KnitWits: good for the heart, community

Picture this: you just came out of your two-hour-long class, your heart is racing, your palms are sweaty and you are stressed out. You pick up a pair of knitting needles, get the softest yarn you can find and feel your stress melt away.

If this sounds appealing, the KnitWits club could be perfect for you.

KnitWits is one of Guilford’s newest and freshest clubs, and the creators have more than just knitting in mind.

“I think we have a great purpose as a club and could really benefit the community,” said sophomore Griffin Cox, the founder of KnitWits. “Our overall goal is to knit hats and scarves for the homeless community in Greensboro, hats and blankets for premature babies at the hospital and, if we can, work a little bit with Operation Christmas Child.”

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization located in Boone, North Carolina. The group helps meet the needs of people around the world affected by war, poverty, disease, natural disasters and famine. Specifically, Operation Christmas Child sends shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies and crafts to children in crisis.

“It’s doing something creative, but not just for our personal selves,” said sophomore Haley Green. “We’re doing it for a greater cause.”

Knitting can also be a great way reduce stress and overcome addiction. The members chatted about how peaceful it is to knit with friends, and the fun of creating goals as a group.

The members also discussed working with Greensboro-based Church Under The Bridge, an organization that helps the local homeless, by supplying blankets and hats to the homeless.

With big goals in mind, KnitWits is eager to get started.

Sophomore Courtney Lackey had not knitted before joining the club, but already has an idea for her first project.

“I think it would be cool to make a blanket, not like a huge one but one that’s perfect to cover up with,” said Lackey.

Cox picked up knitting this summer from her little sister. Once her mom came up with the name “KnitWits,” things were set in motion for this exciting new club.

A lot of the members are beginners but are more than willing to teach any new members what they know.  Cox is hoping to recruit some pro-knitters from the Greensboro community to give lessons during the first few club meetings.

Along with planning for their first meetings, the members chatted about their ultimate knitting dreams such as learning to make booties, blankets, gloves and eventually create their own stitches and designs.

Fuzzy yarn, soft socks, relaxation and helping others are everything you could ever want in a club, and these girls are excited to get started.

“We want to leave our little footprint all over the community,” said Cox.

The time, place and days of the club meetings are still in the works, but if you are interested in joining, email [email protected] for more information.