If you still have blankets that you want to send on, please email Sage Jacobs or
Liz for information on where to send them.
The following is a thank you from Sage to the Knit-a-Thoners:
I want to thank everyone so much for all the beautiful blankets they created for Critter Knitters and the animal shelters who received them. I was just informed that the AC&C is actually getting larger, more industrial sized washing machines in the next few weeks so that they can wash all the new blankets, and they are overjoyed to have cages full of blankets for all the thousands of animals that come in and out of their shelter yearly.
When I was at Liz's opening boxes and sharing in the experience of so many exquisite blankets, there were moments when I felt goosebumps on my arms and tears in my eyes for the deep kindness and compassion, not to mention love, that everyone put into making their blankets for the animals. So many animals are sleeping better having a cozy place to sleep after being displaced in a shelter which can often be a terrifying experience after having a home.
The AC&C wants to write about us and the Knit-a-Thon/Critter Knitters for their newsletter, and I just wanted to let you know how very touched the shelter workers were to receive so many blankets for their animals, animals which are often never given a second consideration or thought, and are just left with minimal comforts and resources. With all the horrible things that occur in the world towards animals every day, everyone who participated in the Knit-a-Thon brings me hope for a more compassionate future for all beings. I wish I could properly express to you in words just how much your blankets have meant to so many shelters.
Please know that with all my heart I think you are all such incredibly beautiful people, and I thank you so much for bringing in more blankets than I could have ever imagined. And to think my goal for THE YEAR for Critter Knitters was 1,000 blankets!!!!!!!!!! (that was a GOAL -- I never dreamed it would be a reality!)
Thank you for making the time spent in shelters for abandoned animals more comfortable, and less anxious, as well as helping to dress up the shelters to make them more inviting, which gets more people in and more animals out. Thank you for caring.
Love and Blessings,
Critter Knitters Coalition
P.S. - I have written about Critter Knitters in the Fall issue of The BARK and the response to start CK chapters in different states has been overwhelming! And wonderful!
If you wish to start your own LOCAL Critter Knitters chapter, please email Liz for information on getting started.Here's the old Knit-a-Thon information, for posterity:
What's this all about?
The Critter Knitters Knit-a-thon is a project started by two knitters,
Wendy, to make and collect knitted blankets for shelter
animals, in partnership with the Critter Knitters Coalition.
What is the Critter Knitters Coalition?
The Critter Knitters Coalition was created in response to the dire need for warm, comfortable blankets by abandoned animals in
New York animal shelters. These blankets help frightened cats and dogs feel calm, and improve the quality of life for shelter animals
while they await their forever homes.
What Can I Do?
Anyone who wants to participate, send us as many knitted blankets as you like -- one or twenty or two hundred.
For each blanket you donate, send a filled-out raffle ticket. If you don't have a printer to print
out the tickets, write the requested information on a slip of paper -- one slip of paper for each blanket you send. At the end of the
project we'll draw tickets and award the raffle prizes.
The prizes available are showcased here. There are more prizes on their way so this page will be
updated as they come in. Be sure to check back!
Are You Having Any Special Events?
We are organizing a few "Knit-Outs" in parks around New York City. You can find out more about those events here.
What's the Deadline for Knit-a-thon Contributions?
Send your contributions by July 31, 2004 to be included in the drawing.
Where Do I Send My Blankets?
For the mailing address for contributions, contact Liz!
What If I Want to Contribute a Raffle Prize?
Where Can I Find Guidelines and Patterns for Blankets?
There are guidelines and patterns for blankets and afghans on the Critter Knitters Coalition website
The basic guidelines are:
» 18" x 18" for cats and small animals,
» 24" x 24" for cats and small to medium dogs,
» 36" x 36" for medium to large dogs.
These sizes are just guidelines. Your actual finished blanket doesn't have to be exact. The Coalition will take all blankets
and put them to good use.
Do You Have Any Buttons I Can Put On My Site?
You betcha! Spread the word by using one of the buttons below:
Right click (Mac users control click) on an image and click on "Save Picture As" or "Save Image As."
Save the image on your computer as a .gif file.
Place the image on your page and link back to us. Please do not link directly to the buttons on our site.
What If I Have Other Questions?
Contact Liz or Wendy.