Next Meeting

Knitting Group: will be meeting on Saturday Sept. 11 in the garden of Harriet Schalk.  For more details, please contact Pat Davies patriciadavies@rogers.com

Project News

Terry McCrorie has finished her afghan with some very special inserts

Terry McCrorie

Grethe Lund has been busy with some lovely clothes and toys

Grethe Lund

Barbara Brown has finished  three very big bags of her charming dolls

Barb Brown

More Updates

Here’s a new book for  some post (we hope) – pandemic reading:  Unravellng Canada: A Knitting Odyssey. Historian and knitter Sylvia Olsen crossed the country and stopped at over 40 destinations to hold workshops and exchange experiences with other knitters. Their colourful stories about  knitting uncover many perspectives on Canada’s history, landscape, economic and social issues. 

The Great Toronto Yarn Hop takes place July 10-17. In this annual community event, now in its 15th year, groups of yarn enthusiasts visit different yarn stores across the city (virtually, for the second year). Proceeds raised during the event go to Sistering, a drop-in/support centre for women in Toronto. Find out more details (there’s a raffle draw and virtual stitch night)  and how to take part at thegreattorontoyarnhop.com.

Every stitch counts

Pat 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,
And knit.
When in a dark mood and things go wrong,
Nerves are frazzled, frustrations abound.
My endurance has ended, and I’m in a snit,
I knit.
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,
We knit.

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 patriciadavies@rogers.com.

Patterns

Vests should be knitted with sleeves, for additional warmth. Here is the recommended pattern:

Additional patterns:

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