Community and Blankets
It has been a whirlwind season since I wrote here last. It seems strange that so much time has passed me by without me really noticing it. But here we are and I really want to tell you about our great “I Love Yarn Day Adventure.”
As many of you will recall, last years blanket marathon was held on the coldest day of the season with gusty winds and rain in the morning. This year we had perfect weather. Warm and clear and calm. Setting up was a breeze and just as we finished setting out the chairs, a black clad server brought a fresh, hot pizza with compliments from from Bricks restaurant. When the first knitters arrived we got down to work with a sense of comfort. I got to knit with the starting crew while the blanket itself was still so small we all had to lean in close and knock knuckles as we worked.
As the blanket grew, more knitters came and went and the talk rambled back and forth from work concerns to “Orange Is The New Black” vs “Scandal” TV critiques. We had folks drop by to chat and folks drop by to put in a few stitches.
We had some repeat knitters from last year, and some new folks to round out the shifts.
As the knitters worked on into the night, Tim Horton’s sent donuts and coffee, Justine brought cardamom buns, and everyone brought their best good cheer.
And the non-perishable food just kept coming. Area Interfaith Outreach beat out Pope Memorial Humane Society by one food item to be the recipient of this years raffle. Altogether, the non-profits were able to give 554 pounds of food to the food pantry.
The raffle proceeds will arrive just in time to feed some hungry people during the holidays. You can get your raffle tickets here at the shop to help support this much needed community resource.
I’m so grateful to everyone who knit, everyone who voted with food, everyone who brought snacks, everyone who stopped by to chat, everyone who kept the shop running and everyone who showed up to the 12 Weeks Of Christmas Week #2 even after they knit all night. Special thanks to Cascade Yarn for sending such beautiful colors of 220 Superwash. All in all, it was a smooth, comfortable, fun extravaganza that proves how much we love yarn and our community. We’re moving into our holiday knitting with a deep sense of satisfaction.
Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together and takes on a life of its own? Yeah; me, too. So long, Community Blanket. See you next year.