Carolyn Kotlas: Knitters quite charitable

February 7, 2014 

Regarding the Feb. 7 letter “Needed needles”: The practice of “yarn bombing” that places knitted and crocheted yarn on trees, lamp posts and other places brings awareness to these crafts, but it does not supplant the works made for and donated to local shelters, hospitals and other organizations.

In the Triangle there are many groups knitting and crocheting for charitable purposes. They gather in churches, community centers, yarn shops, coffee shops and libraries. They knit blankets for children, caps for premature babies, scarves and caps for the homeless, lap robes for people in hospice and much, much more.

The generosity of these crafters is amazing. For example, each year the Knit Night group at Cameron Village Regional Library donates 200 to 300 items to local organizations.

So don’t deny us the whimsy of yarn bombing because we fiber crafters also attend to the more serious needs for warming and caring for others by the work of our needles and hooks.

Carolyn Kotlas

Cary

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