Friday, September 14, 2007

CRAFTIVISM: streetknit kicks off 07/08 winter drive

I am amazed at how much this project has expanded...well done guys!

Streetknit Kicks off 2007-2008 Winter Goods Drive for Homeless

will be kicking off our 2007-2008 winter goods drive. Streetknit will be encouraging knitters throughout Toronto to donate winter knit goods for the homeless to our drop off points before the coming cold. We also wish to bring attention to the fact that there is still a crisis of homelessness in the city of Toronto.

Founded in 2006 by Sadie Lewis in Toronto, Streetknit rouses the knitting communities of Toronto, hobbyists, s n' bs (stich and bitches), society yarn-darlings , needle-clackers of all ages to put needles together and spend some time knitting some warmth into an extra scarf, maybe some toques with affectionate or somber colours, mitts, blankets, socks, even a sweater and see it reach those without home.

These goods can be dropped off at friendly-neighbourhood StreetKnit drop-off points: local yarn-knit shops Knit-O-Matic (1378 Bathurst St.), The Naked Sheep (2144 A Queen St. E.), Sew Be It Studio (2156 Yonge St.) and The Knit Cafe (1050 Queen W.). Streetknit will be distributing to homeless outreach programs all over the city again this year including Windfall Clothing , Ve'ahavta, St. Francis Table, Scott Mission , Parkdale Community Health Centre as well as future friends PARC and Out of the Cold.

Every year people in Toronto freeze to death because they have nowhere to come in from the cold. Since 2006, Streetknit has helped inspire and organize office clubs and yarn-shop drives and knitty parties to do our small part to alleviate this situation, craft drives with DJs spinning, knitting classes for teens and adults, and drives within offices to donate to Streetknit, combining fun and sociability with doing good for the community. See our site for more details of some of these past events and drives:

We have been featured on Omni Telivision and City News as well as here or there and everywhere, all over the local print and blog and knit-blog media.

Interested in hearing more or organizing your own Streetknit drive?: contact, or and we can help set you up.

Thank you Toronto.

Yours Gratefully,

Ryan Kamstra


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