Community Projects

Please send us pictures of your knitting donations:!

Calendar for 2013-2014

Ongoing Projects

  • Handmade Especially for You: Guild member Lois Anderson collects hand knitted or crocheted scarves that are donated to women entering domestic abuse shelters. The scarf is a symbol and reminder of the woman’s strength and courage for leaving the abusive environment. Please make them 56 or 60 in. long and no more than 5 to 6 inches wide. Leave them in the Handmade Especially for You donation box at the meetings. Tags are in the box for you to write your name and attach to the scarf. Contact Lois at or visit for information on how this project got started.
  • Monona Library Summer Reading Program Prizes: The critters we made were a big hit with the kids in Monona (and with Guild members, too). We decided to make this a year-round Guild Community Knitting Project. Please click on the "Library Critters" link on the left for small and medium critters which we think will appeal to young readers at the library. We need around 500 critters by June 2014.  

Monthly Projects:

Each month the Community Projects Committee collects and delivers hand-knitted items to one or more charities. At each meeting, a special drop-off area with separate containers to collect yarn donations, completed items and monetary contributions is set up. During the fall donations of yarn and needles will be accepted for the December benefit sale for Second Harvest. Separate areas will also be available for the ongoing collection of critters and women’s scarves for Handmade Especially for You. 

In fairness to all, please follow these guidelines for yarn: Take only as much yarn as you plan to use to make items for the designated community agencies. If you would like any of the yarn for your own projects, please donate $1 per skein.

Labels with the Madison Knitters’ Guild logo will be provided. Please feel free to attach one to each of your donated items and note care instructions.

If you would like to request donations for another community agency or cause, we welcome your suggestions! Please contact Rae Sprague at This will help the board coordinate multiple ongoing projects and assist with passing on your information to members not in attendance.

On Going Projects:

September and October 2013:

  • Hawthorne and Falk Elementary Schools:  Mittens and hats for children ages 3-11
Fall is coming and our community project for September and October is mittens and hats for two
Madison Schools: Falk and Hawthorne. Both have a very high percentage of disadvantaged children with
approximately 75% eligible for free or reduced food programs. The school staff would greatly appreciate
receiving mittens and hats, preferably washable, to help keep the students (ages 3-11) warm this coming winter. Looking for a pattern? 

November 2013:

  • Porchlight Inc.:  Greatest need is for warm socks and hats especially for men in L, XL, and XXL, as well as mittens and hats for women; and warm scarves
  • The Road Home:  Greatest need is for hats and mittens for children ages 2-11, also warm scarves

December 2013:

January 2014:

February 2014:

March 2014:

  • Mykala’s Grace:  Highest priority: sets of two each of very small preemie-sized gowns, hats, and booties; and two  matching blankets approx. 2’ by 2’
  • YWCAChildren and baby items (ages 5 and under)

April 2014:

May 2014:

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