Warm up america

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Warm Up America

Starting in January 2020, the Lighthouse Knitting Guild has been involved in charity knitting for an organization called Warm Up America. It is a non-profit organization that helps distribute knitted items (blankets, hats, mittens) to homeless people across the country. The Guild project is collecting knitted 7” x 9” rectangles that will later be assembled into afghans.

 

So that they are easily cleaned, it is important that these rectangles be knitted with acrylic as the primary fiber, and they suggest worsted weight yarn.

 

Interested in contributing to this worthy cause? Here is a link to the Warm Up America website with 8 easy design suggestions: 

 

https://warmupamerica.org/make/patterns-yarns/

 

Every square counts! They come in from all over the country and get made into blankets of various sizes by a team of volunteers. With so many talented knitters in the Guild, we should be able to continue to provide them with plenty of rectangles to work with. Living in Maine, we understand cold so let’s help warm up those in need!

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Start 2 Knit

LKGM expanded its outreach program of Knitting for Others to include the “teaching others” collaborative of Start2Knit (S2K) for youths transitioning from Maine’s foster care.

 

Working closely with the Maine Office of Child and Family Services and the University Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Start2Knit tapped into its wealth of talented membership to design and instruct a curriculum for the novice knitter.

 

The project goals are for students to acquire basic knitting skills and engage with a community resource to encourage future mentorship along with the skills needed to create peer social networks.

Guild member S2K leaders: Yvonne Michaud and Rachael Emmons