On an abnormally hot day in October, my family went to the beach. My youngest cousin, Kristina, brought a large bag of knitting supplies. She is 17, and was knitting on the beach. My mom, Debi, and I took immediate interest, and from then on it was all we could talk about.
We watched YouTube videos and taught ourselves the basic stitches, then got more detailed in our searches and began creating scarves and hats that were flawless and looked professional. We both gave those scarf and hat sets to our co-workers and family for Christmas, who got more compliments on our work.
Alas, as Christmas season ended, we knew we weren’t ready to give up knitting for the
season. Then the requests started rolling in. People saw our work on our loved ones and wanted some for themselves. We thought about setting up a traditional Etsy store, but mom and I have always wanted to find a way to give back.
So Warmth Squared was born.
The plan is simple: We will open our Etsy store in August. Each item will be hand crafted, made by us for you. There will be plenty of colors and styles to choose from.
For every item purchased, a second item will be donated to those in need. On top of that, 50 percent of our proceeds will go to Lunch Break, a social support organization in Red Bank that feeds, clothes and trains the less fortunate. Any additional proceeds will go back into the Warmth Squared fund to sustain the project for another year.
Warmth Squared is about exponential giving. We make the warmth, you spread it, then goes on to help hundreds of people in Monmouth and Ocean County.
Look for our launch in August, and we will keep you informed on our progress!