Knitters, prepare your needles. On Saturday, February 23, crafters will come together to participate in the 6th KnitFit Community Knit-a-thon. The annual charity event runs from 10am-5pm at the McConnell Library in Sydney and 3-5pm at the New Waterford Library.
The Knit-a-thon raises funds for children’s programs at the Cape Breton Regional Library. Participants gather pledges to raise funds in support of a variety of children’s programs across the region, such as the Summer Reading Program, and Teen and Tween programs. Pledge sheets are available at all CBRL branches and on the website.
Anyone who wants to lend their time and skill to knit or crochet warm and wooly items for a local charity can join in. Donated yarn and needles are available for use during the day or to take home to make items for charity.
Many people bring in the items they have been working on over the previous year as well, so there are hundreds of hats, mitts, scarves, sweaters and more to donate to a local charity. This year, the charity of choice will be the Every Woman’s Centre.
If you can’t knit or crochet, you can contribute by sponsoring a friend or one of the participants at the event. Monies raised through pledges are donated to the children’s programs and the knitted items are donated to local groups who provide clothing for families in need.
Boxes are located in all branch libraries to accept donations of yarn, tools and patterns that you may no longer need.