Our Kneedles and Knots group makes the items displayed at our craft sales during our special events. The ladies are meeting twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Roberta Kellogg or Carol Crawford can be contacted for more information. Anyone can join in, new ideas are welcome.
The history of Kneedles and Knots: When Haiti was hit by the tsunami the ladies got together for a sewing day and together the group made pillow case dresses for girls and shorts for boys made from tee shirts which were sent to Haiti.
In 2012, we learned how to make pillow cases. Twelve were delivered to the Pediatric Floor at Stormont Vail Hospital. Others were delivered to sick friends and sold at the bazaar.
In 2013, the ladies began making turbans for cancer patients and continue to make the turbans. As a group, the ladies have made and donated more than 300 turbans. The turbans are given to Jefferson County Health Department and the American Cancer Association in Topeka. We had a request for bags to cover catheter bags from Jefferson County Hospice. The ladies made 12 and delivered them to Oskaloosa. Additional bags will be made if wanted.
The ladies also make knitted purple crying stocking caps for newborns. The purple stocking caps are a reminder for new parents to NOT shake their baby when they become frustrated when they cannot get the baby to stop crying. 2017 will be our fourth year participating in this program. The stocking caps are delivered to hospitals via the Yak and Yarn which is located in the Fairlawn Mall in Topeka.
There have been many other projects the ladies have been involved with. Learning how to make origami gift bags, how to make plarn (plastic yarn) to make sleeping mats for homeless, making an “ugly” quilt for the homeless. These items were taken to the Rescue Mission.
In the future, the ladies are thinking about learning how to hand quilt and to make a coverlet from yo yos.
Ladies that would like to join us are welcome. You are free to bring a project that you are working on at home and join us.