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Caring and Sharing

While so many of us love making things for ourselves and our families, many in the Lion community go further, creating for those in need. Join us in this section and be touched by these true stories of caring and sharing submitted by Lion Brand readers.

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Warm-Up-America Baby Blanket

I have knit since I learned as a child-I taught myself from how-to books. As a mom, I made sweaters and mittens for my children and their friends. As a librarian, I showed off knitted items ("Look what you can learn from books!") to my elementary students and they wanted to form a knitting club. We did, with students in grades 4-6 participating, at the Salem Elementary School in Salem, NY (during the 2002-2003 school year).

When I brought in a Warm Up America contest idea from Family Circle Easy Knitting magazine, several of the students were ready to knit for a cause. They chose a mitered square design in garter stitch and decided on colors. The contest specified (new)acrylic yarns so I bought what they asked for.

We knit and knit! then we sewed and sewed the squares (and almost squares) together, inserting a few crocheted fill-in pieces where the edges didn't quite meet.

We were very pleasantly surprised to receive a lovely letter of thanks along with 20 skeins of yarn for our efforts! We were both stunned and thrilled to later see a picture of our blanket in the winter issue of the magazine!

That drummed up lots of interest in the knitting group and we were happy to start another blanket with a new crop of knitters in 2003-2004. Students as young as 2nd and 3rd grades began knitting this year.

We are working on another blanket for charity but are taking a bit longer to finish this one since we have no contest deadline over our heads...

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