Author: Christine Nicolette-Gonzalez
On the second Saturday of each month, a multi-aged group of women (and even a few men) meet to knit scarves at the Whole Foods on Preston and Forest that they will distribute as random acts of kindness.
Four years ago, I found myself in the emergency room thinking that I was having a stroke. Doctors told me that my chronic anxiety was causing my alarmingly high blood pressure and that I should work on lowering my stress level. To do this, I decided to learn to knit. I started making my first scarf and became so much healthier so quickly that I soon had knitted more scarves than my family and friends could use.
Selma, our first knitter
One bitterly cold December day, while driving with my husband I noticed a young man shivering near a bus stop. I asked my husband to stop the car. I rolled down my window and motioned for the man to come over. I picked up an extra scarf and handed it to him saying, “I made this for you.” I will never forget the expression on his face. He looked at me in disbelief and said “Gracias!” over and over. As we drove off, I told my husband, “Now I know why I am knitting.” Little did I know then that those 5 little words “I made this for you” would become the tagline of a non-profit that I would form six months later.
Today there are more than 200 people involved in Spreading the Warmth, and the scarves have been distributed in seven states and even in a few foreign countries.
The monthly Knit Nights have grown to include people who knit, crochet, tag, or box–and great fun is had by all. The oldest knitter is 93 and the youngest is 7. Some of the volunteers who knit and crochet are home-bound, but the dedicated people in the organization keep them supplied in yarn and pick up their scarves when they are finished. A true sense of purpose is felt by everyone who joins in.
We invite anyone interested in joining our Knit Nights to show up on the second Saturday of each month from 6pm to 9pm at the Whole Foods Market, 11700 Preston Rd. Dallas. You will be able to knit (or crochet) to your heart’s content.
If you are new to the art of knitting and crocheting, or you are returning to it after a hiatus, do not worry, lessons are given for free!
Visit spreadingthewarmth.us for more information.
Bobbi, Christine and Becky