Needlesmiths Can Help Make a Difference for Children in Need at Sixth Annual Philadelphia Area Knit Out

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The sixth annual Philadelphia Area Knit Out will be held Sunday, Sept. 16th from noon to 5 p.m. at The Pennsylvania Convention Center, in Center City Philadelphia. The event, one of the area's largest gatherings of knitters and crocheters, continues to be popular among needle crafters. The focus is on community and creating a positive communal effort aimed at strengthening the social fabric of Greater Philadelphia. Knitting (crocheting and weaving) communities together for increased civic good. -- See our site at http://www.philaareaknitout.org.

The sixth annual Philadelphia Area Knit Out (http://www.philaareaknitout.org) will be held Sunday, Sept. 16th from noon to 5 p.m. at The Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The event, one of the area's largest gatherings of knitters and crocheters continues to be popular among needle crafters. While there will be small classes in basic knitting and crochet, the emphasis is on people in attendance.

"It's a great place for new knitters and crocheters to meet more experienced people," said Zelphia Ellerson, a Mount Airy knitter who has been a volunteer at past Knit outs. "The whole theme of the day is learning and sharing."

The Knit Out is indeed a community event, said founder Gwen Agard, a fiber artisan and knitting enthusiast. "It does give the community a chance to meet and learn and just have a terrific afternoon."

This year, the Philadelphia Area Knit Out will give needleworkers an opportunity to contribute their talents to Urban Genesis, a program sponsored by the Philadelphia District Attorney's office. Area needlesmiths can help make difference for children in need.

"We're asking knitters and crocheters to make small blankets and huggable stuffed toys," said Agard. The items will be given by the police to children they find in chaotic or dangerous circumstances or who are caught up in domestic disputes. Last year, scores of blankets and toys were donated to the program. "We put the items on display at the Knit Out," said Agard, "to serve as creative inspiration." "That way everyone gets to see and enjoy them before they're collected for the District Attorney."

The event is free and relies heavily on volunteers and donations, Agard said. "We rely on corporations, businesses and individuals for contributions. The event is free to the public, but we have expenses of acquiring space and the materials we use in our classes and mini workshops. These costs simply can not be met using yarn." "All donations are very much appreciated and tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law."

For information about the Philadelphia Area Knit Out, contact Gwen Agard, 215-928-9960.

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