Sunday, April 10, 2011

Pine Street Inn's annual Knit-a-Thon

"Knitters and crocheters craft 9 x 9 inch squares, which will be collected, sorted and assembled into blankets on the day of the Knit-A-Thon. Knitters and crocheters from across the country and even the Atlantic, donate their time and stash to make a square that will be joined with 34 other squares, squares that could have come from Vermont or Texas, Switzerland or Ireland, squares made by kids or great grandmothers, men and women all for one cause. Over the four Knit-A-Thons we have made hundreds beautiful blankets that were presented as gifts from the community to tenants of the Pine Street Inn Residences and raised nearly $100,000 that directly aided the Supportive Housing and other incredible PSI programs. That is the power of knitting; a simple craft that can spark an idea, that can change a life."
-Farley N. Sullivan, Knit-A-Thon Creator and Pine Street Inn Council Member

I have participated in the 2009 and 2010 Pine Street Inn Knit-A-Thons, making a total of three afghans. Each November the organizers set up an event somewhere in Boston where you can bring your squares and sew them into afghans.

Never throw yarn away. Remnant scraps are great to incorporate into knit-a-thon projects such as this one, but many organizations will accept donations of yarn to provide the knitters.

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