I have to admit that I do not do much charity knitting. Yes, I've made a bear for the Mother Bear Project and I did a few baby hats for the Caps for the Capital campgain but those were inconjunction with my LYS and not formulated in my own thankful mind. It seems this year I am stepping up to the giving plate. I, in my infinite wisdom, gave a "somewhat" promise to the coordinator of the Hoboken Annual Homless Shelter Benefit that I and some other Hoboken area knitters would have a blanket in time for their Dec. 5th auction. Today is November 19th.
I could be crazy.
Or we could prove that not all Hobokenites like to pose with Hooters girls.
I dusted off my Knitting for Peace book and went to work on the Warm Up America Afghan. If I do my math correctly, if we can get about 10 knitters to do about 5 squares each we would be golden. I made this "promise" on Friday and already have myself knitted 3 and have recruited a few other knitters to make a few. Now, dear readers, any of you in the Hoboken area? Wanna knit a "square"?
The "squares" are really 7inch by 9inch pieces in any type of stitch pattern you choose. The yarn has to be machine washable but can be any weight - I am knitting mine in Cascade 220 Superwash. More information for the Warm Up America Afgan can be found via their site: www.warmupamerica.com. If you happen to be in the Hoboken area you can drop off these squares at Patricia's Yarns, 4th street btwn Washington and Bloomfield by Nov. 30th. That should give me enough time to stitch the thing together!
I figure in the end it's a win-win situation. We win big if we can make it for the auction and therefore raise some monies to help many of their homeless visitors but we also win even if we miss the auction but make a blanket to donate to the shelter to help keep someone warm this winter.