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I took a college class as an adult student last...
Created By: Lori Law

I took a college class as an adult student last fall and kept one of my knitting projects in my bookbag for during breaks. I, along with my best friend, mother and daughters, make hats for our local hospital's chemo center, as well cold weather wear for a reservation for Native Americans. Waiting for the second half of class to begin, I began working on a hat from a skein of soft, copper colored eyelash yarn. A young woman sitting behind me, who hadn't had much to say all quarter, asked me what I was doing and I explained about the chemo hats.

"Why do you do that?", she said shaking her head, "Do you think that makes a difference?"

"I do this because I can't cure cancer," I told her, "If I could, I would, and that would make an enormous difference. I don't have that ability, though. What I have is this yarn and these sticks and these hands and the knowledge that when I'm done and this hat goes into the basket at the chemo center, someone is going to smile when she tries it on. I can make that difference."

By the quarter's end, that same young lady brought me a hat. It wasn't bad for a first effort from a self taught knitter, a little misshapen, with a dropped stitch here and there. It was the tearful smile that she gave me with the hat that made the difference. She said that she understands now that we can all make a difference, even a small one.

Our hats are given annonymously in memory and celebration of my late mother-in-law. but sometimes those benefitting from the hats leave us a note in our hat basket. Those notes and imagining those smiles make all the difference to me and my little, although growing, circle of knitters.

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