Warm Up Worthington!

A flaxen-haired waif was sitting at a booth at the Christmas market in Munich, Germany, trying to keep warm in a cotton sack dress. She looked at us so pleadingly that we took her home.

Now our little German friend wears handmade ensembles that she accessorizes with a string of pearls and a 1940s handbag. Last night, she cuddled up and read her German-language books under a just-her-size blanket that will help keep someone else warm this winter.Warm Up Worthington

Warm Up Worthington is the Worthington Libraries’ annual community service program where people of all ages join in to create blankets for needy families. The blankets are made of 49 different 7” by 9” blocks that are either knit or crocheted with acrylic yarn.

Whether you’re a novice knitter, a whiz at crochet or a generous non-crafter, you can help. Those who’d like to make a block can drop by any of the three Worthington Libraries branches to pick up a starter kit, which includes a template, supplies and instructions to create blocks from garter, stockinette, seed or double seed stitches, cables, squares, lines or shadow triangles. Then drop off your finished blocks to the branches anytime until 6:00 p.m. on December 12. You can make as many or as few blocks as you like. Non-crafters can join in by donating acrylic yarn or knitting needles to the project.

Attend an upcoming Blanket Bee to work on the blankets with other crafters. Help with layout, create finishing kits and weave blocks together into completed blankets that will be donated to area organizations that assist those in need. Blanket Bees will be held at 3:30 p.m. on three Saturdays: October 17 at the Worthington Park Library, November 21 at the Northwest Library, and December 12 at the Old Worthington Library.

Handmade hats, mittens and gloves are also welcome.

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