Join the Whorling Spinsters on February 1 to benefit the International Wolf Center
International Wolf Center (Ely, MN)
Saturday February 1, 12-4pm at WGM
Spend an afternoon volunteering with your fiber community, knitting mitten cuffs using fluffy hand spun wolf fur novelty yarns provided by members of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota’s Whorling Spinster spinning group. This is a rare chance to knit with yarns created from the International Wolf Center’s ambassador wolves’ hand groomed undercoat fur and support the International Wolf Center (IWC) with your mitten donation. This is your last chance to participate.
What to bring:
·       one finished pair of adult size (S/M/L) handmade wool mittens, any color(s), any style, without cuffs, which you will complete by knitting ribbed cuffs using hand spun wolf undercoat fur yarn.
·       Size 6-10 DPNs or circular needles, scissors, darning needle
·       Optional: matching wool yarn to double knit with wolf yarn for a thicker, coordinated cuff
Why participate in this event?
·       To support the IWC through the donation of wolf-fur cuff mittens. Your mittens will be sold in the annual online silent auction on March 13-22nd, all proceeds of which go directly to funding the ambassador wolf care fund initiatives. This will be the 3rd year in which the spinners have participated with wolf undercoat fur products, garnering thousands of dollars for the IWC. Your name will be in the product description for all to see your handiwork and to purchase! (Please note that due to government regulations and approvals needed for working with this endangered species’ fiber, all items will be finished and donated on site. The hosting spinners will carefully collect all wolf yarn remnants to be used in other finished products.)
·       To increase awareness of the IWC’s mission, which is “To advance the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future.” The IWC has been given a 4-Star Charity rating by Charity Navigator.
·       To experience knitting with a rare fiber from an endangered species
·       To meet new people and to have fun!
Allow at least 1 hour to create 2 full cuffs from a selection of handspun colorful Aran/bulky weight wolf undercoat fur yarns.
Please look for the March 2020 “Fur” issue of PLY Magazine with an in-depth article on our “Wolf Project” that will create extra exposure for this year’s online auction. And please join us on February 1st for a howling good time!
Further information and to sign up for a slot due to limited availability: contact Chillon Leach.
*Auction bidding and final sales of wolf undercoat fur products is only legally allowed to those living in the United States.
All photos courtesy of the International Wolf Center. Used by permission.