Blanket of hope: students knit blanket to support refugees

Through the power of art, textile arts students at Memorial University’s Grenfell campus are helping to bring Syrian refugee families to Corner Brook, Newfoundland. A massive blanket made of individual colourful knitted squares—created by the students—was sold to raise money for the Refugee Support Group, a local community organization working to support and sponsor refugees coming to the area. The blanket was originally the idea of Barb Hunt, a visual arts professor at the university. Over the past several years, Hunt has been teaching students to knit, creating small knitted squares as a practice project. Having accumulated many squares from previous students, she said the plan was always to sew them together and make a blanket. After voting, the class decided […]

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Ottawa Knitting Guild helps keep Ottawa cozy

Meet. Knit. Learn. That is the motto of The Ottawa Knitting Guild, which boasts over 150 members who get together once a month to share their knitting, learn from each other, and socialize. They do not teach people how to knit, but they help knitters develop their skills. Laurie Chochinov, president of the guild, says it has been in existence since 1994, when members met in each other’s houses. It has since grown to the point that they completely fill the gym of the Woodroffe United Church in Nepean. “It was started by a group of women who felt it would be helpful for their own knitting to get together, to learn from each other, to do research and a […]

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