Local Group Knits for a Cause
A group of northwest metro knitters meet up at All About Yarn in Coon Rapids to knit winter wear to donate to charitable causes like homeless teens, cancer patients, or veterans.
A Close-Knit Group
“I really believe in having a knitting community and this has grown to be that,” says Julie Isberg. She owns All about Yarn in Coon Rapids. “As a solo knitter, you think “should I make this? Would anybody like this? It’s nice to inspire each other.”
A group of women from all over the Northwest Metro come to All about Yarn shop to gather and knit once a month. A knitter from Brooklyn Park called CCX Media to tell us all about the fun they have and the good they do.
“I provide an environment so they can knit together and collaborate,” says Isberg. “They inspire each other.”
This last summer they decided to put their needles to work for a good cause.
“We call it knitting for a cause and knitting for charity,” says Brenda Spanovich. “We have 15 to 16 women back there knitting and people drop off items too. I know even know how many people are knitting.”
They gather in circles bringing extra yarn to chat and make something for someone in need.
“Most knitters have what they call a stash–that’s extra yarn,” explained Susan Ryan, a volunteer knitter. “We say don’t throw your stash away. Come in and make something!”
The projects have made the group even more close knit, as they churn out hats for cancer patients, veterans or homeless teenagers.
“I had some yard that I bought here and thought it would make a pretty hat for someone,” says Bev Prawalsky. “It always feels good to give back and not just be knitting for yourself. You can do fun projects that go quick and it’s a fun away to meet additional people too. A win-win for everybody.”