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Knitting baby sweaters and blankets for Navy infants seabags

My husband served 27 years in the US Navy and I was always looking for things to do while he was at sea. Although I taught and was a RN I still had time on my hands and loved to knit. The Navy has a wonderful program where expecent parents go through a class called "Budgeting for Baby" and at the end of the class they get a "chit" that at the time of the delivery they turn in and receive a diaper bag that is huge and is filled with everything that a new baby would need to start out their new life. There are many of us that love to knit and crochet and we make blankets and sweaters and they are part of the new baby's "sea bag". Some of the yarn is donated to us, but the yarn that I try to use is the great baby yarn. It is so soft and makes up so nice.

I have also donated squares to "Warm up America" but I guess my first love is to the babies of the military. We try to make sure that they get a good start and we enjoy making the outfits for them.

My aunt taught me to knit when I was five years old and I am now 62. She lived with us and after dinner she would bring out her knitting and away she would go. I was always fascinated with what she was doing and so she said she would teach me. I learned how to make baby booties with five needles for my first lesson. Since then I have learned how to do just about everything and have enjoyed it very much. I still haven't figured out how to crochet granny squares. Wish I could find someone to teach me that.

To me, knitting is very relaxing and is something that I can do at night while I am watching TV and enjoy both.

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