For knitters who resolved to do more charitable crafting this year, The Knitting Nest has an opportunity to start 2013 off right. The store is hoping to collect enough mittens to fill their front window and keep the hands of those at Saint Louise House warm this winter.
Saint Louise House provides affordable housing for low income homeless women and their children, bringing safety and stability to families who need it most. Founded in 2000, the project now encompasses two 24-unit apartment complexes and serves up to 46 families. The Knitting Nest is looking for a total of 105 pairs to be knit between now and Valentine's Day. A variety of sizes are needed for all ages:
- Age 1: 2 mittens
- Ages 2-4: 16 mittens
- Ages 5-7: 19 mittens
- Ages 8-10: 11 mittens
- Women ages 11+: 44 mittens
- Men ages 11+: 8 mittens
Washable is preferred, particularly for children's mittens. Fingerless mitts, which keep hands warm while fingers are free, will also be accepted. Ravelry has hundred of free patterns available to choose from.
Knitters who bring in a completed pair of mittens will receive a 20% off certificate for their next purchase. A few pairs have already been completed, so contact the store to check with owner Stacy Klaus to see what is still needed. Help the South Austin yarn store lend a hand to those in need and add a good deed to your list for 2013.