Yvonne Gray surrounded by over 30 vests she has created

Snippets of Joy

You never know when a positive knitting story will pop up out of the gloom. Here are four from the week of December 14, 2020. 

Example One I just returned from meeting Gayle Brockest, Noreen’s Sibbick’s daughter, in a parking lot across the street from my condo.  Noreen is our legally blind star knitter who has finished four big garbage bags full of sweater/vests during the pandemic. She is 90 years old. Gayle and I moved the bags from her car to mine and I will deliver them to Leigh Bowser’s house, where Leigh will store them until we all figure our way out of this Covid mess. 

Example Two Thank you and congratulations to Terry McCrorie, Edythe Shand , Emily McRae and Grethe Lund. Their knit and crocheted collections of cats of many sizes, jellyfish, huggable dolls, baby outfits, and a dinosaur raised $315 at the online Beach United Christmas Marketplace.

 Examples Three and FourCynthia Stretton emailed me last week that she has dropped off a large garbage full of donated yarn at Beach United. It will be ready for our first meeting sometime outdoors in May. And a member of the church also emailed me the same day to ask when he could deliver 50 sweater/vests for a friend. I don’t know who the knitter is, but will track her down so we can send a thank you.

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.


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

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