The Knitzvah Project, a charity knitting and crocheting opportunity, started in 2007 at Temple Beth Shalom.
Austin has a tremendous need for warm hats and scarves for families in need and members of our community who are homeless. While many people in need receive charitable clothing donations, they rarely receive gifts that are made just for them!
This is where the Knitzvah Project comes in. The goal of the Knitzvah Project is to provide special, personalized, and practical gifts.
Each knitted or crocheted item, hand made by volunteers from our congregation and other friends, is wrapped in ribbon with a card attached (printed on fabric and pinned to the item) that says, "Dear Friend, I made this especially for you. Wishing you warmth and love and all of God’s blessings." We sign each fabric card with the first name of the item maker (last names and contact info are not printed on the card).
In 2018, we distributed 870 knitted, crocheted, and quilted gifts for the homeless and working poor members of our Austin community. To learn more about our impact this year, please read a report of the 2018 project.
Help make someone feel important! Start knitting or crocheting gifts for people in our community who need us to care. In addition to scarves, hats, and mittens, we will also gratefully accept blankets or throws.
To find out how you can use your love of knitting or crocheting to help make someone in need feel special, or to be added to the Knitzvah mailing list, please contact Knitzvah organizer Joan Edelstein.
Knitzvah Meet Up Dates
Don't like to create alone? Neither do we! We schedule regular Knitzvah meet-ups towards the end of the year to help get us through that year-end item-making push. Knitzvah meets once a month on the following Sundays in 2019 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the temple lobby on the following dates:
In order to truly meet the needs of the people and agencies we serve, the following guidelines must be followed for all items made for the Knitzvah Project:
Item Types: We need knitted/crocheted hats, scarves, toys, etc. for men, women, and children (all ages, all sizes).
Yarn Type: Machine washable and dryable.
Scarves: Must be 6-8 inches wide (no narrower and no wider). They must be at least 60 inches long. You may use any pattern and any colors you like, as long as they meet the length and width requirements.
Hats: May be any size, any patterns, any colors.
Gloves/Mittens: May be full or fingerless.
Toys: Eyes, noses and mouths must be sewn in or embroidered. No buttons or other embellishments may be used because they present a choking hazard for little ones.
Logging Finished Items
So we'll know what items have been completed and how many items we still need in each category, we ask all Knitzvah Project participants to log their finished items. To do this, please send an email to Joan and list your finished items. She will keep everyone updated on what items are still needed.
Please only log items that are completely finished, not items that you're thinking about making or are in the process of making.