With the addition of new residents in the last couple of years, we thought we’d provide information on the knitting group and what is happening on the mountain on Wednesday afternoons during the fall, winter and spring months.
About 8 years ago, two neighbours, Sue Terada and Margrit Johnson got together to knit and socialize. Now there is a larger group from the mountain that meet on Wednesdays. The squares we knit are sewn together into blankets which are donated to the Safe House operated by Desert Sun Counseling, and to some other homes and agencies. Besides making blankets we also knit scarves, slippers and dish cloths. Some knit hats for new born babies, which are donated to the maternity ward at the Penticton Hospital. For more information on Desert Sun, their website is http://desertsuncounselling.ca/
There are skilled craftspeople in the group who kindly and patiently help basic knitters improve their ability, even if someone has not done any knitting before, or not touched a pair of needles for years. A fine example of where neighbours become friends, this group has been particularly helpful to newcomers to the area. If anyone would like more information on the group, feel free to contact anyone of us or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org , 250 495 0612
While most knitters supply their own yarn, we are putting out a request to the community. If you have or know of a supply of yarn you would like to donate, it would be very much appreciated.
In addition to our group gathering and donations, there have been some agencies in town which are accepting knitted and crocheted items. If you are interested in donating to them, contacts and information are as follows:
Shawls for ladies and (larger ones) for men, slippers and blankets:
Donna Gordon or Alida
Desert Valley Hospice Society
22 Jonagold Place
250 495 1590 (suggest calling first before dropping items off)
Hats, scarves and mittens:
Mrs. Gaye Horn
The Osoyoos Gift Cupboard
Items can be dropped off in downtown Osoyoos at Unity, Osoyoos Times office or Troy’s Grill
(you may Google ‘the gift cupboard Osoyoos’ for more information)
New participants are always welcome to join us for knitting on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 PM