Knitters Guild of Incline Village celebrates 20 years
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — What started as a small group of women who belonged to St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and enjoyed knitting and crocheting, is now celebrating its 20th anniversary as the Knitters Guild of Incline Village.
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,” said Peggy Harrison, one of the original founders of the group. “It’s a win-win situation when a member takes pleasure in using her knitting and crocheting 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 from 1-3 p.m. every Wednesday in the library of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, located at 341 Village Boulevard.
Several hundred items are handmade and donated to numerous organizations each year.
“Last year, the Guild donated numerous beautifully produced goods to several organizations” said Karen Barney, who took over for Harrison after she moved to Reno.
These include (but are not limited to):
— 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 and the Winter, Warmth and Wellness campaign.
— Hats and scarves are also donated to Eddy House, a safe haven to homeless and at-risk youth to develop life and job skills necessary for sustainable independence.
— The Eugene Upshaw Cancer Center in Truckee is grateful for chemo caps, made of very soft yarn for patients undergoing chemotherapy
— The Senior Center in Truckee is always pleased to receive blankets, lap robes, and such.
In addition, the Knitters Guild supplies warm hats to the Incline Elementary School counselors for children who need them.
Over the years, and before the COVID pandemic, the Knitters Guild members were also part of the Incline Village After-School Program as they taught knitting and crocheting at the Incline Elementary School on Monday afternoons.
For more information, contact Barney at Knitters@Tahoeepiscopal.org.
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