A splinter group of the ‘Knit At Night Guild’ or KANG called ‘Chix with Stix’ is bonding with their fellow knitters at the Tracey Gee Community Center for their annual Christmas party. The room is laid out like a classroom with three long tables facing front. About thirty women, many of whom are knitting are looking at one member Pearl as she takes part in show and tell.
“And then I was inspired by hats.”
“Oh!” And so I did a hat. Oh how cute look at that!
Oh Pearl that’s gorgeous that is so cute.”
This is how every meeting opens up and some have more items to share with the group like speedy knitter Rose Williams.
“During a movie I can make a scarf I can definitely make a hat.”
Each knitter gets different points for every item they make for charity. For example, baby hats would score 1 point, child hats 2 and adults 3. Bigger items are awarded points at the guild’s discretion. For the last three years running Williams has taken the top prize because once she gets going she finds it hard to stop.
“A lot of baby hats, Afghans, wraps, scarves, dishcloths. It keeps me busy. I can’t sit, my husband says that if I sit and my hands aren’t moving I’ll fall asleep.”
Bryne Scheiman-Miller is responsible for making sure that community service items like Williams’ knits reach their destination.
“We’ve given stuff to MD Anderson. We’ve been giving helmet liners in the past and stuff to the troops. KNOW which is part of the guild but it’s the chapter out west they made breast prosthesis for The Rose.”
This year Scheiman-Miller’s own work is going straight to Covenant House, an organization that helps homeless children who age out of Child Protective Services.
“I did eight scarves in the last three and a half weeks and they are now happily ensconced in Covenant House cause a lot of those kids don’t have any Christmases.”
Last year the 238 members of KANG gave over one thousand items to various charities. They hope to grow that number this year one stitch at a time.