Land’s End FeelGood Campaign
I got an email yesterday from my friend/crochet celebrity extraordinaire, Brett Bara. She’s the spokesperson for this year’s Land’s End/ Warm Up America FeelGood Campaign, and she asked me to help spread the word. In a nutshell, Land’s End will donate their FeelGood yarn to charitable knitting and crochet organizations with every FeelGood sweater purchased. They plan to donate 5,000 pounds of yarn– or 64,000 blanket squares worth of yarn. You don’t need to purchase anything to get your hands on the yarn, but if you want to, the Talking Crochet Newsletter has the best breakdown of how to do so (requests must be made by October 1st, so get cracking!). Of course, you are welcome to use whatever yarn you want to create squares to help Warm Up America. Washable, dryable yarns are best. The idea is to make and distribute blankets in your own community, but you can also send squares in for national assembly and distribution if you don’t have a group of people to combine squares with you.
I sat down for a couple of hours last night and made 3 squares for the project. Each ’square’ is 7 x 9 inches–the size requested–and they took me about half an hour to complete. I used some leftover Shine Worsted yarn from Knit Picks, because it is washable and bright and fun–and I had just enough of each color to make a square.
Here’s the excellent part about crocheting and knitting for charity. Not only does the recipient feel good, but you will feel good too! It was so nice to do some mindless crocheting, and hey, using up a few partial balls from my stash felt good too!
How can you get involved? Well, if you are in the NYC area, Brett is going to be crocheting and knitting on Good Morning America tomorrow, September 29th, and welcomes area knitters and crocheters to join her. Here’s the info on that, in case you are nearby:
Knitters and crocheters are still welcome to come and be part of the event! You’ll need to be there from 7-9am on September 29th (we suggest arriving early, around 6:00am), at the plaza of the General Motors Building at 59th Street and 5th Avenue in NYC. After the taping ends at 9am we’re invited for a private tour of the Early Show studio. We’ll provide you with FeelGood yarn at the event and we will all work on making knit or crochet blanket squares during the taping. Just RSVP to let us know if you can attend – email us at email@example.com and tell us how many will be in your group.
Or set up a group in your own area–even if you only know a handful of crocheters and knitters, you could easily make enough squares to complete a blanket. There are free patterns, how-to videos and suggested blanket sizes on the website that will make it easy for you. And if you leave a long tail for sewing up on each square as you complete it, it will make the process that much easier. Plus, it’s a fun excuse to get together with friends and do something good for the world, and it really doesn’t take much time at all. Remember, the goal is to create 64,000 squares and in order for your group’s squares to count, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the # of square and where they were donated (pictures of your group and blanket are welcome too!), and mention that you made them as part of the FeelGood campaign.
If you are in or near San Antonio and want to contribute knit or crocheted squares, drop them off at Yarnivore before November 1st and I will send them in. If we get a ton of squares, we’ll have a sewing-up party and pick a place to donate them. Note- if you want to get your own group together, the soft deadline for donations is December 1st. I am trying to be realistic with the November 1st deadline.