What is Warm Up America! (WUA!)

Welcome to Warm Up America! the charity that has warmed peoples' lives since 1991. Evie Rosen photoIt started in a small Wisconsin town with neighbors knitting and crocheting afghans for neighbors in need. Thanks to the creativity of founder Evie Rosen who came up with the idea of having volunteers knit or crochet small sections and then others join them together, the idea quickly caught on. Today Warm Up America distributes warm afghans, caps and other items to tens of thousands of people, thanks to the generosity of knitters and crocheters around the country.

Stitch Your State Campaign

Warm Up America! needs your help but this isn’t our usual ask. We are planning a major marketing initiative this fall to tell more people about Warm Up America! and we want our artwork to be representative of current volunteers from around the country. That’s how we came up with our Stitch Your State Campaign. Get involved!


nurses at Parkland with WUA representative

Craft Yarn Council Assistant Director Jenny Bessonette, second from right and Cheri Prachniak, also with the Council, to her right, presented knitted and crocheted baby caps and blankets to Parkland Hospital staff members (l. to r.) Ann Foster, Volunteer Program Coordinator; Lisa Little, Director, Guest Services; Meredith Maclay, Child Life Specialist; Courtney Yates, Child Life Specialist; and Madeleine Pennington, Child Life Specialist.

Help Us Warm Up Parkland Babies

Parkland and WUA logosParkland Memorial Hospital, located in Dallas, TX, serves as Dallas County's public hospital, serving many communities and delivering thousands of babies every year. In the past, Warm Up America (WUA) donated boxes of baby caps to Parkland, which were greatly appreciated. This year, the nurses have another wish: they want to wrap every baby born at Parkland in a beautiful crocheted or knitted blanket. After visiting with the families of newborns at the hospital and seeing how appreciative the mothers were of our handmade gifts, this is a challenge we could not refuse, but we cannot accomplish our goal without your help. READ MORE

Warm Up Canada!

Warm Up Canada! logo in English and French!

We are delighted to announce that later this fall Warm Up Canada and Rechauffons le Canada! will officially be introduced. In the process of trademarking Warm Up Canada, we met the wonderful Yvonne Brown who created Busy B, a non-profit organization which owns and operates two second-hand retail/recycling stores in the town of Tofield, located south of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada. In addition to Busy B’s retail activities, Yvonne works with area volunteers to knit afghans which are donated to Blankets for Canada and distributed to people in need. The goal of Warm Up Canada is to complement the work these wonderful groups do.