Who we are

Some of our current members at a get-together.
West Carleton Country Knitters was formed in 2009 with the idea of creating a local social group, within the Carp/Dunrobin area of Ottawa, of people wishing to knit or crochet for the benefit of others in need of warm clothing or coverings, using donated yarn.  We knit or crochet for local charities, changing charities as and when we choose. 
 We have three aims, all of which we happily meet.  Our first is to provide warm knitted or crocheted items for our chosen charities.  Our second is to work with donated yarn, which means unwanted yarn becomes recycled and useful, and our third is to enjoy the company of other like minded people in our group get togethers.  We also hold lively Pot Luck lunches twice a year.
Our membership has increased significantly, resulting in 3 groups.  Each enthusiastic and friendly group works independently.  In addition we have a group of very helpful "Home Knitters".  These are members who for a variety of reasons cannot attend our daytime get-togethers, but who knit and crochet for our charities, and for whom we are happy to provide yarn. 
We are always welcoming of new members, whether experienced or novice knitters or crocheters.  More members means more knitting and crocheting for our charities.
In 2012 we were delighted and excited to have won a People's Choice Award through the Kanata Chamber of Commerce. We were proudly the 2012 Community Support/Non Profit Organization of the Year for West Carleton.

Each year, we donate many hundreds of items to our chosen charities.  In our 2017 season, our combined groups donated nearly 2000 items, which is a record year!  This included 249 afghans, lap warmers and shawls, as well as over 130 hats of various sizes, and almost 100 twiddlemuffs, to mention a few items!  Well done members!

  We currently have a total of well over 40 members. Would you like to join us?
 
Why Knit?
"Research shows that knitting can relieve stress, delay memory loss and help with depression.  It can even strengthen your immune system   from Nov 2013 Canadian Living Magazine.
 
  We make no demands on our members as to quantity of work.  Everyone just knits or crochets when they wish, or when they have the time.  Some months may be too busy for individuals to contribute.  This is completely acceptable.  Yarn for our charitable projects is readily available and has been donated by our kind donors.
 
If you are aware of a local charity which would appreciate our work, please tell us about it.
 
 
 Members attended our Pot Luck
 
New members are always welcome. 
It is important to us that everyone feel welcome, regardless of age,  gender, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.  We have no religious or political affiliations.