How it all started
Back in October of 2021, a friend of mine on Facebook had posted that her daughter who was born with Apert Syndrome, a rare Craniofacial syndrome, really wanted a pair of winter gloves just like her sister wore. One of the characteristics of Apert Syndrome is a difference in the hands and fingers which makes finding gloves that are comfortable and cute quite a challenge. This friend of mine put out the request for anyone that could knit a pair of gloves for her daughter’s unique hands. While I don’t knit or crochet, I love connecting people and creating more accessible, inclusive opportunities that should be readily available. I asked my friend if I could share her post and within hours I had multiple added requests from other families. This is where knit for a unique fit was born.
How does it work?
The knit for a unique fit group on Facebook is a public group where we connect individuals with limb differences and unique needs with someone that can create a pair of gloves, socks, or even a hat to meet their needs. I monitor all the activity on this page and we are making connections all over the world! The individual shared photos if they would like (it helps), tracings and measurements of their hands, and general location. Then, someone in the group who is a knitter or crocheter will be connected and matched! From there, the rest of the connection happens between the recipient and crafter, such as color choice, details, and price for shipping and materials based on a conversation that happens between the two parties. We love sharing the finished gloves and happy recipients!
How many connections have we made?
To date over 70 connections have been made, over 45 items have been received, and we are connected in over 20 countries! My story of this incredible, epic group has been picked up by local news stations, including one of the largest news stations in Australia, Today.com, and Love What Matters.
Long term hopes
Above all, my hope is for this group to continue growing and for any individual with limb differences, disabilities, or physical differences to access and obtain the items they desire at a reasonable price. What I would love is to speak with those in the merchandise, or clothing Production industry to discuss this “one size fits all” notion and hopefully shift that narrative to truly include the largest consumer population.