Knit The Rainbow
Knit The Rainbow is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in New York City. At least 40% of the homeless youth in New York City identify as LGBTQ+. Knit the Rainbow works to empower and protect these youth by providing them with handmade knit & crochet winter clothing accessories. Knit the Rainbow (KtR) is the first organization of its kind in the United States, providing thousands of hand-made winter garments a year for homeless LGBTQ+ Youth. Our programs are dedicated to giving these youth a warm and fashionable protective layer of clothing that is imperative to their comfort and survival during harsh winter months.
what are we crafting?
Quantity Still Needed
Warm Winter Hats
Knit the Rainbow will begin their winter garment collection on September 1st, 2022!
We are excited to help again this year and have a goal to send 200 items. Our focus this year is on wristers (fingerless gloves) and earwarmers as these are the two items that they say are the hardest for them to get and the ones they need the most.
While you are welcome to use any color yarn for your projects, we are not literally "knitting the rainbow". LGBTQIA+ youth living on the streets are trying to blend in. They have been thrown out of their homes for their sexuality or gender identity. They don't want a rainbow on their body to further target them on the streets.
Also, while unsheltered, they have little access to wash their clothing, so dirt shows. We recommend for these two reasons, using darker color yarns that will allow these youth to blend in to their surroundings and also retain dignity by not having dirt show.
Dark greys, dark blue, navy, forest greens, dark purple, black. Variegated yarns in this color family are strongly recommended. While we won't "forbid" yarns of other colors, we hope you can see why we suggest these colors. And this was discussed during our vetting process with Austin Rivers, founder of KtR.
Washable wools and acrylic are okay for this project. While our focus is on fingerless gloves and earwarmers, they are accepting the following items during their winter collection and we hope you will consider sending in any items you have made:
+++Our focus this year
They are NOT collecting tiny hearts this year as they received an overwhelming response last year!
cowls - scarves - scoodies
fingerless gloves/mittens - earwarmers/headbands
hats and hearts
Knit The Rainbow accepts packages anytime you are ready to ship them. This is a brand new address recently verified on 10/16/21 with their Executive Director. We recommend working on multiple items and collecting enough garments at home and putting together a box or poly bag full prior to shipping so you have a full box, winters are long in NYC, there is time!
Knit the Rainbow, Inc.
456 W 167th St
New York, Ny 10032
If your box will cost you more than $15 to ship, please get a $15 UPS label from Give Back Box and ship up to 50 pounds and 108" in girth to Knit The Rainbow here