Ellice Street Knitters Receive International Support

Active  Imageby Lesley Crassweller – With the opening of the Ellice Street Shelter set for September 2010, the Centennial United Church/Burnside Gorge group of knitters is two thirds of its way to completing 106 afghans. And it’s not only the “locals” who have contributed to this project. Lil, who lives in Wales, sends wool and squares to her sister Marilyn in Victoria, who is aiming to complete 25 afghans. Sharon, a flight attendant, takes her knitting on international flights and tells crew and passengers of the project.

The Centennial United Church knitters receive wonderful help from the “Knitters and the Menders” group and from every United Church in Victoria. All this began with a suggestion from Lois that the church and community share in the project with the aim of  “a new afghan blanket on every bed” for the Ellice Street Shelter.

For pickup of completed squares, contact Lois at 250-385-1400 or Rosemary at 250-727-7339. The group hopes to complete the afghans within a few months. Donations of wool are still welcome. To make a donation please contact Lois at 250-385-1400.

Reprinted with permission from the Burnside Gorge Community News, April 2010, www.burnsidegorge.ca/ebook.pdf.