Do you sew? You can help in the COVID-19 crisis
Michael Garron Hospital Foundation www.mghf.ca has challenged east-end sewers to make 1,000 fabric masks a week in the effort to prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus. The masks are intended for visitors to the hospital, discharged patients and the broader community. Please note: These types of masks do not offer the level of protection needed for health-care workers. They are meant to augment the social distancing practices public health officials advise: wash your hands frequently; don’t touch your face; remain
inside as much as possible; stay six feet away from other people if outside; and sneeeze or cough into a tissue or your elbow. Many members of Beach United’s Knitting for Shivering Children group are also sewers and have been diligently searching online for the best face mask patterns. Here are some that they recommend and all fulfill the hospital’s requirements. Masks can be delivered to the hospital’s lobby at 825 Coxwell Ave. (8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday) or to the receiving dock off Knight Street (7:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Friday).
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 woolen 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 email@example.com.
Here are the meeting dates for 2020:
- April 4
- May 9
- June 13
Vests should be knitted with sleeves, for additional warmth. Here is the recommended pattern: