Knit Michigan 2008 is a one day event being held on February 2, 2008, that focuses on raising money for cancer patients, families and research while sharing a passion for the fiber arts. This multi-faceted event has something for everyone. Michigan Guilds host rooms where the public can learn to spin, knit, weave, or crochet and there are special rooms for children and tweens targeted to their age level. Classes, many led by Michigan knitwear designers, are available to marathoners who start their Knit Michigan day at 7 a.m. and continue until nearly 10 p.m. All may take part in public areas that include a market featuring 14 different local yarn shops, a memory area, a spin- and knit-in, silent auctions and knitting and spinning contests. For an additional fee ($15), the public may enter a “knitting help” room hosted by local knit shops. All funds raised are divided between five different Michigan Cancer Charities that include: Rose Cancer Treatment Center, Beaumont Medical Center, Royal Oak; Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit; Genesys Regional Medical Center, Grand Blanc; Gilda’s Club, Royal Oak; and University of Michigan, Comprehensive Center, Ann Arbor. In 2007, the first year of the event more than $20,000 was raised to support selected cancer charities. Major event sponsors are Academy of the Sacred Heart and Genesys Regional Medical Center. The event will be held at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, 1250 Kensington Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 and is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is available for purchase. Fee for the public to enter is $10. Complete information may be found at www.knitmichigan.com.