Our first Press Release :)

Streetknit’s new Media/Outreach guru is wasting no time. Here’s our first press release …

For Immediate Release: StreetKnit Wants Your Knitted Goods To Help Homeless
With the first fallen snow officially powdering u(T.O.)pia, we should be doubly reminded of the state of homelessness in our communities.
Every year people in Toronto freeze to death because they have nowhere to come in from the cold. In winter 2004/2005 there were 15 extreme cold weather warnings in Toronto. While we at Streetknit cannot (yet . . . we’re working on it) knit shelter for people, we are rousing the knitting communities of Toronto, hobbyists, s’n’bs, society yarn-darlings, needle-clackers of all ages and walks of life to provide the next best thing.
We’re asking knitters 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. These can be dropped off at local yarn-knit shops Knit-O-Matic (1378 Bathurst St.), The Naked Sheep (2144 A Queen St. E.) and The Knit Cafe (1050 Queen W.).
Let this year be the year Toronto started knitting herself up a terrible storm, wrapping up our communities fair and beleaguered in one big loving scarf with matching mitt-lets and a toque.
Depending on how many fresh woolly goods thier winter drives see, Streetknit will be distributing to homeless outreach programs all over the city including Windfall Clothing and Ve’ahavta so far, as well as need expressed by future friends Scott Mission,St. Francis Table and Out of the Cold. If you are a homelessness service-provider interested in this project, please contact streetknit@gmail.com .
In the knitting community and want to help? Please post this request to your own blog, list-serve, events group, and forward this request to all your woolly-minded friends. How about organizing your own knitting party for streetknit’s winter drive? Need help publicising it or representation on our site? Any Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us at:

Thank you in advance for your kind wooliness and effort.

Ryan Kamstra (Media/Outreach)
Sadie Lewis (Founder/Director)
Media Inquiries


  1. Mary de B wrote:

    I’ve got half a scarf for you, and will try to get it finished by the end of January. Will you be collecting this winter beyond then, or should we store things up for next year?

  2. Sadie wrote:

    Hi Mary,

    We will be collecting beyond the end of January. Just drop your scarf off at one of the participating yarn shops and we’ll take it from there. Thanks for your support!

  3. thebookmistress wrote:

    I am spreading the word: http://books4israel.blogspot.com/2007/01/baby-its-cold-outside.html

    thebookmistress (Nina)