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.


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 the Yahoo 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.


South Australia


Western Australia 


Tasmania


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

AUGUST 2018 -- CHARITY OF THE MONTH PROJECTS ARE....

RONALD MCDONALD FAMILY ROOMS AND HOUSE, SYDNEY AND NORTH SHORE HOSPITALS (NSW)

Knitted or Crocheted Teddies and Toys


WOOMERA ABORIGINAL CORPORATION ALBURY (NSW)

Aboriginal colours beanies, scarves, jumpers/cardigans all sizes.


ALL 4 KIDS (TAS)

Toiletry bag items - toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, facewashers, soap, disposable razors, travel combs



SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (ongoing) .... for more information contact Pam

HELP FOR LENTARA UNITINGCARE - Closing Aug 25
Beanies, Scarves and Gloves for needy people in the community. All ages, knit, crochet or sewn

ROUNDABOUT CANBERRA
cot sized blankets - 80cm x 120cm , beanies and clothes for children from 2-8 yrs of age, and any sized squares  https://roundaboutcanberra.org

MONASH HOSPITAL BABY JACKETS
Knitted or crocheted cardigans require newborn size 2 - 3.5kg (4.5lb to 7.5lb) but aren't fussy with yarn, pattern or colour choice. For use these when transitioning the premmie babies from an incubator to a normal cot. NO BEANIES OR BOOTIES THANKS

LISMORE MENTAL HEALTH
Beanies and socks with non slip dots on them and with a bit of length to keep the lower part of the leg warm for patients - adult sizes Bought thick socks can have non stick dots applied

CAREVAN ALBURY/WODONGA
Socks and Gloves/fingerless gloves/mittens for all ages, desperately needed to help the 1000 plus people they help every week.

60 pair WOMENS SLIPPERS FOR NURSING HOMES - OPEN until Challenge met
Slippers for women, various sizes, really bright colours with pretty adornments (double knitted in wool or acrylic, 8 or 12 ply) Suggested pattern Grandma's Knitted Slippers or similar - NO BED SOCKS thanks  https://www.favecrafts.com/Knit-Socks-and-Slippers/Grandmas-Knitted-Slippers

TEDDIES/TOYS FOR DUBBO - Open until further notice.
Teddies and other toys up to 30cm tall including comfort dolls are urgently needed for children.

CAT PROTECTION SOCIETY (NSW) - Open until further notice
Updated March - Blankets 40cm x 40cm. Fabric/fleece blankets must be double layered and machine washable. Leave 10cm ends when changing colour, weave in well as they will be washed often. Toys a kitten would play with mice, twirly things, toilet roll toys, pompoms, spider toy

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are not a member of our Yahoo group and would like to contribute to our Projects, please use the Contact Form

NEWS FLASH - we are now an Ice Yarn Reseller !!!

If you are a lover of Ice Yarn you can now buy directly from us at the same price as you would buy it for from Turkey.
The yarn is still sent to you from Turkey but Knit4Charities receives a small discount that helps our fundraising.
The following link will take you to our yarn shop
 http://knitforcharities.yarnshopping.com/

ITEMS MOST NEEDED ALL YEAR ROUND.

All items can be Knitted, Crocheted or Sewn - following is a list of items that are always wanted...

  • 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

Statistics

CHARITY OF THE MONTH DONATIONS

2006  1,537 items
2007  5,820
2008  7,492
2009  8,481
2010  7,893
2011  9,674
2012  8,661
2013 10,459
2014 10,334
2015 11,209
2016 11,082
2017 12,705

TOTAL = 105,347

2018 = 5,651


PERSONAL (INDIVIDUAL) DONATIONS by Members and Friends who choose to share....
*Donations for the current year can be added here

2006/7   5,413
2008    10,162
2009      9,488
2010    19,385
2011    12,793
2012    16,192
2013    17,264
2014    21,066
2015    11,812
2016    10,003
2017    25,119

TOTAL = 158,877

2018 = 6,303 (to date)

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (CHALLENGES)
2015  4,005
2016  3,057
2017  2,740
2018  2,625

STATE GROUPS Combined
2015 = 13,842
2016 = 18,470
2017 = 21,709
SOUTH AUSTRALIA  17,984
WESTERN AUSTRALIA  1108
TASMANIA  87

TOTAL DONATIONS OVERALL = 361,805
Knit4Charities Yahoo Group Membership = 1050
This website updated 26 JULY 2018

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Sponsors

Sponsoring our 2017 Annual Conference are....


BENDIGO WOOLLEN MILLS

http://www.bendigowoollenmills.com.au/


SPOTLIGHT AUSTRALIA

http://spotlight.com.au/


YARN OVER

http://www.yarnover.com.au/


Individual Donors -- C Sanders, D Jones, J Hinton, J Chiplin, S Mooney, D Peck, L O'Neill, L Bean & J Griffith, D Gluer, S Chappell, R & B McCurry, K Stevens, S Wilmot, C Hicks, T Timms, Wynnum West Quilters, L Hamilton, S Stone, M Kelly.