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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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The Purple Gang Using Fun Fur as a Fund Raiser

My mom, Nancy Keyes and her sisters, Violet Schafsnitz and Judy Kischnick have a Relay for Life team Tuscola County, Michigan. Their team is known as "The Purple Gang" - because all 3 sisters love purple. Tuscola County only started having a relay 3 years ago - with this year being the 4th.

My mom and her sisters have had their team each year. They are always trying to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. We first started noticing Fun Fur in the stores in the Fall of last year and wanted to try knitting with it. Mind you, my mom is fairly frugal and couldn't justify in her own mind buying too much fun fur because in her mind it is too expensive in comparison to the standard "sayelle" yarn that she has been using for years to make afghans.

Anyhow, we tried it and made a few scarves. We were hooked on the yarn and wanted to make more, but one person can only use so many scarves. We couldn't justify buying more yarn just because it was "fun" as the name applies. We wanted to try every color and experiement with all the yarns/textures that we had never splurged on before.

At that time I proposed the idea of having a scarf fundraiser for the Relay for Life. I work at a large chemical company and thought that the ladies I work with would eat "fun fur" scarves up. My mom was skeptical. She proposed the idea to her sisters and they were skeptical too. We decided to make a dozen or so scarves over the Christmas holidays.

I took the scarves to my work in early January and they were a hit. Pretty soon my mom, myself, my mom's sister and her daughter and eventually her second sister were all knitting scarves. In order to keep knitting and "justifying" our expense we needed to recoup our cost of making the scarves. Therefore, if we had $10 into a scarf then we would price it at $20. We would take our $10 and buy more yarn and donate the other $10 to the Relay for Life.

Our scarves range in price from $10-$40. We are donating our time and having a ball doing it. We have included many yarns, but Fun Fur is one of our favorites. We also use Homespun, Thick & Quick, Chenille, Microspun and Woolease.

To date we have sold over 200 scarves and raised over $2,000 for the American Cancer Society. The Relay isn't until September so we still have lots of time to knit and build up our inventory of scarves. My mom rarely goes anywhere where she doesn't have her knitting and she tells everyone she meets about her scarf fundraiser.


Beth Keyes

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