Cast On for a Cause!

Exciting News! The Yarn Patch is planning another fun and inspiring event to support a cause that’s very special to us- you’ll want to start planning now! But first, let’s talk about why…

One of the things about needlecraft that makes me so proud to be a knitter, crocheter, and more, is its power to spread comfort and inspire hope. There are so many stories of knitters and crocheters uniting to use their crafts for good (my favorite is how Ghandi used handspinning and weaving to undermine the British-run textile industry, a key part of his plan to break the imperial grasp without violence, but I digress).

Today we’re going to talk about a craft-based charity much closer to home: Project Linus.

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Many of you have heard of Project Linus, and no wonder! They’ve been in operation since 1995 and now have branches in all 50 US states. Their mission? To “provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”

Project Linus has turned up at children’s hospitals, family shelters, and foster homes, in areas affected by natural disaster, and even after tragedies like the events at Columbine High School- in short, wherever children are in need of a little extra love. To date they have delivered over 6,335,454 blankets nationwide- and that’s all been possible thanks to the efforts of counteless compassionate and talented crafters like you!

At the Yarn Patch, we have a special opportunity for you to learn more about Project Linus and get involved.

On Saturday, May 20th, from 10 am-2 pm, we will be hosting a special event to support Project Linus! Our local chapter coordinator, Deb, will be here to share stories about the work the Project Linus does and ideas for how you can help. If you’d like to become a “blanketeer”, we will have “Blanket Bundles”available which include the perfect yarn, a free pattern, and a Yarn Patch coupon- a little “thank-you” from us for your support!

But May 20th is months away! Why did I say that you’d want to get started today?

Because a big part of our Project Linus event is the Afghan Block Design Contest! Your challenge: create a one-of-a-kind, 12″ x 12″ afghan square using one of our favorite yarns, Simplicity. That’s it! Choose from the seven cheerful shades below (we want our finished afghan to match, after all.) You can knit it or crochet it using any technique you like. Take a pattern and make it your own or start from scratch. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Simplicity by Hikoo. From Left to Right: 036 Silver Hair, 035 Turkish Coffee, 004 Goldfish, 011 Indigo, 010 Deep Turquoise, 013 Violette, and 047 Really Red.

Submit your completed afghan square to The Yarn Patch by Saturday, May 6th. We will display them in the two weeks leading up to the Project Linus event and anyone who visits the shop can vote for their favorite. On the day of the event (Saturday, May 20th), we’ll count the votes and the winner will receive a fabulous prize from The Yarn Patch. We’ll also join the donated afghan squares into a beautiful blanket for Project Linus, from our whole community.

We hope you’ll be a part of this enjoyable and interesting event. Together we can make the world a little brighter for children all over the country!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

 

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Suze Elmore
    Mar 08, 2017 @ 20:13:49

    Quick Question: Do we need to have the blankets completed by May 20th?

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  2. Trackback: Cast Your Vote Now! | The Yarn Patch

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