Odds are that you, a family member, a friend, or a friend of a friend has gone through breast cancer. My Sister Knits has a marvelous opportunity for you to do something kind and oh-so-meaningful for breast cancer patients!
The purpose of Hope Lives, a local non-profit, is to provide supportive services to women going through breast cancer in order to help them manage the physical and emotional side effects. Their reach goes much further than Fort Collins, they have patients taking advantage of their services throughout northern Colorado.
To find out more and see the complete list of services they offer, visit their website.
Each person who enrolls in the Hope Lives program has an orientation meeting with Leah Barrett, their Care Navigator. At the end of this meeting, she gives the new member a Comfort Kit. She has been told over and over that the most meaningful piece of the kit is the lap blanket or shawl the women get to choose.
Lap Throws and Shawls
Here is your chance to make a huge impact on someone’s life! Hope Lives is in need of lap throws that are approximately 30 inches x 50 inches. Shawls are also accepted! The women who receive them are overjoyed and thankful that other women have created these throws or shawls for them. By making and donating a shawl or a lap throw, you are touching the life of another woman in ways you might never understand.
You can use any yarn you like! However, if you’d like to use an economical superwash, our suggestion is Plymouth Encore worsted weight. Use it doubled to create a bulky/super bulky yarn that will work up in a flash!
We love to help you find patterns and we have some ideas in mind that might be just the thing for you. We can also delve into Ravelry to find one that leaves you eager to cast on!
You can include a note with your throw or shawl if you’d like to take your gift a step further!
Yarn is also needed! Volunteer knitters are available and will happily make blankets! Most of them are on a fixed income and they have the time to kit or crochet but not the funds to buy yarn. This form of donating is every bit as important as finished blankets. Please purchase enough yarn to create a bulky weight blanket; about 800 – 900 yards of super bulky or double that of the Encore so it can be held double.
Please contact either My Sister Knits at 970.407.1461 or Chris Rexroat (volunteer coordinator) at 970.413.3621 with questions.
When you bring in your finished project to donate to Hope Lives or leave your purchased yarn at the shop for it to be donated, you will receive a coupon for 20% off one item in the shop, excluding Signature needles.
Fiber folk are generous souls; let’s make handmade hugs for some women who need them!