A group of local knitters have been working together for the last four years to meet a community need, providing handmade sweaters, mittens, hats and scarves for area children to help keep them warm during the winter months.
The group meets two hours every week, from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Saxtons River Inn, where they enjoy the company of fellow knitters and the pleasure of an afternoon cup of tea along with good conversation.
Knitter Mary Guild said that the "everything we make is given away. We have five knitters now, but we would like more. Anyone can join us. Bring your needles, we have yarn."
The group works year around, but Guild admitted that "sometimes a winter storm stops us."
The items are distributed through area schools and other programs as part of the Rockingham Christmas Fund.
This year alone the group has distributed over 80 sweaters and 165 pairs of mittens and hats.
"We give to all schools in the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union," Guild said, "plus Parks Place, Our Place, Rockingham Christmas Fund, and Rockingham Foster Children. We are always looking for donations of yarn or money to buy yarn.
"We give the articles to school nurses who give them out where needed. If they run out, they call us and we bring more. We always have something on hand."
Guild emphasized that the best way to help the group would be by joining them and helping with the knitting. A lot of warm children in our area really appreciate the work of quiet volunteers like Knitting Together. In our communities, the Christmas spirit of giving goes on year-round.