Our second not-quite-annual charity knit-a-thon is happening in just a few days. Saturday is going to be an exciting day in downtown Halifax.

During Nocturne – Art at Night, all those extraordinary Canadians who enjoy art and culture will be strolling the streets in the crisp fall air, enjoying galleries and art displays until midnight.

At  the same time, The Loop will be overflowing with happy and generous knitters. We encourage you to get out and enjoy some art, and also to stop by The Loop to contribute to our knit-a-thon. (See earlier posts for details.)

Here are some more details about the two projects we are knitting for:

1. Afgans for Afghans

  • What: 6″ knitted squares, in natural fibre yarn.
  • How: Avoid white and light colours; also avoid representational images, national or religious symbols. Feel free to express yourself with stitch patterns beyond garter and stockinette, and with cheerful colours.
  • When: We will happily accept donated squares after the knit-a-thon, up to November 20th.

2. Knitted items for Canadian troops

  • What: Helmet liners, socks.
  • How: See our earlier post for pattern information.
  • When: If you can’t make it to the actual knit-a-thon, or finish your project a little later, you can drop off your contribution for another week: only up until Monday October 27th. The Military Family  Resource Centre will be mailing parcels to troops on November 1st, so we want to make sure they get our contributions in plenty of time to include them.

Today we received our shipment of Cascade 220 Superwash in colours specially suited for military projects. We also have a few colours of green, since that is a colour that is valued by Afghans. We’ll be offering a discount on the Superwash 220 on Saturday, for use in knit-a-thon projects.