This page will tell you how you can contribute to Tight Knit World by
Knitted garments are a great way to support people. Click on the photos below to find the patterns. The patterns are graded
from easy to more difficult. If you need assistance finishing any of these items, please contact us.
Knitted squares are used to make blankets of various sizes, which the Salvation Army distributes for babies or to
street kids or homeless people. Knit as many squares as you like.
Julie Timewell, the Tight Knit World Coordinator, is available to sew together donated squares to make small
and large blankets. Once assembled, she crotchets a border around the blanket.
Beanies of various sizes go to a number of charities and places such as:
- Guardian Angels - to families in Australia
- Knitting for Vulnerable Children of the World - for children both overseas and in Australia
- Southern Cross Bali Association - Children in poor villages and towns in Bali
- Salvation Army - To the homeless and those in need
- School packs - for children attending schools in villages in India and Sri Lanka
Comfort dolls are distributed through Knitting for Vulnerable Children of the World
Group and through Wheelchairs for Kids. The little doll is easy to make. It has
been proven that a doll is beneficial for a child’s emotional development. By
simply making a comfort doll we can make a huge difference to a child’s life.
The Red Cross distributed trauma teddies through the ambulance service, fire brigades and hospitals to children
and others who have experienced a trauma. They are also given to residents in
nursing homes. Julie Timewell, the Tight Knit World Coordinator, is available to
finish trauma teddies once they have been knitted.
In 2010 we delivered 115 trauma teddies to the Red Cross shop in Bentleigh – an amazing effort. They are most grateful and
sent us a card thanking you all. Special thanks to Elma, Margot and
her Friday knitting friends, our chief teddy knitters. The teddies go to the ambulance service, fire brigade, hospitals,
disaster centres as well as nursing homes for the comfort of elderly dementia patients.
The Uthando Doll Project collects ‘Sunshine Dolls’ made for South African children, who are affected by poverty
and HIV/AIDS. Tight Knit World is a collection point for Sunshine Dolls.
From June to August, Guardian Pharmacies distribute gifts of warmth and comfort to Aussie families in need.
Pattern books can be collected for free from Guardian Pharmacies or online. Tight Knit World volunteers have
contributed knitted clothes, blankets and teddies.
Tight Knit World collects a range of goods and delivers them wherever they are needed, for example:
- School supplies, sporting goods, are sent to schools in developing countries such as Sri Lanka, India and Tanzania
- Clothing, linen and school supplies for poor and disadvantaged communities and individuals in Bali’s remote areas through
Southern Cross Bali Association
- Orphan children in a slum community in Tanzania through Hakuna Matata
- Women’s, children’s and babies clothing; household goods; linen; small items of furniture, toys and toiletries for an Aboriginal
Women’s Refuge in Melbourne
- Blankets for street kids and homeless people; Easter eggs for disadvantaged families through the Salvation Army
- Winter coat collection for Off Your Back
- Collection of corks for recycling through the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Victoria
There are many other ways of contributing. Tight Knit World has grown by word of mouth. If you can assist us
by putting us in touch with someone who may be able to assist us, please let us (and them) know!
We also rely on volunteers to help with the minutes of meetings, keeping the website up to date, helping out
at garage sales and undertaking other fundraising activities. New ideas are always welcomed.