Category: charity

Charity Knitting – July 2023 Update

Hello charity crafters!
We are in our quiet phase of the year. Not too much demand for woolen items when the heat index is over 110 every day.
It was wonderful to see the guild’s charity activities figure prominently at our table at the Fiber Art Fest. You all made that happen. While I was working the table there were great questions from festival goers about our charity presence in the greater Houston community.
The time has come to pass the Charity baton. Sarah’s and Marie’s two years are up. We have handed off control and the huge stock of charity yarn to Deanna and Julie. It has been a wonderful two years and we thank you all for your help supporting our local homeless and communities in need 
Happy knitting (or crocheting)!
Signing off,
Marie & Sarah

Charity Knitting – June 2023 Update

What a month May was!
There was a great Knitted Knockers charity event sponsored by the KNOW chapter late in April. Many knockers were created for the cause.
We also ran our silent auction for the 16 skeins of cashmere blend Chinese yarn. There was great participation. Our winner was Roxanne Rump with a bid of $50. Congratulations to Roxanne!! The proceeds go back to the guild to offset the cost of shipping our charity items to benefit Ukrainians.
Also at the KNOW-sponsored charity event, Julie Wheeler, who works with Project Linus, took donations for spare stash yarn to benefit the project. There is still quite a bit of yarn left; see the pictures on Facebook if anyone is interested.
Finally, we can report that we have received three full stashes of yarn from Houston knitters who have died. The charity suitcase is overfull and we cannot use anymore for the rest of the summer.
No charity knit-togethers planned while the weather is hot and sticky.
Happy knitting!
Sarah & Marie
Charity Co-Chairs

Charity Knitting – May 2023 Update

We received a small collection of Chinese yarns from the donation early in April. We’d like to auction the collection. Proceeds will go to KANG, offsetting money we have used to send boxes of charity items to Ukraine these past 12 months. Images of the yarn are posted on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Bidding will open on the 29th of April and close on 5th May. Winner will be notified by email and announced on Facebook, Instagram, and in our June newsletter.
If you want to bid, please submit your name and amount to the charity email account: with a subject line of “Silent Auction Bid“.
*Note: if you would like your name to remain anonymous on our social media sites, please indicate that in your bid email.
Happy Knitting (and crocheting)
Sarah Hartman & Marie Knappenberger 
Charity co-chairs

Charity Knitting – April 2023 Update

Hello Charity Knitters!
March has been a month of collecting for the charity committee. First, we were contacted by a person whose Houston-based relative passed away and left 3 large boxes of yarn and a pile of knitting, crochet, and rug making tools. The Charity yarn stock/suitcase has been refilled with some fabulous yarns; some skeins still in their wrappers. The tools are heading to a fiber art club at a local school!
At the knitting retreat, Sarah and Marie collected another 10-15 lbs of charity knit items. Our stock of completed items was very low, so this is much needed in the event that we get a call from an organization looking for handmade items. KIK chapter, do you want your fabulous IKEA bag back? 
The KNOW (Knitters Out West) Chapter will be sponsoring the next Charity event. They will be making Knitted Knockers. Come on out and work with the KNOW chapter to create knockers for breast cancer survivors. Approved knocker yarn is available but if you want to bring your own, check the website (link above and see the Charity section of the website). The Knitted Knockers organization is very particular about which yarn is used for knockers.
When: April 29th 1-4 PM 
Where: Spring Creek BBQ on I-10 and Westgreen
What to bring: your knitting tools and your appetite and a couple of bucks (if you want to come early or stay late and support our hosts, Spring Creek BBQ)
Charity silent auction:
We received a small collection of Chinese yarns from the donation earlier this month. We’d like to auction the collection. Proceeds will go to KANG offsetting money we have used to send boxes of charity items to the Ukraine these past 12 months. The yarn will be available for you to look at and touch at the Knitted Knocker event on the 29th; images will also be posted on our Facebook and Instagram accounts on the same date.  Bidding will Open 29 April and close 5 May.  Winner will be notified by email and announced on Facebook and Instagram; and in our May/June Newsletter.
If you want to bid, please submit your amount to the charity email account:
Please set the email subject to: “Silent Auction Bid”  
*Note: If you would like your name to remain anonymous on our social media sites, please indicate that in your bid email.
Happy Knitting (and CROCHET!)
Sarah Hartman & Marie Knappenberger
Charity Co-chairs

Charity Knitting – March 2023 Update

Our charity stock is actually running low, a good place to be at the end of the cold season here in Houston. Our Charity coordinators have been busy collecting completed items, delivering to the needy, and carting the charity yarn suitcase all over town.
In February we had a call from one of our previous KANG members, Rima Blanc, who contacted us through member Kate Wilson. Rima had identified a need for some baby items. We were able to deliver 3 blankets, 14 washcloths (cotton & soft for urps and bums) and 4 small hats to Rima’s charity quickly.
The suitcase traveled to/from the KNIT group for their Peyton Heart program on Valentine’s day. The suitcase of yarn made it back to charity coordinator, Sarah, for the charity knit-together event at No Label brewing on February 26. The knit-together event had beautiful weather and was well attended. Way to go!
There will be no charity knit-together in March as both coordinators will be attending the retreat. However, if you have charity items to submit, please hand those off to a KANG member who is attending the retreat to be collected in LaGrange by Sarah and Marie.  
Stay tuned for a charity Knit-Together in April.
Thanks for all your charity knitting! Keep up the warm work.
Marie & Sarah

Charity Knitting – February 2023 Update

Hello Charity Knitters!
We had a great turn out for our January Knit-Together at Karbach Brewery. We collected woolen objects for the Ukraine project. Those were sent off to the coordinators. All totaled, we collected 90 items for Ukraine; 85 hats (various sizes) and 5 cowls.  
Great work to those who managed to knit a quick hat. Kudos for Barbara Haas for finding that link for us. Hopefully everyone saw the pictures posted on Facebook and Instagram.
Our next charity knit-together will be at No Label Brewery in old Katy on Sunday 26 February from Noon to 3 PM.
NOTE: Some folks heard it was the 19th of February but it had to be changed due to unforeseen circumstances. 
No Label Brewing
5351 1st St, Katy, TX 77493
26 February, 2023
Noon – 3 PM
It is winter, so same rules as last time apply.  If it is less than 55 degrees or raining; we will cancel. If it is above 55 degrees and not raining, we will be there; dress for the weather.
Is this your first-time coming out to a Knit-together? Wondering how you will find us and if you will know anyone? 
Here are some answers…
  • Sarah and Marie usually arrive about 10-15 minutes prior.
  • You will find us by the big Teal suitcase full of charity yarn. (We are usually the only people in the brewery with a suitcase)
  • We welcome knitters who are new to KANG or have not attended a Knit-together before.  
  • We are all a little shy and socially awkward in our own way, but you will find that conversation comes easy when we talk about our knitting projects.
  • You can come out to drop off completed work and pick up more yarn, only
  • You can drop off your completed work and sit and knit (or crochet, or needle point, or weave) with us for a bit
  • You don’t need to finish your project in 3 hours. Take it home, finish it, and show up at our next Knit-Together to drop it off!
What to bring?
  • Your tools (needles, hooks, markers, hoops, looms, etc).
  • (optional) a chair. Some folks don’t like sitting at the picnic tables. 
  • (optional) a pattern. We have a few patterns printed, but feel free to work whatever pattern you like.
What to make:
  • hats
  • gloves/mittens
  • scarves/cowls
  • Peyton hearts
  • Warm-up America squares
  • blankets
  • slippers
  • stuffed toys
  • socks
  • sweaters (especially baby and child, which are much faster to make)

Crafting Change for Ukraine

Deadline: 17th January 2023

for submissions to Crafting Change’s HQ — see details below for opportunities from our Charity Coordinators!

Project: Ukraine | Crafting Change

Greetings KANG guests and members!!
As you know, we had already set aside items intended for Ukraine. We have been presented with a new opportunity to help and support the efforts in Ukraine through this Crafting Change organization; however, there is a rapidly approaching deadline. 
If our community would like to create/donate more items:
1. Read the website carefully!!  
  • They do NOT take scarves, or shawls, but will take cowls. 
  • They will NOT take baby hats, but do take mittens and gloves. 
  • The request washable wool!  Do not send lightweight acrylic items. Recommended yarns found here
2. The website provides their preferred patterns for Ukraine which can be found here (includes knit, crochet, and sewn pattern options). 
3. To support this effort, KANG will be at Karbach Brewing Co on Saturday, January 7th from 12p – 1p to collect items.  
Address: 2032 Karbach St, Houston, TX 77092 
4. If you are not adding the size tags yourself, please ensure that your items are clearly separated by size when donating (this will save Sarah and Marie some work!). All items sent to Ukraine MUST have a tag, and Crafting Change is happy to tag items for us.
If you miss the 7 Jan deadline, you can send items separate from the bundle KANG will send (see website). They must arrive at their facility by 17th January 2023.
Thanks y’all!
Marie & Sarah
Charity Coordinators

Charity Knitting – December 2022 Update

What a great autumn we have had in charity knits!! We have collected so much over the summer months and almost all of it has been dropped with various charitable organizations.
Dr. Riha, who came by our October event has incorporated the items he collected into gift baskets for the VA outreach program.
We dropped off 4 full bags of items with a battered women’s shelter in early November.
After November’s knit-together event, we have 3 full bags of items to drop to Children’s Safe Harbours just in time for Christmas.
We had a smaller group of knitters (and crocheters) at our November event at Buffalo Bayou but we still had every chapter represented! Two lucky crafters won yarn bouquets at our door prize drawing. Lauren (our current president) and Dolores (previous charity organizer) happened to hit the jackpot on that one.
Even though we won’t hold a charity knit-together in December, keep crafting! Depending on weather we will plan an event for January, so keep an eye out on our website, social media, and December’s newsletter.
Don’t know what to make for charity? Here are some suggestions:
  • Child and baby sized hats (these are fast to make and the easiest to give away)
  • Baby sweaters, (faster to make than you think, especially premie sizes)
  • Blankets (lap blankets, full size, baby sized)
  • Shawls
  • Stuffed toys
  • Wash cloths (cotton)
  • Peyton Hearts (links to patterns on this page)
  • 7″x9″ or 9″x7″ squares made of acrylic yarn, any pattern, any color(s), knit or crochet for the WarmUpAmerica project
Suggested patterns can be found on our website under the charity section… Or make any pattern you prefer.

Charity Knitting – November 2022 Update

Thank you all who came out for our Charity Knit-together at Karbach in October. It was wonderful to see so many faces knitting and crocheting.
Sarah, Yogi, Lotti and Marie spent the entire 3 hours tagging items we had collected over the summer; we must have tagged about 500 items!!
We had an internal medicine intern who volunteers his time with the VA outreach program join us. Dr. Riha collected blankets, baby hats, and slippers for postpartum women in need. He received about a dozen blankets and nearly 100 hats for the cause.
Our friendly chapter-to-chapter competition winners was the SoCK chapter with 9 members in attendance (not counting Marie and Sarah); but it was amazing to see that every chapter was represented. The SoCK chapter received a bag of Halloween & Día de los Muertos stitch markers to distribute to chapter members. Rumor had it that Debbie Smith (SoCK) shared stitch markers with everyone in attendance and there is still plenty to distribute to the SoCK chapter.
You want to make items for charity too, but don’t know what to make? Here are some suggestions:
  • Child and baby sized hats (these are fast to make and the easiest to give away)
  • Baby sweaters, (faster to make than you think, especially premie sizes)
  • Blankets (lap blankets, full size, baby sized)
  • Shawls
  • Stuffed toys
  • Wash cloths (cotton)
  • Peyton Hearts (links to patterns on this page)
  • 7″x9″ or 9″x7″ squares made of acrylic yarn, any pattern, any color(s), knit or crochet for the WarmUpAmerica project
Finished charity items can be brought to your chapter where your chapter president will make sure they find their way to the charity coordinators for distribution. Finished items can also be brought to charity knit-together events to be dropped directly to the coordinators.
Along with our donation to the VA through Dr. Riha, we also dropped off 2 dozen hats and 2 dozen scarves to the Robin Hood Project of Houston distributing clothing, food and supplies to Houston homeless.
Another full bag of items was collected for Chidren’s Safe Harbor in Conroe and will be dropped off in early December!
Two more full bags of hats, blankets, scarves, and shawls will be dropped at an undisclosed battered women’s shelter in downtown Houston in early November.
  • Where: Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company.  2101 Summer St, Houston, TX 77007
  • When: November 20  Noon – 3 PM
  • There will be a drawing for 3 lucky winners at 2 PM
** Watch the Knit at Night Guild website social media platforms for cancellations due to rain.
As always, if there are any questions about charity, reach out to us at:

Charity Knitting – October 2022 Update

Hello Charity Knitters!!

The long hot summer has passed and it’s time to go outdoors and knit together again.

Our First Charity Knit-Together of the season will be on Sunday, October 23rd from 12 noon-3pm at Karbach Brewing (2032 Karbach St, Houston, TX 77092)!!

At our Charity Knit-Togethers, our Charity Coordinators (Sarah & Marie) collect finished pieces and will have the charity stash of yarn for you to use for your next charity project.

Sarah & Marie have a friendly competition planned:

  • There will be a sign-in sheet.

  • The chapter that has the greatest number of participants at the Charity Knit-Together event will win seasonal notions to distribute to the whole chapter!

As always, Charity Knit-Togethers are always open to any fiber artists, even if they are not members of KANG. So, bring your Grammy or your Bestie.

Any questions, please contact Sarah or Marie at

See you on the 23rd!