Knit It Forward
Purple Baby Hats
Pick out a newborn size baby cap pattern! Please refrain from including any potential choking and strangling hazards to babies such as pom-poms, tassels, straps, bows, ribbons, or buttons.
Purchase any shade of soft-to-the-touch, baby-friendly purple yarn from your local yarn shop or craft store! Other colors of yarn can also be used in your cap, but be sure that the cap is at least 50% purple in color.
Start knitting or crocheting! Infant heads come in a variety of sizes. As a general rule, caps should have a circumference of 14 in (13 in-15 in) and a height of 4 in-6 in.
Bring your hat to a meeting or send to organizers in your area by September 30, 2017! Caps will be distributed to families in November and December alongside the Period of Purple Crying program.
The Guild started knitting for this charity in September 2014. We will continue to collect Knockers through 2016.
Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Traditional breast prosthetics are usually expensive, heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and can’t be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers on the other hand are soft, comfortable, beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast. Our special volunteer knitters provide these free to those requesting them. Knitted Knockers can be adjusted to fill the gap for breasts that are uneven and easily adapted for those going through reconstruction by simply removing some of the stuffing.
For more information: http://www.knittedknockers.org
Knit for Life
Knit For Life is a network of volunteers who use the healing experience of knitting to enhance the lives of cancer patients and their caregivers during treatment and recovery. It provides a program of instruction for beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters in a nontraditional therapeutic environment. To support and enhance the lives of cancer patients and their caregivers while going through the process of treatment and recovery by the gentle and healing experience of knitting. This program enables patients and caregivers to come together and share experiences and concerns in a relaxed and supportive environment.
Through knitting, patients escape isolation as they share their experiences and concerns. They receive both mental and physical support, and they learn about the cancer process in ways that help support thoughtful decision-making and self-advocacy. New friendships are founded and support for each other begins to grow and flourish.
Our work began in 1997 in Seattle through programs that have reached hundreds of people in Western Washington communities. Knit for Life is presently offering programs in 8 hospitals and cancer centers in the region. Through the work of its founder, cancer survivor Tanya Parieaux, the work of Knit for Life is expanding to other cities and hospitals and inpatient settings.
RSVP at Common Ground RSVP, (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) is a federally funded national service program for those 55 years and over, and is locally sponsored by Solid Ground, a community action agency that provides housing, food and nutrition, and legal services to those living on low incomes.
We coordinate a program for the homeless and those in need called KIA or Knit-It-Alls. Volunteers, some home-bound, knit and crochet throughout the year to create warm winter clothing for homeless people and others in need in Seattle/King County. Last year, we were able to donate over 3000 handmade clothing items, including hats, scarves, mittens, sweaters, blankets and baby items.
Many of our knitters are on fixed incomes and although they are more than happy to donate their time and knitted and crocheted items, the price of yarn is often beyond their reach and thus, they depend on us for the yarn they cannot afford to purchase within the confines of their restricted budgets. Being a nonprofit organization, we do not always have a readily available pool of funds upon which we can draw to purchase yarn.
Seattle ReCreative promotes creativity, community and environmental stewardship through creative reuse and arts education. We collect donations of used materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill from local businesses and individuals to redistribute to our community. Proceeds from the resale of these goods helps fund out arts programming and supply free creative materials and workshops to the community.
We believe that art fuels innovation and collaboration, and endeavor to create a physical space and programmatic approach that reflects this belief. Our hope is that Seattle ReCreative will function as much more than a model for environmental stewardship. We see the space as a catalyst for social and intellectual enrichment. By bringing together members of our community not only to shop, but also to create, experience, and discuss art, we aim to foster cultural and personal connection amongst artist of all ages.
We believe that art has the power to change human consciousness, and that our project will challenge others to think more broadly about interpersonal and global impact.