Finally, we were able to have a meeting on Saturday September 12, when sixteen of us traded stories while we spaced ourselves around Harriet Schalk’s beautiful garden. See the photo above.
To prepare for the meeting, Harriet, Claire and I had organised our new abundance of yarn into bins of colours and displayed them on tables at the garden entrance. Picture knots of knitters in masks trying to jockey around each other while reaching for the containers of blue (three of them), purple, green, red and every other imaginable hue.
The bounty came from two generous yarn donations and a trip to Michael’s using your donations from last year. Everyone echoed the same sentiment: “ “So good to be together again.”
Every stitch countsPat Davies
Here’s a bit of grand news during our summer of uncertainty. On Monday July 20, four members of our group, two husbands and a son, delivered a whopping 1,308 knitted and crocheted items to the Canadian Food for Children warehouse. Many of you had recently dropped off or mailed to Beach United Church an amazing bounty to help children around the world. Here’s the specific tally from the whole year:
- 635 sweater/vests
- 290 blankets
- 273 hats of all sizes
- 85 toys
- 8 booties
- 6 misc (pants, onesie, gown, pillows)
- 10 various sets (pants, booties, sweaters, hats)
The photograph shows some of the drivers and Jeanene Luckhart from Canadian Food for Children (far left). We are standing in front of CFFC’s new sign, a welcome addition for those of us who have driven past the building for the last decade or so. Our thanks go to drivers Jenny and Neil Reid, Karen and Egan Nolan, Anne Colquhoun, and Simon Evans. Karen leads Centennial Library Knifty Knitters, one of our loyal satellite groups.
As Jeanene told us, part of our delivery was included in a shipment that day bound for Peru. In the next few weeks, the rest will go to Angola, Jamaica and other islands in the West Indies. CFFC can’t deliver to all their usual destinations right now due to Covid-19 restrictions in the receiving countries.
A huge thank you to everyone who kept knitting and crocheting during the lockdown months. Thanks to your generosity and hard work many children will keep warm when their hot countries turn cold at night. Let’s hope we can meet again soon in person
Every stitch countsPat Davies
About our Knitting Group
Since 2008 a core group of about 40 women at Beach United Church and the surrounding community have been knitting for children who live in countries where daytime hot temperatures turn cold at night. These conditions are not only uncomfortable but increase the risk of respiratory diseases. Through the next decade we have been joined by a number of “satellite knitters” from southern Ontario, other provinces and as far away as England and France. They are relatives and friends of our core group, along with other generous knitters who have found us online. We frequently receive their parcels (sometimes anonymously) of wonderful blankets, vests, and hats to add to our efforts. In May we decorate Beach United with all the bounty, which is blessed on Mother’s Day, then delivered to the Canadian Food for Children warehouse for distribution around the world. In 2019, we donated a total of 1,500 handknit and crocheted items.
A Poem About Knitting
One of our founding members wrote this poem on a cold winter’s day
In Praise of Knitting – by Clara McDaniel
When dark days are long and icy winds blow,
And the weatherman says we are getting snow,
I sit by my window, all comfy and fit,
When in a dark mood and things go wrong,
Nerves are frazzled, frustrations abound.
My endurance has ended, and I’m in a snit,
When babies in places that are drafty, we’re told
Need warm woollen clothing to keep out the cold.
To help those in need, we do our own bit,
Our group knits and crochets about 1,500 children’s sweaters/vests, hats, blankets, and toys a year for the charity Canadian Food for Children. The charity, completely run by volunteers, ships a container a day of food, clothing, and medicine to 22 of the poorest countries around the world. Our group’s motto is “Every stitch counts” and we welcome anyone who wants an opportunity to make a difference in the world. At the monthly meetings we chat, eat, drink coffee, laugh and exchange stories on knitting successes and challenges.
New members and donated yarn are always welcome! Yes, we supply lessons, yarn, and needles. For more information contact Pat Davies at 416-389-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vests should be knitted with sleeves, for additional warmth. Here is the recommended pattern: