Knit­ting Room host­ing Knit-along to help peo­ple to keep warm this christ­mas

The Standard (Elliot Lake) - - COMMUNITY - By KEVIN MCSHEFFREY Of The Stan­dard

Win­ters are cold in the north and a lo­cal woman has come up with an idea to help bring warmth to peo­ple when the icy winds blow.

Maya Pi­unno, owner of The Knit­ting Room, will be hold­ing a 24-hour Knit-along at the store on Fri­day, Dec. 7. The knit-along will be­gin at 4 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. on Satur­day, Dec. 8.

How­ever, she will not in­sist that par­tic­i­pants stay up for the full 24 hours, if they don’t want to so. She will have air mat­tresses and sleep­ing bags set up in an­other room, if par­tic­i­pants want to take naps.

She also in­vites par­tic­i­pants to bring a potluck item to nib­ble on.

To help to keep alert, Tim Hor­tons will be pro­vid­ing cof­fee, tea, mini strudel and Tim bits to help the par­tic­i­pants make it through the night, says Pi­unno.

She adds the goal is to make 40 to 50 scarfs, “so we can bomb the trees down­town.”

Pi­unno hopes to draw about 30 peo­ple to knit or cro­chet the scarfs, which would then be placed on trees and pole in the com­mu­nity for any­one in need to take.

How­ever, the knit­ters and cro­cheters are not lim­ited to scarfs. If they want to make hats or neck warm­ers they were wel­come to do so.

To par­tic­i­pate, there is a $20 regis­tra­tion fee, which in­cludes the yarn and pat­terns, as well as break­fast on Satur­day morn­ing.

For those who do not know how to knit or cro­chet, but would like to par­tic­i­pate, Pi­unno is will­ing to teach them for free.

She says she got the idea for the 24-hour knit-along from a friend Heather Ne­grych, who men­tioned it ear­lier this year. How­ever, she didn’t know when to hold such an event un­til she spoke to an­other friend Sarah Mills, who helps out at the food bank.

Pi­unno dis­cussed the idea with the El­liot Lake Emer­gency Food Bank board and they said they would be in­ter­ested in be­ing a part if it.

“So, they’re pro­mot­ing the scarf mak­ing.”

The event is also open to spec­ta­tors to cheer on their favourite knit­ters an cro­cheters. Ad­mis­sion for spec­ta­tors is a do­na­tion of a non-per­ish­able food item or cash to the food bank. There will be a box for the food do­na­tions, she ex­plains.

She says she like help­ing oth­ers.

“It’s some­thing fun, and I wanted to get the com­mu­nity in­volved.”

Pi­unno be­lieves that hav­ing a group of peo­ple do­ing it pro­vides fel­low­ship and unity.

“Ev­ery­body gets so drawn up in the spend­ing . I just wanted to pro­mote what Christ­mas is all about, help­ing peo­ple. Spread­ing the love is what Christ­mas is about.”

To reg­is­ter for the Knit-along, drop by The Knit­ting Room at 11 Columbia Walk or call 705-5782630.

Pi­unno says The Knit­ting Room is hav­ing a sale from Dec. 1 to 8. It is open from Tues­day to Fri­day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Satur­days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In ad­di­tion, the store will be open on Mon­days un­til Christ­mas.

Mem­ber­ship to The Knit­ting Room are also avail­able, which are silver ($30), gold ($65) and di­a­mond ($85). The mem­bers re­ceive var­i­ous dis­counts on ma­te­ri­als and classes all year.

Photo By KEVIN MCSHEFFREY/THE STAN­DARD

Maya Pi­unno, owner of The Knit­ting Room in El­liot Lake, is host­ing a 24-hour Knit-along at the store at 11 Columbia Walk on Dec. 7. The Kni­ta­long is to knit or cro­chet scarfs that would be aimed at help­ing the less for­tu­nate to be warm.

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