Dear Fellow Knitters,
Like many great things do, “Knit-a-Bit” began as a wild dream that I had last spring. The last period of the day at Hood River Middle School consists of a myriad of interest-based classes ranging from Books to Films, Windsurfing, Challenge Camp, French, Green House, Knitting, Yoga, Art, Chess... Students choose these courses for the year based on their interests. I chose to start a knitting class (Knit-a-Bit) based upon my personal interest in the hobby and the overwhelming number of middle school students walking around like zombies in the halls with a trail of a scarf of yarn following behind them.
This wild dream of mine has become a huge success! We have a group of 20 students, all who entered the class at different levels, and who are now ALL independently knitting! Our dream has also come true because of all of you! We have now accumulated over 7 large Rubbermaid storage boxes of yarn and at least 30 pairs of needles from places ranging from Washington, Oregon, Michigan, The United Kingdom, Hawaii, etc. It's incredible! I cannot convey to you the priceless joy apparent on the students’ faces when boxes would arrive to our classroom, or the excitement in their voices as they searched through the boxes for their knitting treasures, or even the pride they that they have for their newly learned hobby, but what I can say is thank you. Thank you also for inspiring them with your sense of community service * you have inspired us to make baby hats for the local hospitals with our new skills. Thank you from Hood River, Oregon and knit on!
From the bottom of my heart, thank you. And here are some words from the students themselves!
6th Grade Teacher
Hood River Middle School
Hood River, Oregon
“Thank you everyone from Alaska, all the way to Hawaii. The yarn is wonderful and I’ve got more than one project going. I can’t thank you all enough! Thanks!”
“I would like to thank everyone who has donated all the yarn and needles because without them we wouldn’t have learned how to knit and we wouldn’t be warm every morning over here in Hood River, Oregon!”
“I’m not sure how to explain in words how to thank all of the people that have donated hundreds of dollars of yarn to us. I did not know how to knit at all, and now, in my own terms I’m an “expert”. Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done for our small class.”
“Thank you for sending us yarn. Knitting is very important to me because now I have a new hobby for life!”
“I would like to say thanks for all of the donations we received. I made a hat, and 2 scarfs! So, thank you. You all ROCK! Peace.”
“Thank you so much for all of the wonderful yarn. It’s really great and I am starting to love knitting and really enjoying seeing what I can make! THANK YOU!!!”
“Thank you for giving us so much yarn! It was very generous of you to take time and money to donate us stuff. I really liked the yarn and I’m making a scarf out of some right now.”
“To all of the Awesome Donators * Thank you so much for everything! We all really loved the yarn that was sent from ALL of you! It was amazing to see how many people cared about our knitting class! Thank you so much.”
“Thanks so much for all of the yarn! We really appreciate it. Knitting is such a fun thing to do. It’s amazing to see how much people really care about our class. Thanks again!”
“Thank you sooooooooo much for all of the yarn you’ve been donating. I love knitting and all of this pretty yarn makes it even better!”
“Thank you to everyone who donated yarn to us! You wouldn’t believe how many generous donations we have gotten! Boxes and boxes from all over the world filled with special and unique yarn * thank you again for making this knitting class so GREAT!”
“I’m so happy for all of the yarn and needles. Thank you all for your help donating to our class. I wish you a good Halloween holiday * let the season spread with Oreo cookies!”
“Dear Kind People * I want to say thank you to all the people that have donated so much to our knitting class at Hood River Middle School. I enjoy knitting and my wild dream is that I could make gifts for the people I love. Right now I finished a scarf and I am starting on a hat. Once again, thanks for your donations!”