She grew up to design knitted clothing, and in 2003 she began to coordinate the giving of sweaters, hats, and scarves to local school children.
At first the sweaters were given only to students at Hurt Park Elementary in Roanoke and Body Camp Elementary in Bedford County. In 2011, Adele, with the hundreds of other knitters she had recruited over the years, began handing out knitted items to students in Franklin County as well.
Adele passed away in 2012 at the age of 84. She is missed by many, many friends and knitters, but she will NOT be missed by the children – because her work will be carried on and children in Franklin and Bedford Counties will have warmer winters because of the work Adele started, and we continue.
As a result of Adele’s leadership, there are many knitters who contribute hundreds of hours of knitting and crocheting every year to provide warm wonderful hand work to children in our area. Hard-working volunteers from as far away as Florida and Maine contribute yarn, patterns, knitting needles, and lovely hand crafted items for our project.
The logo for Adele’s Legacy provides a bit of insight into our work. The emblem is round because it’s a circle of women and men who care about children, and are driven to create wonderful little pieces of love to share with others. The circle isn’t closed, however, because we are always open to welcoming new people into the group, and we try to provide them with any help they need to succeed in their contribution. The emblem is very simple; we are not a government recognized non-profit, donations are NOT tax deductible, we don’t have a CEO, or a board of directors. We are just a simple group of people who enjoy handcrafting and we are all working toward the same goal. It’s not a huge world shaking goal, but for the people who create, and the children who enjoy it’s a worthy and important goal.
Our goal is to create one hat, one scarf, and one sweater for each child in one elementary school every year. We often are able to do more than that, but that is the goal. The school is chosen by how many articles we have, and how many students they have in the schools. Our target area is Bedford and Franklin County in Virginia.
We would welcome your participation. Here is our wish list:
- Yarn: no wool or cotton please, just washable and dryable acrylic works best for our children
- Needles: sizes 7 through 10 are most helpful
- Knitters: we provide a variety of patterns available for your use, or you can use your own
- Crocheters: we provide a few patterns, or you can use your own.
- Designers: Do you want to donate a knit or crochet pattern you have designed for a simple hat, scarf or sweater? We would love to have it and vow to use it OFTEN!