You’re a blog reader – you know the score. If I used the word ‘hip’ in my title (and I just did), this blog post is likely to be anything but.
That’s apt, though, because my holidays are usually a festival of dorkitude. They may be fun, funny (intentionally or otherwise), loud, messy, silly or slightly too crisp around the edges, but they are not cool. Of course, I still count them as perfect, because I’m with my family and friends, thankful for all the good things this year has brought us.
Not everyone is so lucky, at the holidays or year-round. We all know people who are having a hard time – maybe we’ve had them ourselves – and could use a helping hand. Fortunately, an extremely cool lady (and expert knitter) named Evie Rosen came up with a plan to literally blanket those in need with the comforting warmth of handmade afghans. Her foundation, Warm Up America!, has been distributing afghans, caps and other cozy items to thousands and thousands of people since 1991.
The genius of Evie’s plan is that it divides the work of making an afghan between many, many crafters. Do you have time to crochet an entire full-sized blanket this holiday? I don’t! But I’ve had time to make a few 7 inch by 9 inch squares (ok, ok, technically they’re rectangles) in between my usual Christmas projects. I’m on square number four, right now. Will you give a little of your time and help us share the love?
Need some patterns?
Warm Up America! Foundation has those, for both knitting and crochet.
Maybe you’ve never tried crochet or knitting before, or you need a refresher. Or, you’ve taken a solemn vow never to knit except in the company of others. We’d love for you to join us in our stores, where we’ll be hosting Warm Up America! joining parties – just contact your local Michaels for the exact date and time. We’ll be making 7 inch by 9 inch squares together. Certified instructors from the Craft Yarn Council will be there, too, to help you along. And, don’t forget, you can also reserve our classroom so your own group can join squares together for this great cause. You’ll have to be the instructor there, but the space is available to you, free of charge. Call you local store to reserve!
Worried about finished squares cluttering up your home? Michaels is the designated drop-off point for Warm Up America squares. Just find your nearest store and bring them by.
Let’s be cool this holiday, and help Warm Up America!