THE DEVONSHIRE KNITTERS
If you have the privilege of meeting the nicest and friendliest group of women who call themselves The Devonshire Knitters, consider yourself lucky.
They are all residents of the Devonshire Park Apartments in Salisbury Township and meet 2 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday to knit or crochet together. The group varies from week to week, but when a reporter from The Press recently met with them, the group around the card tables – Gini Kroll, Sandy Sewell, Jane Brankner, Lovey Sincavage, Sherry Erb and Judy Balliet continued to knit during the interview, their fingers never stopping.
The friends started their group in 2015, originally gathering to craft together in the activity room at the apartment complex. They then moved to one member’s apartment, until finally ending up where they are now, in the social room where they sit around two card tables pushed together to knit or crochet and talk.
Around the time they moved to the social room, the Devonshire Apartments Office Manager Doris Sleeger donated a large amount of yarn for the crafters to use. But that is just the beginning of the story.
Through volunteer work Sandy Sewell performs through the Ladies Aid at Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church, she came to learn about Lehigh Valley Health Network Street Medicine.
LVHN Street Medicine provides care for the Lehigh Valley’s homeless population. The knitters’ contact, Katie Velekei, sustainability specialist, helps to connect the handmade knitted items to those who need them most.
Over the years, The Devonshire Knitters have donated over 400 scarves. Each item has a small tag attached, printed with the group’s name so the recipients know where it came from.
Once the group exhausted that initial donation of yarn, residents have donated money or yarn to keep the mission alive. The apartment complex has even helped out to make sure these ladies keep on knitting.
Not all the knitters meet in the social room. Some knit in their own apartments, but are still considered a part of the group and add their creations to the collection to be donated.
One does not have to knit or crochet to meet with this group. Other residents come and create with other forms of crafting, work on a jigsaw puzzle or join in on the lighthearted conversation as they come in from walking their dog. They have also given knitting/crocheting lessons.
So if you have some yarn not being used, consider donating it to The Devonshire Knitters and they will turn it into something beautiful.