Last Wednesday I spent an awesome morning with Fireside Knitters. It’s a knitting group that meets twice a month, on Wednesday at 10am in the Keshen-Goodman library. It provides an opportunity for new immigrants to socialize and get to know locals who share their craft. There was a translator, a young girl who was crocheting something delicate; there was food from different countries. It was lovely.
In my earlier post, I mentioned this group, supported by ISANS (Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia) and Keshen-Goodman library, because they knit for charities and they need yarn. I brought some yarn for them, and see that huge orange bag under the table? It’s full of blanket squares. One square is the very first project done by a woman who learned how to knit in this group. And those squares will make a whole blanket that will be donated to Phoenix Youth Shelter.
A few days before I met Fireside Knitters, a person named Dulseigh contacted me and asked for assistance with the knitted items drive for the Metro Turning Point, a shelter for men. I loved her motivation behind it — she was involved in organizing Mother’s Day gifts for all the residents at two of HRM’s Women’s Shelters, so she decided to do something for men as well. There are about 80 clients who stay at the shelter, and Dulseigh hopes to collect hats and mittens that can be distributed in winter. There are no specific requirements for yarn, as long as you can make a pair of men-size mitts or a hat out of it. Dulseigh started a Facebook page, and I see some people signed up, and some people offered to donate yarn. The drop off location for finished items is The Loop. And if you wish to put yarn in hands of people who can turn it into warm hats and mittens, please bring it to the LK Yarns (please mark your package ‘For Turning Point’). Thank you!