Fighting Homelessness

A while back I posted a list of stuff I needed to do. Most of it still needs to be done.  Also, in that post I mentioned that I would post about a particular item later on….here’s that post!

So a local organization, the Pine Street Inn works to eliminate Homelessness in Boston through a variety of services. They have created an annual event called the Pine Street Inn Knit-a-Thon for which people knit or crochet squares and then get together on a scheduled day (usually early November) and combine all the squares into blankets for the homeless people. I think it is a wonderful cause.  Unfortunately, I was only able to make a small monetary donation this year and was unable to complete my squares in time.

I also thought this could be a great sisterhood event for Theta Phi Alpha (the sorority I joined in college).  Our philanthropy is Hunger and Homelessness.  The funny thing is that I learned how to knit from my Big sister Megan.  This year, I learned about the Knit-A-Thon pretty late and we were unable to set up anything in order to participate but we are hoping to pull something together for the next one.  It would be great if we all got together (collegians and alumnae) a few weeks before the event  and knitted some squares to bring with us and assemble the day of the event.   The knitters of the group can show the non-knitters how to do it if they are interested.

I have decided to make a “long-term project” for this and knit a square each month leading up to the event.  I plan to make a different pattern and use different colors each month (maybe a blue/white to represent snow for January, red for February, green for March..etc etc).  This would give me an opportunity to work with different yarns, patterns and techniques all while creating something for a good cause!  (Since it happens in early November I’ll have a total of 10 squares by the time it comes around).

I’m going to create a separate page on my blog to track my progress.  I’ll post links to the Knit-A-Thon website when they start announcing preparations for 2012.  Locals aren’t the only ones who can join in; people can knit/crochet the squares and mail them in too!