The ranks of local knitters for charity are growing! I met a woman named Mahnaz who works with the new immigrants and runs a weekly knitting meet-up for the newcomers and local residents at the Keshen-Goodman Library. A Ravelry friend told me that this group was looking for yarn donations, and — hooray! — I had some chunky wool to spare. So we had a meeting and talked some knitting stuff. I learned that the group consists of about 15 members, and that it serves as a bridge across the language barrier. It helps their members to be exposed to the local culture and connect with the local community.
As you could imagine, buying yarn is not the first priority for a person who moves to another country, sometimes fleeing her own. We decided that the knitters would keep an item they knit from donated yarn (for themselves or family) and then make another one for charity. Seems fair, don’t you think? The group was also interested in a blanket project, provided I would supply the yarn. The next day I got an email from LK Yarns about a big bag of acrylic yarn donated by their customers together with some pretty blanket squares. Thank you, kind knitters of Halifax!
Now this yarn will be used for blanket squares made locally by knitters from all over the world.
I am yarn-free, and there is another blanket growing slowly.