Knitting: it’s not just for grandmas anymore, but you already knew that. It’s not just for crafty hipsteristas either. A group of teachers at Highland Heights Junior Public School have started a Knitting Club to help keep inner city kids out of trouble. Many of the students come from public housing, so the school relies heavily on fundraising for a extracurricular activities. When the idea of the Knitting Club was first conceived, the teachers didn’t imagine that any more than 15 to 20 students would be interested.
“Imagine our amazement when more than 70 students came out,” describes co-organizer Denise Colby in a letter to the community. “Since our total population of the school is 210 (not including the kinders) that meant that a third of the school wanted to knit. Another surprise was that almost half of those who came were boys.”
The Highland Heights Knitting Club is asking for donations of needles and yarn to help accommodate this large group of future knitters. Are you really going to finish that sweater project from four years ago that’s still sitting in the closet? Why not donate it instead? You can e-mail Denise or Kat for more info.
Thanks to Kat in the Toronto Livejournal Community for the tip.
Photo by noearlybird.