For the past eight years, when the weather starts to cool down, Worthington Libraries initiates a warm up -- Warm Up Worthington.
The library's popular community service program mobilizes the community to knit or crochet 7" x 9" blocks, which are sewn together to form blankets that are donated to area charities. To date, more than 300 have been donated.
Whether you're new to knitting or a pro at crochet, plan to participate in Warm Up Worthington activities and help area families stay warm this winter.
Get Warm Up Worthington started on Saturday, Sept. 28, during a kick-off event featuring local craft stores and organizations to whom blankets have been donated. Hands-on knitting and crochet instruction, start-up supplies and more will be offered from 2 to 5 p.m. at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.
Knit and crochet for a cause during Warm Up Worthington knit-ins. Those attending should bring needles; yarn and templates for the 7" x 9" blocks will be provided. Experienced knitters will help those new to the craft.
Four knit-ins are planned -- at 3 p.m. Oct. 12, at Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Centre Dr.; 10 a.m. Oct. 26, at the Griswold Center, 777 High St.; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 2, at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road; and 11 a.m. Nov. 30, at Old Worthington Library -- but completed blocks can be taken to any library location through Dec. 14.
The final event in the Warm Up Worthington series is scheduled Dec. 14. Participants will weave blocks into finished blankets at Northwest Library starting at 11 a.m. Those unable to attend the finishing bee may call the library at 614-807-2626 and volunteer to join blocks any time after Saturday, Sept. 28.
Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.