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. We have since migrated to a more user friendly platform called Groups.io
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 our online 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.
Contact details of these State Managers can be found here
We Aim to.....
- Give back to our community by using our crafty skills
- Form friendships, both online and in person, by sharing our ideas.
- Provide an outlet for Knitters, Crocheters and Sewers to give their garments to people/animals in need.
Love to knit, crochet or sew?
Have no-one to give your garments to?
Would you like to join us?
Find out how HERE
QUEENS BATON RELAY April 1 2018 -- Pam was a proud Queens Baton Bearer, representing all of the Knit4Charities members. To see the video and photos click HERE
Help us to continue to give to those in need by making a Tax Deductible donation ...... thank you!
CURRENT PROJECTS AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
FRANKSTON HOSPITAL SPECIAL CARE NURSERY (VIC)
Humidicrib covers 49cm x 87cm, sewn, knit or crochet. Small soft toys
HOBART CITY MISSION (TAS)
Beanies , scarves, socks, mittens/gloves adult sizes in unisex colours
WILDLIFE RESCUE (QLD) - formerly Backyard Habitats
Sadly Kim who ran Backyard Habitats has retired, moved house and not longer looking after wildlife so we have had to change our picture. Marie C has found a new source for our donations but it is very different to the old one. Patterns and requirements are very particular and different to Backyard Habitats. If you have been making pouches and nest in advance please send them in at the end of the month, I will find an outlet for them.
The requirements for Wildlife Rescue are......
3D hanging bags Large and X Large, Hanging bags L and XL, Porthole hanging bags S, M, L, XL. All sizes crate beds and pet beds. Possum Palaces and Pods. Crochet nests L and XL. There are very precise patterns and instructions all available in our Files https://knit4charities.groups.io/g/knit4charities/files/ZZ%20-%20HELPING%20OTHER%20CHARITIES/WILDLIFE%20ANIMALS%20AUSTRALIA
OCTOBER CHALLENGE - CLOSING OCT 31 - RPAH - ICU PALLIATIVE CARE (NSW)
10 Blankets 100 x 100 or 80 x 120cm - acrylic preferred, bright colours.
If more than 10 blankets are received they will be stored until our next collection for RPAH in January 2022.
I have added a new Charity to our Calendar for November. Here's a sneak peak of their wish list.
MARYBOROUGH COMMUNITY AGED CARE - 25 cm squares, knit or crochet. Please use preferred patterns - 10 round crochet granny square or knitted using 8ply 4mm (or 4.5 if tight knitter) needles 50 sts by 104 rows garter stitch.
JULY - ONGOING CHALLENGE - STELLA MARIS SEAFARERS (NSW)
Beanies and scarves for needy seafarers. Any colour for mostly men - they dont mind bright colours.
AUGUST/SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE - BETHLEHEM HOUSE HOBART (TAS) Post by 30 September
20 each of Beanies & scarves and some fingerless gloves - adult sizes in unisex colours.
AUGUST/OCTOBER CHALLENGE - VASEY RSL CARE FRANKSTON SOUTH (VIC) – Post by 31 October
25 x Acrylic 8ply lap blankets 1 x 1 metre for very elderly Returned Service men and women living on their own and feeling the cold.
AUGUST/OCTOBER CHALLENGE - CHAPMAN ST PANTRY (ACT) Post by 31 October
Adult beanies, gloves, jumpers, scarves & socks for both men and women, including those escaping domestic violence, people living on the streets, and those otherwise in need. Items in practical rather than fancy yarns would be preferable. Also, blankets, from lap blanket size (approx. 100cmx100cm) and larger
ON GOING CHALLENGES:
BLANKETS AND TOYS FOR DANDELION SUPPORT NETWORK (NSW)
STELLA MARIS SEAFARERS (NSW)
CHAPMAN ST PANTRY (ACT)
VASEY RSL CARE FRANKSTON SOUTH (VIC)
CANNULA SLEEVES FOR HORNSBY HOSPITAL
CAT PROTECTION SOCIETY SYDNEY (NSW)
CROCHET OCTOPUS FOR DARWIN HOSPITAL
PLEASE NOTE: If you are not a member of our Online group and would like to contribute to our Projects, please use the Contact Form
ITEMS MOST NEEDED ALL YEAR ROUND.
- 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 - Teddies, or any other toys you like to make
- DOG COATS - all sizes
- ANIMAL BLANKETS - all sizes
- CAT TOYS
CHARITY OF THE MONTH DONATIONS
2006 1,537 items
TOTAL = 140,009
2021 = 4,260
PERSONAL (INDIVIDUAL) DONATIONS by Members and Friends who choose to share.... and including some of our bigger Knit and Natter group's combined donations.
*Donations for the current year can be added here
TOTAL = 227,285
2021 = 18,398
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (CHALLENGES)
TOTAL = 19,293
2021 = 3290
STATE GROUPS Combined
2015 = 13,842
2016 = 18,470
2017 = 21,709
2018 = 26,561
2019 = 33,641
2020 = 33,893
TOTAL = 148,116
SOUTH AUSTRALIA 39,008
WESTERN AUSTRALIA 1,254
TOTAL DONATIONS OVERALL = 600,949
Knit4Charities Group Membership = 719
This website updated 26 SEPT 2021
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A HUGE THANK YOU to STORAGE KING, KENNARDS SELF STORAGE and TRANSDIRECT for providing packing boxes and transport to get many of our donations to BUSHFIRE SURVIVORS in the Batemans Bay area of NSW
BENDIGO WOOLLEN MILLS
Individual Donors -- C Sanders, D Jones, J Chiplin, S Mooney, D Peck, L O'Neill, S Chappell, M Daniels, H Mitchell,
S van de Peet, K Wanstall, P & D Tatt, M Ludgate, J Tyack, L Bean, K Moreland, D Gluer.