Knit Wits

Knit Wits

The Ascension Knit Wits is a community group that enjoys knitting, crocheting, and looming, and wants to help others. Our primary purpose is to foster fellowship and friendship among our members. Our mission is to help keep the less-fortunate warm, one stitch at a time. We make hats for charity, baby items for USO moms (pictured), Twiddle Muffs for Alzheimer’s patients, and other items as needed. At our meetings, we knit, crochet, loom, talk, laugh, eat, and pray together. All women are welcome: Ascension members and non-members, experts and novices, all ages. Please contact Maddie Goetter for more information.

Activities

Most of our meetings are at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1415 Dopp St., Waukesha, WI, or at local Waukesha restaurants.

Knit Fests (knit-a-thons) are on Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 pm., usually the third Saturday of each month. We work on charity projects. You don’t have to spend the whole day here; come when you can and leave when you must. Lunch is potluck.

We also hold Lunch & Knit meetings and other daytime events scattered throughout the month. You don’t have to attend every meeting.

We have patterns, needles, hooks, and Nifty Knitter looms that you can borrow. We also have donated yarn we use for our charity projects. If you knit or crochet your own projects, you will need to purchase your own yarn.

Projects

We make hats and scarves for various charities. Recipients of our hats include: Cross Lutheran Church, Milwaukee; Waukesha Schools; the Salvation Army of Waukesha; Hope Center; and Christmas Clearing Council.

The Knit Wits participates in the USO Operation Baby Shower, making baby items for new military moms in WI. We knit and crochet baby blankets, hats, and sweaters.

We have recently started making Twiddle Muffs for Alzheimer’s patients (pictured). Twiddle Muffs are tactile/sensory muffs, designed to give patients satisfaction in feeling different textures of yarns and materials to sooth their restlessness. These muffs minimize agitation, promote brain stimulation and keep cool hands warm. We distribute the muffs through the Aging and Disability Resource Center in Waukesha.     

The Knit Wits also make:

  • lap blankets for the VA hospital in West Allis.
  • Knitted Knockers, soft, cotton breast prosthesis for breast cancer patients.
  • other items as requested and voted on by the group.
  • new-born booties, hats, and fingerless-mitts for Ascension’s New Life Ministry.
  • Angel Blankets – small, white blankets to comfort Ascension families who suffer the death of an infant.

Upcoming Knit Wit Events

  • Aug. 2, Wednesday, Lunch & Knit, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., The Spot on Broadway
  • Aug. 28, Monday, Meeting, noon-3 p.m., Ascension’s East Hall
  • Sept. 7, Thursday, Lunch & Knit, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Sept 9-10, Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Jefferson (RSVP to Maddie ASAP)
  • Sept. 16, Saturday, Knit Fest, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ascension’s East Hall
  • Sept. 25, Monday, Meeting, noon-3 p.m., Ascension’s East Hall
  • Oct. 5, Thursday, Lunch & Knit, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Oct. 16, Monday, Meeting, noon-3 p.m., Ascension’s East Hall
  • Oct. 21, Saturday, Knit Fest, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ascension’s East Hall
  • Oct. 30, Monday, Meeting, noon-3 p.m., Ascension’s East Hall

Past Events

Annual Hat Blessing

 At the 5th Annual Hat Blessing, Nov. 13, 2016, Pastor Chris blessed our current stash of over 500 hats. The hats have been  distributed to the Waukesha Christmas Clearing Council, the Salvation Army, Cross Lutheran Church, and Hope Center. We will continue to make and distribute hats to these and other local charities all winter. The 6th Annual Hat Blessing is scheduled for Nov. 12, 2017.

USO Baby Shower 

Ascension’s Knit Wits partnered with the USO on the Wisconsin USO Operation Baby Shower in 2016 and 2017 and have already started to work on the 2018 event. The Knit Wits are the only group knitting or crocheting for this event. We make baby blankets, sweaters, and hats.

This event is for new and expecting moms who are in the military or have a spouse currently serving our nation. Their spouses and children also attend the Shower.

Lapghans for Vets 

We deliver lapghans (lap afghans) to the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center in West Allis; this is a year-round project.