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Wanting to make a difference
Created By: Laura Ibach

After having my third son, I realized I just didn't have time to sew anymore except when the kids were sleeping and I hated not having something to do while the kids were playing at the playground or while waiting in waiting rooms, etc. So, I decided that maybe it was time to teach myself to knit. It was something I'd always wanted to do as I had received many knitted or crocheted gifts as a child and I always loved those best.

I spent a little time trying to teach myself with great frustration resulting so I spent some time finding a reason to persevere. What I found was the Ships Project. They make knitted hats and slippers for the troops, as well as some sewn and crocheted things. So, in the fall of 2002 I decided that I had to learn how to knit so I could help make hats for the troops who I knew so dearly deserved support. I had taught myself well enough to attempt my first hat within a week and shortly had learned well enough that unless I'm working on a complicated pattern I can knit without needing to keep my eyes glued to what I'm doing.

Since then I've made many hats and slippers for the troops, many gifts for friends and family and recently I've started making prayer shawls and blankets for people. The first shawl I made before I learned about prayer shawls was for my sister to wear at her wedding. Since then I've used the trinity stitch to make many shawls for dear ones who were grieving. It is such a blessing to be able to give something like that to someone when words are just not enough.

I love being able to spread my love and caring for others through the things I make, not to mention how relaxing and meditative knitting is for me who now has four boys.

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