The Boston Globe recently referred to Cape’s homeless as the “dark side of Cape Cod” — the place not pictured on postcards. For the third year in a row, A Great Yarn is partnering with the Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod to sponsor a Knit-a-Thon to make blankets for the Cape’s homeless. Last year over 250 individuals participated in the Knit-a-Thon, collectively knitting 155 blankets for the homeless, and also obtaining more than $6000 in donations. 100% of the contributions collected go to help the homeless of Cape Cod.
The Knit-A-Thon will run for three months: February, March and April. During that time we’re asking you to use up your extra yarn to knit “panels” that are one-foot wide and six-feet long using any washable worsted-weight yarn you like. We will then sew four panels together to make a blanket.
The knitting instructions couldn’t be simpler: put 50 stitches on a size 8 needle, then use the garter stitch and keep knitting until you reach six feet. You can also crochet the panels or use alternative knitting techniques if you like, as long as the panels are one foot wide and six feet long.
You can either send us the panels or drop them off in the shop.
If possible, we would like participants to seek sponsors who will agree to donate $1 or more for every foot you knit. Think about it. If you knit a six-feet long panel (about the length of a simple scarf), and get 10 people to donate an average of $1 for each foot you knit, you will have raised $60. If your sponsors donate an average of $5 a foot, you will have raised $300! Just for a scarf.
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 508-348-5605, and we will be send you knitting instructions and a sponsor sign-up sheet.
You’ve always been looking for an excuse to get rid of your extra yarn. Here’s an opportunity to get some use out of that psychedelic orange yarn you bought in the nineties, and also raise some money for a worthy cause.
On May 1st we will again “yarn bomb” the shop with the blankets for everyone to see how helpful you’ve all been to the homeless.