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Customer Projects - Get Inspired

Would you like to share a project that you have made from our yarns or our patterns?   Hundreds of thousands of people who care about your favorite craft will see your work.  Any submissions, particularly original ones are welcome, as long as the project was made from Lion Brand Yarn. 

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How We Made a Difference Working Together
Created By: Beth Cohen

I learned to crochet when I was 10 and didn't learn to knit until two years ago at 45. My Mom taught me and she has been doing both since she was 12 (she is now 72). I have had so many good times picking out yarns with her and going over patterns to do. Even correcting my mistakes has been fun! But even making afghans, sweaters and scarves for friends and family gets to be old hat after a while. I needed a challenge.

I have a strong family history of breast cancer and have been taking preventive measures to make sure I don't get it. One of the measures is a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy. When I decided with my doctors that I was going to go through with it, I researched it all on the internet, of course! I stumbled upon a website called Breast They are a font of information and support for breast cancer survivors, their caregivers, family and friends. At this website they have discussion boards that have topics that range from Newly Diagnosed to Moving Beyond Cancer.

Within these forums I have made connections with many cybersisters. We all have an unfortunate common bond. There are alos those of us who share the bond of knitting and/or crocheting. One of the things I do the most while waiting at doctors' offices and testing centers is work on my latest yarn project.

While talking to one of the ladies, we started to discuss the warm-up america blankets. Why couldn't we do that too? So we started a thread for anyone who wanted to participate to make the squares, 7x9 each, any yarn other than wool, and any design or color. Two ladies are getting the finished squares sent to them and they put them together. Each finsihed afghan is shipped out to one of our members who is really in need of some extra warmth. This is our way of giving someone who is really suffering a big, warm hug.

The amazing thing is that these squares are made by women from all over the United States, from Florida to Maine and from Delaware to Alaska. Some have been doing yarn work for many years, some have just learned for the first time. It has been so rewarding to hear the posts from the recipients. They have been overwhelmed by the afghans and the meaning behind them. It is all anonymous as to who made the individual parts but they work together so well. If someone did not have the money to buy yarn, people mailed them some of theirs. Others who cannot knit or crochet have donated money for the shipping of the finished pieces and to buy yarn for others as well.

This is all being done because of our love for our fellow brothers and sisters who have survived an awful ordeal. This lets them know they are not alone and perfect strangers care about them. Our individual love of the craft has brought us all together to make one person at a time feel better.

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