Knitters raise $1,500

After frantically knitting for nearly three months , Mary Weselake and the Avalanche knitters have finished a 32 ft. long scarf.

Mary Weselake

After frantically knitting for nearly three months , Mary Weselake and the Avalanche knitters have finished a 32 ft. long scarf.

The knitters were unable to beat the record for the longest scarf, which is 33 miles, but they were able to raise nearly $1,500 for the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC).

Weselake, along with City of Fernie Mayor, Cindy Corrigan, challenged knitters including city mayors to get knitting to raise money for the CAC

The challenge began at the beginning of February with the goal of knitting the longest scarf in the world.

Eager to keep the challenge going and to raise money for the CAC, the avalanche knitters kept stitching well past their original deadline of March 31.

“We all live in the mountains and we all live with the threat of avalanches. It’s important for us to support the CAC to get out and teach people about backcountry safety,” said Corrigan at the beginning of the challenge.

Knitters from Armstrong and Kimberley contributed to the scarf.

Weselake is still selling knitted goods at Heaven and Big Bang Bagels with the proceeds going to the CAC.