The Knitting Sisters is a group of women from Ladner, Tsawwassen and Richmond who love knitting and crocheting for worthy causes.
The women enjoy the social aspect of the group, which meets at the McKee Seniors Recreation Centre in Ladner, and being able to use their skills to support charitable organizations.
The group was started in 2008 by Alice Gisborne and has been increasing in participants since then. Currently there are 60 women in the group.
The group donates sweaters, slippers, cotton washcloths, blankets and toques to many charities around the Lower Mainland and as far away as Africa. Some of these charities are street ministries, BC Cancer, Deltassist, Mountain View Manor, Caring Hearts, Canada Comforts, Jeremy’s Foundation, etc.
While members purchase yarn at their personal expense, the Knitting Sisters needs and welcomes donations of yarn and/or finished articles to enable the group to continue donating upward of 3,500 items per year. Donations can be dropped off at the McKee Seniors Recreation Centre.
New knitters, including men, are always welcome to join the group.
Donna Miller started knitting at the age of five and thought she could give back by joining the group, which she learned about through an ad in the Optimist.
Brenda Henderson was bringing her mom and decided, although a novice knitter, she could help by sorting and organizing delivery of the finished articles to the various charities.
Anyone interested in joining the group can contact Brenda Henderson at Brenda.firstname.lastname@example.org or meet the group in person on the first and third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at the McKee Seniors Recreation Centre.