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Stroke Survivors Loom Knit for Charity

I was teaching a woman how to loom knit when I was approached by another woman asking if I would be willing to teach a group of stroke survivors. The group would also include men nd women who had survived brain cancer, other head traumas, polio and MS. Some only have the use of one arm. The class meets once a week for three hours and would meet at a local hospitcal under a physical therapist. This March we are starting our fifth year. The group loom knits hats and scarves for local charities and shelters. Some of their hats have gone to Africa. Onw loom knits shawls which she gives to local chemo centers because patients undergoing chemo often get cold. They have also loom knit preemie hats for the hospital. Last year they loom knit and donated over 600 hats and scarvees. I suspect that this year the total will be more. They work on their projects at home as well as in class. The yarn that is used is usually donated to the group although some use their own money to buy yarn even though most are on disability or are retired. Lion Brands yarns such as Woolese Thick & Quick, Homespun, Hometown USA and 'funky' yarns like Fun Fur are favorites. I attached some pictures of a Christmas Tree the group made for the local Festival of Trees. Almost everything is loom knit including the "Snow People and Snow Dog". One woman crocheted snowflakes while another woman folded Christmas paper into small boxes which became tiny Christmas presents. This group is just amazing and I am proud to be their teacher. My time is also volunteered but I do get to eat supper in the hospital cafeteria after class.


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