Adele Frieschman spent her adult years in New Jersey and Florida as a knit wear designer. It was when she had retired to to the Roanoke area that she began the work that became Adele’s Legacy. She began to coordinate the collection of yarn and the creation and giving of sweaters, hats, and scarves to local school children in 2003.
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.
How you can help
We would welcome your participation. Here are some ways you can help!
- We need knitters or crocheters who are interested in creating simple sweaters, hats or scarves for elementary school children. Please visit our XXX pages for more information.
- We need people who are interested in learning to knit or crochet. We are happy to teach you, for free, and only ask that you provide a sweater, hat, or scarf for Adele’s Legacy before November 1st. Please visit our XX pages for more information
- We accept donations of materials for our hand made items: acrylic yarn (no wool or cotton please!), knitting needles (sized 7-10) or crochet hooks (size ?-?).
- We accept help from 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!