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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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Stitches From the Heart

Although Stitches from the Heart was founded in nearby Santa Monica, CA, my mother discovered this wonderful charity while on an elderhostel trip to St. Simons Island, Georgia several years ago! The woman next to her was knitting a baby sweater and told mom about the organization. Later, they took a walk and found a local yarn shop, where the owner graciously donated yarn and needles so mom could start her own project while on vacation.

Stitches from the Heart (SFTH) is the brainchild of Kathy Silverton. Knitters and crocheters from all over the U.S. make baby items -- blankets, sweaters, caps, booties -- which are then sent to hospitals and distributed to new mothers. (For statistics, contact kathy at Kathy's newsletter is full of wonderful letters from both hospital staff and moms who are grateful for the love, time and creativity that go into the outfits. After several years of selling donated yarn and neeldes out of her garage, Kathy recently opened a store in Santa Monica that is staffed by volunteers.

When mom came home from her trip and told me about SFTH, I also started knitting baby outfits. I like working on small projects because I don't drive due to poor eyesight. I can work on small projects in the car or on the van service to keep occupied on long trips. I get a lot of satisfaction out of helping someone else. A friend who I introduced to Stitches says "it's nice to be able to knit something for a new person and send good thoughts into every stitch."

Stitches has been written up in several publications, including Family circle magazine. Locally, two groups get together once a month for coffee and knitting. Those of us who meet at a Tarzana, CA Starbucks on the 1st Friday of the month share patterns, assistance, and completed items. There are usually a dozen or more of us regulars.


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