“A ‘yarn bombing’ is an artistic treatment of tree trunks, stair rails, benches and fence posts with knitted and crocheted squares and strips,” said guild past president Marian Rose.
Held on the Egleston and Scottish Rite campuses of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the event will result in hospital areas being festooned with comfort items for cancer patients.
“Each child at those facilities will have a choice of an Under the Sea-themed hat and toy, along with a plain hat to wear,” Rose said. “Our group will also have a donation of hats and toys for the children undergoing cancer treatment in the outpatient facilities.”
Their goal is 400 chemotherapy hats.
“A chemotherapy hat is knitted, crocheted or sewn, and is worn by a cancer patient after the loss of their hair due to chemotherapy,” Rose said. “The hats are made with yarn or fabric that is soft and non-irritating to the skin of your head. The hat helps to keep them warm, helps to provide protection for the skin and adds confidence.”
Guild member Debbie Held said she is confident the event will showcase her fellow knitters and their volunteer spirit.
“As the nonprofit group grew from its initial five members to its current 250 or so — including plenty of 20-, 30- and 40-something women and men — they realized that as a whole, they could help a lot of folks in need with their knitting and their time,” she said. “This is an incredibly generous group of people, especially by today’s standards. If someone asks for their help, the answer is always an enthusiastic ‘Yes’ — no matter how many endeavors coincide at once.”
“You will meet the most interesting people, women and men who knit, not only in the U.S., but all over the world. News anchors, judges, doctors, moms, dads, teachers, lawyers and it goes on,” she said. “Knitters and crocheters are a group of the most giving people that I have met. It is an amazing community and I am so proud to say I am a member.”
Making gifts for others, even children they never met, is also a good excuse to get out the needles and yarn.
“It is a great form of relaxation at the end of a busy day,” Rose said.
It can help hobbyists unwind, she said, and at the same time make them sharper.
“While knitting is a hand craft, it is a great exercise for the brain,” Rose said. “A knitter is never finished learning. There is always a new stitch pattern, design or yarn that is going to stretch their abilities.”
The guild stretched out its collective hand to nonprofits Halos of Hope and Elephants Remember Joplin and publisher Knitting Universe to reach their quota.
To help, residents can make knitted, crocheted or sewn hats to specifications found at halosofhope.org.
The guild will be appreciative, said Held.
“They don’t want any child’s little bald head left uncovered come April 11,” she said.