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How knitting has benefited many
Created By: Joyce Marcotte

Having been a knitter since the tender age of six, I am always interested in passing the craft along. I knit all the time. (My family teases me about the basket of mitten knitting in our bathroom.) I take my knitting everywhere I go and when a child, or anyone, expresses interest, I start a conversation about it. Some times I can get them to try a couple of rows.

I recently offered to teach a group of men who are in the custody of the Vermont Dept. of Corrections in the Caledonia Community Work Camp the art of knitting.

A small group of men started, each making themselves a hat. Lion Brand Yarn Company very generously donated a gigantic box of yarn to the cause and those guys are off and knitting! They are making things to donate to several charities. We've made infant caps for a neonatal intensive care unit and chemo-caps for people with cancer. The current projects, baby blankets and women's slippers are intended for a battered women's shelter.

The amazing thing is how quickly the men learned how to knit.

I don't know when I've been happier to see the effect of perfecting an art have such an impact. This group of caring men are giving generouly of their time in spite of a fair amount of teasing about "men who knit", to help other people in need. I think they are proud of the impact their simple gifts can make and I am certainly proud of each and every one of them.

Knitting at the work camp is a productive pass-time with a bounty for others who truly have a need and are grateful for the compassion the men show in their knitted gifts.

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