Students create scarves, hats to donate during Knit-A-Thon


Kent State students, faculty and member of the Kent community volunteer at the 12-hour Knit-A-Thon to help knit hats and scarfs for those in need in the library on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.

Felicia Ssempala

More than 100 students, faculty and Kent community members attended the biannual 12-hour Knit-A-Thon on Friday, Nov. 14.

“This event is a way of getting the campus aware of us and our cause,” said Julie Jimenez, Knitting for Those in Need president.

Knitting for Those in Need, a student group that knits hats and scarves to donate to people in the Kent community, hosted the event from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the University Library’s fourth floor.

Students and community members participated in the day full of knitting, camaraderie, drinks and food, including four boxes of cookies donated by Insomnia Cookies after a worker saw a flier for the event.

Some students who planned to study actually knitted instead.

“I came to study, but when I saw this going on I joined in because I actually like to knit,” said Kelsey Yankush, freshman nutrition major. Yankush knitted a hat to eventually be donated.

No experience was needed at this event. People were able to teach anyone how to knit.

“I know how to crochet, but I have never knit before,” said Haley Wachholz, senior geography major. “I came because they said they would teach me and they did. Now I’m making a hat.”

All hats and scarves made will be donated to various organizations in the Portage County area, such as the Miller Community House.

Contact Felicia Ssempala at [email protected].