Most of us can, unfortunately, say that we have felt or seen the effects of cancer. Ourselves, family, a friend… The stories are all too common. Dealing with the realities of diagnosis and long emotional hours of waiting and absorbing information is what lead to the creation of Sh*t That I Knit (STIK) and their Give A Sh*t Kits.
STIK is a Boston-based knitwear company founded by Christina Pardy (CKO – Chief Knitting Officer). Pardy learned to knit from her mother as a 10-year old living in Nova Scotia. This lead to years of knitted gifts, knitting groups, and feeling the benefits offered by knitting. Eventually Pardy left her 9-5 job to pursue her passion for her craft and bringing people together.
It may have began as a knitwear company, but over the years STIK grew into much more. It became the backbone of a community of people from around the world.
STIK employs women from Lima, Peru, enabling them to stay home and care for their families while bringing in an income. They are dedicated to bringing the comfort of knitting to the lives of young cancer patients. With each purchase through their site, a Give A Sh*t knit kit is donated to a young patient at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The folks at STIK strongly believe in the therapeutic qualities of knitting and strive to pass that on, which is how the Give-a-Sh*t knitting kits were established. Every Give-a-Sh*t kit is packed in a tote bag (donated by Emulsion Printhouse) and includes Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, their favorite Lion Brand yarn, needles, and a pattern developed by the STIK team.
Why pass on knitting? Included with the kits the STIK teams passes along this advice.
Beginning in February 2017, the Young Adult Program (YAP) and Young and Strong Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer teamed up to deliver the Kn*t Sh*t kits to patients at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. These programs looked further than just the benefits of repetitive motions and sense of accomplishment in finishing a project. Offering the kits and a meeting space provides a social outlet for young patients to connect with others going through a similar situation.
For more information on the program at Dana-Farber you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Kits are provided upon request to patients between the ages of 18-39.
Stay tuned for more information on Lion Brand Yarn & STIK pairing up for a beginner design contest! Details will appear here toward the end of April/early May 2019.