Students knit hats for womens’ shelter


Students knit and crochet hats, scarves and mittens for community members who are less fortunate. The next event will be held Monday, April. 16 at 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the University Center’s Back Room (1213). Photo by: Kat Torreano

Jamie Glenn

NMU students gathered on Monday in room 1213 of the University Center to make hats that will be donated to those in need at the Marquette Women’s Center.

Senior ecology major and student event coordinator Georgia Harrison helped facilitate the skill builder as a continuation of the Volunteer Center’s MLK day of service that was funded by a grant from the Michigan community service foundation.
“We have enough supplies to do it more than once, so we decided to continue it on. The NMU yarn club was also interested in helping lead the event. I’ll be taking the supplies and anything we make to the women’s center after the fact” Harrison said.

She said she thinks it’s important to implement skill builders like these into our NMU community.

“I think it’s a really good opportunity for students to come together and learn about opportunities in the community, and maybe some other challenges that other members of the community are facing and is a simple and easy way to give back,” Harrison said.

Both new and seasoned knitters were welcomed to participate in this skill builder that embraced all skill levels for the cause.

“It’s a nice first stop, pretty low commitment, it’s just an hour and a half sitting crocheting and knitting, this is something that’s easy and obtainable that everyone can do to start out,” Harrison said. Outdoor recreation management major Chloe Fortune also participated in the event and said she appreciated the new experience.

“I’ve never knit before. It’s cool to come here and knit, especially since it’s going to a cause. It’s cool that we’re doing it for something. I’ve always wanted to learn how to knit before, so it kind of motivates me to actually maybe
do it on my own time,” Fortune said.
This skill builder will take place three more times throughout the semester. The next one will be held on Monday, March 26, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Back Room of the University Center and is free for all students, faculty and staff who are interested in participating. All supplies are provided.