No-one is too small to make a difference!
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.
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.
Contact details of these State Managers can be found here
Current Projects and Special collections.
DEPT CHILD PROTECTION MIDLAND (WA)
Baby items up to 3 year old. Clothing for children of all ages. Can be knit, crochet or store bought.
SYDNEY HOMELESS CONNECT DAY (NSW)
Beanies, scarves and fingerless gloves in dark colours. Blankets, rugs and 25cm squares in any colours. Aboriginal colours (red, black, yellow) are also acceptable
VINNIE'S VAN (St Vincent dePaul food van) (TAS)
For homeless adults, mostly males. A single, darker colour for ALL items (no stripes, colourwork etc) - gender neutral or masculine patterns preferred. Blankets (single person size), scarves, jumpers (large men’s sizes, e.g. L, XL or 2XL), gloves, mittens, beanies. BLANKETS & JUMPERS most needed
CANBERRA ONCOLOGY (ACT)
Soft beanies and chemo hats, adult sizes only, any soft yarn that feels soft against bare skin, lacy/open pattern lovely on hem or brim, but not suitable over crown. (Please avoid green colours). Kneerugs (90cm - 100cm good size).
Also toys, beanies and gloves in Aboriginal colours (red, yellow, black)
CHALLENGE -- SQUARES FOR 'WOMEN ALIVE' Closing MAY 31
Standard 25cm Square - 8ply Knit 50sts x 104 rows (52 ridges) Crochet 10 round granny square. These will be made into blankets for victims of recent bushfires.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are not a member of our Yahoo group and would like to contribute to our Projects, please email Pam at [email protected]
NEWS FLASH - we are now an Ice Yarn Reseller !!!
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
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
2006 1,537 items
TOTAL = 92,642
2017 = 1,567
PRIVATE (INDIVIDUAL) DONATIONS by Members who choose to share....
*Donations for the current year can be added here
TOTAL = 133,578
2017 = 1798 (to date)
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (CHALLENGES)
2017 to date = 139
STATE GROUPS Combined
2015 = 13,842
2016 = 18,470
SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1433
WESTERN AUSTRALIA 142
TOTAL DONATIONS OVERALL = 270,733
This website updated 30 March 2017
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Sponsoring our 2016 Annual Conference are....
BENDIGO WOOLLEN MILLS
Cellarbrations, Blakehurst (NSW)
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.