Our Service Projects

  • Operation Santa for Service Men and Women
  • Squares for Warm Up America
  • Blankets for Project Linus
  • Hats and Scarves for Turning Point Shelter, Monroe NC
  • Chemo Caps & Turbans for Presbyterian Hospital, Matthews NC
  • Premie and Newborn Caps for Presbyterian Hospital , Matthews NC
  • Scarves For Mens Homeless Shelter
  • Operation Helmet Liner

Friday, February 29, 2008

Paint the Town Read Service Project Takes Off

Several and one of a kind scarves have been turned in by the ladies who are participating in the Paint the Town Read reading program. I'm amazed by the creativity of all who have put their skills to work. The scarves collected will be donated to children in the community.

Jill, who knitted one of the red scarves showed me she had checked off five books she had read on the painter's chip and was excited to receive the Paint the Town Read sign. She will also receive a ticket to attend the party which will take place at Imaginon on April 18, 2008 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

These beautiful scarves will make children in a Charlotte community feel very special.

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Jill's Paint the Town Read painter's chip.
Jan's lacy red scarf in progress.
Phylli's Novelty Yarn scarf.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Stitching with Love

Regular attenders and new friends gathered on February 12 to enjoy each other's company and to share their stitching secrets and skills. We broke a record since those present numbered 20. Wow!! It's exciting to see the group grow and friendships flourishing. The refreshments provided by Shelia brought smiles to all who partook. Her skill in cake decorating cannot be matched. She made the beautiful mini heart cakes. The candy favors warmed everyone's heart.

Geri Sponaas Mint Hill Branch Youth Services Manager stopped by to let everyone know about the Paint the Town Read! literacy program which begins February 14. She explained the contents of the painter's kit and encouraged everyone present to participate in this fun reading program . The program runs through April 18, the date of the Red Read Party which will take place at Imaginon, 300 E. 7th street, Charlotte, NC. Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The Mint Hill Stitch In group is doing its part to promote the Paint the Town Read by knitting/crocheting red scarves which will be donated to children in the area. Shelia has already finished a red scarf. For links of scarf patterns read the previous post.

Jill and Jan were excited and eager to show their completed projects and works in progress. Jill finished the adorable cross stitch coaster which she plans to give to her father. She has loved horses all her life and brought a quilt stitched by her mother (Jan). This horse represents one of the many she owned.


Janet is currently working in a beautiful cross stitch creation. She likes to work using 14 count cloth.

Julie shared with everyone the news about her grandson who is due this summer. Julie is known for her beautiful lacy knitted work. She has been working on a beautiful lacy blanket.

It was very nice to see Joan working on the crochet edge of her baby fleece blanket..

Friday, February 8, 2008

Helmetliner Update

The response to the Mint Hill Stitch In Operation Helmetliner has been overwhelming. The patterns for both crochet and knit helmetliners were made available online and at our Branch. As many as 100 patterns were taken from the display by our borrowers but the majority of the donated helmetliners were made by members of the Mint Hill Stitch In group.

Some of the ladies knitted as many as eight helmetliners showing their heartfelt support to our service men and women. The deadline for this service project is Tuesday February 26. As of Friday February 8 eight scarves and 19 helmetliners have been completed. We thank all who
participated in this endeavour to benefit the men and women who are defending our country.

This is Julie working on a helmet liner. The display at the entrance of the Mint Hill Library drew the interest of borrowers and visitors.

The Mint Hill Stitch In group will join the Public Library in Charlotte Mecklenburg promoting the Paint Your Town Read (pronounce the word read as the color red) by knitting or crocheting red scarves to be donated to children and teens in our area. For more information about the Paint Your Town Read visit: www.plcmc.org/paintthetownread. This program promotes reading just for the fun of it and encourages families to participate to discover how reading together can enrich their lives.

Click on the following links for scarf patterns:
Easy Broken Rib scarf
Garter Stitch Zig Zag scarf
Cable Scarf
Easy Scarf for Beginners