Let’s Make it Together: Warm Up America’s Joining Party is January 25th
There’s something special about the time spent crafting in a group. I don’t know about you, but most of my crocheting is done alone, in the wee hours of the morning during bouts of insomnia. If I’m feeling especially ambitious, I might try it in fits and starts amidst the evening chaos of plating dinners, checking homework (a typical quote: “No, honey, macaroni is not a state of matter.”) and dipping reluctant minors into the bath before pajamas.
But community crafting gives me time and space to really focus on the work I’m holding in my hands, surrounded by the gentle click of tools and hum of conversation. This was where I found myself just before the holidays – happily parked in a chair in our Support Center’s auditorium, with my size I crochet hook and a skein of Red Heart® Soft Yarn in Teal. I was in the company of an excellent group of women, all of us crocheting and knitting away for Warm Up America.
The event was our Warm Up America! Kickoff, sponsored by Yarn Yoga, a volunteer group of Michaels employees who regularly meet to crochet and knit together. Every single one of their projects, once complete, is donated. So, it’s only natural that they’ve been busy making the 7” x 9” pieces that are used to construct blankets for those in need. Since October, they’ve collected boxes and boxes of squares, and they’re still going strong! At the kickoff, Yarn Yoga members handed out yarn, needles, hooks and templates to everyone who stopped by. They even gave instruction to those brave souls trying knitting and crochet for the first time.
What could we possibly do with all these squares? Throw a Joining Party, of course – and you’re invited! Come and join us in stores on January 25th, from 1-4 pm, and help us stitch pieces together into finished blankets. We’ll have certified instructors from the Craft Yarn Council available to help you if you’re new to needlecrafts, or even if you just need a refresher.
Sure, there’s that thing you have to do, and that other thing, and a whole list of things after that. But, the holidays are over (you made it!). Take a little time, if you can, to sit with other makers, really look at the work in your hands, listen to the click and the hum, and breathe. We’ll be glad to see you there.
Best wishes to you and yours for the New Year!