Knitting club at UMD donates creations to Peyton Heart Project
The Knit Wits relieve their built-up stress by knitting and crocheting, sitting around a table and chatting about whatever flows into their minds.
Emily Ferrier, Knit Wits President, knits to “take a break from reality” and “take frustration out on knitting and make something out of it.”
“I get overwhelmed with life, so I just like to sit still once a week and knit,” said Vice President Beka Lepak.
Students with no knitting or crocheting experience are encouraged to come and learn. Freshman Madelyn has learned basic crocheting skills in only her second meeting.
“You just need to put your heart into it,” Lepak said.
Once a semester, the club donates hundreds of knit creations to a non-profit organization. Last semester, they made octopus hats for prematures. This semester, they have decided to knit little yarn hearts for the Peyton Heart Project, a project for suicide prevention, bullying and stigma towards mental health.
“It’s all about preventing suicide,” Ferrier said. “We want to say, ‘you're wanted in this world and someone cares for you.’”
The knit creations will also include inspiring, heartfelt messages to be pinned on the hearts. According to their website, “We want to leave people with a feeling that there is still good out there in the world and we would like to inspire others to join us on this mission of kindness.”
The Knit Wits meet every Tuesday night at 7:00-8:30 p.m. in RDC 335. The best way to keep up with them is on Facebook @UMDKnitWits or email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org.