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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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Chemo caps

My mom, Debra Allen, was diagnosed with breast cancer in November of 2002.

While sitting with her in the chemo center, I saw that a lot of patients without hair. Some wore bandanas while others wore stocking type caps.

The Christmas before, my grandma (my mom's mom) made me a crocheted cap. She showed me how and so I started practicing. The yarns I was using were not very soft to the touch so I searched for something that would be soft on a bald head. Lion Brand Homespun was the softest I could find. I started buying it in bulk off of eBay and began making hats and scarves for the folks at my mom's chemo center.

I'm able to buy Homespun in bulk, 12 skeins at a time. 6 skeins make an afgan (which I try to sell to supply the yarn habit) the other 6 skeins make 2 hats and 2 pocket scarves. I have so much yarn now that I'm making afgans for the chemo centers. Each treatment chair has an afgan or quilt to make the patients more comfortable while they are there.

It's just me making the hats, scarves, and afgans. I do it when I have down time and when the weather turns cool (of course that's when they're needed the most).

I don't stay to see the hats/scarves disbursed. I drop them off to a friend who gives them to the nurses. They know better than I who would need and appreciate them the most. I like to stay out of the lime light.

Thank you Lion Brand for your Homespun!

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