Knit Wits, April 2011
By Susan Hoskins with guest editor Susan M. Friedman.
Anyone who comes into the SPB knows that it is a busy place, filled with activities every day. You may be less familiar with the activities at Spruce Circle. The Spruce Circle Office is a satellite of PSRC and it is home to our support and guidance staff. The staff can help with information and linkage to area resources, help with benefit applications, consultations and more. You can also find chair exercise, literature, memoir writing, Let’s Talk English and Let’s Talk Too.
Additionally it is the site of the monthly folding of our Mature Princeton Newsletter.
ne particularly exciting group at Spruce Circle is the Friday Knit Wits. Meeting from 1 to 3, this group of talented and dynamic women produce a remarkable array of hand knit items. Some of their work is for family and friends, but many creations are donated to worthy causes, both locally and internationally. Baby blankets go to area hospitals via the Linus Project, chemo caps are made available to anyone with hair loss due to chemotherapy, sweaters go to orphanages worldwide via Guidepost Knit for Kids, hats and scarves to a local agency serving the homeless, dolls to Haitian children, lap robes to returning injured veterans and prayer shawls to the Purling Angels.
Additionally the Knit Wits hold an annual sale to raise funds for the Princeton Senior Resource Center and its programs. Proceeds from the first year’s sale funded the organization and display of original artwork by Spruce Circle residents. The art work, including pieces by Rex Goreleigh, Nancy Watson, Girish Advani and John O’Connor (on display in the Community Room and office) is well worth the visit. This year a major project funded by the sale will be the purchase of a Japanese maple tree for the Spruce Circle property. The tree will be planted to honor the memory of a very special PSRC volunteer and member of the Knit Wits - Frederica Stark. In line with other Knit Wits projects, the tree will serve to make the world a little more beautiful.
Having told so much about the projects of this group, we should tell you something about the women who make up this group. Ranging in age from 55 to 85 years old, these diverse and incredibly interesting women share great conversation as a back drop to the clacking of needles. Deep friendships have developed and members support each other through the joys and sorrows of life. Newcomers are always warmly embraced and drawn in. Clearly, this is a group that not only provides valuable social interaction but also a powerful sense of purpose and legacy in knowing that one has made a difference in someone’s life, either in the group or for the recipient of the knitwear. The group is open and welcomes new participants.
Susan W. Hoskins and Susan M. Friedman
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