A new way to give, a great way to plan ahead!
Fans of the Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop know that giving is central to the shop hop’s mission. Each year we collect thousands of dollars’ worth of food for Minnesota area food shelves. It’s a great way to come together and give back to our community.
This year we’re making it easier for you to contribute, and to have a great shop hop experience. Rather than donating at each shop ($5 at each shop is the recommended donation), you now have the option of making a one-time $50 donation to receive a VIP Pass for the shop hop. These passes are available at the participating shop of your choice from March 6 – April 6. By making a donation, you receive several benefits:
• With 17 shops on the hop, your $50 donation is a savings for $35 when you visit every shop
• You are guaranteed this year’s shop hop giveaway, a glass bead, at every shop, no matter when you arrive (quantities are limited for the general public). The beads will be used to make a very cool counting bracelet.
• A special prize drawing of premium merchandise will be held for those holding VIP passes. Great odds for an amazing array of yarn and accessories!
Registration is simple: Stop by Knit’n from the Heart or any other participating shop anytime between March 6 and April 6. Ask to register for the VIP Pass for the Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop. When you arrive at each shop during the hop, simply give your name; we’ll have everything ready for you!
Thanks for participating in this year’s Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop. It’s going to be our best ever!
We’ve all been there… We all have our big fish/yarn tales. Giant knots. Pull outs that have gone horribly awry. Significant others and children standing with their arms spread wide so you can wind a ball of yarn. We have stories as long as the longest yardage and they JUST. KEEP. COMING.
The stories we share with each other are some of the best things of fiber arts — and so are our solutions! So — how do you manage your yarn while you are working? Do you pull from a bag? Do you use a bowl? A Spindle? We’ve seen some pretty cool solutions… we’d love to see more!
Check out the green teapot from aruraljournal! I’ll be on the hunt for one of these myself! The yarn spindle from stashlounge is just straight up brilliant! Our very own Larry used to make these for our shop and we just couldn’t keep them on our shelves! And the cute little jars are from http://mestvirkat.blogspot.ie - you could probably whip those up with the canning jars that are quickly emptying in your kitchen pantry this cold winter season. Joann’s has a great tutorial for an upcycled soda bottle yarn pull — the possibilities are endless! So what’s your solution? We’d love to hear your ideas!
Knit’n from the Heart has long been a drop off site for the Mother Bear Project – a non-profit organization dedicated to hand-making bears for children in developing countries. For many of these children, a Mother Bear is the only toy they will call their own. These bears made from one, simple pattern and created by the heart-felt hands of knitters and crocheters travel to children living with HIV/AIDS in African countries like Malawi, Kenya, and Ethiopia. Click HERE for a map and full list of countries where Mother Bear is involved. Each bear arrives with a hand stitched heart and a tag featuring the maker’s name — Mother Bear groups meet to stitch the hearts on donated bears, and names are placed on tags for those that have paid sponsorship. What an amazing way to send love and a hug all wrapped into one, tiny bear!
We’ve seen a lot of bears come through our shop in the last 6 years we’ve been involved, but we have to admit, we were completely amazed to hear that nearly 1,100 bears for the Mother Bear Project have been completed and returned to Knit’n from the Heart! That is an amazing number… and in a way, our creative hands have touched the hearts of these children across the globe.
We love this project here at Knit’n from the Heart — and we want to give a great big shout out to all of you that have been a part of the Mother Bear Project! WHOOT WHOOT!
There are a lot of great ways to get involved — stop by the Mother Bear Project website for the following information:
Purchase a pattern HERE and start knitting bears for African children living with HIV/AIDS!
Not a knitter? Want to sponsor a bear’s African adventure? Click HERE to make a donation.
Want to connect with a group of other Mother Bear knitters? Click HERE for a list of participating groups.
Have a bear or two completed? Click HERE for participating shop drop off sites.
Feeling inspired? Over 1,100 bears have come through our shop — and that’s something we want to continue to be involved with! How about you?