Thursday, January 19, 2012

2012 Mitten Campaign

I just received an email from my friend up north in St. Lawrence County asking for help again this year. He collects mittens throughout the year to be given every October to the kids at Norwood-Norfolk Central School (where I’m from) who are mainly from low income families without sufficient warm clothes to wear.

He makes 100 hats each year on a knitting machine but relies on knitters to make the 100 mittens needed (scarves aren’t needed at this time). His 89 year old mother knits these mittens all year round but she can’t make 100 in a year so he’s asking for our help. Here’s the details:

  • Machine washable yarn only
  • Colors for boys & girls, multiple colors and bright colors are fine (they’re kids - color is fun)
  • Sizes can range from ages 4 to almost adult
  • Must be sent to me by end of September so I can ship in one big box or drop them off to him in person when I get up that way

Personally, I can’t commit to making all of the mittens needed but I can try to work in a pair here and there between now and September. Kids mittens knit up very quickly and it’s a great travel/social knitting project. If you are interested in helping out let me know (I'm MotherHenKnits on Ravelry) and I’ll PM you my address or we can meet up somewhere to save you the shipping costs.

Below is a picture of the 2011 donation to give you an idea of what was done in the past:

On Ravelry, one of my friends offered to donate 10 skeins of Encore worsted yarn to anyone knitting for this project. If you'd like to take her up on that offer let me know and I'll get you in contact with her. There may be a "NNCS mittens" knitting afternoon at the Yarn Cupboard in the future too so I'll update here when any details become available.

Also, I'm offering an incentive as well:

For every pair of mittens knit and received by the end of September, your name will go in a hat (most likely a toque) to be drawn for a skein of my handspun yarn.

If you knit 5 pairs of mitts then you get 5 chances to win. Tag your project in Ravelry with “NNCSmitts” so we can all see everyone’s progress.

Happy Knitting!


Bob said...

This is great!
I'm starting my fifth year with this project.
I can make the hats but can not knit a stitch.
Thanks so much,

Bob said...

Kids love colors and my Mom started knitting "Crazy Mittens" for this project.
She would pick two colors, knitting alternate colors in one mitten and making the other mitten (wrist, palm, thumb and top) just the opposite using the same colors.