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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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Critter Knitters

Last winter, I received an e-mail from Sage Jacobs, the founder of the Critter Knitters Coalition. I maintain a weblog that focuses on crafts -- especially knitting -- and she asked me to promote her cause on my site.

The Critter Knitters Coalition is a grassroots program she created in response to the need for warm, comfortable blankets by abandoned animals in New York animal shelters. These blankets help frightened cats and dogs feel calm and improve the quality of life for shelter animals while they await their forever homes. The blankets also improve the shelter’s aesthetics and help animals get adopted out sooner. (For more information on the Critter Knitters Coalition, visit their website at: http://www.critterknitters.org/)

I instantly volunteered to create her website, since she didn't have a web presence. I knew that it would be important for her to be able to direct people to a central location where they could obtain information on how to help. I also posted a blurb on my "blog" (http://www.ashidome.com/blogger/) and wrote to other famous "KnitBloggers" to see if they would help spread the word.

In doing so, I got in touch with Wendy Johnson (http://www.wendyknits.net/). She suggested that we co-host a knit-a-thon and collect blankets to help the cause. I agreed and our "Knit-a-Thon" was born. (http://www.ashidome.com/knitathon/)

The Knit-a-Thon ends July 31st but to date we have collected 301 blankets from 27 US states and four other countries. I also just organized and planned a Knit-Out in Central Park. We had about 30 knitters who came to make blankets and swatches that will be turned into blankets. We are planning on holding several more before the Knit-a-Thon is over. A lot of the blankets have used Lion Brand yarns including Homespun and Woolease. We suggest yarns that would be easy for the shelters to care for and these fit the bill nicely!

After the Knit-a-Thon, I will continue to help Sage in getting the word out, through the web and otherwise. We haven't gotten much media coverage so far but we have been mentioned in the NY ASPCA newsletter. Hopefully the word will spread and we'll be able to take this program nationwide!

If you'd like to see pictures of the blankets that have been contributed, you can find them here: http://www.ashidome.com/knitathon/received.htm

Thanks for your time!


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