La Crosse yarn shop knits for Charity

Unwound Artisan Yarn Shop in La Crosse. Photo courtesy of its Facebook page.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – A downtown La Crosse yarn shop is knitting to raise money for an area nonprofit.

Unwound Artisan Yarn Shop is partnering with the Great Rivers United Way to sell raffle tickets for the chance to win a “Safe at Home” blanket.

The project began in April when La Crosse area residents were asked to stay “safe at home” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thinking of who are homeless, who experience domestic violence, and who are healthcare insecure, Susan Crutchfield, Owner of Unwound Artisan Yarn Shop, decided to launch a charity “knit along,” inviting knitters around the country to contribute one knitted square towards a patchworked blanket. The blanket, a 40 x 50″ pattern by Margaret Holzmann, will be raffled off to benefit one or more charities working to end the conditions that make home unsafe for some, according to Crutchfield.

The finished blanket will be on display in Unwound’s shop window during the Driftless Loop Yarn Shop Hop, July 10-12, and will remain there until the raffle winner is chosen. The raffle drawing is set for 6 p.m. on August 7 at Unwound Artisan Yarn Shop, 413 Jay Street in La Crosse. More information can be found on the shop’s Facebook page.