No-one is too small to make a difference!

Knit4Charities Inc. is an Australian Internet based association of dedicated knitters, crocheters, sewers and other crafters, who give warm clothing and comforting items such as blankets and toys to needy people throughout our Country.

We give our items free of charge to any needy person (or animal) with no discrimination.  If someone is in need and we can help in any way, we do so.


In August, 2004, Pamela Tatt started a Yahoo Group to offer her crafting skills to help others in Australia.


Since then she has been joined by many others and in December, 2009 the group was granted Incorporation as an Association by the Australian Government.


Membership of the Yahoo Group, which now constitutes our list of volunteers, has grown to in excess of 1000 like minded crafters, who all self fund their work and post the finished items to various centres around the Country as per our current Charity of the Month Calendar.  


Volunteers also support charities privately, within their local community.  Some of us go out with Food Vans and personally hand out items to those in need, which is a very humbling and heartwarming experience.


Our Volunteers are the most wonderful, generous knitters, crocheters and sewers from across Australia and around the World.  Each and every one supplies their own materials and gives freely of their time to make the most beautiful items.  Most of them are also more than willing to post items to our Charity of the Month projects all at their own expense.


The aim of the Knit4Charities Inc. is to share ideas and patterns, give support and friendship to fellow volunteers, and together source needy charities around Australia. 


Many friendships have been formed both on and off the Internet.  Regular meetings, or Knit and Natters as we call them, are starting up in various areas.  The list of charities we are supporting is continually growing!


There are many, many organisations who benefit from donations of knitted, crocheted and sewn items - check the list of Charities we have helped


Charity donating can be done anywhere, at any time, and so our principles can be applied to any country in the world.  We welcome interested people from all over the world to join our group.  We are happy to share our ideas to get you started donating within your own community and to share stories, patterns etc. with you.  At present we have members in the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa -- all helping to make a difference!


We now have 3 dedicated State Branches who support local charities and have a wonderful network of helpers.  I welcome everyone to join Knit4Charities main group but if you live in South Australia, Western Australia or Tasmania you may also like to join those State groups.


South Australia


Western Australia 


https://au.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/k4ctassie/info


Contact details of these State Managers can be found here


Current Projects and Special collections.

SEPTEMBER 2016 CHARITY OF THE MONTH PROJECTS ARE....


FLINDERS LODGE and LYELL MCEWIN HOSPITAL (SA)
chemo hats for women and men for summer, very soft yarns, no seams,

PREGNANT YOUNG PARENTS SUPPORT PROGRAM (North Tasmania) (TAS)
The most popular/needed items are blankets in a range of sizes, small ones are liked for capsules and trolleys etc and larger for floor rugs and bedding. Booties are popular too. The preference is for neutral or boy's colours as they mostly get donations in girls colours.

KNITTING FOR BRISBANES NEEDY
Mini Christmas Stockings (patterns in Files)


SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (ongoing) ....

CHALLENGE - SENSORY ITEMS FOR DUBBO BASE HOSPITAL open until further notice
Twiddle Muffs, Sensory/Activity mats, blankets, aprons.  Patterns are available.

MISSION TO SEAFARERS CHALLENGE (QLD) open until further notice
Beanies for seamen who visit the Port of Townsville throughout the year. Any colours, pure machine washable wool preferred but not essential.

CHALLENGE - HELP FOR HAITI (NSW) open until further notice
Beanies, (bright colours) all sizes, undies for the kids, half packs of pencils and hair accessories plus ribbon for the girls to put in their hair.

CHALLENGE - BIPOLAR RESEARCH FUNDRAISING
black beanies (for young guys) and brown, grey, dark blue beanies, especially with a cable or similar for the local farmers.

for sewers

MIRACLE BABIES - Items for Memory Boxes - Open until further notice
Memory Blanket and Pillow sets (Sewn) and Teddy Bear (knitted) - Patterns available, email if interested.

PLEASE NOTE: 
If you are not a member of our Yahoo group and would like to contribute to our Projects, please email Pam at knit4charities@gmail.com

NEWS FLASH - we are now an Ice Yarn Reseller !!!

If you are a lover of Ice Yarn you can now buy directly from us at the same price as you would buy it for from Turkey.
The yarn is still sent to you from Turkey but Knit4Charities receives a small discount that helps our fundraising.
The following link will take you to our yarn shop
 http://knitforcharities.yarnshopping.com/

ITEMS MOST NEEDED ALL YEAR ROUND.

All items can be Knitted, Crocheted or Sewn - following is a list of items that are always wanted...

  • BEANIES - larger sizes and dark colours for men - women's and children's are needed but in lesser numbers.


  • CHEMO HATS -- Soft, seamless hats with no lacy pattern over the head (must not be able to see scalp) for both women and men - no green colours please.


  • SCARVES or COWLS - dark colours for men at least 180cm long or cowls


  • FINGERLESS GLOVES - child to adult sizes


  • BLANKETS or SQUARES - single bed or throw rug size blankets in darker colours for homeless people.  25cm squares for making up blankets.


  • TOYS - Trauma Teddies, or any other toys you like to make


  • DOG COATS - all sizes


  • ANIMAL BLANKETS - all sizes


  • CAT TOYS

Statistics

CHARITIY OF THE MONTH DONATIONS

2006  1,537 items
2007  5,820
2008  7,492
2009  8,481
2010  7,893
2011  9,674
2012  8,661
2013 10,459
2014 10,334
2015 11,209

TOTAL = 81,497

2016 = 5,708 (to date)


PRIVATE (INDIVIDUAL) DONATIONS by Members who choose to share....

2006/7   5,413
2008    10,162
2009      9,488
2010    19,385
2011    12,793
2012    16,192
2013    17,264
2014    21,066
2015    11,812

TOTAL = 123,575

2016 = 4,435 (to date)

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (CHALLENGES)
2015  4,005
2016 to date = 1,841

STATE GROUPS Combined
2015  13,842
2016 = ...
SOUTH AUSTRALIA  10,103
WESTERN AUSTRALIA  1321
TASMANIA  711

TOTAL DONATIONS OVERALL = 247,038
Knit4Charities Yahoo Group Membership = 1001
This website updated 26 Aug 2016

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Sponsors

Sponsoring our 2016 Annual Conference are....


BENDIGO WOOLLEN MILLS

http://www.bendigowoollenmills.com.au/


SPOTLIGHT AUSTRALIA

http://spotlight.com.au/


YARN OVER

http://www.yarnover.com.au/


Cellarbrations, Blakehurst (NSW)

http://www.cellarbrations.com.au/store-locator/nsw/blakehurst/


MORE THAN MARKETING, Blakehurst (NSW)


Individual Donors -- C Sanders, D Jones, J Hinton, J Chiplin, S Mooney, L Scocca, E Jones, D Peck, C Sullivan, H Mitchell, L O'Neill, L Bean, N Gilbert, Bendigo Amigos, D Gluer, J Colwell, P & D Tatt, S Chappell, R & B McCurry, K Croke.