Knit Wits

Knit Wits

Knit WitsThe 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, 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

Knit hat

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

knit scarves

We make hats and scarves for various charities. Recipients of our hats include: Cross Lutheran Church, Milwaukee; Waukesha School District; the Salvation Army of Waukesha and Emergency Lodge Program; Hope Center; and Christmas Clearing House.

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.     

The Knit Wits also make:

  • lap blankets for the VA hospital in West Allis.
  • 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


April 24, noon -3 p.m.: Meeting in East Hall

April 28-30: Retreat in Plymouth, WI

USO Baby Shower in May! Help Needed!
The Wisconsin USO Baby Shower has been scheduled. We expected it to be during the summer, but we just found out it will be May 12! The USO needs us to have everything delivered to them by May 4. With this shortened deadline, we could use your help.

So, if you love to make baby blankets or sweaters, now is your chance to help out. Any patterns can be used. Sizes for 3-18 months are ideal. Gender-neutral colors are preferred. Please drop off all items to Maddie Goetter.

This will be the second annual event for local military new moms. The Ascension Knit Wits are the only knitting/crocheting group asked to participate in this event. They really loved our blankets last year! For more info, contact Maddie at 262-527-4013.

Past Events

USO Baby Shower

Ascension’s Knit Wits partnered with the USO on the first-ever Wisconsin USO Operation Baby Shower on August 13, 2016. We worked on baby items all year and were excited to meet the recipients of our labors. We made 150 blankets, plus hats, sweaters, and booties. The Knit Wits are the only group knitting or crocheting for this event.

Over 70 guests registered, new and expecting moms who are in the military or have a spouse currently serving our nation. In addition to the Ascension Knit Wits, the USO partnered with Baird and the Wives of the Milwaukee Brewers to put on the inaugural Operation Baby Shower. Other items given away included door prizes, diapers, wipes, clothes, children’s books, and gift cards for other baby items.

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. We also delivered more lapghans (lap afghans) to the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center in West Allis.