Knitting club crafts for charities

CLYDE – The Knifty Knitters of Clyde are celebrating its eighth anniversary this month.

In 2013, the group made 1,986 items, all of which were donated to area residents through non-profit organizations. Knifty Knitters originated in 2006 as a local response to Warm-Up America, a national effort that encourages volunteers to knit or crochet blankets for charity.

Volunteers range from expert to beginner. As the membership grew, so did the variety of items they made.

Examples of donation items include afghans, shawls, mittens, scarves, lap robes and hats. The Knifty Knitters have donated these to Clyde area children afflicted with cancer, Liberty Center of Sandusky County for the Homeless, United Way of Sandusky County (Breast Cancer Awareness Fund), Bellevue Care Center in Bellevue, Red Cross, Bridges in Fremont, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Clyde Food Pantry, Compassionate Ministries in Clyde, Memorial Hospital (maternity department), Bellevue Hospital, North Coast Cancer Center in Clyde, Countryside Nursing Home in Fremont, Arbors at Clyde Nursing Home, Mercy Tiffin Hospital, Tiffin Community Hospice, Tiffin Country Kitchen and the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky.

The group meets 9 a.m.-noon the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Clyde Public Library. The next work session is Tuesday.