completely cover their needs. There will be a Baby Shower (Littlest Patriots Program) at the Veteran’s Hospital on July 14. Their next shower will be in October or November. Our charity knitters who knit for babies turn in some lovely items that are very much appreciated! We are supposed to get some pictures from this event.

By August, the Charity Knitting Opportunites page on the KANG website will be revised. Chapters always are free to decide what they want to do in regards to charity. The Opportunites page is provided to make members aware of some of the needs in the Houston area. There are certainly many other needs that are not listed. We are moving toward chapters assisting with distribution of items. If the distribution of a type of item is handled by another chapter, items will be exchanged at Executive Meetings.

These are the individuals who have volunteered to assist with this distribution so far:

Littlest Patriots — Lauren McConnell (KIK)
Children’s Safe Harbor — Cynthia Long (KNOW)
Red Scarves for Success — Susan Draper (KIK)
Montgomery Co. Women’s Center — Syvia Lockett (KNOT)
Star of Hope, Men’s Items — Ann Furlough (KIK)
Preemie Hats — Janet Wallace (KIK)
Head Start Hats — Susan Draper (KIK)
Teddies for Tragedies — Ann Furlough (KIK)
LBJ/Ben Taub Hospitals — Pam Lee (KNIT)
Knitted Knockers — Christiane Bernal(SoCK)

Charity donation volunteers are still needed for:

Star of Hope, Women & Children
HeartScarves

The distribution person does not have to be the charity person for your chapter.

If you knit for charity, please start working on items for cold weather. Please contact me at knitatnightguildcharity@gmail.com with any questions; or, if you or your chapter could take one of the two types of donations that need to be adopted.

As always, I encourage you to –

“Do what you can, with what you have, where your are”

Charity – Knitted Knockers

Our next Charity Knit In is planned for June 3, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at St. Anne DeBeaupre, 2810 Link Road, Houston, Texas 77009. I hope many of you will be able to attend.  We have a comfortable facility that will accommodate as many as choose to attend.
 
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to knitatnightguildcharity@gmail.com so I can plan for supplies and patterns.  We will be kicking off a new charity knitting opportunity – Knitted Knockers (soft, comfortable, knit prosthetics for breast cancer survivors).  We will discuss whether there is enough interest in this project for KANG to provide these to some area hospitals.  There are specific guidelines regarding patterns and yarns that must be followed to insure the finished product is as comfortable as possible for the recipient.  I will provide the appropriate yarn to get you started.  Please visit knittedknockers.org for more information. 
 
If you plan on working on this project, you will need size 4 needles. I have been working on making Knitted Knockers for about a month getting a range of sizes ready for delivery to Ben Taub.  In making these “knockers”, I’ve used both dpns and a 40 inch circular.  Either of these work.  You do need needles with good points because you will be making lots of increases.  The prettiest increase on the finished product is a make 1 left.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact me.
 
You may work on the charity project of your choice at the Knit In – but, your project does need to be for charity.  This event will be Pot Luck as we have done in the past.  There has always been a wide variety of tasty dishes!
 
Please join us for the fun – snacking, knitting, and door prizes!  I look forward to seeing many of you as we join together to –
 
          Do what we can, with what we have, where we are   

MKAL Prize Winners

It’s time to bring the first guild mystery knit-a-long to a close this weekend with the announcement of the prize winners! I’d like to thank you all for participating and making this a very successful knit-a-long. It’s been so fun seeing all of your progress and successes. We had a good mix of participants from every chapter and managed to raise around $90.00 for our guild Charity budget! Awesome job everyone. 

Now for the part we’ve all been waiting for: 

prizes

Using a random number generator I’ve selected 4 entries from the FO thread on and 2 entries from the chatter thread on Ravelry and paired them up with the prizes you see above (plus a $25 e-gift credit donated by the lovely Jane Richmond to be used for any of her patterns). 

First up is a set of Knitter’s Pride KnitBlockers! Congratulations Nancy P. :)img_1412

Next up is a beautiful skein of Luscious Sock base (4-ply fingering) from Primrose Yarn Co. in the colorway “Space Opera”. This will be going home with Cynthia L.img_1410

Here is another beautiful fingering weight skein of yarn donated by our very own Natasha Sills from Gritty Knits. This is her luxurious Phillie mcs blend in the colorway “Cornflower” which will be going home with Catherine D.img_1409

Next we have a 1-2 skein, drawstring project bag from Little Skein in the Big Wool. I hope Bethel K. can find a project to fill it with :)lsbagNext up is another project bag from Mrs. Brown’s Bags. This is a zipper bag for 1-2 skein projects all for Kristie J. brownbag

And last, but not least, the designer of our lovely mystery mittens has donated a $25 gift credit for her pattern designs which can be redeemed through Ravelry by Paula C. Follow the link below to start picking out your next pattern :) Thank you so much for your generosity Jane! You’ve made the planning and execution of this knit-a-long so much smoother and I’m just so grateful for all of your support. 
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That, guys, will conclude this year’s Mystery Knit-A-Long. Thank you all for participating! Winners, you will be receiving an email regarding your prize delivery shortly, and all participants should have received their pattern code along with instructions to retrieve your e-version of the Spate mittens pattern. 

If you’d like to help plan our next guild knit-a-long or if you have any feedback for this MKAL feel free to email website@knitatnight.org. I’d love to hear from you so we can continue making events like this fun and engaging for our awesome members. 

Until next time!
~Sarah~

Charity Knit-In

Kenneth Eakins, Outreach Case Manager for the Star of Hope, will speak to us about what the hats and scarves we donated last year meant to the recipients.  We will be packaging the Star of Hope donation at the Knit-In so we can turn everything over to Mr. Eakins that day.  Hats and scarves have been coming in, but we need lots more for the men in neutral colors.  Check the Charity page on the website for pattern information. The Two Hour Scarf knits up very quickly, and the Hat with Heart pattern is a great hat for fitting different size heads.  Both are great projects to carry with you when you will just have a few minutes at a time to knit during the day.  You don’t need to carry the pattern with you – just your knitting.  We also need more new black Men’s cushioned crew socks to pack with their hats if your chapter would like to donate some.  Please feel free to ask if you have any questions about charity items.  Charity items can be sent to the Charity Knit-In by members of your chapter attending the event.  As we have done previously, this Knit-In will be a potluck event.  We always have a variety of delicious dishes!  Please RSVP to charity@knitatnight.org by October 15.

A Thank You From Our Veterans

 2016-littlest-patriots-certificateThe KIK Chapter was honored with a surprise visit on Saturday September 17 from VFW District 4 Commander Cecil McConnell. He presented KANG and KIK with certificates to thank us for all the hard work and donations to the Littlest Patriots program.

 The Littlest Patriots program provides care packages for pregnant veterans or their wives or those that have had just had a baby. Knitted/crocheted baby hats, booties, and blankets have been generously donated by KANG members to go in these packages.

 Mr. McConnell came in dress uniform to present us with the certificates and he shared with us an account of a baby shower that was held with a surprise there too! One of the expectant mothers went into labor at the shower!

 It was wonderful to hear a first hand account of how helpful these gifts can be.

 Mr. McConnell is the husband of one of our members, Lauren McConnell.

 Valerie Spratt

KIK Chapter President