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afghans for Afghans /The Ships Project

I knit and crochet hats and slipper/socks for two organizations: afghans for Afghans, and The Ships Project. I've been doing this for about two years now. If I remember correctly, I found the link to afghans for Afghans from the Ships Project webpage. I read about The Ships Project in "Crochet" magazine. I was looking for a way to support Americans serving in the military, and then when I read about the Afghans project, I fell in love with that groups' goal, too. I needed something to do to constructively fill my time while watching TV in the evenings, and these two organizations provide a way for me to feel useful without having to break my family's budget.

I have used many types of Lion Brand yarn, including HomeSpun, Magic Stripes, Wool-Ease, and Micro-spun (LOVE this yarn!! makes great slipper-socks). I buy the yarn when it's on sale. I also use yarn that is donated to the resale shop where I volunteer (some of those hats go back to the store, to be sold there to benefit Bethesda Lutheran Homes). And occasionally I am able to pick some up at my local yarn store, Marie's Yarn Shop in Friendswood, Texas. Marie also lets me look through her bin of remnant yarns and choose some from there (for more about this, please ask).

Since I started knitting and crocheting for The Ships Project, I've made at least 200 knitted or crocheted hats, and about a dozen pairs of slipper-socks. I've made about 200 hats for afghans for Afghans, but only a couple of pairs of slipper-socks for them. Each knitted hat I make takes about an hour and a half, and the crocheted hats take 45 minutes each. The slipper-socks probably take about three hours to finish a pair.

I would strongly encourage anyone who knits or crochets to consider supporting these two organizations. Even if you do not support the war in Iraq, the people serving in our military are so grateful for our support of them that I believe this should outweigh any political considerations. The impact these "hugs from home" (thanks, Ellen!) has on our guys and gals in the service is amazing. To read some of their comments, all you have to do is check out the webpage for The Ships Project. I promise you will cry when you see how happy they are to get the things Ellen sends. I also believe that the displaced Afghani people need to know that Americans care about what happens to them. I can't send money to them, but I *can* send warm hats, so I do.

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