Walk down 15th street this season, and you’ll be graced with a royal presence! Our latest window display celebrates a whimsical fairy tale, while bringing attention to a charity that is close to us.
Inspiration for the Window, by designer Juliet Hone:
With Warm Up America! being our chosen charity this year we began our design meeting with some lateral thinking. Our goal being to create piles of afghans from 7″x 9″ squares the story of the Princess and the Pea came to mind.
To set the scene, our Princess having had a sleepless night, thanks to the needle felt pea, is occupying her time making afghan squares. A fairy tale like scroll announces the call to action and even some cheeky white mice are helping keep count of donations on the table display inside the studio.
The Princess’ multi-layered bed gave the opportunity to use a variety of romantic colored yarns and numerous textures and patterns; Vanna’s Choice®, Martha Stewart Crafts™ Extra Soft Wool Blend and Heartland® to name a few. Her dress is made in Vanna’s Glamour® and Martha Stewart Crafts™ Extra Soft Wool Blend; the mice are made with Homespun®.
What is Warm Up America?
Since 1991, Warm Up America! has encouraged knitters and crocheters to give back to those in need by crafting small sections to be sewn together into afghans. Along with these finished afghans, WUA also distributes scarves, clothing for babies, and hats to shelters across the country.
How Can I Help Warm Up America?
Here are two main ways you can help contribute to this wonderful cause!:
If you’re in the New York City area, join us once a month for our “Block Party”! It’s a great way to meet and socialize with other knitters and crocheters, while creating afghan squares for WUA. We collect each square made, and have a seaming party at the end of the year to send off completed afghans to WUA! Look out for monthly RSVPs here on our blog.
Live out of state? You can still contribute directly to WUA! Specifications for afghan squares are 7″ by 9″ sections. We recommend using soft, easy-care yarns like Vanna’s Choice® or Hometown USA®. Send a few squares, or even a completed afghan, directly to WUA at:
Warm Up America! Foundation
3740 N. Josey Lane, Suite 102
Carrollton, TX 75007
Please note, WUA can only accept new afghans.
See more snapshots of our charity window and front display below, and see it all in person next time you’re by the Studio!