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Knit..Stitch…for the Homeless

Knitted blanket squares that will be stitched together next week. (c) 2018 Naiya Brooks

Audio Transcript: BrooksKnitting

Naiya Brooks SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS)- A Syracuse woman is using her knitting skills to help the homeless keep warm this upcoming winter.

After her cousin gave her bags of yarn, Knit Designer Ellen Coy came up with the bright idea to combine her love for knitting and giving back by creating “Loopy Lunch”. Loopy Lunch is a free knitting class at Wildflowers Armory. Every Tuesday at Loopy Lunch, the group gets together and uses donated yarn to knit blankets for the homeless.

“We’re doing one little square art a time and on Tuesday we’ll probably start seaming it together and it’ll have a story behind it,” said Coy.

Coy plans to expand and make baby blankets, hats, and mittens and donate the goods to local non-profits such as Vera House, A Tiny Home for Good, Project Linus, and If We Eat They Eat.

Coy also created the #KnittersofSyracuse hashtag on Instagram to connect the knitting community and their efforts.

“I think we have over 600 posts on it and it’s been under a year,” said Coy.

Coy explained that the hashtag helped her connect and find friends to knit with in the area.

Even though it’s summertime, that’s not slowing down the knitters. The group is gearing up for the Fall and Winter by stockpiling donated yarn.

If you would like to donate yarn for Loopy Lunch or other projects you can visit Knitty Gritty Yarns in Syracuse or contact Coy through her website.