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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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Ad hoc Knitting Group at Work

Three co-workers decided to meet once a week to knit, socialize and de-stress and knit fashionable scarves. The next day we shared our idea and "then we were four". When we finally met the following week, we were five. As the word of mouth spreads, we continue to grow.

We meet once a week and attendance varies from 4 to ~20 depending on workload and schedules. Our mailing list has grown to over 40 participants. A number of women wanted to participate but had never knitted a stitch before. We have welcomed the opportunity to share our skills with them.

After determining there are just so many scarves one can have, this marvelous group of women decided it would be rewarding to help others. We launched a campaign for charitable organizations to support each quarter. Our current plan is to support WoodyWoof Project (Mar-May), Chemo Caps (Jun-Aug), Project Linus (Sept-Nov). Our 2005 plans include Guidepost Sweaters (Jan-Mar) and Afghans for Angels (Apr-Jun).

Our goals are to fellowship and to build friendships. The charitable work has become a side benefit. Upon entering the room the positive energy is amazing. It is a wonderful interchange where ideas are shared, we ooh and ah over everyone’s work, yarn, patterns, etc. This exchange nurtures spirit, excitement, joy and laughter. The weekly knitting session has become a high point in our week and adds so much to our lives.

At a recent women’s networking group meeting, I had the opportunity to discuss our knitting group and the amazing energy and support these women provide and the evolution into the charitable work. I watched smiles appear on faces these women realized they too could do this.

Making scarves is so much fun, we are now looking into providing scarves to a women’s shelter or home for young mothers. And will add as a side charity to the list in place.

We are just wrapping up our first quarter and will be donating preemie blankets to the WoodyWoof Project. These women never cease to amaze me with their kindness, love and selflessness.

I have been in contact with organizers of the various charities and they are thrilled with our planned support. Some have even requested to visit us.

Photos are enclosed


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