January is known as National Mitten Month (and for good reason, too). This month tends to produce some of the coldest temperatures; and what better way to stand up against them than with a pair of handmade mittens? This year, extend your knits beyond your family and knit for a great cause— Mittens for Detroit. If there’s one thing that knitters and crocheters can agree on it’s that using our talents to give back to our communities is a gift in itself. Last year, AllFreeKnitting teamed up with Mittens for Detroit (MFD) to collect mittens for those in need. This year, we would like to do the same.
Mittens for Detroit was founded in 2010 by actress Erin Cummings who saw a need in her community and came up with a way to fix it. Every year since, this organization has collected, purchased, and distributed new and unused mittens and gloves to the those in need. Over the past four years, Mittens for Detroit has collected well over 55,000 pairs of mittens; but the work is not done. The formal collection season for this year ends on January 31, 2015, so there is still time for you to donate your heartwarming knits. However, if you don’t make that deadline, you can still send in your donations. The organization collects all year long.
Mittens for Detroit has a great need for women’s mittens this year. However, any donation you make toward the case will be greatly appreciated. If you need some inspiration for knits, feel free to check out these printable patterns:
So, let’s get together and begin warming these hearts, two hands at a time.
For more information, please visit the Mittens for Detroit site at www.MittensForDetroit.org
- The last date for this collection season is January 31, 2015.
- Easy-care yarn is the best for Mittens for Detroit. They will take any new, unused mittens. Knitters should keep in mind that some of the recipients may not have easy access to washers/dryers or easy situations for air-drying mittens/gloves. That is why easy-care yarn is the best.
- If mittens are for children under 3 years of age, embellishments should be limited for the sake of safety.
- Please attached the gloves together with yarn, not safety pins.
Ship Mittens to:
Mittens for Detroit
Attn: W. Shepherd
PO Box 448
Clawson, MI 48017-0448
How many pairs of mittens can you make before time runs out?