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Soldiers Learn to Knit

Teaching people to knit is always rewarding.  I received an email recently from Joy, a soldier serving in Afghanistan who taught her fellow soldiers how to knit!  As many of us know, knitting is a great way to relax, and Joy decided to share her relaxation method with others.  It was heart-warming to hear about her impromptu knitting lessons even in less-than-ideal conditions.

Joy says, "It was extremely dusty and hard to keep anything clean, so we just took the garage sale yarn that my mother in law sent me in a care package. We got pretty creative. I made a pillow for the aid station while the PA Naimiyah made a cute scarf for her daughter."

We were happy to send Joy and her fellow soldiers beginner supplies to spread the love of yarncrafting, and we hope they continue to enjoy knitting for years to come!

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Have you ever taught anyone to knit or crochet?  Who taught you to knit or crochet?

Update 8/13/10: Joy just posted this comment for those of you who are interested in supporting these Combat Knitters further:

Thank you so much Lions Brand Yarn for sending us those starter kits! If supporters are interested in sending knitting materials, I would be happy to receive them and distribute to our Combat Knitters! You can reach me at for my mailing address at FOB Sharana. Thanks for your support!

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  • Debra

    This is such a great article! I loved the pictures. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Kelly D < :)

    Two of my favorite things are in this blog! :D


    To all those over in the far off place...enjoy your knitting and come home safe!

    With many thoughts and prayers!

    Kelly D < :)

  • Friday V.

    Is there a place where we can donate yarn to active service personnel?


    <em>Zontee says: Hi Friday V., thanks for your interest--Joy posted her e-mail address below so that you can reach her and send yarn supplies.</em>

  • Marge

    My Mom tought me how to knit when I was about 12 years old. She also tried to teach me to crochet but atlas I did not learn.. I have been knitting on and off throught out the years and have made many many new baby gifts and wedding gifts and so much more. I thougt a group of young girls to knit in my own home. Neighborhood girls one summer that had nothing to do...It gave me great pleasure in watching the girl learn and pick up on knitting. They all completed a scarf.
    Thank you

  • Elliesue

    How great! A good way to pass the time and share the knowledge. Lion Brand, I hope you're sending a care package to our soldiers too!

  • Joy Holcomb

    Thank you so much Lions Brand Yarn for sending us those starter kits! If supporters are interested in sending knitting materials, I would be happy to receive them and distribute to our Combat Knitters! You can reach me at for my mailing address at FOB Sharana. Thanks for your support!

  • Eden

    My Mom and I purchased a "Learn to Knit" kit when I was 9 and we learned how to knit together. That was lots of fun! Several years later I taught myself how to crochet. And I've taught my siblings how to both knit and crochet!

  • Diane Wiman

    When my dad was traction in a Veteran's hospital, having been wounded while in the Navy in Korea, a nurse taught him to knit to pass the time.
    With donated yarn, he knitted a nice shawl for his young wife (my mom).
    Somewhere we have a picture of him flat on his back, leg extended by cables and weights, with knitting needles held high.
    Even years later, whenever he tried to knit, he had to lie down on the couch and hold his work up in front of his face to keep going on it.
    I hadn't thought about that in quite awhile :)

  • Louise

    I love knitting, and I love our Soldiers. The combination of the two makes me very happy!!! Hooorah for the Soldiers taking a knitting break! We love you and God-speed.

  • Dayna Whitehead

    I taught myself to knit from several books and by watching Knitty Gritty on the DIY channel. I was working third shift at a local answering service when a couple of girls wanted to learn to knit or crochet, which I have been doing since I was about three years old. I taught them and it turned into a major session as several others knew other techniques and taught me. It was a great deal of fun. I also taught another friend of mine to knit who has went on to have the prettiest stitches I've ever seen!


  • Ilehlia

    I just taught a group of ladies to knit in a 10-week evening course at our church. We have kept going as a knitting club, meeting once a week at a different park and setting up our lawnchairs for the afternoon. Recently I found out about a group of volunteers from another church who will be going to Uganda next August, 2011. They presented a slide show about how people can get involved to support them. When I mentioned our knitting group to them, they asked if we could make baby blankets for the orphanage they will be going to. So this group of new knitters has taken on the challenge of knitting 100 baby blankets by next summer! Needless to say, I'm very thrilled and proud of them!

  • Heather

    My Brother taught me to knit when I was 11 or 12 and ever sence I've been knitting like crazy I'm 15 now love knitting just finished a baby blanket for my aunt that took me 5 months to make so glad I'm finally done with that.I love knitting and crocheting.

  • Heather

    I taught my cousin to knit and she's 10 !!!!! she learn really fast she likes knitting she makes small stuff like head bands and braclets.

  • jhysy

    i want to teach my friends to knit but all we have is just one pair of needles because we dont have insufficient tools..

  • Mjzorn

    We have a knitting club at my school for 5th and 6th graders. I always have several little boys and remind them that some of the most famous knitters historically were SAILORS.

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