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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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Handmade Especially for You January Newsletter

Handmade Especially for You distributed 97 scarves on Friday, Jan. 23. That was a record for us. We couldn't have done it without the help of many, many people, not all of whom actually knit the scarves. THANKS TO:

June Grosssberg, owner of Concepts in Yarn (Hillside Village) who sponsors us at her knitting club on Wednesday evenings, where many of you come to collect yarn, drop off finished scarves, ask knitting questions, talk and knit. June has asked some of her suppliers to donate yarn, and some have. This is a tremendous benefit to our cause.

Jan, one of June's professional employees, helps us solve thorny problems, figure out which yarns work together, and how to untangle mistakes. She is the oil of our Wednesday evening knitting sessions.

Phil, my husband. Not only does he have to put up with a house filled with yarn and scarves and a wife obsessed with knitting and gathering scarves, but he designs and prints all our cards, business cards and flyers. We look better and better, more and more professional each month thanks to him.

Annie, Arline, and Tammy. Our over the top knitters. We couldn't have had so many scarves without their contributions, each one more beautiful than the last. Thanks also to those of you who contributed scarves on a smaller scale. Believe me, every one counts. All your contributions add up. That's how we made it to 97!

Tracy, a engineering student at Cornell who interned for Handmade during the holidays. When we saw (from photos sent by one of the shelters) that the recipeints didn't know how to wear the scarves once they had them, we asked her to draw directions for different ways to tie a scarf. She did a great job and all three shelters appreciated the directions when we delivered scarves on Friday.

Alethea, who loves the idea of making scarves to distribute to abused women so much that she rounded up her friends to join us. She even hosted a group of her friends to knit scarves at her home on Sunday afternoon. And some of them join us at Concepts on Wednesday evenings.

Chris, who spends a morning a month with me preparing the scarves for delivery. This month, we rolled them and tied them with a ribbon instead of wrapping them in tissue paper. We felt the recipients could choose the color they liked best that way. The scarves still look like individual gifts.

Beth, who developed our yarn measuring device, rolled seemingly hundreds of balls of yarn for all the scarf making kits we distributed. We couldn't have put together all those kits (and then the 97 scarves) without her.

Judy and Peggy, who contributed $$$$$ so we can buy yarn, needles, ribbon, etc. As we make more and more scarves from kits that we create and distribute, cash donations will be even more important.

Next month we hopet to broaden our program of teaching adults in Family Literacy Programs to knit and crochet. The program we did at Meyler Adult Education Center was very successful. LAUSD saw what a tremendous impact it had on the women who participated and asked if we would offer the program to their 22 other centers. The women at Meyler contributed a lot of scarves in November. I hope to receive more from them when I see them next. Family Literacy, like other programs at LAUSD, is financially challenged and needs yarn and needles donated in order for our part of the program to go forward.

What do we need (for the Family Literacy Program and for Handmade Especially for You)?

Knitting needles (size 15, 17, 19)
Crochet hooks (size J, K, N, P)
Paper ribbon
People to wind yarn
People to make kits
People to make scarves
People/person to help us build our website
People to call senior centers, church groups, scouts, teen groups to solicit scarf makers

While distributing the scarves, which I originally thought went directly to abused women only, the coordinator at 1736 Family Crisis Center showed me the room where their clients go "shopping." She said the scarves we delivered last month just flew out of there, that many children chose them (for the one item they could choose) to give to their Mothers. Incredible isn't it! We are so lucky to be so far from this kind of need. On the other hand, we are so lucky to be in the position to enable someone else to be a giver.

Looking forward to another even more exciting month.

Thanks again for all your support. Handmade couldn't grow like this without you.


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