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Hello my friends,

I have received a letter from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic asking for donation of knitted items. Hooray! That means people who are interested in socks, hats, scarves, and mittens know who to ask. Below please find the letter and see if you want to contribute to the cause. Thanks.

Knitting for the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Christmas Shoebox Program

Every year, the Maritime Museum partners with the Halifax Mission to Seafarers during their annual Christmas Shoebox program. The mission provides care packages to mariners during the holiday season. This year the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is asking local knitters to knit hats, scarves, mittens and socks for our visiting seafarers who often come from warmer climates.

The museum is asking for knitted items with the following guidelines:

 

  • Machine washable yarns (acrylics, superwash wool and wool blends)
  • Given that the work environment on board ship can get dirty, we ask that items are not knit in pastel colours
  • Stripes are acceptable, as well as variegated, tweed, or flecked yarns
  • No items with pom-poms, tassels, or fringe as these embellishments are a safety hazard in maritime workplaces

 

Knitted items can be dropped off at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The museum also welcomes donations of:

  • Wrapped hard candies (no chocolate)
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving cream
  • Razors
  • Playing cards
  • Mementos from Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, or Canada.

 

For more information, contact:

Jason Climie, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

CLIMIEJW@gov.ns.ca

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I am back from my home country, Ukraine, that I visited this summer. It was lovely and strange at the same time, like a parallel reality.

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Also, I am back to knitting. I have five pairs of children’s socks to prove it.

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I even inspired my mother-in-law to knit a dishcloth! She learned how to knit long time ago but hasn’t touched the needles in decades.

Upon arrival to Canada, I received an email from the Parkland at The Lakes that another pile of squares made by the senior residents is ready for pick up. Now the squares are waiting to be stitched into a blanket and will be donated to the Phoenix Youth Shelter.

Also, I am starting a new knitting group in Spryfield as a way to connect¬† with local knitters and share our resources with the neighbours. It’s a different approach (for me) and I would love to get your feedback after I post about it.

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Many hands make… many hats

Many hands of Halifax knitters made fifty-three adult size hats, ten scarves, three pairs of mittens, a pair of socks, and seven pairs of slippers for the Metro Turning Point Shelter for men. Dulseigh, a knitter who started this initiative on her FB page, was hoping to get 80 hats because that’s the average number of clients the shelter hosts. I think we came really close to the goal since all this knitted goodness can keep seventy-four people warm, one way or another.

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Scarves for men's shelter
I love that woven scarf in front — it’s soft, beautiful, and classy.

Mittens, socks, slippers for men's shelter
This is a collection of items for extremities. I believe they are all machine washable which makes them practical for their purpose.

Hats for Turning Point Shelter
Here is Don Spicer, Executive Director, holding knitters’ gifts in front of the shelter’s door. We had a chat about knitted items, and Don said that they are most appreciated because they are warm and new. It was really nice to hear that, and I would like to extend his thank you to Dulseigh, her friends, and members of Fireside Knitters group. Many hands, indeed.

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