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Knitters Guild of Incline Village Donates to Children’s Cabinet – Red Scarves and Hats for Valentine’s Day Project

February 13, 2024 | Member Submitted

Submitted by Millie Szerman

INCLINE VILLAGE, NV. (February 10, 2024). . . Started by a small group of women who belonged to St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and enjoyed knitting and crocheting, the Knitters Guild of Incline Village gathered together to support a Red Scarves and Hats Project for Valentine’s Day. Headed by Guild member, Gisela duVigneau, the members of the Knitters Guild “created these beautiful hats and scarves, as part of a Goodie Bag that includes homemade heart-shaped cookies, affirmations, and letters of encouragement. These bags will be distributed to young men and women on Valentine’s Day.

“We hope to give them a boost of confidence to pursue their education.” Gilly Quinn, Donor Relations and Events Coordinator of the Children’s Cabinet of Reno (https://www.childrenscabinet.org/) is instrumental in distributing to the most deserving of our youth.

Gilly Quinn

The Red Scarf Project had been a part of Ms. duVigneau’s volunteer efforts when she lived on the East Coast, but moving to Incline Village offered her no such activity. While a member of the Knitters Guild in Incline Village, she decided to start a similar project here in Northern Nevada, and birthed Red Scarves for Valentine’s Day!

Members of The Knitters Guild, part of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church’s community outreach program, meets on an informal basis and visit with each other, sharing patterns and ideas. The group has evolved into one that finds pleasure in making warm clothing and blankets for families who need them in Incline Village and the North Tahoe area. Members live in Incline Village, Tahoe City, Truckee and as far out as Spanish Springs. The Knitters Guild meets every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the library of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 341 Village Boulevard, Incline Village.

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Several hundred items are handmade and donated to numerous organizations each year, including Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee, which receives layettes for newborns, and blankets for Long Term Care patients; hats, sweaters, scarves, mittens and other warm items are part of the Winter Warmth and Wellness event each October. The Gene Upshaw Cancer Center in Truckee is grateful for chemo caps, made of very soft yarn for patients undergoing chemotherapy. Eddy House in Reno also benefits from the hats and scarves created and donated by the members of the Knitters Guild. The Guild receives support from the community by donations of yarns, patterns and needles.

Over the years, and before the COVID pandemic, the Guild members were also part of the Incline Village After-School Program as they taught knitting and crocheting at the Incline Elementary School on Monday afternoons.

For further information, please contact Gisela duVigneau at giseladuv@gmail.com or call 732-604-9512. 

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