Our annual Knit-a-Thon kicks off on 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 the Cape’s homeless population. The Housing Assistance Corporation 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.
This is our fifth annual Knit-a-Thon. We were over the moon in 2016 when our first Knit-a-Thon produced 29 blankets for the homeless. Two years later we upped than number to an astonishing 192 blankets, and last year we were able to produce 215 blankets for the Cape’s homeless.
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 or crochet 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.
Last year over 400 individuals participated in the Knit-a-Thon, from ten different states and three Canadian provinces. We also received more than $2000 in donations, 100% of which was donated to our partner — the Housing Assistance Corporation — to help the homeless of Cape Cod.
Our goal this year is to prepare 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 215 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.
Please help us if you can by knitting a “panel” which is roughly one foot wide and six feet long. We will then sew four of the panels together to make a blanket. The instructions for preparing the panels are as follows: Participants should use washable, worsted weight yarn, and put 50 stitches on a size 8 needle. That will ensure that the panel is roughly 12 inches wide. Then simply knit until the panel is six feet long.
Don’t hesitate to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 508-348-5605 if you have any questions.