A Community Blanket Making

If you’re headed out to the BIG on Bloor event this Saturday (and if you’re not, you really should go!), stop by the Streetknit corner, say hi to Ryan and contribute a few lines to our blanket.  If you have other donations, they will be happily taken in too.  And if you want to know why the homeless situation in Toronto is getting worse, have a chat with some of the folks who’ll be there for just that reason.  Details below:

Toronto Craft Alert and Streetknit present:

How is Poverty Unmade?


A Community Blanket Making.

On June 21rst, between 2 and 3pm, Toronto Craft Alert and Streetknit will host a community blanket-making and informal discussion on Toronto homelessness, affordable housing and shelters at the Big on Bloor festival. As part of that, we are inviting folks, community leaders, people with experience in issues regarding Toronto’s homelessness-situation, affordable housing shortage and shelter-situation, to not only take part in the blanket making, but join us for informal, moderated discussion. The media is also cordially invited.
Our table(s) are number(s) K18 on the
Bloor block from Ossington to Shaw.

Community members are encouraged to come out, to knit a panel for our blanket, to be pieced together and donated to a suitable shelter or homelessness service provider. Don’t know how to knit? No prob! People will be on hand to teach you how.

Frank de Jong of the Ontario Green party will be in attendance to say a few words as well as representatives from the Scott Mission, Sistering, Sketch, Dig in, some community knitting groups such as the Peoples and Values Knitclub at Maritz Canada Inc., and other community groups whose work addresses these issues.

Many people don’t understand the exact tangle between the three levels of governments, and the various issues which contribute to the challenge in resolving the continued exacerbation to the living conditions of Toronto’s most marginalized. We intend this community blanket-making and informal speak as a way of getting concerned citizens, sub-ideologically and respectfully, up to speed.

One sees in the knitting community that it is an issue that concerns people across all stripes, we have seen knitting-drives in offices, in high schools, in churches, in knit shops, spanning age, ethnicity and class.

Attached is an outline of how the discussion will take place and the questions collected from the community to be addressed.

There is still room on the panel if you feel you have something to contribute to the discussion! Or just join us and knit a panel of the blanket!

For more information or to confirm your attendance:
Ryan Kamstra
Streetknit

647-298-6558
ryan.kamstra@gmail.com

*** about StrEETknIT!
Founded in 2006 by Sadie Lewis in Toronto, Streetknit rouses the knitting communities of Toronto, hobbyists, s n’ bs, society yarn-darlings , needle-clackers of all ages to put needles together and spend some time knitting some warmth into an extra scarf, maybe some toques with affectionate or somber colours, mitts, blankets, socks, even a sweater and see it reach those without home. We hear report that the kids really like it in basic black.

These goods can be dropped off at friendly-neighbourhood StreetKnit drop-off points: local yarn-knit shops Knit-O-Matic(1378 Bathurst St.), The Naked Sheep(2144 A Queen St. E.), Sew Be It Studio(2156 Yonge St.), Eugenix(99 Burlington St.), Nathalie-Roze
(1015 Queen Street East) and The Knit Cafe(1050 Queen W.). Streetknit will be distributing to homeless outreach programs all over the city again this year including Windfall Clothing,  St. Francis Table, Scott Mission , Parkdale Community Health Centre as well as future friends PARC and Out of the Cold. We also now collect yarn to distribute to groups knitting street knits.

Every year people in Toronto freeze to death because they have nowhere to come in from the cold. Since 2006, Streetknit has helped inspire and organize office clubs and yarn-shop drives and knitty parties to do our small part to alleviate this situation, craft drives with DJs spinning, knitting classes for teens and adults, and drives within offices to donate to Streetknit, combining fun and sociability with doing good for the community. See our site for more details of some of these past events and drives: http://www.streetknit.ca/.***About the Toronto Craft Alert

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The TCA makes the search for local craft action easy, hooking you up with craft-related sales & events, workshops, sources for craft supplies, and emerging local designers & makers.  Largely a submission-based project, The Toronto Craft Alert is also a venue to share your own crafty happenings.

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