Girls and boys in the Cosumnes River Elementary School Knitting Club turned a classroom into a hub of activity on a frosty winter day Wednesday, knitting cold-weather gear for themselves, friends, family members and people they have never met. Projects include making tiny caps for premature babies and warm hats and scarves for the homeless.
“I really, really enjoy it. It’s a lot of fun,” said Michelle Trapasso at the knitting club meeting. She’s one of the 38 children who signed up for the after-school activity.
Expert knitter Bronwyn Anthony is also skilled at helping club members untangle yarn.
Murietan Bronwyn Anthony, a retired teacher and psychologist, began teaching CRES students to knit in 2006. The Kiwanis Club sponsored the program, and provided funding for the hand looms, knitting needles and yarn. Pamela Haines, a fellow Kiwanis Club member, became “my right-hand woman and has been an essential help,” Anthony wrote in the club’s newsletter.
Another Murieta resident, Lanette Sipes, offered knitting project suggestions based on her work as a nurse. Her older daughter, Brianna, is a CRES third-grader and a member of the knitting club.
“The kids are spending their time learning a lost art,” said Sipes as she assisted at Wednesday’s meeting of the club.
After suggesting hats for preemies, Sipes approached club organizers about knitting hats for homeless adults to protect their ears from frostbite.
Lanette Sipes and daughters Kaitlin and Brianna collected hats made by Sheldon High School and Pleasant Grove High School students.
Sipes works with The Effort, a nonprofit organization that provides nursing care for poor patients at the Salvation Army homeless shelter.
Haines took the project to students who belong to the Key Clubs sponsored by the Kiwanis Club at Sheldon and Pleasant Grove high schools. The teenagers took to the knitting project in a big way. As a result, there were 80 brightly colored knit hats waiting for Sipes to collect at CRES on Wednesday.
Organizers say the students need yarn for their projects. Residents are welcome to drop off yarn donations at the Rancho Murieta Association Building.
Sipes said donations for the homeless are also needed. Backpacks that will be distributed to the homeless during the holidays are short of basics like socks, soap, and blankets. Donations can be dropped off at 7473 Colbert Drive.
High school Key Club members surpassed a request for 20 hats by knitting 80. The hats will be distributed to homeless adults.