October 11, 2013 is National “I Love Yarn Day” and we’re going to celebrate the same way we did last year, with a Community Blanket Knitting Marathon, but this year there’s a twist…this year we’re adding a Community Blanket Crochet Marathon. We had some disappointed crocheters last year who wanted to help out, but didn’t know how to knit. So this year we will double our pleasure, double our fun…and perhaps increase the food we can collect and the raffle tickets we can sell. So you crocheters out there who wanted to be involved, now’s your chance.
Those of you who joined us last year will remember what a great fun time we had and how much good we were able to do. For those of you who didn’t make it to the party last year, let me tell you how it works. Starting at High Noon on Friday, in the Winslow-Holbrook park, teams of four knit in two hour shifts around the clock until High Noon on Saturday. We invite local non-profits to put out decorated collection boxes and encourage the public to “vote” by placing non-perishable food items in the box of their favorite charity. The non-profit who gets the most non-perishable food items (by number, not weight) wins. At the end of all that knitting and donating, we have hundreds of pounds of food for the AIO Food Pantry,
and a beautiful blanket that we display at Over The Rainbow Yarn. Then we sell raffle tickets for the blanket.
At Mrs. Santa’s Kitchen at The Festival Of Lights, we draw a raffle winner who gets the blanket, and we give the cash from the raffle to the non-profit that won the vote.
So everybody wins! Someone who loves it will take home the blanket. AIO Food Pantry gets food on their shelves at a time when they need it most. A local non-profit gets a cash infusion at holiday time. And we get to show our deep love of yarn and knitting.
And we’re going to do it all again this year. Either a knitter or a crocheter…or if you do both feel free to represent twice…can sign up for a two hour shift with or without a buddy or three. I promise you, even if you come alone, it will only take three and a half minutes before you’re chatting with your new yarn buddies and teammates as if you’re already old friends. If you want to gather some friends, co-workers, fellow organizational volunteers, or any other team and wear an identifiable team hat, shirt, or other brand we welcome you do so and spread the word about your group.
If you don’t knit or crochet and would still like to help out, it was really heartening to our knitters when people stopped by to offer moral support, warm beverages, or junk food in the middle of the night. Com eon by to watch, chat, ask questions, cheer, sing, tap-dance, anything you feel like doing to show your support. And don’t forget to bring a non-perishible food item with you to vote for your favorite non-profit. It really is a community event; having a sense of community will help the knitters and crocheters glide through their shifts with smiles on their faces.
If you are part of a non-profit who would like to be in the running for the proceeds of the raffle, just bring a decorated box to the park and mobilize your base to come vote for you. The more of your own folks you can get to donate, the better your chances of winning.
Just some statistics from last year so you have an idea what could happen this year:
43 knitters (yup, that means that some of them did more than one shift)
24 hours, 15 minutes
More than 250 pounds of food donated
$530 donated to New Hope For Women
The times, sign up forms, location details and other particulars are going up even as I type. As usual, if you have questions, please email or call. We still love yarn, and we love to show it. This year, we’re set to do it again, even bigger and even better. We can’t wait to see you there!