Heart Felt Numbers from The Mother Bear Project

Knit’n from the Heart has long been a drop off site for the Mother Bear Project – a non-profit organization dedicated to hand-making bears for children in developing countries. For many of these children, a Mother Bear is the only toy they will call their own. These bears made from one, simple pattern and created by the heart-felt hands of knitters and crocheters travel to children living with HIV/AIDS in African countries like Malawi, Kenya, and Ethiopia. Click HERE for a map and full list of countries where Mother Bear is involved. Each bear arrives with a hand stitched heart and a tag featuring the maker’s name — Mother Bear groups meet to stitch the hearts on donated bears, and names are placed on tags for those that have paid sponsorship. What an amazing way to send love and a hug all wrapped into one, tiny bear!

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mother bear close up

We’ve seen a lot of bears come through our shop in the last 6 years we’ve been involved, but we have to admit, we were completely amazed to hear that nearly 1,100 bears for the Mother Bear Project have been completed and returned to Knit’n from the Heart! That is an amazing number… and in a way, our creative hands have touched the hearts of these children across the globe.

We love this project here at Knit’n from the Heart — and we want to give a great big shout out to all of you that have been a part of the Mother Bear Project! WHOOT WHOOT!

There are a lot of great ways to get involved — stop by the Mother Bear Project website for the following information:

Purchase a pattern HERE and start knitting bears for African children living with HIV/AIDS!

Not a knitter? Want to sponsor a bear’s African adventure? Click HERE to make a donation.

Want to connect with a group of other Mother Bear knitters? Click HERE for a list of participating groups.

Have a bear or two completed? Click HERE for participating shop drop off sites.

Feeling inspired? Over 1,100 bears have come through our shop — and that’s something we want to continue to be involved with! How about you?

The KFTH 2014 Olympic Games are Complete!

It was an emotional event this past Sunday….. all of the finished projects hanging on the wall in honor of the hard work and labor of our committed Olympians! The Blood, Sweat and Tears of passion and drive that kept many of us up into the wee hours of the night — it’s amazing what can be done when you put your mind to it! Stop by the shop and check out these amazing finishes gracing our walls! Man… we sure have a lot to be proud of! (;

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Things are Hopping here at Knit’n from the Heart!

Here is our post for the Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop! Check it out here on our blog and head over to the Shop Hop blog HERE to get more information on this great event! We can’t wait!

The coldest Minnesota winter in 20 years has left us all shivering here at Knit’n from the Heart – but our hands and hearts are warm as we eagerly prepare for our first year in the Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop, April, 10th through the 13th! We can’t wait to meet all of you in April, and we know we will be fast friends as we have the common love of all things fiber! Our fiber friends are enjoying the community we call home here at Knit’n from the Heart, and we have many wonderful classes to offer these cold winter months ahead. Check out our class list and keep warm with furry lined mittens, moebius scarves, and other favorite patterns and techniques that keep us smiling and our needles clicking! Grab a cup of hot coffee at Panera across the lot from us here in City Centre right off of Radio Drive, grab your latest project and join our close “knit” Wednesday Morning Divas from 10am to noon – there’s nothing like sharing time and talent with people that love the same things you do!

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Our team considered many wonderful muses here in Woodbury, MN as inspiration for our first Shop Hop project. After much discussion and creative concepts, we decided Central Park had all of the elements of a beautiful hand-knit work of art! We have to admit – all of this preparation has been more fun than work. It’s hard to call it work at all when you love what you do – and the best part of all is we get to share it with you! Equally as beautiful is the hand crafted yarn we have specially created for our Shop Hop project. You aren’t going to want to miss getting your hands on this one come April! Our staff and friends are a closely wound group here at Knit’n from the Heart and we look forward to new friends and new inspiration in the year ahead! We’re counting down the days to the Shop Hop with needle clicks and stitch counters….. we’ll see all of you Shop Hoppers in a few months when the sun is (hopefully) warm and our lightweight knits have re-entered our wardrobes! Until then – stay warm and happy yarning!