Knit For Life

 

We have had an overwhelming response to the “Knit for Life™” program since it’s introduction in the Spring of 1998. We were approached by the University of Washington’s “Beauty & Cancer” program as a result of Tricoter staff member Tanya Parieaux’s beginning knitting classes for cancer survivors and their families at the UW Medical Center. The UW requested the donation of knit hats for cancer patients who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. We offered a 30% discount on “Touch Me” — a wonderfully soft rayon velvet chenille for which Tanya developed a beautiful, easy hat pattern. To date, we have sold yarn for hundreds of hats and receive requests for more yarn and pattern kits daily.

The following is an excerpt from one of several thank you letters we have received. This is from Irene Hopkins, Program Coordinator at the UW Medical Center:

“When the hats arrived in my office, patients gravitated towards them. I couldn’t even unpack them to put them in our closet! People were trying them on and loving them…

The hats are soft and comfortable–like a loving hug. They are beautiful and unique and have really put a smile on the faces of patients who have received them…

Helping patients with their appearance during treatment has made a tremendous difference in the attitude and healing process for so many of our patients…

Please thank all of the people who have contributed to this effort. The spirit in which these hats are made and given is truly felt by all.”

For more information regarding the Knit For Life™ program visit their website at www.knitforlife.org

For those of you who would like to knit for cancer patients in your area or return them to Tricoter for donation through the University of Washington, we are happy to supply the kits at the same discount…our goal is to help these courageous women feel as beautiful as possible!