The guild introduced the knitters there to our charitable knitting projects, and one of the residents has turned out more than 30 baby hats for the newborns at St. Vincent's Hospital here in Green Bay. We provide her with the yarn, and she just knits her fingers to the bone. Each time I walk into the Community Room at Bellevue, the first thing I see is a row of five cute, little white hats that remind me of the Pillsbury Dough Boy. Last night at the guild's annual picnic I was able to present the guild with 18 of these little tot toppers, all knit by the same woman at Bellevue.
What has been the results of this senior citizen knitting project?
- The meetings have brought residents together. Rather than staying in their rooms, they have been thrown together with other seniors with like interests.
- They have rediscovered the art of knitting, something several of them had not done in years.
- They are producing items to donate to others. Often seniors are only on the receiving end of life, but knitting has provided them with an opportunity to give.
- They have an activity now to fill their sometimes long and lonely days.