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December meeting and a big donation for 2023

 Hi knitters,

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, December 13, from 3:00 to 4:30 at the Meadows branch of the Boulder Public Library. 

We will be making an old Community Knitting favorite, the four corners hat. PATTERN HERE

You will need 2 colors of worsted weight yarn, about 75 yards each, and a US 7 or 8 (4.5 or 5 mm) 16 inch circular needle. The hat is seamed at the top, so you won't need DPNs.

We did our big donation for the year, and here is the final count of knitted items we collected this year:

The count for 2023 was 1361!!!!!

  • Hats.  762
  • Cowls/scarves. 194
  • Mittens.  109
  • Blankets. 4
  • Sweaters. 89
  • Socks (hand knit). 21
  • Vests 12
  • Bears. 160
  • Kittens 10

Plus we donated 6 boxes of children books. 

Thank you all for your generosity of time, talent, and resources. We are making a big difference in the community. 

Here is a firsthand report from Twyla on the donation event at Clinica:

Our Clinica giveaway this afternoon was wonderful! 

The many boxes and bins of our knitted goods, that everyone Loved, were so well received! We were very happy to hear all the oohs and ahhs over all the pretty colors, and of course, the annual favorite, Bears! 

(Linda was busy on the sidelines making another bear for next year. Thank you, Linda for this year's big bear clan!)

Isabel was a guardian angel for the bear "extras" that Linda made. She gave them to Susan, as she keeps them in her office to give to children when they are in distress. 

Setup for the hats was so easy thanks to Lori's organizing them by size ranges during pack up. They became a jumble of riotous color by the end but nobody minded a bit! Thank you, Lori! 

Laura sent a couple of snowsuits - they were a big hit with the 2 moms that took them! Thanks Laura for the thoughtful additions. 

Isabel brought a fleece baby snuggie she made with a zipper that works both directions (easy to change that diaper) and one mom was so glad to have it for her 9 month old.

There were two hand made quilts and a pillow contribution from a lady that also made wall hangings for the clinic. So pretty and gone in a flash to very thankful people.

The books were a big draw, and Ellen was very helpful for age appropriate titles - her reading teaching experience came in handy!

My daughter, Taree, joined us this year. She quickly realized we really needed sizes on the kits. Susan rustled up some Sharpie markers and Taree started checking sizes on the shirt tags and labeled the kits. That will help a lot at the other clinics. Taree offered to buy our shirts next year too.

Susan said she could provide us with bags for kits next year. We said yes please. I'll be touching base with her about this soon. 

Susan told us that Clinica now has 2 more clinics for a total of 7. Both of the new ones are in underserved mountain communities. Our warm goods are going to be very helpful there.

As we were leaving, Susan told me that one of the mothers told her today that she had no way to afford Christmas gifts this year, and that now she has Christmas after all. 

You ladies ROCK!!! 

As every year, I left with a full heart. I'm so thankful to be a part of such a dedicated and caring group of Knitters. The difference you make is huge for the people we serve. Thank you all.


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