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The Next Family: A Unique Way to Fund Adoption




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by: David Molino Dunn

I discovered my passion for knitting in college. I was determined to find a way to give people gifts that were both personal yet economical. A hand-knit scarf took hours to construct but only a few dollars to make. My next door neighbor back home taught me the basics, but from that point on I was completely self-taught. 


In 2006, I started selling red scarves to raise money for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS. This became a holiday tradition for the next five years with 100% of the proceeds going to various charities including AHOPE Ethiopia, an orphanage for which I volunteered with regularly.


Knitting also helped me to create a special bond with my husband's Grandma Frances. Although Grandma Frances and I were only acquainted for just over a year, before she passed we spent numerous nights on the couch knitting. Grandma Frances always wanted Casey and me to get married. On the day of our wedding, over 200 guests received a handmade washcloth, all of which I knitted in honor of Grandma Frances.


I branched out from blankets, hats and scarves when family and friends started having kids. Never a fan of stitching pieces together, I became familiar with knitting from top to bottom, thus eliminating seams. Trial and error quickly led to creating my own designs and patterns. While I never anticipated becoming a "designer," I was strongly encouraged to try selling my creations. KNIT FOR BABY came about as Casey and I started exploring the adoption process. It would be extremely difficult for me to produce enough inventory to establish an online store, so I decided to focus on producing unique, one-of-a-kind pieces to be sold at auction. This would allow me to focus more on the creative aspect of design rather than mass production.


We plan to produce a new collection of pieces every three months to be sold via online auction. All of the proceeds will go towards us realizing our dream of adopting children. You are invited to come along and join the journey as we: