It’s been over a month since Knit the Bridge came down. My, how time flies! We wanted to share with a quick update of how your lovingly hand-stitched panels and railings are enjoying life after the bridge.
The panels had a quick turn around time and were laundered the Sunday and Monday after the installation came down. We had to scramble to contact all of the agencies and shelters and quickly arrange a drop-off. We found that many organizations expressed an interest in the panels-turned-blankets and delivered over 700 total to locations in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties. Organizations who helped us distribute and/or received blanket donations include:
- Alle-Kiske Hope Center
- Ambridge Center for Hope
- Butler County Humane Society
- Center for Victims
- Family Promise
- Homeless Children’s Education Fund
- Kane Regional Center Glen Hazel
- Light of Life Mission
- Operation Safety Net
- Westmoreland Animal Friends
- Westmoreland Detention/Juvenile Shelter
- Women’s Center and Shelter
For more on wesa’s article (photos above) go to: http://wesa.fm/post/after-yarn-bomb-knit-bridge-panels-donated-area-shelters
We should also mention that they were so well received! They were oohed and ahhed over. Plus it was very rewarding to deliver them and know that they’re going to a new home with people and in some cases animals, who will love and use them.
Now what? You might ask. Well, there’s still plenty of re-purposing work to do. We’re sorting railings and using those to assemble more blankets, embellish as scarves, re-use for other installations… really the possibilities are endless. So if you want to help tackle some of those or if you have fabulous ideas for a couple (we have many to re-purpose), please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
And… not to be forgotten, the tower pieces are entering a second phase as well. Like the panels and railings, the tower pieces were in excellent condition when they came down. A little bit of laundering and voila! Stay tuned for what Venise and Penny have in mind…