In an effort to help wounded service members, Ahwatukee residents Agnes Oblas and Peggy Coomans are hosting a seven-hour knit-a-thon this weekend.

Donating all of their event proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project, Oblas, Coomans and about 30 others will be knitting for seven hours at Mountain View Lutheran Church this Saturday.

Wounded Warrior offers programs and services to injured military men and women who served on or after September 11, 2001. Some services include stress recovery, physical rehabilitation, transition programs and family support.

“I love knitting because it’s so creative, its not just putting two needles together,” said Oblas. “And it’s a hobby that you can do while engaged in other activities.”

Those interested in attending the knit-a-thon can also choose between a few classes that will teach different knit patterns and variations. Though the event is open to the whole community, those with at least some experience in knitting are encouraged to attend.

Tickets will be $20, the first class is free following any additional classes for $5. A pizza lunch will be available along with raffle drawings and knitting contests.

Hoping to bring more knitters out of the woodwork as well as benefit servicemen and women, the event is the first of its kind in this area.

“I don’t know how many knitters there are out there, but we hope this will help bring people out for a good cause,” Oblas said.

Mountain View Lutheran Church is located at 11002 S. 48th St. The knit-a-thon will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 5 p.m. on May 18.

For tickets, email Oblas at

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