INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - Started by a small group of women who belonged to St. Patrick's Episcopal Church and enjoyed knitting and crocheting, the Knitters Guild of Incline Village celebrates its 10th anniversary this month.
Originally, these women met on an informal basis and visited with each other, sharing patterns and ideas.
Soon the group evolved into one that found pleasure in making warm clothing and blankets for families who needed them in Incline Village and the North Tahoe area.
"The Knitters Guild of Incline Village was formed and became an important part of the Outreach Program of the church," explains Peggy Harrison, leader and one of the founders of the group. "It's a win-win situation when a member takes pleasure in using her skills to help others. Anyone with basic knitting and crocheting ability is welcome to join the Guild, and if those skills need refreshing, we can help. Patterns, yarn and needles are always available."
Most of the members live in Incline Village, and some women from Tahoe City and Truckee have also joined the Guild, which meets every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. in the library of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd., Incline Village.
Several hundred items are handmade and donated to numerous organizations each year.
"Last year, the Guild donated more than 500 beautifully produced goods to these organizations," said Harrison.
Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee receives layettes for newborns and blankets for long-term care patients; hats, sweaters, scarves, mittens and other warm items are taken to the North Tahoe Family Resource Center in Kings Beach.
The American Cancer Society in Reno is grateful for chemo caps, made of very soft yarn for patients undergoing chemotherapy.
The Holiday Giving Program in Incline Village supports the Guild with an annual monetary donation that helps supplement the donated yarns, patterns and needles, and receives a broad variety of warm things for families in the community.
The Senior Center in Truckee is always pleased to receive blankets, slippers, lap robes, and such, and warm hats are supplied to the Incline Elementary School counselors for children who need them.
Guild members are also part of the Incline Village After-School Program as they teach knitting and crocheting at Incline Elementary School every Monday from 3-4:00 p.m. The students are willing and enthusiastic learners and the Knitting Club is a very popular after-school activity for both girls and boys!
For further information, please contact Peggy Harrison at 775-831-9402.