As the days get shorter and the weather becomes colder, the need for knit hats, socks, scarves, and blankets becomes greater for people in need. Merida always has left over yarn in our Fall River facility where we weave tufted and viewpoint rugs. Our yarns are 100% New Zealand wool which is a renewable, biodegradable fiber that has natural insulating properties to retain heat and increase cooling effectiveness.
Debbie Bozak from the Dartmouth YMCA knitting group approached us if we wanted to donate our scrap yarns to Charity Knitting. So far, they have donated 26 hats, 17 scarves, 7 blankets, a pair of slippers and a headband to the Solanus Casey Food Pantry in New Bedford, serving residents in southcoast Massachusetts and Bristol County. In the past, blankets have been given to Women’s Center, hats and scarves to Market Ministry, various homeless shelters, battered women shelters, and food pantries in their local area. In all, this wonderful group has donated well over 200 items. Debbie says, “I never expect to see the items I make ever again. I just hope they help someone out and keep them warm and safe and lets them know someone was thinking about them.”
These women ranging from young to old, with varying skill level love creating knitted items that keep people feeling warm and dry, especially during the holiday and winter months. They meet at the Dartmouth YMCA, 276 Gulf Road, Dartmouth, MA during the school year on Mondays 1-2pm to socialize and knit. They are happy to invite new members and teach beginners how to knit.
Donna Edberg, the director of the knitting group says, “I have to say that the yarn [Merida] donates to us is the most beautiful and lovely yarn to work with. We are all a bit of yarn snobs and using acrylic is doable but real wool is so much better. We also know that the real wool will make the items we make that much warmer. When Debbie brings in the yarn we all crowd around oohing and ahhing. We thank you so much for the generous donation that helps supply us with beautiful quality yarn that helps our neighbors who need it.”
Other than knitting winter accessories, yarn can have more of a function in the home than on the body. Holly from Decor8 posted a blog about making yarn wreaths, inspired from Katie Runnels who posted a tutorial on her blog. These DIY yarn wreaths can be made to match any décor and can also be a thoughtful gift for friends and family. So if you have scrap yarn from your knitting projects, definitely head to your local crafts store to pick up yarn wreath supplies.
From left to right: Debra Bozak, Stacy Lague, Brenda Macedo, Susan Ferguson, Rose Amaral, Nancy MacEachern and Donna Edberg
Top Left: Donna Edberg Top Right: Ann Hull Bottom Left: Nancy MacEachem Bottom Right: Rose Amaral