Two Years of Work by Edgemere Residents Will Benefit Local Women in Need
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Posted by: Julianna Ems
“Nitwit” may not be a term many of us want to be associated with, but for about 20 women at Edgemere senior living community, it’s a moniker they proudly embrace. For the last eight years, The Knit Wits have sewn, knitted, embroidered, needlepointed and quilted to support a variety of organizations and causes globally and throughout their city.
On Thursday, Nov. 8, The Knit Wits will display two years of work for sale at a fundraiser to benefit Genesis Women’s Shelter.
In 2010, the group first convened after hearing a call for knitted items for troops in Afghanistan. Since then, their support has expanded to local orphanages, homeless shelters, preemie units, oncology units, and the women’s shelter.
Every Friday afternoon The Knit Wits gather for a few hours to work on their projects — caps, scarves, baby blankets, shawls, dolls, quilts, pillows, just to name a few. Driven by a shared desire to use their considerable talents to help some of Dallas’ most vulnerable, the women also simply enjoy their time together.
Their friendship is very important – they work together, support each other and say that getting together is a magical time where they cast off worries for the day and just knit. The Dallas Morning News also recently referenced the health benefits of knitting and similar skills.
Every other year, The Knit Wits gather hundreds of handmade items from the last two years of work and host a fundraiser for residents, team members and families of residents at Edgemere. It’s estimated their combined creations contain more than 40 miles of yarn, enough to wrap around the outside of AT&T Stadium 300 times!
Ben Green, GlynnDevins