Every year for the past five years A Great Yarn has led a Knit-a-Thon to prepare blankets for the homeless living on Cape Cod. Our partner in this effort is The Housing Assistance Corporation, which is located in Hyannis. 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.
Our program is unique in that we do not ask participants to knit an entire blanket. Instead we ask them to simple knit a “panel,” which is basically a wide scarf that is 12 inches wide and six feet long using washable worsted weight yarn. We then sew four panels together to make a blanket.
Our 2020 Knit-a-Thon produced nearly 1100 panels, which we turned into 255 blankets for Cape Cod’s homeless population. The number of blankets totally shattered last year’s record of 215 blankets. Two other remarkable numbers are that over 400 different individuals from 11 different states participated in the Knit-a-Thon. This was our fifth Knit-a-Thon. Our first Knit-a-Thon back in 2015 produced 29 blankets, which we thought was spectacular. Five years latter we increased that number by over 200 blankets. And over the five-year period the Knit-a-Thons have produced more than 800 blankets for the Cape’s homeless.
The Knit-A-Thon typically runs for three months: February, March and April. However, we receive panels all year long. Panels that come in after April are stored for the next year’s Knit-a-Thon. If you would like to participate in our Knit-a-Thon, or would like additional information, please give us a call in the shop at 508-348-5605, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.