FAIRFIELD — It’s been a cold start to the new year, but two Fairfield Public Library groups are behind a heart-warming project.

Thanks to members of the library’s Sewing Salon and Purls of Wisdom, over 200 scarves, along with a few hats and a couple of pairs of mittens, were hung Jan. 8 from trees and benches outside 1080 Old Post Road, all for the taking. In fact, the sign urges anyone who needs a scarf to help themselves.

“We did it for the first time last year,” said Jane Siefert, administrative assistant to Town Librarian Karen Ronald. “I had seen this out West — different groups ‘yarn bombing.’”

Last years, it was just the members of the Sewing Salon, but with the creation of the knitting group, Purls of Wisdom, the project got some helping hands.

In 2016, the scarves didn’t go out until a bit later in the year, Siefert said. They put out 100 scarves on a Sunday, and by Monday, they were down to 10, and by Tuesday they were gone, she said.

This year, there were 215 scarves, six pairs of mittens and two hats.

“We came out Sunday in the frigid temperatures,” Siefert said.

The project, which began in October, has been “warmly received,” Siefert said.

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