Knit Wits Knit for Missions

On-campus knitting group reaches out

By: Becky St. Clair

A Portland homeless individual shows off his homemade hat, made by a ten-year-old member of the Knit Wits, and matching scarf, made by the girl's aunt.

For the third year in a row, the Knit Wits knitting group, led by Ellie Veverka, administrative assistant for the Campus Ministries office at WWU, is going strong.  The small group meets only during the school year, and together they select projects they will tackle throughout the year.  

The first two years they knitted scarves, hats, and blankets for the WWU Mexico mission trip.  This year they also took on the WWU Portland mission trip, which took place over Valentine’s Day weekend, and the Special Olympics.

“Our group has grown by word of mouth, and we are having such fun,” says Veverka.  “Beginners rejoice to see they have made something useful.”

Altogether, the Knit Wits created 53 scarves for the Special Olympics alone, contributed by 15 people.  They continue to meet weekly and their collection of scarves and hats is growing.  Their next project is again providing homemade items for the Mexico mission trip, which will take place March 19-29, during spring break.

“It has been such a blessing to each one of us in the group to know that we are making things that will keep someone else warm,” says Veverka.  “It’s great to see the dedication and love that goes into each and every piece.”

For information on how you can be a part of the Knit Wits, email ellie.veverka@wallawalla.edu or call 509-527-2102.

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