Archive for April, 2015

Wool-Aid, Inc. Gains Tax-Exempt Status

I’m pleased to announce that the IRS has granted recognition to Wool-Aid, Inc. as a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code.

Your donations to Wool-Aid are now tax-deductible, and Wool-Aid may qualify for matching donations from your employer. Wool-Aid’s Federal EIN is 46-5580013.

The tax-exempt status is retroactive to 2014, when Wool-Aid legally became a nonprofit corporation.

Pattern Recommendations for Wool-Aid

Wool-Aid knitters and crocheters are the best source of patterns and pattern recommendations for our Wool-Aid kids.

Our member designers have been really busy! Several new patterns have recently been added to the Wool-Aid Designer Patterns section of the Patterns page on the website. These patterns all meet Wool-Aid Guidelines, without modification. All of our member designer patterns are free, and all can be downloaded directly from our website’s Patterns page.

Here’s a sampling of some of the new patterns that are available for you:


In addition, Ravelry has a relatively new feature called Bundles, and our Wool-Aid group on Ravelry has been building Wool-Aid Bundles with recommended patterns from many sources. Some of these are paid patterns, but most of them are FREE! We have a Bundle for each of our focus items: Sweaters, Vests, Socks, Hats, Mittens, Blankets. While all of the patterns in the Bundles are good to use for Wool-Aid, some will need to be adapted to meet Wool-Aid guidelines, so notes have been added where appropriate. Because gauge differs from one person to another, always refer to the Guidelines; if working on a sweater, be sure to refer to the Sweater Dimension Guidelines (downloadable for reference) as well.

One of the neat things about Bundles is that we can link to them from the Patterns page on the Wool-Aid website so that they are accessible to all! You can download the patterns directly if they’re free, and you will be able to purchase them online if they are paid patterns. The paid patterns are indicated by a “$” below the pattern picture.

It’s a great resource. We hope you enjoy browsing the recommended patterns and find something you’re excited about making for our Wool-Aid kids!


January 2015: Dulaan Project Shipment

In January, Wool-Aid sent 24 boxes to the Dulaan Project in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Mongolia’s winter is extreme; the capital city, Ulaanbaatar, is the coldest capital in the world. It rarely gets above freezing on winter days, and can often plunge to -40°F at night.

Our Wool-Aid shipment contained 1307 of your lovingly handknit and crocheted items for the kids:

Socks: 201
Hats: 620
Mittens: 220
Vests: 113
Sweaters: 153

TOTAL: 1307

Wool-Aid partners with FIRE (Flagstaff International Relief Effort) in this effort, and FIRE’s staff in Ulaanbaatar organizes the distribution.

Here’s a picture of some of the younger children receiving vests from our wonderful Wool-Aid crafters:

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Heartfelt thanks to all who help!