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'Making' for the Common Good

Story posted November 15, 2010

A group of staff, faculty and students has been knitting scarves for a national program, the Red Scarf Project, for several years.

About a year ago we started talking about 'making' for a local cause. We had heard of a linen closet at Tedford Housing that provides linens and blankets for families and individuals setting up new households – and that the handmade quilts and afghans are the first things to go.

With a generous donation of yarn from two local yarn shops, Pleasant Street shop, Purl Diva and former shop, The Knitting Experience, knitters from across campus came together, making 8" squares. Month by month, winter into spring – squares were completed and over the summer we started putting the afghan together. Just this month the binding was put on!

Last Tuesday Tedford Housing held their annual meeting here on campus. In recognition of outstanding dedication and support, they awarded several agencies and individuals the Tedford Home Award – including the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good. Interim Director Sarah Seames accepted the award and presented the afghan.

Knitters are now in the midst of finishing one more afghan for Tedford Housing; again making scarves for the Red Scarf Project; and gearing up to 'Knit for Haiti' through connections with Anna Poe '87, owner of KnitWit Yarn Shop and Café in Portland, ME.

If you are interested in 'making for the common good', please contact Shawn Gerwig in the McKeen Center.

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