This project began as a way to clean up bins of left-over wool I had in my basement. My first project was to use up bags of baby wool that never became blankets. I found the Knitted Knockers initiative that supplies knitted breast prostheses for breast cancer survivors. Knitted Knockers are a substitute for the heavy, non-breathable prostheses that are commonly available. And so, Sunflower Spirit was born! I remembered how much I enjoyed knitting for others. So, I made winter hats for Christmas presents one year. Then, I made scarves. Then, I needed more wool to match the wool that I had in my bins. I started buying more wool and knitting more scarves and headbands and mittens. We thought that women and children escaping domestic violence would appreciate having something that was made by hand, was unique, and would keep them warm in the Calgary winter. So, I decided to
donate my knitting to charities supporting women and children escaping domestic violence and exploitation.
Sunflower Spirit was a name chosen by my daughter. The sunflower follows the sun, turning its head towards the light every morning. Our hope is that having a hand-knitted Sunflower Spirit scarf,
headband, or pair of mittens, will be a reminder that there is always light, no matter how small, to turn towards, and that someone cares. We hope that seeing our sunflower logo will inspire women to keep turning towards their own light, every day.