By: Jacey Conway, Federation of Calgary Communities
Good conversation, meeting new people and learning new skills, all while giving back to those in need, sums up the Bowness Yarn-a-
The Bowness Community Association’s (BCA) first Yarn-a-
Brenda Ault and Lee-Ann Baines chatted about the lack of summer activities for older adults in Bowness and beyond.
“It’s a time to come and meet your
The two ladies planned the event in May. They got help from members of United Way of Calgary and Area and the Carya Society of Calgary.
The biggest obstacle was getting wool for the event, as that cost was not feasible for the community to cover.
The ladies rallied together, and, with the help of United Way and several anonymous donors, they gathered enough wool for the event. The quality of wool ranged from gently used to brand new. All of it was greatly appreciated and put to good use during the event.
Most who attended the event were seasoned knitters or crocheters, but the event was set up to cater to all ages and skill levels, including those who were just learning. Hat patterns, needles and hooks were made available for anyone who was just beginning or needed to refresh their skillset.
‘The yarn is only a tool to the conversation.’
Between the clicking of needles and hooks, a hum of conversation filled the event as neighbours met each other and made connections.
“The yarn is only a tool to the conversation,”
Hats, mittens or scarfs made during the Yarn-a-
Prior to moving to Alberta, Ault had donated her knitted goods to her church in British Columbia. The cold winters inspired her to do the same here in Calgary.
“The yarn we have today is donated so we might as well donate the finished product,” Ault said.
The BCA will work with partner organizations this winter to find good homes for donated scarfs, mitts and toques.
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Baines, who works with the BCA, encourages other
“We forget how easy it can be,” she
“It’s been a slice!” says Ault.