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Calling All Knitters! SHU Knitting Club Needs You!

September 19, 2005

So, kids, you wanna get knitty? I'm investigating the possibility of starting an SHU Knitting Club: basically, we'd get together every other week or so and knit up a storm. I have a few people who have already expressed interest in getting involved and I have a faculty member or two in mind who might be interested in being our advisor. I need to know names and phone numbers of anyone who might be interested in joining. Also, I need to know if you are interested in holding an office for the club. I have a couple of projects in mind for the club:

The first idea is a Peace Quilt - each member knits 10 by 10 inch squares in a certain color scheme (to be decided by the club!) and then these squares get sewn together to form a nifty quilt that we could use somehow to raise money for our cause (whatever cause we decide on collectively). We could either display the quilt or auction it off to the highest bidder. I was thinking our quilt could have a theme (both colors and otherwise). If we get official club status, we might be able to get funding to cover the cost of yarn.

The second idea is to make items to be donated to various charities: for instance, Campus Ministry has a silent auction in December to raise money for various campus activities. We could knit hats and scarves to be put on a silent auction or set prices for our items. Or we could make a bunch of hats and scarves and send them somewhere in the world to underpriviledged kids and teens... I dunno, like in Alaska or something?

These are just ideas: I think it would be awesome not only to start a knitting club but to have collective projects that would benefit the greater community. I'd like to have a meeting with anyone interested in order to really think about our mission and goals. If you are interested in joining a knitting club and/or becoming an officer, please get in touch. If you know anyone who might be interested, please spread the word. I'm especially interested in any underclasspeople who might want to join: while I'll more than likely serve as president this semester, I'm graduating in May and would like to start a club that could stick around for a while!

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please leave a comment. If you are interested in joining, please email me with your name, class, phone number, and schedule of availability. And, oh yeah, if you have any ideas for possible projects and/or an advisor, I'd appreciate your input on that as well. I'd like to have a club form to submit to Student Senate by the end of the week if possible in order to get started and have our first meeting.

Moira at 07:27 PM :: Comments (2) :: ::

Whoot! Free yarn!

Posted by: Kate Cielinski at September 21, 2005 05:52 PM

Also, I read on one of my knitting blogs that Target had some cheap knitting scores in their $1 bins near the front of the store. I just dropped by my Target and picked up some "fuzzy" and "funky" skeins (that's how they're marketing the yarn). They also had various sizes of bamboo needles and two books with 4 patterns each for the specific yarn they were carrying.

If your club members are looking for cheap materials to get started, they should definitely check it out.

Also, the store I was at (West Mifflin) had marked down some knitting kits they had there earlier in the summer. They're now $3.48 and $4something for each kit. I picked up a kit for a capelet and for a large tote bag, but they also had kits for bikinis, tank tops, baby booties and caps, and pet beds. These kits were on an endcap in the stationary/mailing supplies section.

Posted by: Kate Cielinski at September 22, 2005 10:32 AM
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