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Adults and 50-Plus

You may be surprised to discover the variety of activities offered at the library. Visit us for reading recommendations, technology assistance, special events, research help, retirement planning resources and more.

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What are the dates for the program? 
Knit anytime from September 12 to November 18. Knitted items must be dropped off on November 18 by 6 p.m.

Will the library provide yarn? What else will be included?
Yes, we will provide a limited quantity of yarn at five branches: City of Fairfax Regional Library, Chantilly Regional Library, Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, John Marshall Library and Patrick Henry Library. People will receive yarn, a sewing label and instructions. 

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Who will receive the hats?
Adults will receive a unisex hat.

Is there a size for the hat? 
Knit a hat to fit a head circumference of 22.5”-24".

Are there specific colors being used? 
Solid dark colors (e.g., black, dark brown, grey and charcoal).

Can the knitter decide on the pattern? 
Yes. 

Where can we drop off our knitted items?
The collection sites are City of Fairfax Regional Library, Chantilly Regional Library, Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, John Marshall Library and Patrick Henry Library.

Are there allergy considerations being considered in choosing which yarn is used? 
Yes. The yarn will be wool or wool-blend. We will avoid purchasing angora or mohair yarn.

Will there be a target number of items set? 
No.

Will FCPL accept donations of yarn? 
No.

Will FCPL accept donations of knitted hats using my own yarn? 
Yes. The yarn must be new, wool or wool-blend and washable. Avoid angora or mohair yarn; people may be allergic.

Could we knit and donate other items like scarves, mittens, etc.?
Yes, and thank you for going the extra mile! However, this is not the expectation.

I can't knit. May I buy hats and/or other winter items to donate? 
No. We realize everyone will not be able to participate, but we want to encourage the gifting of handmade items. Please contact Shelter House directly if you wish to make a donation. 

May I crochet a hat?
Yes, if you crochet with your own yarn. 

I know how to knit and want to knit with others! Are there knitting groups that I can join? 
Several branches have knitting groups. You can bring your projects and chat with fellow knitters.

I have additional questions. Who can I contact? 
Send an email to LibAdultEvents@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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