A Great Yarn’s Great Knit-A-Thon – Knitting Blankets for Cape Cod’s Homeless

Cape Cod’s homeless are often referred to as the “dark side of Cape Cod” — the place not pictured on postcards.  Once again, A Great Yarn  -- in partnership with the Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) of Cape Cod – will lead an effort to knit blankets for the Cape’s homeless.  2020 will make the fifth year for the Knit-a-Thon.  In 2016 roughly 60 participants joined the effort, and collectively produced 29 blankets.  Last year over 500 individuals participated in the Knit-a-Thon, collectively knitting and crocheting 215 blankets for the homeless, and also providing $1,100 in donations.  As always, one hundred percent of the money raised was given to the HAC to help the homeless of Cape Cod.

The Great 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 one-foot wide/six-foot long panels using whatever worsted-weight yarn you like.   We will then sew the panels together to make blankets.   We would also like you 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!

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 the first Monday in May (weather permitting) we will again “yarn bomb” the shop for everyone to see how helpful you’ve all been to the homeless.  After that we’ll deliver all of the blankets to the HAC.

We’ll have knitting instructions and sponsor sign-up sheets available in the shop.  We’ll also be happy to email them to you!

Please help us reach our 2020 goal of 250 blankets and $5,000 to help the homeless of Cape Cod.