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Due to the overwhelming success and popularity of the charity knitting program at Steenbock (which is still going strong on Fridays, 12-1 in room 240) a second location and time has been added to the lunchtime crafternoons for the spring semester starting next week.

Organizer and Grants Librarian, Ellen Jacks, encourages anyone who is interested in contributing to attend, saying, “The entire UW community is welcome to help with this project!”  Beginners are also welcome to learn from experienced members, and the group supplies yarn and needles to newcomers thanks to generous donations from The Sow’s Ear, a knitting and coffee shop in Verona, and members of the UW community.

This semester, the group’s project will be to knit a variety of comfort scarves that will be distributed to local shelter for abused women by Handmade Especially for You; the local chapter of this non-profit is run by Lois Anderson from the UW-Foundation. Finished scarves are about 5 inches wide and 60 inches long, perfect dimensions for learning to knit or crochet or learning a new stitch.

If you can’t make it but still want to help, you can donate completed scarves, yarn, or ribbons for wrapping. Donations can be dropped off at Memorial Library 262A, Steenbock Library, or the Chemistry Library.

For more information, please contact:

Memorial Library Charity Knitting & Crocheting: At a Glance

  • Where: Memorial Commons (4th floor of Memorial Library)
  • When: Wednesdays, 12-1 beginning 2/20.
  • Why: Comfort scarves will be donated to Handmade Especially for You, a local non-profit.

Note: you will need your UW ID or a guest pass (available at the entrance) to enter Memorial Library.