Sunday, November 9, 2008

Knit Your Bit

Veterans Day is less than two weeks away. In honor of our veterans, I have decided to host a “Knit your Bit” event. Knit your Bit is a program the Red Cross started in WWI and brought back again in WWII. Then, the American men and women (and even children) at home were asked to knit items that could be sent overseas to help keep our soldiers warm. Recently, Knit your Bit has come back through various organizations, asking people to knit or crochet items that can be given to our veterans.

It breaks my heart to know that there are many men and women who are now living in nursing homes around the country, whose families rarely (and sometimes) never visit. I am asking for your help to bring a little joy into the lives of our veterans. There are a few ways you can help, whether you're a knitter or not:

1- Knit or crochet an item such as a scarf, hat, or an afghan
2- Quilted items (lap blankets, and I’ve also seen quilted scarves) are welcome
3- If you’re not a knitter, crocheter, or quilter, but would still like to help, I am also accepting monetary donations to help with the cost of postage
4- If none of the above options appeal to you, a simple note of thanks to our veterans would also be very much appreciated

How do you sign up?
It’s easy. Just send an email to Summerstead(at)gmail(dot)com with your name and how you would like to help with this cause.

Knit your Bit Requirements:
1. If you are sending an item, please include washing instructions
2. Be sure to also include your name and address so that we can thank you for your generosity.
3. Please have your gift in the mail no later than December 5th (although late items will not be turned away). The plan is to have your gift in the hands of a veteran before Christmas.

I should also mention where your gifts will be going. They will be going all over the country. With each gift, I'll randomly pick a town somewhere in the US, and find a veteran in that town. If any of you have any suggestions, feel free to share them with me.


  1. Great idea. I will think on this a bit and see how I can help. Maybe make cards or tags for you to go with each item? I'll email you!!

  2. What a cool idea!


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