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The Knitzvah Project, a charity knitting/crocheting opportunity, started in 2007 at Temple Beth Shalom and celebrated its 10th anniversay in 2016! Austin has a tremendous need for warm hats and scarves for families in need and members of our community who are homeless. While many people in need receive charitable clothing donations, they rarely receive gifts that are made just for them! The goal of the Knitzvah Project is to provide special, personalized, and practical gifts. Each gift is wrapped in ribbon with a card attached (printed on fabric and pinned to the item) that says, "Dear Friend, I made this especially for you. Wishing you warmth and love and all of God’s blessings." Then we sign each fabric card with the first name of the item maker (last names and contact info are not printed on the card). 

Our 10th Anniversary year was a great one! We made 874 knitted, crocheted, and quilted gifts for the homeless and working poor members of our Austin community this year. That's over 100 more than our original goal! To learn more about our impact this year, please read an overview of the 2016 project in Joan's report. 

knitzvah12Help make someone feel important! Start knitting or crocheting gifts for people in our community who need us to care. We will also gratefully accept blankets or throws. To find out how you can use your love of knitting or crocheting to help make someone in need feel special, or to be added to the Knitzvah mailing list, please contact Knitzvah organizer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Don't like to create alone? Neither do we! We schedule regular Knitzvah meet-ups towards the end of the year to help get us through that year-end item making push. Knitzvah meets once a month on the following Sundays in 2017 from 2-4pm in the Temple Lobby on the following dates:

Aug 13
Sep 10
Oct 8
Nov 12
Dec 10

So we'll know what items have been completed and how many items we still need in each category, we ask all Knitzvah Project participants to log their finished items. At Temple Beth Shalom we do this through Volunteer Spot, which is now ready for you to register and post your finished Knitzvah items for 2017! Please only log items that are completely finished, not items that you're thinking about making or are in the process of making. Click on the button below to begin logging your items:


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In order to truly meet the needs of the people and agencies we serve, the following guidelines must be followed for all items made for the Knitzvah Project:

Item Types: We need knitted/crocheted hats, scarves, toys, etc. for men, women, and children (all ages, all sizes). 

Yarn Type: Machine washable and dryable.

Scarves: Must be 6-8 inches wide (no narrower and no wider). They must be at least 60 inches long. You may use any pattern and any colors you like, as long as they meet the length and width requirements.

Hats: May be any size, any patterns, any colors.

Gloves/Mittens: May be full or fingerless.

Toys: Eyes, noses and mouths must be sewn in or embroidered.  No buttons or other embellishments may be used because they present a choking hazard for little ones.

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