Knit Michigan

February 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Even though the Chemo Cap design contest has passed this year already, we wanted to bring a wonderful organization, Knit Michigan to your attention, as this disease affects so many of us. Tomorrow, February 4th at the Academy of the Sacred Heart at 1250 Kensington Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI from 9am-4pm you can take part in the events! Check out the fantastic class list here.

What is Knit Michigan?

Knit Michigan, a registered Michigan corporation, is a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit.

Knit Michigan is an independent organization dedicated to supporting cancer patients and their families with financial contributions, as well as by making and donating comfort items such as chemo caps and lap blankets to cancer patients.

Knit Michigan brings together fiber-enthusiasts to raise funds that are distributed to local cancer organizations through grass roots efforts and an annual event. In 2012 these organizations will benefit: Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Rose Cancer Treatment Center at Beaumont, Genesys Regional Medical Center, Gilda’s Club, and U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Why is it necessary?

Knit Michigan fills a need in the Michigan fiber-arts community for individuals to band together to work toward a common cause that has touched many of our lives. It provides an opportunity to give back and make a difference by doing something we love: creating and providing better situations for those we care about who must deal with cancer.

What is the purpose of Knit Michigan?

Simply put, the main purpose of Knit Michigan is to help others. Many of us have been touched by cancer ourselves or by family, friends or coworkers. Knit Michigan makes supporting cancer patients and their families easy, convenient and fun by donating money and comfort items.

 The secondary purpose of Knit Michigan is to spread our love for the fiber arts. For a nominal entrance fee, visitors are encouraged to try their hand at spinning, knitting, crocheting, weaving and, for a small fee, dyeing.

What has Knit Michigan accomplished?

Beginning with their inaugural year, 2007, Knit Michigan has been held in donated space at the Academy of the Sacred Heart (www.ashmi.org) in Bloomfield Hills. Over the years they have donated more than $80,000 to selected cancer serving organizations. They have also donated more than 5,000 comfort items in the form of chemo caps, cuddly knit bears, breast cancer pillows, and pillows and blankets used in the infusion rooms. The comfort items have been gifted to cancer centers around the state, going as far north as Baraga in the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Who is involved with Knit Michigan?

Michigan knitters, spinners, weavers, crocheters, felters and other fiber enthusiasts support Knit Michigan. In addition they have the participation of knitwear designers, college and community fiber art instructors, guilds, schools and fiber businesses, such as yarn stores and industry suppliers.

There are so many great resources on their website, knitmichigan.org including what to make sure you do if you’re knitting chemo caps, how to make your yarn choice for them, patterns, tips and info. They do great work and we thank them for what they do!

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