If you have been reading my blog for a while, you may remember that last year I completed a dishcloth projects with my Crafternoon group. We knit over 140 dishcloths for the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus. At the time I said I would continue to knit as community service. Whelp. I didn’t actually do that. But that is changing today.
My friend Sarah, who organized the dishcloth project, has a new project in mind. The Supportive Housing Campus is a very industrial building. The modern architecture makes it look more institutional than cozy. She had the great idea to yarn bomb the poles in the building. She has a strong desire to make the place look homey.
Home is what the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus is about. This Y is the only one of its kind in the country. Their take on homelessness is progressive – they believe in getting people in housing first. First you deal with homelessness, then you address addiction. First you have your own bed to sleep in, then you find a job. Permanent supportive housing can make a big difference.
Because they make such a big difference, I’m happy to lend my support to make a little difference to their building. I agreed to knit a panel for one of the poles. It will be 18 inches wide by 15 feet 7 inches. That is going to be one long project.
Sarah was kind enough to share several skeins of Knit Picks Brava in worsted weight. I have all sorts of bright yarns to work with. Now I just need to get started.
I think my plan of attack will be changing colors every day. I might set an amount of time to work on it every day, or I might just see where each day takes me. I plan on trying out different stitches throughout the piece. I might work in some colorwork too, as that is a skill that I need to practice.
I will be working on this project for a long time, so I am hoping to keep it interesting. If you have ever tried a fun stitch please tell me about it. This is a great time for me to pick up a new skill.