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‘Yarn Bombing’ Movement Shares Scarves, Hats in Public Places

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“Chase the Chill” has become a social media movement that inspires people to leave warm scarves, often with a note, in public places for anyone to take.


“I’m not lost,” it says on many of the homemade tags. “Take me if you’re cold.”

Scarves draped on trees, posts, signs, and other public locations first appeared in downtown Easton, Pennsylvania, in the fall of 2010, according to the original Chase the Chill group on Facebook.

Susan Huxley, a crochet teacher, writer and blogger, who started the Easton group with some friends, says she saw homeless people walking to the shelter down the street, often without the proper clothing to keep them warm.

“I wanted to do more. Something that allowed people the freedom of personal choice and dignity,” said Huxley, whose charity-centered ‘yarn bombing’ spread widely to Boston, WinnipegGeorgia and elsewhere.

Photos, like this one from the Winnipeg group, are shared on Facebook and knitters start their own groups wherever they live. The latest group in Detroit scarf bombed trees with mittens, hats and scarves this week in four locations.’

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  1. rawnana51@gmail.com' Debbie says:

    Three of us here in Maine started this as well 4 weeks ago ..Our facebook group is called Just.BEcause … The response has been so amazing! We now are giving out close to 125 packed lunches 2 times a week … And providing many blankets wrapped in plastic bags in parks along with many hats, scarves and mittens … The smiles on those receiving is so heartwarming … Love seeing this ! Lets keep spreading the love ! A difference is being made every day !!

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