Monday, December 23, 2013

Alternatives for Girls

Artisan Knitworks will be collecting hand-crafted scarves and hats for adults and small children, including babies, as well as clean, unworn or lightly worn women's  and tots' sweaters, for Alternatives for Girls, which is a life-saving Detroit shelter for girls and young women (with their children) who have been living on the streets.  They have as many as a hundred girls and young women with kids in-house, or on stand by, at any one time.  We just sent a small batch of scarves and hats along with Naomi Frenkl, from Woolgathers' Guild in Plymouth, who took a huge pile of stuff to the shelter this past Saturday made by guild members, and we will be collecting more to take along in a few weeks.  I will be cooking up some bucket-style hats in spare moments from scrap yarns.  If you want to do the same, just ask us for a copy of my Mad Hatter pattern (in shop) -- one dollar for this charity (regularly 6 bucks -- I need to get back the cost of color copying).

In fact, because the City of Farmington FOILED our yarn-bombing by covering the poles and other surfaces with big hay sprays -- they called it Harvest Festival and it lasted for weeks -- we handed over the scarves and hats that our customers made for the bombing to Alternatives for Girls.  Just bring what you make or have on hand to the shop.  We will have a box ready for them.   svb


  1. Merry Christmas Sandra. God bless you for all you do to try to show people that Southeastern Michigan is a wonderful place to live (I'm in Shelby Township). And a big thank you for bringing "Alternatives for Girls" to my attention. I have never heard of it before.

  2. YOU'RE WELCOME~~!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happiest of New Yeasr to you. svb

  3. Good morning, Sandra. I just found your website and blog. I live in Benzie County (Lake Ann) - just west of Traverse City. I know we have homeless and/or people in need of warm clothing up here although I don't know of any groups that help out. I would love to get a copy of your Mad Hatter pattern to make hats to donate - I certainly have plenty of yarn on hand.

    BTW - I'm a retired elementary teacher. I now teach knitting at NMC (Northwestern Michigan College in TC). I'm working to try and begin a non-credit Textile certificate program at NMC and with a few other people, working to begin a fibershed in our region. I was born and raised in Plymouth so am very familiar with your part of the state.

  4. Please drop a note by mail to Artisan Knitworks LLC -- 23616 Farmington Rd, Farmington MI 48336 and remind me to mail you a copy of the pattern. svb