Our annual Knit-a-Thon begins February 1st. Once again, A Great Yarn — in partnership with the Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod – will lead an effort to knit blankets for Cape Cod’s homeless population.
Our first Knit-a-Thon in 2016 produced 29 blankets for the Cape’s homeless. In 2017, the number jumped to 155 blankets. Last year’s total was 192. This year our goal is 250 blankets. We know that’s an ambitious target, but we also know that the demand for the blankets keeps growing. Even though we prepared 192 blankets last year, the number was not sufficient to meet the demand, and many of the Cape’s homeless were unable to receive one of our blankets
The Knit-A-Thon will run for three months: February, March and April. During that time we are asking you to use up your extra yarn to knit panels one-foot wide and six-feet long using whatever washable, worsted-weight yarn you like. We will then sew the panels together to make blankets.
The instructions for knitting the panels are as follows: Participants should use washable, worsted weight yarn, and put 50 stitches on a size 8 needle. We would also like participants to knit panels that are six feet long, which will make it easier to prepare blankets. Please knit as many panels as you like. If you want additional information just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 508-348-5605.
To date more than 300 knitter’s and crocheters in 10 different states have participated in the Knit-a-Thons. We are very grateful for your collective efforts. And so is our partner The Housing Assistance Corporation. The HAC maintains a number of shelters on the Cape, including the Carriage House shelter in North Falmouth, which provides shelter for homeless women and their children, and the Angel House shelter in Hyannis, which provides an addiction recovery program. Anne Van Vleck, the Chief Development Officer for the Housing Assistance Corporation, recently shared with A Great Yarn that the blankets from the Knit-a-Thon provide “warmth, care and compassion” for the homeless. She also shared that clients frequently become “teary-eyed when receiving the blanket, knowing that someone had taken the time to extend a kindness to a stranger. Families who have received the blankets say they have an aura of goodness about them.”
As we do every year, we will cap the annual Knit-a-Thon by “yarn bombing” the shop on May 1st, covering every possible surface with everyone’s blankets. It might be the most colorful day in Chatham during the entire year.