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How Knitting/Crocheting Changed My Life
Created By: Dianna Overall

I learned to knit from my mothers friend when I was 18 years old and to crochet from my ex-mother-in-law when I was 22. I am now 57 years young.

I have made items for my family and friends, but realized you can only use so many afghans, hats, houseshoes and scarves. While attending a Christmas evening service in 2002, looking at the manger, it awakened me to the fact, there must be homeless people out in the cold with no family, hat, mittens/gloves or other items. Where to find an organization that needed items. I searched on the Internet and was so overwhelmed, I did not have a clue where to start, as I printed off 86 pages. I wrote to a couple charity organizations and received a positive response, Yes, we can use items you send us. I did this for a couple of years, then another idea popped into my mind. I could use some help and there must surely be some women/men that would like to assist me. I put an article in our local newspaper (we are a small community, maybe a population of 3,000) stating if anyone was interested in crocheting/knitting for charity. I became disappointed when I did not receive a response at first. I found a location to meet at no charge. I finally decided that I would just publish a date, time and location and see what happened. There were 10-12 women that showed up. We have 6-8 women that are faithful in our first Wednesday of each month meeting from 7:00p.m.-9p.m.?The items that we make all go to a charity in Chicago, IL. With this said, it occurred to me that there may be individuals that don't like to drive at night, might work a swing shift and can't come on a weeknight. Thus, a Saturday group has evolved, named "The YarnOvers", that meet the 2nd Saturday of each month from 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.?

Not only have the recipients of the handmade items learned that there are people that truly care of their well-being, even though, we will probably never meet each other, but new friendships have been made.

What is closest to my heart, is an 80+ yr old woman, that lives a 1/2 block from my house, that I did not know became involved with our group. She told me when she read the article in the paper she was so excited, because she felt that she was just a dried up, old woman with no purpose in life. And this gave her purpose. She dearly loves to crochet, but now because of her blindness, she can no longer do something that came her great pleasure.

To give to others less fortunate and to know that just maybe I have helped them to have a better day, put a smile on their face, and know someone cares about them is the greatest feeling.

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