A few days ago our knitting group, KnitCo, received an email from a high-school student asking for yarn donations. There are two reasons I got excited about it. First of all, some of my yarn with, let’s say, character flaws, will be put to a good use and nobody will have to knit with it. Secondly, six hundred high-school students will spend a few days at the leadership conference wearing fuzzy pom-poms around their necks, called ‘warm fuzzies’, and use them in a friendly ritual while meeting new people. The email was short and sweet, so I will publish it here to provide more details.
‘My name is Luke Coxhead and I am a grade 12 student from Lockview High School. I am also a member of the Metro Regional Cabinet of the NSSSA, Nova Scotia Secondary School Students’ Association. The NSSSA is a non-profit organization run by high school students. We organize leadership conferences for high school students. Our conferences are designed for students to meet new people and learn new leadership skills.
A big part of our conferences are “warm fuzzies”. Warm fuzzies are balls of yarn (sort of like a pom-pom) tied to a string. At the beginning of every conference, every student is given a warm fuzzy. You wear it like a necklace as you walk around and meet new people. As you go up to different people, you introduce yourself and “fuzzy” them. This means taking a piece of yarn from your warm fuzzy and tying it to the string on their warm fuzzy. Then they do the same to you. This is a very important part of our conferences because it encourages meeting new people and coming out of your shell. You also make lots of friends who you can get to know even better throughout the rest of the conference.
This year it is my responsibility to create enough warm fuzzies for two conferences held in the metro area (a grade 9 conference as well as a grade 9-12 conference). In total we will have to make around 600 warm fuzzies. As you know, yarn is quite expensive. I was wondering if any of you have any odd balls of yarn or yarn in your stash that you no longer need. If so, I would greatly appreciate any donations.’
I contacted Luke and asked him about yarn requirements (there are none, all yarn is suitable). Also, I called around and local yarn store owners agreed to collect donated yarn — thank you Kate, Louise, and Rachel! If you wish to participate in this project, please drop off your yarn at Dartmouth Yarns (52 Queen Street, Downtown Dartmouth — please check their new hours for October), LK Yarns (5545 Young Street, Halifax, in the Hydrostone Market), or From Ewe to You (546 Sackville Drive, Suite 850, Lower Sackville).