Current Projects

Current Needs – December 2021

Please tag items before bringing them to the workshop, it is no longer necessary to place them in plastic bags. If you do put your items in a plastic bag, please include a note to indicate what is in the bag. Please tie your tags in a BOW, not a knot, as the bow is easier for our recipients to undo. Tags can be picked up any time the workshop is open. Anything you intend to go to Vessels of Mercy International should also include the words “Vessels of Mercy” on the bag.  This will be a great assist to the Elves and/or members of the Sorting/ Distribution Team when dealing with the many hundreds of items that come into the workshop every week.

If you deliver any items yourself in the Richmond area, please let Lois Moore know at loisfth@me.com or (804)305-497. Fredericksburg/King George area please contact Pam (540)661-7967, pegreswolde@comcast.net.

Richmond and Surrounding areas have a need for:

  • Hats, hats, and more hats – mostly adult sizes (hat kits will be available at the workshop soon)
  • Large blankets of at least 40” by 60”
  • Shawls (We are putting together more “mystery shawl” bags. They will be available soon at the workshop)

Fredericksburg/King George has a need for:

  • Blankets for men & women – no smaller than 32”x32” and as large as twin bed size
  • Hats – preschool through adult but please no baby hats
  • Cotton washcloths

Please be aware that these are our current, most pressing needs but that. as we always say, make what you enjoy making and we will find a home for it.  Lots of patterns are available on our website HERE.

Click HERE for patterns for both a knit and a crochet hat.


Project Sizes, Supplies and Ongoing Projects

General Project Sizes

As always anything you want to make we can really use to help fill the bins in the shop and warm the hearts and bodies of those in need. Therefore, in addition to what is listed on our General Project Sizes list, we can also use anything from the list below.

  • Chemo Hats for Guys and Boys
  • Socks for the Homeless – prefer white, non – Wool socks. Tube socks work well (no heels to deal with!)
  • Chemo Blankets/Shawls 30″ x 48″
  • Blankets for Hospice/Palliative Care 27″ x 36″ (No fringe, no tie on’s if wheelchair blankets)
  • Lap/Wheelchair blankets Approx. 42″ X 36″
  • Baby Blankets
    •  32″ to 40″ square
    • Rectangles from 32″ X 30″ and up
  • Children’s blankets (for clutching or draggin’) 24″ sq up to 36″ or 40″ & not necessarily square
  • Bone Marrow Transplant Unit blankets Large and COLORFUL! (Just enough to cover the top of twin bed)
  • Dialysis blankets: 60″ long.  30-32″ wide.
  • Home Again (Battered Women and Children’s Shelter) large enough to wrap a small child in cold, drafty house
  • Chemo Hats Small, medium and large sizes for both adults and children
  • SPCA rounds or squares 15-18 inches up to 3 feet to fit crates using leftovers of mixed yarn, wool, blends, cotton or acrylics
  • Squares 12 inches to be stitched together into blankets
  • Infant Hats, Must be stretchy. Full term newborn needs to fit over a 5″ Styrofoam ball.
  • Layette Sets Used as “take me home” outfits for newborns.
  • Bears and Toys: New bears from Dollar stores, dressed with knitted or crocheted outfits. Given to sick, scared or needy children in ER, clinic, oncology, hospice and other areas.
  • Items for use in Memory Care Units.  Go to our Pattern Page and then click on either Knitted or Crocheted Patterns and, then, “Comfort Items” under the Knitted or Crocheted Patterns list.