Lion Brand Newsletter November 4, 2004 Trellis Yarn, New Free Patterns - Crochet and Knit Santa Stocking, Hat, Scarf, Mittens, Knitter of the Year
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November 4, 2004

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1. Knitter of the Year!

The winner of this year’s Knitter of the Year Award, sponsored by Lion Brand and Knitter’s magazine, is Bonnie Hagerman of Frederick, Maryland, for her work as founder of Care Wear, a volunteer organization that makes clothing for hospitalized babies. Ms. Hagerman was chosen from a field of 200 nomination letters.

Intended “To recognize one individual who works to further the craft of knitting, openly shares his or her knitting knowledge with others, contributes his or her time and resources to the craft of knitting, and demonstrates innovation in techniques or design.”, the Knitter of the Year Award has also always honored the use of knitting for the benefit of others, none more so than Ms. Hagerman.

Care Wear had its beginnings in 1991, with a decision by Ms. Hagerman, a Home Ec. teacher, to knit items for premature and low birthweight babies in Washington, D.C. area hospitals. Initially contacting a hospital for guidance, Ms. Hagerman’s first cap submission was returned with the request that it be made smaller. So was her second. Finally, the hospital suggested she go to the grocery store, buy a lime, and use that for her model. Some of the infants are as small as 15 ounces, and Ms. Hagerman recalled her shock at the realization that a 20-ounce soda she was reaching for weighed more than some of the babies for whom she was knitting.

Once begun, the project grew rapidly and, to keep pace with demand, she began recruiting others and distributing donated supplies to groups including local 4-H Clubs and, indeed, it was one of these 4-H groups that nominated her as Knitter of the Year. Items in local press and national attention from publications such as Family Circle magazine drew additional members, and the group is now a national network of volunteers and is registered as a [501(c)(3)] non-profit organization. By December 1998, more than 28,000 hats had been distributed, and the work continues not just with hats, but kimonos, a variety of other baby items, and sometimes burial garments.

These lovingly hand-made things bring much-needed comfort, perhaps most when a child loses its battle for life. Ms. Hagerman says she believes “to celebrate survival, you also have to mourn the loss” and what matters to her is knowing she’s made a difference. Her most moving letter may have been from the mother whose letter of thanks said, “That was the wedding dress my daughter will never wear.”

To learn more about CareWear, make a donation, or check out their patterns, visit their Website.

The award includes a $1,000 prize ($500 in cash, $500 in her choice of Lion Brand products) and was presented on October 9th, as part of Knitter’s Stitches East expo in Atlantic City. Although another commitment prevented Ms. Hagerman from attending the gathering in person, presenters Nancy Thomas, Editorial Director of Lion Brand, and Rick Mondragon, Editor of Knitter’s, called her on speakerphone to make the formal presentation.

2. Announcing Trellis

Knitted Triangle Shawl
Dazzling shaded colors reflect the beauty of this shimmering, lacy ribbon yarn.

Bulky Weight
1¾ oz/50 g;  115 yards/105m
100% Nylon
Knit: 15 sts x 20 rows = 4" (10 cm)  on size 15 (10mm) needles
Crochet: 12 sc x 10 rows = 4" (10 cm) with P-15 (10mm)  hook

Quick-Knit Scarf

Night Life 301:
A sophisticated palette of blacks, grays and whites

Ocean: 302:
Tranquil blues like waves with lively whitecaps

Champagne 303:
Warm browns and beiges


Rainbow 304:
A glorious bright rainbow


Stained Glass  305:
Cerise, lime, peacock and medium blue

Pastel Gardens 306:
A lively mix of pale yellows, pinks, blues and lavenders

3. November Free Patterns
It’s November, and the season of Santa is nearly upon us. For all you elves itching to get your fingers into holiday knitting and crocheting, here are some wonderful patterns. Now when the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ends with Santa’s arrival, you can be ready! Happy Thanksgiving to all!



« Lion Chenille and Fun Fur combine to create holiday warmth for both child and child-at-heart in these patterns for Santa Hat, Santa Scarf, Santa Mittens, and that special Santa Stocking to hang by the chimney with care.
 « Turn your loved ones into a family of Santas with Chenille Thick & Quick and Fun Fur patterns for a Santa Hat, Santa Scarf, and Santa Mittens in adult and child sizes (the hat even has a size for the family dog!) plus a matching Santa Stocking. Make them individually or as a set, you’re sure to see smiles.

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