Warm Up America! was started by Evie Rosen whose dream was based on Neighbors helping Neighbors. Evie was a former yarn shop owner in Wausau, WI. In 1990, frustrated by the great need for blankets for the homeless and her inability to knit large quantities fast enough, she came up with the idea of dividing up the process and asking friends to knit and crochet small 7” by 9” sections. Now a nationwide program of the Craft Yarn Council, individuals and groups are encouraged to complete and donate afghans in their own community. To date, hundreds of thousands of afghans and accessories have been distributed to people in need by Warm Up America groups and through the CYC office.
Research conducted by the Craft Yarn Council showed that 60% of knitters and crocheters create projects for charity every year. Warm Up America is among their most popular charities.
We hope you’ll visit the Warm Up America! web site. There are free patterns, hints on assembling afghans and program tips, which we know you’ll find helpful. Making squares is a great beginner project for all ages. Be sure to post digital photos of your Warm Up America group and/or afghan on our Red Heart Yarn Lovers Gallery page and thanks for being part of Warm Up America!
If you belong to a CGOA (Crochet Guild of America) Chapter, you may have heard that there is a Warm Up America Chapter Challenge happening right now. The winning chapter will be announced at the Chain Link conference, in Chicago at the Westin in Itasca the end of July. The Northern Illinois chapter will be sewing their sections together in the Red Heart Lounge and you are invited to help. So if you are going to the conference, stop by the lounge and learn more about joining in the spirit of Warm Up America!
P.S. The Red Heart Lounge will have other fun displays and events. I will be there along with Marly Bird, our spokeperson, and Gina Gallina, Queen Bee crochet artist. I hope to see you there!