Knit a Care Square is community project where people from all walks of life – age, location, occupation, skill level – (people in aged care facilities, school children, community groups, workplaces, families) contribute towards knitting squares that are eventually joined and distributed to those in our community, who are doing it tough in some way.
We currently supply out to:
- St Vincent De Paul
- NDVS (Northern Domestic Violence Service)
- Uniting SA (Emergency Relief)
- Hutt St Centre
- Mary Magdalene Centre
- Smith Family
- Salvation Army
- Gawler and District College Children’s Centre
- Heart and Soul
- Anti-Poverty Network
- Baptist Care SA
- Junction Youth
- Marion Life
- Treasure Box
- A helping hand
It is a project that brings happiness, wellbeing and comfort – whether you give (in creating the blanket) or receive (in using the blanket).
We have many personal stories shared by people in care facilities, people who are lonely, have disabilities, looking for purpose.
We know that people WANT to HELP and be involved in purposeful, rewarding and fulfilling projects and that’s what Knit a Care Square brings.
Currently people contribute in various ways
- donate balls of wool
- knit squares (20cm square)
- sew in loose threads
- design and create kits (that make up to become blankets)
- join squares to make blankets
- make available their facility as a drop off spot
- pick up and drop off (squares, blankets, wool etc)
- gather groups to knit together
- train others (kit designers, joiners, sewers)
- share the word
Other ways to contribute
Create ‘hubs’ to knit, sew in ends, design blankets, join blankets ready to donate
- Learning and meaningful activity: teach knitting, make squares, design and join blankets
- Team building, learning, creative and meaningful activity: sort squares, organise squares into rows to form kits (to hand over to the community to join and form blankets to donate)
The how and the why of Knit a Care Square
Knit a care square was inspired through a couple of stories surrounding cancer.
Firstly, I began knitting squares as a fulfilling past time when my husband Steve was undergoing intense treatment in hospital, for Stage 4 Mantle Cell Non Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Then, after being inspired by an elderly gentleman gaining fulfilment in palliative care, knitting beanies to help others, the decision to help the community emerged.
The project was ignited by the energy and enthusiasm of Kay MacKenzie, one of valued team members. (She’s an inspiration!!)
The blankets that the large Knit a Care Square community now produces, are colourful and full of love and warmth!
So much so, people have asked to buy them!
While this is not our purpose, we recognised an opportunity to potentially raise money for a cause (and naturally cancer is one that lays close to our hearts).
Most people have been affected by cancer in some way.
This has led us to gathering squares (from the thousands of knitted squares we receive) of the nominated colour given to specific cancer types, to create a beautiful blanket, and donate to organisations.
These special blanket, helps to raise money and support the lives of people of facing cancer in some way.
Many of the people knitting squares, are actually facing cancer themselves, so what a wonderful way to indirectly raise funds for a cause close to their hearts.
To date, we have 2 organisations we have donated to:
- The Marilyn’s – raising money for Cancer Council SA
- Cancer Voices
Several blankets throughout the year are also auctioned for people.
Highest bidder receives the blanket in exchange for donating the bid amount to an humanity based organisation.
To date we have had bidders donate to:
- Leukaemia Foundation
- Animal Welfare
- Trojan Trek
- Uniting SA Christmas Appeal
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