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It all began with argyle socks!
Created By: Addie Callahan

My sister taught me how to knit. My first project was argyle socks! That should have been enough to switch to crocheting! I've had many unfinished projects as well as a few disasters, which caused me to stray from knitting to needlepoint, but, once I learned how to knit Continental style, I was overjoyed to finish many items in half the time. So, if you knew me, you eventually would receive an afghan! Eighteen years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer,which dramatically changed my life. Thinking I could become a one lady crusader and preach the importance of early cancer detection, my doctor warned me to slow down and encouraged me to "take care of Addie". Still itching to get involved in someway with cancer awareness, I volunteered at a Wellness center near my home. Sitting at the reception desk at the center, I began taking my knitting with me, and soon I was knitting and donating hats for victims who had lost their hair. The plan mushroomed into "Hats for Hugs". I solicited several of my knitter friends, one who has MS, to start the project of knitting hats by meeting once a month; it also served more than one purpose. It provided my friend with an activity to keep her hands active, we could socialize, AND we would supply local area ocology departments with free hats to cancer patients. None of us fully realized how this small gesture became a most welcomed "gift" to so many women in our area. It also was a great outlet for homebound women, especially elderly knitters, because I pick up the finished hats. The best surprise was the notes we received from so many women, thanking us for our generosity! I attach a specially printed card stating, "This hat was made with loving hands by" and fill in the knitter's name. A local Chicago radio station also heard about us and we starting receiving free yarn and needles. I received so much yarn that I, in turn, donated some supplies to a retirement home! Now my two grandchildren are thrilled to go to the local hospitals with me to deliver the hats! We have supplied hundreds to six hospitals or hospice/wellness centers in the Chicagoland area!

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